Current Opportunities

Art Museum Director

The City of El Paso is recruiting nationally for an experienced, hands-on, and high-energy El Paso Museum of Art Director to plan and implement exceptional exhibitions, educational experiences, and public programs. The Director oversees a budget of approximately $1.2 million dollars with a dedicated, creative staff of 17 full-time employees. Reporting to the Managing Director of Cultural Affairs & Recreation, and works closely with the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.



Education and Experience: A Master’s degree in museum studies, fine art, or art history, and six (6) years of museum exhibit development or design, or curatorial or museum education experience, including four (4) years of supervisory or managerial experience.


Licenses and Certificates: Valid Class “C” Driver License or equivalent from another state.



Under administrative direction, provide conceptual leadership through specialized knowledge, develop policy, acquire funding, plan, organize, staff and direct activities through the staff for assigned area. Oversee professional practices such as acquisitions, deaccessioning, preservation, research interpretation, and presentation.



Plan, develop, organize and direct instructional and aesthetic programs and projects for museum visitors and facility users. Involves: Establish policies and methods to acquire, remove, display, conserve and safeguard permanent and on loan artwork. Present local and traveling exhibitions. Formulate short- and long-range strategic plans, goals, priorities and standards. Research and propose major initiatives to sustain and enhance appreciation of cultural heritage through pertinent artwork, exhibits and allied activities. Establish capital improvement projects, educational outreach and endowment campaigns.

Plan and direct or engage in fundraising solicitations, artwork acquisition negotiations, oversee communications and marketing of museum programs and services to general public. Involves: Oversee research, prepare and submit grant and endowment proposals. Implement, coordinate and evaluate functioning of departmental organizations and facilities within available resources. Network with other museums, galleries and collectors to arrange for authentication, exchanges, loans, donations and purchases of artwork or artifacts. Oversee, write or edit treatises, journal articles, collection catalogs, program brochures, press releases, advertising copy and correspondence. Represent City museum at professional conventions to participate in or conduct seminars and community social events.

Oversee museum administration. Involves: Supervise and prepare budgetary projections for resources to meet short and long term goals and objectives including personnel, facilities, capital improvement, programs and services. Prepare annual budget recommendation with justifications based on projections and analysis. Develop and implement administrative policies, and procedure performance and measures to improve operational and program services. Represent the City’s interests to ensure contract compliance with artists, educators and consultants. Oversee arrange and direct security, preservation, transportation and storage of collected and borrowed artwork and artifacts. Oversee operation and updating of collection documentation and required department record keeping such as payroll, employee files, purchase requisitions and other transactions.

Supervise assigned personnel and volunteers. Involves: Schedule, assign, and review of operational and procedural activities. Prioritize and coordinate departmental activities. Instruct, guide and check work. Appraise employee performance and reviews evaluations by subordinates. Provide training and development. Enforce personnel rules, regulations, and work standards. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. As appointing authority, interview applicants and hire, terminate, transfer, discipline, assign merit pay or other employee status changes.



Formal applications must be submitted and should include the following attachments:

  • Compelling cover letter
  • Comprehensive resume
  • Salary history
  • Six (6) professional references

The established salary range for the Art Museum Director is $88,883.92 to $121,326.56 per year including an excellent benefits package. Placement within the range is based on qualifications and experience.

Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

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Please note:  This is an unclassified position.

Note: Applicants with a foreign degree must have all relevant documents translated and evaluated by a College, University or Credentials Evaluation Services Department prior to submitting them to the Human Resources Department.

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close when a preset number of qualified applications have been received.

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Salary Range: 
$88,883.92 - $153,769.19 Annually

About This Job

  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • City of El Paso, TX
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: $88,883.92 - $153,769.19 Annually
  • Posted: April 1, 2021