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Opportunity: Creative Employment Consultant

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ArtsLab creative employment workshop facilitated at Whare Toi, Maunga Takarunga (Mount Victoria)

“Amazing experience, sad to leave so soon, would recommend to any creatives looking for a job, as ArtsLab not only helps with the action of job searching, but also looking within one’s self – teaching people the right mentality around how to erupt into the job market. Love that the consultants are willing to help you at the drop of a hat and can see they truly enjoy their jobs.”

Former ArtsLab Client (2024) 

Job Summary

We are looking for an empathetic and energetic Creative Employment Consultant to work with our team to deliver our unique professional development and career pathway programme, ArtsLab.  

This is a challenging but highly rewarding role ideally suited to a careers professional or someone with a background in tertiary education who is keen to branch out. We are primarily looking for someone passionate about helping people into sustainable and meaningful employment. 

ArtsLab provides professional development and career guidance for creatives who are registered with Work and Income and on the Job-Seekers benefit. Previously known as PACE (Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment), we are Aotearoa New Zealand’s longest running creative employment service. 

We aim to help our clients find employment by building their resilience and confidence as well as imparting lifelong personal and professional skills. To do this we offer a robust and engaging programme that includes workshops, mentoring (with external industry experts) and career coaching in a safe and enjoyable environment.  

If you are not a perfect match for the requirements below but have a strong interest in learning and upskilling in this area of work, we welcome you to still apply.  


Professional Skills Preferred

  • A minimum qualification in adult teaching such as New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5), CELTA or equivalent experience evidencing use of a communicative, client-centred learning approach 
  • A minimum qualification in career guidance such as NMIT Graduate Certificate in Career Development – you may be part way through your studies 
  • Strong English literacy and communication skills 
  • Able to edit and craft CVs and cover letters to an excellent standard 
  • Experience with adult workshop facilitation both online and in person 
  • Experience working with young adults in a support capacity 
  • Experience supporting clients or students from a range of cultural backgrounds 
  • Experience supporting neurodiverse clients or students 
  • Ability to utilise and communicate a range of job seeking strategies 
  • Research skills to find suitable training courses, job insights, and stay up to date with creative industry trends 
  • Strong job interview knowledge including but not limited to STAR method 
  • Excellent organisation, time management and administration skills 
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office – Word, Outlook, Teams, Excel (basic), Google suite, and internet research 
  • Tech savvy and able to quickly adapt to new systems 
  • Knowledge and experience using LinkedIn for networking and job searching 
  • Familiar with LMS (learning management systems) and CMS (client management systems) 
  • Able to deliver to KPIs (employment targets) set by MSD (Ministry of Social Development) 

Personal Skills Required 

  • Warm, engaging and interested in the Arts and Creative Sector 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to modify communication style for different situations and clients  
  • Open-mindedness and genuine care and understanding of clients’ needs and situations 
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently 
  • Agile and resilient 
  • Ability to display sound judgment and show initiative 
  • Able to help others stay accountable by setting and sticking to goals 

Additional Beneficial Skills 

  • Familiarity with New Zealand’s creative industries 
  • Previous experience working with MSD clients 
  • A background or interest in social work or psychology may be beneficial 
  • Training or knowledge in HR and recruitment 
  • Counselling experience or training 
  • Able to develop engaging content for both in person and online workshops 

To be successful in this role, you will have a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and biculturalism and be aligned with the DEPOT’s purpose and ambitions.  

Most importantly, you will be a positive and collaborative team member. 

This permanent role offers flexibility around WFH days and working hours depending on the applicant and the team’s needs. 

About Us

DEPOT is a not-for-profit charitable trust committed to developing, nurturing, and supporting creatives as well as the wider creative sector. Depot is home to an art gallery and shop, two recording studios and two creative career and employment programmes. 

Depot’s ArtsLab Creative Employment Programme has been running for 20 years, empowering, and supporting unemployed creatives into sustainable employment. 

We are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve, and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. 

To find out more please read the full job description below.

If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and CV to, outlining who you are, the unique perspectives you bring, and ways you can contribute to this role.

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