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This opportunity invites dynamic and passionate individuals to join Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ) on a part-time basis as Project Lead.

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The Role:
This opportunity invites dynamic and passionate individuals to join Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ) on a part-time basis as Project Lead.

Working closely with the YANZ whānau and each other, you will have the chance to develop and manage events and projects that support the creativity of young artists. This role is open to anyone who has a passion for project management and the delivery of youth-focused kaupapa. No formal project management experience is required; we’re open to how you define ‘experience’ and will provide support and mentorship within the role - we seek individuals who are eager to learn and grow alongside peers within a holistically supportive youth-led organisation.

We’re looking for candidates based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, or those willing to relocate, who have demonstrated their ability to collaborate with teams, communities, or other groups to drive positive change. Whether through work in live music events, volunteering, community kaupapa, advocacy, or supporting whānau, we value diverse definitions of experience. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who are excited about making things happen!

There are two positions available for this role, and we’re on the lookout for different perspectives, unique experiences, and team players who can work collaboratively with each other to make magic happen! 

As a values-driven organisation, we seek someone who embodies the following qualities:

  1. A passion for the creative arts and youth empowerment: You possess a personal passion for the arts, creativity, and/or empowering rangatahi across Aotearoa.
  2. Knowledge and/or experience in project management or working in the events industry. 
  3. Ability to work independently and as part of a close-knit, collaborative team, with a proactive and adaptable approach to work.
  4. Excitement about YANZ’s vision and values, and a willingness to learn and grow as within the role.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities, with a knack for building and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders.

In addition to the above, the role entails assuming responsibilities related to project management, event coordination, and community engagement, contributing to the growth and delivery of YANZ initiatives. 

Being part of the YANZ whānau means:

  1. A personal development plan, tailored to how you want to grow your individual skills.
  2. Flexible working schedule, with the ability to work from home or our cosy, fully stocked office located in Parnell, Auckland. This role also has flexible hours to be discussed at the start of your time with us. 
  3. Opportunities to meet lots of other creatives and foster a community network of support and talent. 
  4. Team outings, events, and occasions to have lots of fun!
  5. A competitive compensation rate that recognises the value of your mahi within the industry.

About YANZ

Founded by 3 creative rangatahi in 2018 with a vision for more accessible creative experiences and pathways for Aotearoa’s young people, YANZ is Aotearoa’s leading youth-led social enterprise generating equitable opportunities for rangatahi to explore creativity; both as a career and as a means of self-expression. Our vision is for an Aotearoa where every young New Zealander knows the worth of their creative identity.

Our past and current initiatives include:

  • Te Kāhui: A creative expression programme for rangatahi in Corrections and other under-resourced youth communities. This is our biggest programme and operates nationally, led and facilitated by indigenous rangatahi - all incredible creatives and writers themselves.
  • Paid creative opportunities: Paring young creatives with paid gig work opportunities - especially musicians and visual artists. This has looked like a performance collaboration with the recent FIFA Women's World Cup and America's Cup, mural commissions and award show performances.
  • Event Pathways Programme: An annual paid immersive learning journey for 6 young Pasifika to gain hands-on experience in the live events sector, supporting them to develop lifelong skills and become fully confident backstage leaders.
  • Youth Voice Hui: A facilitated open-door space - held monthly online - for any rangatahi to share their thoughts, experiences and stories with the YANZ team and Board of Trustees, to inform and influence strategic discussions and decision making.

Since our founding in 2018, our youth-led team have run 350+ impactful events and projects, facilitated creative experiences for over 700 rangatahi across Aotearoa, and distributed over $610,000 in artist fees to young creatives through our initiatives.

You can learn more about YANZ, our team, and what we do below:

Interested? Apply or get in touch!

Please click here to submit an application. Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed on a rolling basis until we find the right match, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

You can find a full copy of the role description here.

We actively welcome younger people, and those who serve as champions for underserved rangatahi voices in Aotearoa, to apply for this role.

If you have any questions or are interested but aren’t quite sure if you fit the role, get in touch with Dani, our General Manager, at - let’s chat about how you could get involved!

Thanks so much for taking the time to consider joining the YANZ whānau; we very much look forward to hearing from you!

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