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Writing Team Leader, English

Job details

Organisation
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Closes
31 Jul 2022
Region
Wellington
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Marketing & Media

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We're looking for two creative individuals to lead Te Papa's respective English and Te Reo Māori Writing teams, working in close and supportive collaboration. This advertisement is for the English role. Together, these positions embody the bicultural partnership on which the museum was founded.

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Te Papa

Te Papa is a world-leading, bicultural, cross-disciplinary museum. The writers are the museum's storytellers, comprising permanent staff and project-based contractors. These staff work primarily on exhibitions and related audience-facing experiences across media, both physical and digital. They help to identify powerful stories, and create engaging and accessible text in English and te reo Māori - sometimes in parallel, sometimes one after the other (translation).

Who we're looking for

We're looking for someone who's passionate about connecting with broad audiences through creative yet concise and accessible text, underpinned by sound scholarship, and who's equally passionate about supporting the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

You must also be the following:

  • A highly resilient and positive team leader and mentor, who remains calm under pressure, uncertainty, and change
  • Diplomatic as well as confident and proactive, and able to collaborate effectively with people of different skill sets and perspectives, including community-based writers
  • Focused on opportunities and solutions over problems
  • Highly organised, with an ability to prioritise and delegate as necessary
  • Experienced in overseeing text-development and design processes across media, physical and digital
  • Comfortable with resourcing, scheduling, budgeting, and briefing (project-management type tasks)
  • Highly proficient in Word-processing software and collaborative digital tools (eg, Trello), and familiar with design software and information databases
  • Experienced working in a bicultural/bilingual environment, or eager to work in one

Reporting to and supporting the Head of Experience Design and Content, you will do the following:

  • Help guide the creation of Te Papa's exhibition experiences, collaborating with other interpretive staff to do so - especially writers, curators, experience developers, designers, digital producers, educators, and public programmers
  • Manage the publishing process for all English exhibition-related text, ensuring that the highest standards of storytelling and accuracy are upheld
  • Oversee the provision of writing and editing services to other internal Te Papa teams, assuring the quality of public-facing text

You might have a background in publishing for museums, print or digital media, film, television, theatre, or education.

Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori is an advantage.

The salary range for this position is $80,718 to $110,988 pa. Offers will be made within the range to reflect the skills and experience of the candidate, and relative to other employees.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 31 July 2022.

Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain the legal right to work in New Zealand.

From 1 July 2022, an appointment to a position at Te Papa will require a declaration of Vaccination Status(confirmation that you are currently vaccinated or not vaccinated against Covid-19). Future appointees will also need to comply with any future government or Te Papa mandates or requirements by way of producing 'My Vaccine Pass' (or another future process as specified) that confirms vaccination against Covid-19.

Prior to Te Papa confirming any offer of employment, pre-employment checks will be undertaken, including criminal conviction history and reference checking as a minimum.

Recently vaccinated or not vaccinated against Covid-19). Future appointees will also need to comply with any future government or Te Papa mandates or requirements by way of producing 'My Vaccine Pass' (or other future processes as specified) that confirms vaccination against Covid-19.

Prior to Te Papa confirming any offer of employment, pre-employment checks will be undertaken, including criminal conviction history and reference checking as a minimum.

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