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Executive Director – New Mexico History Museum


Job Description
Executive Director
New Mexico History Museum (NMHM)
Palace of the Governors (PoG)

The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark (NMHM/PoG), a division of the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Director.  See  The NMHM and the PoG explore the Southwestern chapters of the American experience.  We fulfill our mission through diverse collections, inspired exhibitions, engaging public programs, award-winning publications and collaborative partnerships.

Position Summary:  The Director is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary of DCA.  The Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of complex organizations serving multiple community-based constituencies and audiences.  The Director should have experience working in government, including navigating public-private partnerships.  At least three years of experience in a senior museum management position required; a Bachelor’s Degree or higher degree in a discipline related to the position is required, e.g., public history, history, anthropology, museum administration, etc.  Candidate must have a successful record in strategic planning, grant-writing, staff supervision, and fundraising.  The Director supervises 40 – 45 staff including curators, educators, archivists, designers, public relations staff, technicians, facility managers, and security personnel responsible for the preservation and interpretation of the broad sweep of New Mexico’s history.  The Director will have an appreciation and understanding of New Mexico’s complex history.

The Director will work within the DCA History and Heritage Group and will actively collaborate with other divisions within that unit, as well as support initiatives with the DCA Arts and Sciences Group and other DCA divisions.  The Director will have an authentic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in staffing, programming, and engagement.

The New Mexico History Museum complex consists of the History Museum, the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, the Palace Press, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, and the Native American Artisans Portal Program.  The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a part of the Museum of New Mexico System.  Compensation: $90,000 annual salary plus benefits and PERA retirement.  References upon request.

Application deadline is September 1, 2019.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to:


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