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Deputy Director Operations | Auckland Art Gallery

Date: 20-Apr-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity 

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our purpose is to be a creative catalyst for art and ideas, offering transformational experiences that strengthen and enrich our communities.


The Gallery's vision is to be the home of art for Auckland, its people and visitors to its internationally recognised award-winning building. Established in 1888, the Gallery holds a preeminent collection of New Zealand art and a significant collection of international art, and presents a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, public engagement and outreach activities.


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is looking to appoint a new Deputy Director Operations to provide overall operational leadership and to support the Director and the corporate performance of the Art Gallery.  In this exciting and strategic role, you will be working closely with the Director and Corporate Services teams at Auckland Unlimited.  The role provides strong management oversight and brings a strategic business focus to key parts of the Gallery’s activity.  The role is also accountable for implementing strategies and plans, setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth, and establishing policies that promote the Gallery’s culture and future vision. 


He kōrero mōu: About you


The successful candidate for this role will have extensive executive level operational management experience with a proven capability in managing business development and corporate operations to enhance business performance.  A powerful advocate and influencer, able to work effectively across all levels of internal and external stakeholder relations.


You will have strong communication and advocacy skills, and an exceptional track-record in developing a positive and high-performing culture, and be comfortable as a key member of the leadership team. You will have a keen openness to learn about the specific business functions and needs of a major collecting institution, and experience or strong knowledge of the public sector, not-for-profit arts industry and or the gallery and museum sectors.


You will also have:

  • Proven experience in effective management and accountability for a large budget
  • Proven ability to provide high-level and at times quite detailed input and stewardship, to multiple process and improvement projects in broad work areas including; building, ICT, HR, capital projects, and business operations and planning
  • Proven ability to manage a large team of direct and indirect reports and exceptional reporting and internal communication capability
  • Experiencing supporting strategic and business-as-usual HR initiatives, providing strong management to a team, and a proven capacity to motivate and coach staff, building a positive team culture
  • High level of written, verbal, analytical, financial literacy, and strategic planning skills


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

If you have a keen interest in an exciting senior strategic operations role and are looking for an opportunity to work with professional colleagues at a challenging and exciting period of the Gallery's development, then look no further. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to broaden their corporate leadership career within the Aotearoa New Zealand's leading visual arts institution.


This role comes with a permanent, full-time contract.

How to Apply:

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae and tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity.  For more information and a Position Description please email Aimee Johnson, Talent Acquisition Consultant aimee.johnson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. 

Applications close Friday 14th May, 2021.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


Employees in receipt of salary protection and/or on the predecessor Council terms and conditions of employment, please note that the salary protection and/or predecessor Council terms and conditions, including relocation, apply to your current position. Should you change to a new position (other than any secondment) you will be issued with a new employment letter of offer with current Auckland Council terms and conditions.