New Mexico Association of Museums

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Collections Assistant, Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe

The Indian Arts Research Center has an immediate opening for a collections assistant. This position is responsible for assisting the collections manager with the physical care and management of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) and Arroyo Hondo collections in consultation with IARC director and in accordance with the AAM Code of Ethics. Provides direct assistance with preventive maintenance and conservation techniques, storage, and any concerns associated with daily collections care practices. This position is full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt.


  • Assists with collections care including acquisitions, preventive conservation, access, security, environmental and pest control monitoring, storage, inventory, and loans.
  • Assists in training of volunteers and IARC interns working on collections management and curatorial projects.
  • Assists the collections manager with collections-related correspondence.
  • Works with IARC staff in achieving administrative goals and objectives. Revised 06/27/2019
  • Updates data (i.e., condition, conservation, and locations records) into The Museum System (TMS) database.
  • Assists with symposiums, seminars, collection reviews, NAGPRA consultations, and other program activities as requested by the collections manager and IARC director.
  • Assists in monitoring HVAC system and other environmental controls to ensure storage conditions are adequate for collections.
  • Assists in implementing integrated pest management procedures.
  • Assists with research and community visits and accommodates Native artist fellows with access to collections when needed.
  • Assists IARC staff with collections management-related tours.
  • Informs collections manager of any concerns related to the general maintenance and care of collections.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
SUPERVISION: The position reports to the IARC collections manager.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum two years museum experience. Bachelor’s degree in art history, anthropology, Southwest studies, museum studies or history desired. Demonstrated knowledge of Southwest Native American art and culture. Basic knowledge of storage practices, collections management, and preventive conservation methods. Must also have some familiarity with, and be respectful of, culturally sensitive issues among the diverse Native American communities represented in the IARC collection. Good speaking, writing, and computer skills are necessary. Must have good interpersonal skills and be excel in a teamoriented environment.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applications will be emailed to The application documents must be in one .pdf file and include cover letter, résumé, and list of three (3) professional references; and the .pdf file name includes candidate’s last name.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2019

Salary: $34,000 to $37,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include 403(b) retirement plan and option to participate in group health, dental, life insurance plans. SAR also offers paid holidays as well as generous vacation and sick leave benefits.

Museum Preparator, Las Cruces Museum System, Las Cruces

Full time regular, non-exempt position that performs skilled and semi-skilled work in the fabrication, installation, replacement, and repair of museum exhibits.

Work is performed in a work shop environment and in museum facilities with frequent exposure to electrical hazards and various chemicals, fumes, dust, and debris related to the functions of the position; exposure to all weather and traffic conditions when traveling to other worksites or facilities. Medium physical demands; frequent and prolonged periods of standing, sitting bending, stooping, reaching, stepping up on stools, climbing ladders, working at heights on ladders and lifts, pushing and pulling shipping/packing  crates and carrying art materials, supplies, art work, and artifacts weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues.  Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services.  Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policy.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2019

Salary: $17.10 Hourly

Grant Writer, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque

The primary role of the Grant Writer is to research, develop, write, and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials necessary to secure grant support from private foundation and government funding sources. Primary responsibilities include prospect research, preparation of original proposals and reports and donor stewardship. The Grant Writer must work cross-departmentally to increase contributed support and advance institutional priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Must be able to juggle multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.

The purpose of the Grant Writer’s role is to meet museum fundraising goals through successful grant applications and receipt of grant awards. The Grant Writer is a new position for The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and the Grant Writer will be laying the foundation for the future of this work by developing internal processes and controls to monitor and track a grant calendar and write successful proposals. Determine best practices for grant writing in this capacity of work for the museum. The Museum Foundation will provide a private quiet work space, database training (MatchMaker Software, Grant Source).

Basic Work Week: 40 hours per week, M-F. Permanent hourly position. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Matching 401K.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references to

Application Deadline: July 26, 2019

Salary: ?

Executive Director, New Mexico History Museum & Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe

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.

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: September 1, 2019 Please submit a cover letter and resume. Thank you.

Salary: $90,000/year + benefits & PERA

Associate Director of Finance & Administration, Explora, Albuquerque

The Associate Director of Finance and Administration (ADFA) reports to the Executive Director (ED) and is responsible, directly and through others, for many of the important administrative functions at Explora, including accounting, finance, grant administration, investments, risk management, legal compliance, insurance coverage, vendor relations, IT, HR administration, business analytics, etc. As a part of the senior leadership team, the ADFA will be involved in a range of organizational projects and initiatives, providing excellent internal and external customer service to help Explora thrive.

She or he will work closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director (DD), and leadership team in putting Explora’s Cradle Through Career STEAM Learning strategic plan into action. With the ED, the ADFA will act as a liaison to the board of directors’ finance committee, working with the committee to ensure fiscal strength and compliance.

The ADFA will continually evaluate and improve internal systems and processes, with an eye toward efficiency, impact, and future needs. The ADFA will work closely with the members of the leadership team to learn and support their work and that of their departments, including training, data gathering, reporting, systems development, process improvement, and other assistance and guidance.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary: $45,000-$53,000/year based on experience and qualifications

Hubbard Museum of the American West

Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs

MAIL: PMB #149 1208 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 - 6762


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