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Board Member, NZSO

Board Member, NZSO

Board Member, NZSO

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

Closing Date : 25 Feb 2020

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Board Member
Vacancy 2020/GOV01
Fixed term
Part time

Tuia te tangata, tuia ngā kōrero, tuia ngā taonga
Connecting people, taonga and stories

Would you like to be a part of governing a Crown entity in the arts, culture and heritage sector?
Do you have governance experience and a background in marketing, financial or event management?    

We are seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board, on behalf of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

Being a board member of a Crown entity is rewarding and challenging. You will be involved in setting strategic direction and priorities, developing board policies and expectations for management, identifying and managing risks, and monitoring and evaluating the performance of the organisation. In this role, your focus will be to add value and drive the performance of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Kōrero mōu | About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • experience in assessing risks and monitoring the financial wellbeing of an organisation
  • experience on a governing board
  • an understanding of Crown governance and accountability to the public
  • time and energy for the position.

You may also have:

  • experience of contemporary approaches to marketing and social media
  • an understanding of successful large live entertainment operating models.

You don’t need to have a strong understanding of orchestral music.

Any person who feels they can meet most of our criteria is welcome to apply. We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

You may live anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Board meetings are usually around the time of concerts held in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) is an autonomous Crown entity established under the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004. NZSO’s mission is to provide world class musical experiences that inspire all New Zealanders. The NZSO aims to achieve this through a national symphony orchestra which performs to international standards, is excellent in performance, has relevant and engaging programming, reaches large and diverse audiences, and asserts musical and artistic leadership.

Want to know more about the NZSO and its board? Visit the NZSO website

Manatū Taonga supports Ministers to appoint and maintain effective boards of entities across Aotearoa New Zealand’s art, heritage, broadcasting and sport sectors. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Want to know more about Manatū Taonga? View our booklet ‘Promoting a confident and connected culture’ attached below. 

Me pēhea te tono |How to apply

You can find out more about being on a Crown entity board on our Agency Boards and Nominations webpage which includes our governance e‑manual.

To apply for this position, please complete an expression of interest form (attached below) along with a covering letter and CV if you have one via You can send any enquiries to

Applications close 25 February 2020

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