VACANCY: Assistant Director at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment of the position of Assistant Director at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Application deadline 10 July 2017

In compliance with the Employment Equity Plan, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is committed to employment practices that redress past imbalances in respect of race, gender, creed and disability, and as such the relevant policy will be considered during selection and placement.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the under-mentioned position. Persons with a disability are encouraged to apply, unless otherwise stated in the advertisement.



TASK Grade 14 (R398 172 – R553 572 per annum)

(Basic salary only, excluding benefits)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art History.
  • Valid Code EB driving license.
  • Five years’ working experience in a museum and/or academic institution.


  • Management skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Financial skills.
  • Art history research methodology.

Job purpose:

  • Developing, promoting and enhancing the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s collection and programmes according to an integrated plan, which includes maintaining international standards of musicological practice through research, acquisition and interface with other institutes.
  • Preserving and recontextualising the existing collection, in keeping with changing international treads and shifting social references within South Africa.
  • Fostering a progressive policy on the development of the visual arts, with a focus on previously disadvantaged communities.
  • Playing a pivotal role in reinforcing the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s local and international reputation.
  • Promoting the role of the Art Museum as a resource for civic development.

As part of the selection process, candidates may be tested on any requirement, skill or competency, which will include pre-employment screening, security vetting and psychometric assessment.

Fringe benefits will include membership of a Retirement Fund, Medical Aid Scheme, Group Life Assurance Scheme, participation in a Housing Subsidy and Car Schemes (subject to the conditions of the various Schemes), and normal leave and sick leave benefits.


  • Kindly note that all applications for employment should be completed on the Official Employment Application Form of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and accompanied by certified copies of academic qualifications and a comprehensive CV (please do not submit original supporting documentation, as this will not be returned). Z83 applications and faxed applications are no longer accepted. A CV not accompanied by a fully completed official application form will not be accepted.
  • Please complete one employment application form per vacancy, clearly stating the position code of the post for which you are applying.
  • Official application forms are obtainable from the Employment Application Receiving Centres that are located on ground floor of: Lillian Diedericks Building (formerly Brister House), Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth OR Town Hall, Market Street, Uitenhage.
  • Application forms may also be downloaded from the municipal website:
  • For more information, visit the Art Museum website
  • Telephonic enquires may be directed to the Receptionist Tel: 041 506 3259.
  • Mail to the Executive Director: Corporate Services (Human Resources Management Services Sub-Directorate), PO Box 116, Port Elizabeth 6000 or deliver to the relevant Employment Application Receiving Centre.

Kindly note that the Municipality contacts shortlisted applicants only. Applicants not contacted within six weeks of the closing date may safely assume that their applications were not successful. They are nevertheless thanked for their interest shown in the position/s advertised.

CLOSING DATE: MONDAY, 10 July 2017, before 12h00 noon.

Download the Application Form 

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