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Rekindle Manager

Craftsperson Douglas Horrell carving in our workshop

Job details

17 Oct 2022
Work type
Part time employment, Fixed Term
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Education & Development, Management & Admin


Join our Rekindle whānau! This part time (20 hr pw) fixed term position involves working closely with our Workshop Coordinator and Accounts person, our Rekindle team of talented Craftspeople and Volunteers, our Board and Advisors, community groups, funders, and other stakeholders. The person we are looking for is a natural relationship builder and communicator, has experience balancing multi-faceted values-driven projects, a passion for resourcefulness, and is committed to continuing to develop the way we put Te Tiriti o Waitangi into practice. With multiple programmes on the go, and more in the pipeline, it’s set to be an exciting year.

Background to role
This role began in December 2020 and has been consistently funded by Creative New Zealand through successive project funding since then. Due to the role being tied to funded activities, it is fixed term until September 30, 2023. Renewal of this role is dependent on our success with grant applications. This role also covers part of the period or parental leave of our current Manager, which is until 27 November 2023, with the provision for her to return to the role given 6 week’s notice, if desired.

Responsible to: Rekindle Transition team/Trust board, and advisors.

Staff reporting to Manager:
Workshop Co-ordinator
Account person
Craft Opportunities Programme Tutors
Current contractors – Craftsperson Tutors
Additional contractors from time to time

Other key relationships:

Aotearoa craft practitioners
Creative New Zealand
Christchurch City Council
Selwyn District Council
Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Other funding partners
Mana whenua–Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri
Our audience
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Business sponsors and patrons

Contract: 20 hours per week fixed term from 14 November 2022 to 30 September 2023.
Place of work: Our craft workshop at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, and from home, or mobile when necessary.
Days of work: Hours could be spread across 3-5 days and ordinarily worked as fixed hours, with flexi-time negotiable.

Person specification
It is essential that the person in this role feels a genuine commitment to:

1.     the organisational values above and to pursuing this kaupapa towards greater impact, and greater participation in resourceful craft

2.     finding a home as part of our team i.e. warmly and sensitively building authentic and enduring relationships with our tutors and other team members - these relationships are fundamental to the spirit, goodwill and success of our work

3.     developing the way our organisation puts into practice te Tiriti o Waitangi

Core responsibilities

•               Manages work on Rekindle’s building of cultural competency and as active partners in upholding and expressing te Tiriti o Waitangi

•               Manages the public workshop space at Te Matatiki Toi Ora the woodland workshop at the Brandenburg Coppice, Lincoln University

•               Works closely with and supports Rekindle Board and advisors to evolve and strengthen the capability of the organisation

•               Co-ordinates professional development programme for residents, tutors, and volunteers

•               Upholds OSH requirements and incident reporting

•               Manages Rekindle’s relationship with the public

•               Manages communications and marketing strategy

•               Recruits, supports, and advises craftspeople and volunteers in their work

•               Manages financials and project budgets, and reports to the Board in liaison with the Accounts person

•               Manages strategic relationships with the Board

•               Develops and implements policies and procedures in consultation with the Board and Rekindle team

•               Applies for and reports on funding grants

•               Instigates new projects and development of the organisation with the support of the Board

•               Reports regularly to the Board, advisors and funding bodies on artistic and business activities as required

They will also collaborate with and support the Workshop Coordinator to:

•               Support and grow the workshop programme and online programming

•               Instigate and co-ordinate outreach activities (i.e. activities outside of Rekindle workshop facilities) including our Craft Opportunities programme, Regional activities, Creatives in Schools, partnerships with NGOs, Libraries, Kids Fest, etc.

•               Support tutors and volunteer’s day-to-day needs

•               Co-ordinate volunteer activity

•               Co-ordinate social media and other engagement activities

•               Manage workshop cover and on-call issues (i.e. tutor/volunteer sickness etc)

How to apply

Email with any questions you might have, and then apply by sending your CV and cover letter to the same address.

Please include in the cover letter:

  • a description of why you are interested in this role
  • how working with us fits with your values and your vision of your career path

Please send your application through by 17 October 2022 or as soon as you like!

Written by


28 Sep 2022

Rekindle is a Christchurch based social enterprise that creates opportunities for resourcefulness. We focus on transforming undervalued resources through care, connection and craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness.