Te Papa is shedding a senior executive position in the first phase of a restructuring programme.
The national museum has begun advertising for four new associate director roles, which will take the senior team from seven to six positions.
While the chief executive and kaihautu (Maori leader) positions will remain the same, the other five positions will now be reduced to four.
The new positions are associate directors of Te Papa Museum of the future; museum operations and services; museum of living cultures; and Te Papa enterprises.
There were already two vacancies on the team, and the remaining three executives will have to apply for positions within the new structure. They are collections and research group director Claudia Orange, experience group director Mark Donovan and corporate services group director Brighid Kelly.
Chief executive Michael Houlihan said the changes were the first of a two-stage restructuring process.
"The proposed management and organisational structure has been developed to ensure that Te Papa is positioned to achieve its new vision and long-term strategy."
The second phase would look at further management positions, and having the executive positions in place would "support the wider change in strategic direction for Te Papa".
However, phase two was still at the proposal stage, and staff were being consulted, he said.
It was not known how many jobs would be affected.
"The organisational structure is only a proposal at this stage so no final decision has been reached. We have consulted with managers in the first phase and are now consulting with the rest of Te Papa staff on the broader structure," he said.
"Redeployment opportunities will be the first option for affected staff and in some cases, training will be offered to ensure that this is possible. Redundancy will be the last option."
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