The Museum of Transport and Technology (‘MOTAT’) is New Zealand’s largest science, technology and transport museum and offers an engaging, inspiring and fun learning experience for visitors of all ages while collecting, operating and preserving the country’s technological taonga and stories.  Over the past five years, it has successfully moved from being a “museum of things” to a “lightbulb institution” that is audience-focused, vision-based and has a transformative impact on its community. MOTAT’s vision for the future is to be New Zealand’s “must experience” museum, using Kiwi technology and ingenuity to educate and inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

The continued success and transformation of MOTAT requires a Board that is flexible, entrepreneurial, customer-centric and collaborative. Auckland Unlimited (on behalf of Auckland Council) and The MOTAT Society seek applications from directors with a genuine passion for MOTAT’s vision and values, whose diverse backgrounds, expertise and perspectives contribute to strong governance and effective decision-making.

Skills and competencies sought

Candidates must be experienced directors with outstanding strategic and interpersonal skills, except where indicated as a development position. In this year’s Board appointment process, we are looking for candidates who can also demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Networks and influence in central and local political environments
  • Experience and demonstrated professional competence in the field of technology, ingenuity, innovation and science
  • Practitioner of māutauranga Māori with a professional mana whenua perspective on science, technology and innovation.  For this competency, candidates at the beginning of their governance career are encouraged to apply and will be supported to grow their governance experience and capability. 
  • Strong experience in leading and managing health and safety, including collective and individual wellbeing. The experience should be in a substantial organisation carrying some significant risks.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a connection to Auckland’s diverse communities and have experience in engaging with local and central government. Applicants will also be expected to have demonstrated an active interest in and contribution to community-based organisations during their careers and to be committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and to promoting outcomes for Māori and knowledge of Te Ao Māori via their networks.

Candidates should be Auckland-based, or within driving distance of Auckland.

How to apply:

This Board appointment process is being managed by MartinJenkins, supported by Vaney Executive Search and Amy Tea Consulting. For further information about the Museum, key candidate requirements, remuneration and how to apply, please refer to the Candidate Information on MartinJenkins’ website https://www.martinjenkins.co.nz/local-government/motat/

Applications close at 9am on Tuesday 6 April 2021.

If you require a confidential conversation, please contact:

Bridget Vaney – Email: bridget@vaneysearch.co.nz Mobile: 027 663 3298

Candidates with competency in māutauranga Māori may also contact:

Amy Tea – Email: amy@amytea.co.nz Mobile: 027 435 3000   

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