Applications close: Sunday 6 September at 11:59pm
How to apply:

Please send in a cover letter, CV, and a completed application form to

Download the application form here.

Download the position description here.


Title: Director
Responsible to: The Physics Room Board of Trustees
Staff Reporting to Director: Currently 2.25 FTE including Assistant Curator, Business Manager, Publications and Writing Coordinator, and Access Coordinator. Additional contractors and interns
Location: Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
Contract: Three years with potential to extend
Salary range: $50,000–$60,000
Ideal start date: Monday 19 October 2020

The Physics Room is a nationally and internationally recognised contemporary art organisation dedicated to developing contemporary art in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Director will develop and manage all areas of The Physics Room’s activities, within the context of the strategic, artistic, and business objectives of the organisation. 

The Physics Room honours the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Board of Trustees and Director will work together to develop a strategic vision and programme that reflect Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural identity.

Key Relationships:
  • The Physics Room Board of Trustees
  • The Physics Room staff
  • Creative New Zealand, Christchurch City Council, and other funding partners
  • Contemporary artists
  • Mana whenua–Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri
  • Audiences and membership
  • Contracted designers, editors, and other creative contractors
  • Media and arts writers
  • Tertiary education providers including Ilam School of Fine Arts and Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury
  • The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
  • South Island institutional partners
  • International partners
  • Business sponsors and patrons
  • Colleagues and contacts in equivalent institutions both within New Zealand and abroad
Key Responsibilities:


  • Research and develop an integrated annual programme of artistic activities across the following areas: gallery-based exhibitions and projects in Ōtautahi and at venues across Te Waipounamu; off-site art projects; print and electronic publications; public programming and educational support activities.
  • Present a draft annual programme for the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Implement that programme in liaison with artists, curators, writers and partners.
  • Supervise the installation and presentation of projects to the highest possible standards, maintaining the artistic integrity of the work.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of the practices of contemporary visual arts in New Zealand and internationally.
  • Maintain and develop professional relationships with allied and related institutions.


  • Honour the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work alongside mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri as partners in the delivery of The Physics Room’s activities.
  • Set a realistic annual operating budget in consultation with the Treasurer and the Business Manager for approval from the Board of Trustees.
  • Effectively manage all activities of The Physics Room to budget and on time.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees and funding bodies on artistic and business activities as required—including reports to the Board of Trustees at bi-monthly meetings and reports to Creative New Zealand twice yearly.
  • Supervise and manage staff: provide training, support, and review when required.
  • Supervise bookkeeping and financial records in consultation with the Business Manager and Treasurer.
  • Present financial records for annual audit.
  • Ensure healthy cash flow of the organisation, with all payments made and received on time, including wages and tax obligations.
  • Ensure our Audience Development Plan is implemented and fit-for-purpose.
  • Ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation and other regulatory obligations.


  • Ensure our Digital Strategy is implemented and fit-for-purpose.
  • Be the “public face” and spokesperson of The Physics Room.
  • Host national and international artists, curators, and other arts professionals when necessary.
  • Generate publicity and liaise with the media.
  • Ensure end-to-end documentation of projects is undertaken and archived.
  • Ensure contains all relevant, up to date information.
  • Ensure an appropriate social media presence is maintained and monitored.
  • Prepare relevant educational support material.
  • Foster productive relationships with current and potential stakeholders.
  • Manage programming and recording of monthly podcasts for Plains FM (Art, not Science).


  • Report to funders using agreed key performance indicators and other measures as needed.
  • Actively seek new partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with the business and cultural sectors.
  • Assist practitioners seeking additional support for projects to be presented at The Physics Room.
  • Foster productive relationships with current partners and sponsors.
  • Produce one major fundraising event per year.
  • Ensure our Fundraising Strategy is implemented and fit-for-purpose.
Applications close: Sunday 6 September at 11:59pm

How to apply:

Please send in a cover letter, CV, and completed application form to

Download the application form here.

Download the position description here.