Director, New Zealand School of Music

Victoria University of Wellington

Capital Thinking. Globally Minded. 

Director, New Zealand School of Music 

  • Lead the vision for music in New Zealand’s cultural capital
  • A globally ranked capital city university
  • New Zealand’s number one ranked university for research quality
  • New Zealand’s number one ranked music school for research quality

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, located in the vibrant cultural centre of the country. We have a proud tradition of fostering international links in teaching and research, delivering a student experience second to none and offering programmes of national and international significance. Thinking about a future in a culture where innovation and diversity are highly valued? Think Victoria. 

This exciting position reports to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and is responsible for providing visionary leadership to the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). The opportunity for this role is to shape and innovatively lead the NZSM to be the pre-eminent provider of musical education, research, composition and performance programmes in New Zealand, while also fostering NZ music and music from the Asia Pacific region. There is also the prospect of strategically leading new and creative projects linked with the development of the Wellington Town Hall as a music hub.

Holding a relevant doctoral qualification or equivalent, you will have a strong scholarly profile and/or performance and/or creative works portfolio relevant to the field of music. This will be combined with leadership experience ideally from a tertiary organisation or from the related professional or industry sector. Your strong professional credibility and stature in the broad sphere of music will be influential in continuing to build relationships and networks in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region leading to the achievement of NZSM’s ambitious vision. You will be forward thinking, innovative and flexible in approach, with a strong understanding of the academic environment and a determination to succeed in driving the bold vision for the NZSM.

As a location, Wellington is packed with leaders, achievers, entrepreneurs, creators, thinkers, dreamers, doers and lovers of life. It is a place where ideas happen, where people connect with nature and find friends for life. It is often wild, sometimes calm, but always alive with an energy and enthusiasm that makes this city the place of the possible. Victoria excels in this environment.  

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Applications close: Friday, 4 November 2016 

To apply in confidence, please go to and click “APPLY ONLINE” using reference VUWdsm0916 and include your cover letter and full curriculum vitae; or for a confidential discussion call Kirsten Henderson + 64 9 282 4240. 

Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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