Broker for Dunedin - job applicatioNS closE 25th September

We are looking for someone to help us with a pilot brokerage for Dunedin!  READ ON for the job description. 

Advertised Position: Broker

Want to help revitalise Dunedin City? Are you passionate about the role the arts can play in society? Feel you can talk to both artists and property owners as equals? This is a role to create new opportunities for the arts in Dunedin and help change the face of the city.

Letting Space is a public art organisation looking to employ a self-motivated person to make a real contribution to the revitalisation of Dunedin city. Through the Urban Dream Brokerage service the Broker will process applications by artists and creative thinkers with dynamic projects for vacant properties. They will work with owners of suitable properties, liaise with owners and agents, and negotiate with both parties to secure properties under temporary licensing arrangements.  They will promote Brokerage projects through strategically designed communications.

The broker will be strong at making contacts with business people, artists and the media. They will be good at spreading the word about this innovative programme. This is a paid part-time contract available on flexible terms.

Application due:     5pm, Friday 25 September, 2015

Interviews:         Between 9-5pm, Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Start work:    5th October 2015, reviewed December 2015, anticipated to continue until June 2016

Job description

Broker Role

The primary purpose of the role is to successfully coordinate the placement of fresh, unique and creative projects into vacant commercial spaces within the Dunedin city region.

The secondary purpose will be to advocate and promote these projects, helping lead to the revitalisation of Dunedin city in the eyes of the arts, property and business worlds alike.

Your role will involve:

1. Implementing strategies to maintain buy-in from property owners and to promote the benefits of the brokerage.
2. Developing a marketing strategy with assistance from Letting Space and promoting successfully brokered projects to a wide audience.  

3. Promoting the brokerage to artists, meeting and discussing criteria with potential applicants. 

4. Liaising with other key stakeholders such as the Property Council of New Zealand Dunedin branch, arts and business groups, Dunedin City Council Chamber of Commerce and key individual affiliates connected to the property industry.

5. Research, document and maintain a database of applicants and property owners.

6. Develop and write editorial relating to successful projects, and develop newsletters or other informative material. 

7. Negotiate License Agreements and Special Conditions with property owners

8. Arrange property inspections to assess condition of sites and suitability for their use.

9. Coordinate repair and maintenance works and contribute to Property Risk Management procedures

10. Develop initial relationships with further potential funders/partners of the Brokerage.

11. Maintaining excellent relationships with property owners and artists.



The Broker will be expected to be able to work independently, but will be briefed and guided by the Brokerage's manager Sophie Jerram, in consultation with the Brokerage's advisory board and Letting Space producers Helen Kirlew Smith and Mark Amery, and the trustees of the Wellington Independent Arts Trust.


This is a position for an Independent contractor for an Initial Period of three months (12 weeks) with the potential to extend for a nine month period (45 weeks approximately) until 1 July 2016.

This is a part-time contract for service available on flexible terms but averaging 25 hours per week (pro rata $52 000 pa).

The position is expected to start on 5th October and run until at least the end of June 2016.

Selection Criteria

This position involves being able to work across the creative, property and business worlds. The successful applicant may have their principal experience in either of these areas, but in bridging these interests will bring an understanding and appreciation of all of them.


1. Passion for the renewal and revitalisation of Dunedin city and a belief in the important role that artists play as agents of change.

2. Excellent verbal, and written and personal communication skills

3. Good thorough documentation skills

4. Good budgeting and project management skills

5. Confident, dynamic, tenacious and self-motivated personal qualities


1. Understanding and appreciation of the business and property worlds

2. Project management/coordination experience

3. Understanding and appreciating of the role public art can play in urban development

4. Experience/background in real estate, creative and property industries or urban development

5. Experience in negotiations

6. Experience with maintenance/building/property service providers

To apply

Please email the following documents:

1. CV – no more than 2 pages

2. Your written response to all the Selection Criteria

In the subject of your email please include the words: Job Application: Brokerage Coordinator [insert your name]


Email as above or phone Helen Kirlew Smith 027 378 7432

The Wellington Independent Arts Trust supports experienced Dunedin arts managers by providing an umbrella for significant independent arts projects. Mark Amery, Sophie Jerram and Helen Kirlew Smith are also managers of Letting Space (for more information see

This position is funded with the support of the Dunedin City Council.