New Mexico History Museum

Job posting: Executive Director for the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors

May 05, 2014


The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a division of the state of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of director. (For more information about the museum, see The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors explores the Southwestern experiences of the American story. We fulfill our mission through diverse collections, inspired exhibitions, engaging public programs, award-winning publications and collaborative partnerships.

Position Summary: The director is an appointee of the governor of New Mexico and is hired by the cabinet secretary of Cultural Affairs. The position reports to the Cultural Affairs secretary, the governor of New Mexico, and the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents. The position requires a seasoned professional with a track record of successful leadership of a multidisciplinary museum organization, oversight of professional staff and dedicated volunteers, fund-raising, and collaborations. The director supervises a dedicated staff of 43 people, including curators, educators, archivists, designers, public relations staff, technicians, facility managers and security personnel who are responsible for the preservation and interpretation of New Mexico in its broad historical context.

The New Mexico History Museum complex consists of the History Museum, the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, the Palace Press, the Fray Angélico Chávez 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. Competitive salary with attractive benefits.

Desired qualifications:

  1. A bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the function of the division, including but not limited to history, anthropology, archaeology, art history, or museum studies. An advanced degree is preferred.

  2. Significant experience in the management and operation of an organization similar to the museum, including exhibitions and public programs, fund-raising and advocacy.

  3. Passion for and in-depth knowledge of Southwestern history and cultures, communities, and constituencies.

  4. Successful experience in fund development and grants management.

  5. Experience developing exhibitions and programming in a cultural institution.

  6. Scholarly accomplishments.

  7. Experience with historic preservation.


  1. Successful personnel management, team-building, and dynamic leadership.

  2. Demonstrated budget creation, oversight and administration.

  3. Policy development and implementation in a governmental environment.

  4. Successful strategic planning and implementation.

  5. Community outreach and engagement with culturally diverse support communities.

  6. Exceptional interpersonal and public relations.

  7. Exceptional written communication and public speaking skills.

  8. Public and private sector partnerships and program development.

  9. Experience working with boards and foundations.

How to apply:

For consideration, please submit electronically a cover letter, résumé, three professional and three personal references, and scans of relevant transcripts that document degrees. All materials are due on or before June 30, 2014. Application materials should be sent to: Subject line should read: NMHM/POG Executive Director Search.If you encounter any difficulties with the electronic submission contact Arlene Ann at


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