Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie expects
a "good range of quality candidates" will seek the museum's top
The position is vacant after chief executive Shimrath Paul
left the museum to take up a senior medical centre management
job in Indonesia last week.
The chief executive role was one of the country's main museum
jobs, Mr Crombie said.
Mr Paul, who had been at Otago Museum for 22 years, had a
salary of $310,793, which is believed to be higher than that
received by anyone else in New Zealand museum management,
including the head of Te Papa.
Mr Crombie said the next chief executive's salary would be
partly dependent on the successful candidate, but indicated
it was likely to be lower than previously.
An "appropriate package" would be offered for the "right
The board had already begun choosing a recruitment consultant
to help find a new chief executive.
Subsequent advertising could be over three to four weeks and
was likely to be local, national and international, he said.
He hoped to have the position filled by the start of next
The museum's management team would handle the interim running
of the institution until the next chief executive took over.