Whangarei Arts Museum Trust

Chief Executive - Whangarei Art Museum & Hundertwasser Art Centre

Whangarei Arts Museum Trust

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Applications Close - End of Day: 30-11-2018


New Zealand

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The HUNDERTWASSER ART CENTRE with Wairau Māori Art Gallery is a $26m+ project, set to transform Northland and showcase Whangarei on a global scale. 

It will be the second facility governed by the Whangarei Art Museum Trust, joining the long-established Whangarei Art Museum as an integral part of the Trust's mission to grow and support art and creativity in their city. 

The new Art Centre - currently under construction - will be an iconic and unique visitor destination, showcasing Māori art alongside the only permanent gallery of original Hundertwasser works outside of Vienna. A work of art in its own right, the building boasts the Southern Hemisphere's largest living, afforested roof.

It will deliver an insight into the best contemporary Māori fine art Aotearoa has to offer, provide unique visual and educational experiences and has already begun to deliver tangible economic growth for a very special community.

Part tourist destination, part art gallery, part education centre - and including a restaurant and retail outlet - this community-driven project has been 25 years in the making and is set to open its doors in 2020/21.

Now is the time for you to step up and work with the Board of Trustees to champion and lead the organisation and help this community turn their ambitious dream into reality. 

Delivering this project is not for the faint-hearted; it will take all of your talents and skill. From your leadership capabilities, to your community commitment, to your drive and determination; the challenges this opportunity presents are vast.


  • Experience creating and leading teams and building community relationships
  • Understand how to get the best out of people and engage all of the stakeholders.
  • You know how to excite and motivate - how to cooperate and negotiate - and you know how to stay the course and deliver the outcomes. 
  • You can see the vision and you have the pragmatic and strategic competencies to develop the plan and deliver the results.
  • You have operated in a senior leadership role in an organisation undergoing significant change (ideally in facilities management), so you understand the challenges.
  • You know how to dig deep and work hard and you know how to inspire a team to create and deliver an exemplary visitor experience at an international standard.
  • You'll have a significant international marketing expertise and clear understanding of how to identify and engage key customer audiences.
  • You're a passionate advocate for arts and culture.
  • You're confident and able to navigate the politics within communities to achieve outcomes that benefit all.
  • Strong strategic planning skills and your ability to build and motivate a high performing team.
  • You'll hit the ground running and work collaboratively with the Board to influence and deliver this outstanding project.
  • You bring an entrepreneurial mindset, but you also know how to continuously refine and improve.
  • Have delivered before, so you have the confidence and the learnings to achieve it again.

Construction is underway and there is strong technical support for the build; it is the next step where we really need you to shine. 

You have a commitment to community and a deep appreciation and understanding of the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi, all of which is why this is the perfect next step for you. Passion, determination, community, philanthropy and government funding have got us this far. Now we needs you to transform all that energy and aroha into a commercial reality that delivers on its promise.

This role is based in beautiful Northland, where house prices are affordable, the people are welcoming and the beaches are stunning.

You have waited your whole career for this opportunity - don't miss out. To initiate the process, please send us your CV via Seek.

For more information, please email our consultant Jo Malcolm (jo@jomalcolm.com). Jo is on leave until 16 October but free from that date to talk you through the role and your application in person (phone 021 685 631, normal working hours). You can find out more about our journey and our people at www.bepartoftheart.co.nz and www.whangareiartmuseum.co.nz.

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