A focus on funding
The Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra is going through another staff restructuring and wants a project manager to help with business development. Alexandra District Museum board president Malcolm Macph- erson said that after the resignation of museum operations manager Shani Redmile in July and with a short-term administration assistant’s contract not being renewed, a new position had become available. Ms Redmile’s position will be broken into two jobs – a two- to three-day position for an office administrator, and the project manager’s position, which was also expected to be part-time, about 0.7 of a full-time job. It was hoped the project manager would bring in ideas to help the museum create a focus on revenue-generation, Mr
Macpherson said. They would also have to source funding, promote events, organise retail opportunities and make better use of exhibition and retail spaces. ‘‘It’s a new approach.’’ Funding given to the museum by the Central Otago District Council and the Vincent Community Board was ‘‘only keeping the museum’s head above water’’ and more focus needed to be put on earning its own income, Macpherson said. The museum, which recorded a $31,000 loss in income for the 2010-2011 financial year, underwent a restructuring last year. Museum
Brian Patrick was made redundant. Museum vice president Paul Checketts said the museum ‘‘was in a better position’’ then this time last year and had come from a $9226 cash deficit in June 2011 to a $5892 surplus in June this year.
Central Stories Museum