Collections & Exhibitions Manager
Museums Aotearoa
Waikato Museum, New Zealand
13d ago

Waikato Museum has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Collections and Exhibitions Manager to join its committed team.

We’re located in Hamilton, on the banks of the Waikato River, and we’re striving to become the best regional museum in New Zealand.

It’s a goal our wider team has bought into.

Integral to our growth is the Collections and Exhibitions Manager role we’re currently recruiting for. We need a proven museum industry professional to join us to develop and manage sustainable exhibition programmes that enriches lives and challenges people’s understanding of the world.

Reporting to the Museum Director, this position is responsible for managing museum exhibitions and collections while leading a team of Curators, Registrars, Designers and Preparators.

Other key aspects include :

  • establishing a positive team culture, encouraging teamwork to deliver effective and efficient outcomes
  • participate and contribute to the vision and museums long-term plan and strategy
  • deliver diverse exhibitions (including local, national and international) in a range of settings, at the museum, in the community and online
  • management of the museum collections ensuring documentation, inventory control, physical handling and environmental issues are managed to current best practice
  • build constructive relationships with funding and community stakeholders, donors, lenders and artists across the sector in New Zealand and internationally.
  • Ideally, you will hold a post-graduate qualification in museum studies or similar and have a Masters degree in Fine Arts, Art History or equivalent.

    You will have a minimum of five years experience leading an exhibitions and / or collections team in a museum or art gallery.

    In addition, you will have five or more years leadership experience and have an extensive background in project management.

    You’ll be a robust and assertive people leader who is able to get the best from their team, and can set and meet clear expectations.

    You will be an innovative thinker who is solutions-focussed and is able to take a pragmatic approach to all aspects of your work.

    This role requires someone who has high attention to detail and who is highly structured and organised.

    The successful candidate will join a team of committed, talented and experienced museum managers and will be keen to embrace our vision and our strategic plan to develop our facility.

    Hamilton City Council is committed to being a high-performance organisation with people who think differently, act with integrity, make it happen and work together.

    This is your chance to be part of an organisation committed to making Hamilton a great place to live, do business and visit.

    Waikato Museum is staffed by a diverse, lively and friendly group of museum professionals who work closely together and strive to deliver a high-

    performance and well-respected museum experience.

    If this role sounds like it’s for you, we would love to hear from you.

    This is a 40-hour working week with the opportunity to participate in additional leave entitlements, 3 per cent employer kiwi saver contribution, training and development opportunities and much more.

    If you’re relocating we can help with this too!

    All candidates will be notified of the outcome on their application via email. Short-listed candidates will be required to complete an interview process, reference checks, pre-

    employment medical and drug assessments and Ministry of Justice or Police vetting check.

    For further information refer to the position description available on our careers website at

    Please note this role is being sourced directly and we are not accepting applications via external recruitment agencies.

    Job no : HGAJ857053

    Location : Hamilton, New Zealand

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