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Public Programme and Communications Coordinator

Job details

Victoria University of Wellington
10 Jan 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Education & Development


  • Do you have proven abilities as a writer, editor, and proof-reader for print and online media?
  • Do you have experience in developing and delivering public programmes and events in an art gallery context?
  • Are you able to manage your own workload and work well with others to achieve shared goals?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws from our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Public Programmes and Communications Coordinator to join Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery. This is a permanent, fulltime role. The successful candidate will assist in devising and coordinating public programmes and communications that enrich, explain, and promote the work of the Adam Art Gallery with the aims of building audiences and extending the Gallery's impact.

Key responsibilities:

  • Devising and coordinating the delivery of relevant, engaging, sensitive and broad-ranging public programmes that relate to exhibitions at the Adam Art Gallery and other aspects of the Gallery's work
  • Preparing relevant, well-written, accurate copy for all communications published by the Adam Art Gallery across digital and hard-copy platforms
  • Providing editorial support in the preparation and delivery of the Gallery's publications
  • Proactively engaging with artists, curators, contributors, staff, students and audiences to establish enduring relationships, increase visibility, and build support for the Gallery and its work

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be familiar with the demands, challenges, expectations, and rewards of work in the art gallery sector, with experience in developing and delivering public programmes and in-person, online and hard-copy communications.

You will be an excellent writer with experience writing for different audiences and occasions. You will have some knowledge of print design and production processes, and an understanding of the requirements of web and social media communications.

You will be a confident speaker and a warm host. You will have a genuine interest in people and a desire to build audiences, with a special sensitivity to the university environment. You will know how to connect in meaningful ways with artists, curators, scholars, critics, and the media.

This is a challenging role with many threads. You must have a good eye for detail but also the ability to set and achieve clear objectives, managing your own workload and working well with others to achieve shared goals.

Key requirements:

  • Postgraduate degree in Art History, English, or relevant related subjects
  • Proven abilities as a writer, editor, and proof-reader for print and online media
  • Experience in developing and delivering public programmes and events in an art gallery context, including managing AV and post-production of recorded events
  • Knowledge of art, art history and art writing
  • Enthusiasm for and belief in the value of outreach, excellent communication skills, and sensitivity to issues of equity and diversity

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Adam Art Gallery is respected nationally and internationally for the calibre of its programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced team to contribute meaningfully to key aspects of the Gallery's work. This will suit someone with ambition, commitment and imagination who wishes to build knowledge and understanding of and respect for the visual arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please go to our careers site to view the role description.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Christina Barton, 04 463 5254, but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Go to the VUW vacancies page and find the job advert for this role, click the apply now button at the base of the advert and follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Monday, 10 January 2022.

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