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Director | Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Job details

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
7 Sep 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin, Pasifika, Visual Arts


Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is seeking a new Director. Tautai is one of New Zealand’s most exciting arts and cultural organisations. Our purpose is to grow the rich ecology of Tagata Moana creative arts practice and thinking in ways that allows Pacific people to infiltrate wider creative networks and which generates new opportunities. To achieve this Tautai provides leadership and support for arts practitioners at all levels and across all disciplines. We work in partnerships.

This is an opportunity to play your part and grow as a leader in a values-based and future-focused organisation that adds immense value to the community it serves. As Director you will be focused on working with the Tautai Board and team to review, consolidate and further develop the organisation. The successful applicant will have a high level of familiarity with extensive and positive relationships within Pacific arts communities.


About Tautai

Located in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to championing Pacific arts and artists. Tautai was formed in the 1980s when leading Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u and his peers came together with a shared aspiration to support and promote Pacific visual artists. In the years since, Tautai has grown to become Aotearoa’s premiere Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus. Tautai strives to nurture that vā with the Pacific arts community engaging emerging artists and sustaining relationships forged in the early years of the trust.

Situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD on Karangahape Road, Tautai’s newly expanded premises now includes a gallery space dedicated to showcasing the works of contemporary Pacific creatives all year round. In addition, we offer a full programme of activities and events including live-streamed artist talks and performances, workshops and partnership initiatives that encourage growth in the sector.

Tautai is supported by an amazing network of partners and funders. As a Toi Tōtara Haemata investment client, our main source of funding comes from Creative New Zealand. We also receive generous support from Foundation North.

The name Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator and illustrates the organisation’s commitment to guiding moana arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Key Responsibilities


  • Developing and maintaining Tautai’s artistic strategies as defined by its trust deed, the Board, it’s funding contracts and your own vision.
  • Managing Tautai’s relationships with Central and Local Government and their agencies.
  • Planning, organising and presenting Board papers and Director’s reports as required by the Board and attendance at Board meetings.
  • Providing timely and accurate reports for Creative New Zealand, the Board and other stakeholders.
  • Developing and leading the delivery of arts development programmes and initiatives appropriate to the Pacific arts community
  • Assessing and selecting exhibition and project proposals in with Gallery Manager and Programmes Manager.
  • Overseeing merchandising activities.
  • Keeping up to date with sector developments and news.
  • Additional tasks at the request of the Board.

Relationship Management

  • Working with the Board to develop cooperative relationships with stakeholders and existing and prospective funders and sponsors.
  • Developing relationships with new artists, and extending relationships with established artists, in the Pasifika community in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands.
  • Managing and mentoring a team of staff who report directly to you.


  • Ensure effective financial management, planning forecasting and reporting to support the organisation’s strategic goals
  • Ensure all financial reporting is produced in an accurate, timely and compliant form

Public Relations

  • Being the “public face” of Tautai and representing the Trust at events, openings, talks, workshops and other opportunities as they arise.
  • Attending exhibition openings and events, including participating in media interviews as required.
  • Working with the communications advisor to promote of the gallery including the ability to engage positively with local and international media.
  • Promoting work by artists and creatives working with the Trust


Ideal Candidate

The director’s role requires strong artistic and cultural knowledge, financial acumen, excellent interpersonal skills and administrative ability. You will be responsible for the artistic and cultural success of Tautai and its vision to showcase Tagata Moana arts and related cultural practices as well as the administrative structures and governance relationships needed to deliver this.


  • Experience in reporting to a Board and a sound knowledge of good governance processes.
  • Experience in effectively managing the administration, budgeting, finance and accounting requirements of an organisation.
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational ability.
  • Experience of management accounting, financial negotiating, and reporting.
  • Administrative and strong IT skills.


  • Have an understanding of and commitment to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Ability to lead, manage and inspire staff to achieve organisational goals.
  • The ability and confidence to deal with a range of people .
  • Commercial awareness.
  • A flexible and practical approach.
  • A genuine interest in and passion for the arts.
  • Be a visionary leader with creative flair.




You must have a deep and current understanding and experience of visual art, performance, spoken and written word, dance, design, literature, fashion, music and emerging art froms from Tagata Moana and related communities and how this fits in with the creative environment in Aotearoa, both today and into the future.


A relevant tertiary qualification, for example in:

  • Art history
  • Arts management
  • Business studies
  • Creative arts practice
  • Marketing and sales
  • Pasifika languages and Te Reo
How to apply

If you are excited about playing a leadership role in an organisation at the heart of Pacific arts, we would love to hear from you.

To apply please submit your CV and cover letter to by 5pm 7 September 2022.

Applicants who are successful for interview will be asked to present a conceptual framework to the Board for a two-year exhibition programme that includes and expands on the core activities of Tautai.

Written by

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

17 Aug 2022

Interests Tautai supports the development of contemporary pacific art through actively fostering and maintaining links between contemporary pacific visual artists.