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2020/07 Senior Designer

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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IT & computing
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

Senior Designer

Vacancies 2020/007

Fixed-term to September 2020/Full time*


Salary Range: $71,868 to $84,551 (85% to midpoint of Grade 5)


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata

Promoting a confident and connected culture


Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage is looking for an experienced lead designer and a new designer to join the Research and Publishing Group to contribute to our online and print publishing projects.


Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

The successful candidates will join a team that includes writers, designers and developers, and have the opportunity to contribute to wide variety of projects.

Applicants should have excellent general knowledge; a wide interest in all things New Zealand; galleries, libraries, archives and museums; excellent communication skills; and a collaborative approach. Knowledge of and interest in Māori history, culture and Te Reo would be advantageous.

Our work in the Design team is varied and often exciting. Our projects include websites Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, and NZHistory. We publish extensively on history, culture and society, including a programme of significant commemorations, and Te Tai, a project on Treaty settlements.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Development of site designs and interactive digital content templates ensuring layouts work across multiple platforms and device sizes using industry standards and best practise
  • Ensuring that the audience is a key focus of designs
  • Being part of a small and focused team, you manage your work priorities, work together with the designers participating in peer critique and champion good design practises.

This position reports to the Production Manager, Research and Publishing and is a member of our small and friendly Design team in the Delivery Group.


Kōrero mōu | About you

You will have:

  • experience leading design and web projects
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and to work effectively as part of a team
  • sound judgment and analytical skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • an interest in extending your technical knowledge in some of the fields of design, systems thinking, and front end development
  • strong planning and time management skills, and a well-developed ability to balance competing priorities.

In exchange we offer development opportunities, a vibrant and flexible work environment, and projects that will challenge you.


Ko wai mātou | About us

Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 150 kaimahi (employees), we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name.

Our work is diverse – we support many of New Zealand's art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

Want to know more about us? Take a look at our website.


Me pēhea te tono |How to apply

A position description for this role is attached.  For enquiries about this position please Lyn Belt, Team Administrator, Delivery, Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage, at

To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and folio, or link to online folio and complete the application form by clicking Apply Now.


Applications close 5pm on Thursday 30 January 2020


*Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly

Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We're open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

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