Director – Invercargill, Southland – New Zealand

A new people-centred art + creativity facility

An exceptional opportunity to lead


We are looking for a Director to lead the development and operation of an innovative 21st century art and creativity centre, a key part of the rejuvenation of Invercargill city.  This is much more than a gallery.

There has been strong public feedback for an innovative new facility to be a social hub, an artistic anchor point, and a way to build capability in the arts sector.  The Director will oversee all aspects of the NZ$16m project – including building strong stakeholder, community and funder support, developing a strategic vision and plan, leading the architectural briefing, project development, organisational design and recruitment, and ensuring the successful launch and operation of a thriving facility.

The successful applicant will have achieved proven results in a similar role, and will have a mix of skills, attitude and experience which combine to ensure:

  • A genuine and generous interest in people, and ways in which art and creativity programming can generate positive impacts and outcomes
  • A strategic, pragmatic and enterprising approach – with an ability to see the opportunity, and make it happen.
  • Excellent relationship with the client, partners (including mana whenua), communities, funders and stakeholders.
  • The capability to analyse and build shared understanding of opportunities and challenges – and lead in a way that delivers high-value outcomes.
  • Effective financial, project and people management – with attention to detail at all times.

Invercargill is the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful Southland region.  As Director you will play a leading role in the transformation of the city which is currently underway – leading one of a number of key transformational projects which will have a big impact on the city and region.

If you are excited about this opportunity and are ready to make a career-changing commitment to leading an innovative and sector-leading approach to arts and creativity facilities contact us for more details.

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting 142254mw.  Applications close on 28 October 2018.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Mike Stenhouse on +64 274 428 348.