Director - Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
New Plymouth District Council
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is seeking a new Director to lead the organisation's strategy and operations across artistic programming, business development, and community engagement.
The successful candidate will grow the institution's reputation as a leading contemporary art gallery with a strong collection, the global home of Len ye, and as a meaningful contributor to New Plymouth's growth aspirations. They will inspire the team of 35+ staff to work collaboratively to deliver excellence across all areas of the organisation and its programming.
The Director will play a central role in working with our partners at New Plymouth District Council who own and operate the Gallery, as well as key stakeholders at Taranaki iwi, Creative New Zealand, Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Foundation, and Friends of the Govett-Brewster, amongst others.
We are seeking an inspiring leader who can articulate a brave and timely vision and bring diverse team members, audiences, patrons, and stakeholders along with them. They will be tasked with furthering the Gallery's drive to meaningfully embed the responsibilities set out in the Treaty of Waitangi and reflect and celebrate the diversity of our region in all aspects of the Gallery's work.
The ideal candidate will ideally have a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role in the visual arts and a tertiary degree in related field. They will demonstrate success delivering complex creative projects, managing staff, growing and balancing budgets, articulating a compelling artistic vision and depth of knowledge about contemporary art with a focus on New Zealand and the Pacific, and working within a complex stakeholder environment. Experience working in a local government/public sector environment is desirable.
The Gallery presents three suites of exhibitions each year, across nine gallery spaces, and supports these with an active learning and engagement program and art house cinema. The gallery's team works in three areas: business development and customer services, curatorial, and public engagement. The Director reports to Teresa Turner, Group Manager Community and Customer Service and has seven direct reports on staff.
For an extended history of the gallery, visit our website.
Applications are sought from qualified candidates, who are invited to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your experience and vision for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre by clicking the "Apply Now" button.
Short listed candidates will be invited to interview with a panel of management, stakeholders, and external professionals.
Preferred start date: January 2021.
Applications close on Firday, 25 September 2020.