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The School for Advanced Research (SAR), established in 1907, is a residential center located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and focused on the cultivation of innovative research in anthropology and related social sciences as well as the work of Native American artists.

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of SAR. The IARC strives to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression. This is accomplished by promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection; providing Native American arts fellowship opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through seminars and symposia; and nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training. The IARC collection is considered to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native American art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, the collection encompasses more than 12,000 items housed in two vaults on the SAR campus. Stewardship of the collection, undertaken in close collaboration with the region’s Native communities, is a primary focus of IARC activities.



The Director of the IARC develops policies and procedures for the artistic, fund-raising, and administrative programs of the Center. This includes supervision of the IARC’s staff and provision of administrative oversight and scholarly expertise. This position reports to the president of SAR, and is full time, FLSA exempt.



IARC Administration, Policies, and Procedures:

  • Leads and inspires the IARC staff in the development and delivery of work product that aligns with the mission and core values of SAR and the IARC
  • Oversees IARC personnel and programs, including the IARC’s Community Collections Review program
  • Develops publications related to the IARC
  • Oversees publicity activities such as mailings, articles, and web updates
  • Recommends acquisitions and deaccessions
  • Develops policies and procedures of the IARC
  • Oversees security policies and procedures
  • Oversees IARC facility
  • Plans and manages IARC program budgets and oversees expenditureWorks in concert with the grants manager to draft grant proposals, including budgets, and to ensure grant funds are spent on time and reports are completed in a timely and accurate manner

Board and Committee Responsibilities:

  •  Prepares, submits, and presents reports on the status of the IARC programs, policies, acquisitions, and deaccessions as requested by the Academic and Artistic Affairs Committee at the bi-annual meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Oversees the meetings of the Staff Collections Committee
  • Reviews applications submitted for the selection of artist fellows and research associates, in consultation with the curator of education and IARC staff

Executive Team Duties:

  • Contributes to the success of SAR and the IARC by participating in all levels of strategic planning, goal setting, risk management, and vision meetings
  • Raises funds in cooperation with SAR president and development division
  • Develops relationships with current patrons, potential donors, and Native American communities for both SAR and IARC purposes
  • Participates in the campus-wide facilities master plan and future capital campaign processes
  • Represents SAR and the IARC at programs and events locally, nationally, and tribally, as well as at professional conferences


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in art history, anthropology, or related field; seven or more years’ experience in museum management and administration, or equivalent related experience; knowledge of nonprofit management; demonstrated expertise in patron development, fund-raising, grant writing, and grant oversight. Prior experience in budget development and staff supervision. Ability to work within tight deadlines, managing multiple priorities. Active interest in the mission of SAR and knowledge of capital campaigns a plus. This position will commit to working occasional evenings and weekends as the schedule dictates.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Strong content knowledge in Southwest Native American art and history; PhD in art history, anthropology, or related field, with demonstrable scholarly achievement commensurate with point in career; familiarity with NAGPRA and cultural property issues in general; demonstrated experience working in and among Native American communities.

SALARY: This salaried position is paid $78,000 to $90,000, depending upon experience and qualifications.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit application packet in a single .pdf to sandoval[at] Application must include letter of interest, resume, and a list of three professional references. Please use your name in the title of your application ex: (yourname)SAR.pdf.

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