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The Nelson Festival Trust is an independent not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering exceptional arts events across our communities in Te Tau Ihu, Top of the South. Following 24 successful years of development and support under Nelson City Council, in 2018 the Nelson Arts Festival shifted to a community-based, autonomous organisational structure to enable it to flourish and grow.

The Trust is seeking expressions of interest from 2-3 outstanding individuals to provide managerial and artistic leadership of the Festival during the next stage of our development and to respond to the current challenges surrounding COVID-19.

The Festival leadership team will deliver to the following areas:

Relationships and Stakeholder Engagement – Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with all aligned organisations, key stakeholders, government agencies, media, partners, sponsors, funders, politicians, friends and patrons of The Festival, and all other relevant organisations to help achieve The Festival’s goals.

Community Engagement – Develop and maintain positive and sustainable relationships with a diverse range of community groups throughout Te Tau Ihu to help achieve the Festival’s goals.

Artistic Direction – Develop and deliver an inspiring artistic programme for The Festival that meets the strategic aspirations of the organisation.

Trust Management – Ensure that the Trust develops, maintains and successfully implements the necessary financial, HR and IT systems, processes and policies in order to meet its legal and moral obligations as a registered trust and recipient of public funding.

If you have the necessary arts, events, business and/or stakeholder relations experience relating to any of these areas then we would love to hear from you.

We have an open mind about how we structure the team (both in terms of hours and mix of responsibilities) but to be successful, the ideal candidates will embody the core values of the Trust, being:

Manaakitanga: We respect and care for our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers

Inclusive: We recognise our region’s distinctive cultural and social diversity and work to ensure arts opportunities for all

Quality: We deliver arts experiences of exceptional quality that inspire

Partnership: We work with others and build lasting relationships to achieve more together

Mana Toi: We champion the role of the arts and the contribution artists make to our lives.

All roles will be in the form of a contract for service for a fixed period.

Applications close on November 16, 2020.

To submit an expression of interest please send a cover letter outlining your skills, leadership areas and a copy of your up to date resume to Brent Thawley.


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