Senior Manager, Schools & Learning

Date: 18-Jul-2021

Location: 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 communities. Our vision is to be the home of art for Auckland, its people, and visitors from our internationally recognised award-winning building. Established in 1888, the Gallery holds a pre-eminent collection of New Zealand art and a significant collection of international art presented alongside a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and outreach activities.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Manager, Schools and Learning to join Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The role oversees the successful development and delivery of onsite and online learning programmes to early childhood, primary, intermediate, secondary schools, tertiary students, and their teachers. The role also supports the skills development of Gallery staff and volunteer guides, and works closely with curatorial, programming and specialist staff in support of formal and informal learning experiences at the Gallery.


Reporting to the Gallery’s Head of Curatorial and Learning, your key purpose will be to manage Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s formal education programme. The role is responsible for overseeing the creation of learning resources and programmes that increase students’ understanding of art, providing avenues for them to express themselves and grow in confidence in the sharing of their ideas.


He kōrero mōu: About you

You are a passionate and qualified art educator with current knowledge of visual arts and art history education. An excellent and engaging communicator, you are skilled at connecting diverse audiences with a range of art, from historical to contemporary. You will be skilled at creating and leading a team to deliver innovative, engaging art-focused learning programmes and online resources. 


You will already have experience in successfully implementing and evaluating educational programmes. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the processes of learning and the New Zealand curriculum, with a strong understanding of the requirements of teaching students from early childhood right through to tertiary level.    


You will bring excellent relationship building skills with demonstrated influencing skills, along with a strong track record of successfully achieving outcomes through developing and empowering your team. In support of Auckland Art Gallery’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi you will demonstrate a desire to build a strong understanding of our Māori Responsiveness framework to support initiatives and continue to build capability and confidence within your team. 


Applicants will demonstrate the following attributes:


  • Teaching qualification for school-aged learners, with experience in visual arts, education, or art history
  • Be effective communicator both verbally and written
  • Proven track record in successfully leading, developing, and managing staff
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is an excellent opportunity to occupy a key role in New Zealand's leading visual arts institution. As we recalibrate the ways we connect with audiences in light of COVID-19, this is a time for fresh thinking and innovation. We believe the arts have an important contribution to make to community health and wellbeing. This position, and the team it manages, is now located in the Gallery’s dynamic Curatorial and Learning department where you will work alongside curators and research librarians to create high-quality art experiences for students and their teachers.


The role is a permanent full-time position working Monday to Friday with flexibility.


For further information on Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, please visit our website: http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/


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 sylvia.holding@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


Applications close Sunday, 1 August 2021


Auckland Council is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children.  This role is classified as a Children's Worker role under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. As such applicants will be required to undergo police vetting prior to commencing employment. An appointment will be subject to a satisfactory police check.

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.