Job Vacancy for Creative Career and Employment Manager

One of New Zealand’s most established and longest running Creative Career and Employment Services, Depot Artspace, has been delivering professional development and career guidance services for creatives for nearly 20 years.

Working with Work and Income clients on the unemployment benefit, ArtsLab, previously known as PACE (Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment) is The Depot’s flagship creative employment programme and has supported thousands of creatives into employment over the years.

In 2021 Depot Artspace launched a new creative careers programme, Wayfind Creative, supported by the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Culture and Heritage. This pliot programme is focused on supporting creatives build a sustainable career and we are proud to be part of this new government initiative to help creatives succeed.

Depot Artspace is now looking for a Manager to develop and deliver these two programmes and to continue the essential work of supporting creatives into employment and sustainable careers.


The programmes offer a range of services including career guidance, job seeking advice, mentoring support and professional development workshops, with the outcomes of employment, self-sustainability and a more resilient creative economy.

The Depot is a multi-disciplinary arts space in Auckland with a gallery and a music studio as well as workshop and training spaces. We have an amazing team of creative consultants working on these programmes and we try to offer as many opportunities as possible to the creatives we work with.

Creative Career and Employment Manager

The Depot Artspace Creative Careers and Employment Programmes is looking for a special person to join our team. Ideally with employment placement and career guidance skills and/ or a creative and education background.

Creative Career and Employment Manager will work in a collaborative, caring and driven team. You will bring your own leadership and personality to the role and value the supportive and dynamic work environment.

Professional Skills Required
• You will ideally have previous experience in the employment sector and familiarity with New Zealand’s creative industries and/ or education sector.
• Ability to manage and support a team
• Ability to manage government contracts and achieve key performance targets
• Strong financial management – setting and meeting budgets and reaching targets
• Excellent communication skills and stakeholder relationship management
• Strong leadership and ability to visualize future opportunities
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Knowledge and interest in the creative industries
• Ability to think strategically
• Ability to develop partnerships and relationships with key organisations and agencies
• Work in a team environment and have an understanding of community development
• Microsoft Office – Word, Outlook, Excel

Professional Skills Desired but not essential
• Career/vocational guidance and mentoring

Personal Skills Required
• Warm, engaging and professional
• Interest in improving lives and supporting creatives become more sustainable
• Work with genuine care and understanding of our client’s needs and circumstances
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organization, time management and administration skills
• Able to work collaboratively and independently
• Ability to see the big picture while delivering the day to day.
• Adaptable and flexible

The position is 4-5 days/ week, depending on the applicant, based in Devonport, Auckland – just a delightful ferry trip across the harbour. For the Position Description or confidential discussion about this position please contact Amy Saunders or email .

To apply please provide your CV and a cover letter telling us why you consider you are the person for this position. Position Closing date 03 September 2021.


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