Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery


Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori

Collection Manager Kaiwhakahiato

Tairāwhiti Museum

Tairāwhiti Museum is a much-loved community organisation, committed to sharing the art, culture and history of Tairāwhiti through exhibitions, collections, events and educational programmes.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced Collection Manager to join our team. 

The successful applicant will lead in the development, management and care of the Tairāwhiti regional collection of objects, art, taonga Māori, archives and photographs and ensure the museum delivers high standards in documentation, storage, loans and conservation.

This role is pivotal to supporting the delivery of the museum’s public-facing services (exhibitions, education programmes, research, online access) with the intent of increasing access to, and enjoyment of the museum collection.

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing particular expertise in the development and management of the museum’s social history collection.

To fulfil the requirements of this busy, varied role we are looking for a self-directed, motivated and flexible team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant graduate and postgraduate qualification, preferably in museum studies
  • Substantial experience of working within a museum or art gallery in a collections focused role 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in applying appropriate standards in the care and management of museum collections
  • A demonstrated commitment to facilitating and encouraging public access to collections and providing excellent customer service
  • Experience and knowledge of working with collections management systems and a high level of general computer literacy
  • A highly professional manner with excellent written, verbal, analytical and reasoning skills
  • A flexible and a highly adaptive work approach with a can-do attitude as well as creative, practical problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure, with highly organised work and time-management practices, attention to detail and strong multi-taking skills
  • Knowledge of tikanga Māori, and a clear understanding of the principles and practice of the Treaty of Waitangi as they apply to museums
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team and develop and maintain relationships with museum stakeholders and communities
  • Experience in project management, including an understanding of time and resource planning and monitoring
  • An interest and understanding of regional, social history collections

This is a permanent, full time position.

Applications close 5pm Friday 9 September 2016

For more information and an application pack contact:

The Director, Tairāwhiti Museum, PO Box 716, Gisborne, email: eloisewallace@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz

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