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Head of Collections & Research


Canterbury Museum


Celebrating Canterbury, discovering the world. For us and our children after us.

Waitaha-kōawa-rau, ka whakanuia; Te-ao-whānui, ka tūhuratia. Mā tātou ko ngā uri e whai ake nei.


Operating for over 150 years, Canterbury Museum acquires and cares for worldwide collections of human and natural history, with a focus on Canterbury and the Antarctic. The Museum has recently partnered with the Ravenscar Trust to display the Ravenscar collection of art, design and antiquities.  Access to the Museum’s collections drives research, inspires learning and ignites imagination through stories that surprise and delight over 750,000 Museum visitors each year. Planning is underway for redevelopment of the Museum’s facilities.


Playing a key role within the senior leadership team, the Head of Collections & Research will be accountable for all curatorial and collections initiatives and responsibilities within the Museum. They will lead, manage and co-ordinate the development and implementation of curatorial and collections strategy and work plans, and promote ease of access to the collections and the information they yield. Leading best practice will be key, as is providing outstanding levels of internal and external customer service. Overseeing inventory and conservation functions, the role will provide leadership to approximately 40 FTE plus a team of volunteers.


Applicants will demonstrate the following:


  • Experience of museum curatorial and collections management and practice.
  • A reputation for inclusive and decisive leadership of professional curatorial teams.
  • Proven ability to lead a cohesive team and relate to staff at all levels.
  • An understanding of research disciplines and processes.
  • Effective stakeholder management and relationship building skills.
  • A commitment to New Zealand’s cultural heritage and Tikanga Māori.
  • A tertiary qualification in cultural heritage, museology or a relevant academic or commercial discipline. 



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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should include a cover letter and resume.


Closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 September 2020.

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