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Special Projects Coordinator (Temporary Position)

Function: The special projects coordinator works with the curator of education and the director at the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) to create and implement new initiatives and programs. These include, but are not limited to the development of a traveling exhibition in collaboration with the New York-based Vilcek Foundation, the IARC Speaker Series, and Collections Seminars. Additional assistance with artist fellowships and the Anne Ray internship program may be requested. This temporary position is full-time, non-exempt, and ends in August 2022.

Characteristic Duties:

Acts as support staff for the Indian Arts Research Center, specifically the education department, by performing the following:

  • Collaborates with Vilcek Foundation and staff to plan and coordinate traveling exhibition/catalog project that will open in 2022 
  • Proofreads and copy edits catalog entries written by Native community members for Vilcek project  
  • Corresponds with Native community participants of Vilcek project via email, phone, and/or mail  
  • Coordinates community meetings and events related to Vilcek project 
  • Acts as support staff for annual IARC Speaker Series and Collections Seminars  
  • Assists with docent trainings  
  • Assists with orientation for Native artist fellows and Anne Ray interns as necessary  
  • Acts as support staff for Native artist fellowships 
  • Assists with volunteer programming (meetings, continued education, field trips) 
  • Assists with on-site programs for local and Native American communities, including promoting use of the IARC collections by Native American scholars, artists, and interested visitors  
  • Other duties as assigned 

Supervision: The special projects coordinator reports directly to the director of the IARC.

Required Qualifications: A minimum of two years’ experience in a museum or cultural center, and exceptional organizational, writing, communication as well as solid content knowledge of Southwest Native American art and history, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to work effectively with diverse groups and be cognizant and respectful of sensitivity issues, particularly among Southwest Native American communities. 

Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the arts, education, social sciences, and/or Native American or museum studies. (Equivalent training and experience will be considered.) Good understanding of collections databases and basic grant writing skills desired collections handling. 

Physical Qualifications: Ability to sit for long periods; lift 20 lbs.; typing, standing, stooping, ability to see and interpret printed and displayed information. Ability to communicate by telephone, in writing, and in person.  

Salary: This hourly position pays $20.00 per hour, and is non-negotiable. Benefits include; option to participate in group health, dental, and life insurance plans at a shared cost with SAR; paid holidays; and vacation and paid sick leave benefits.  

To Apply: Email application in one (1) PDF file and include cover letter, résumé, and list of three (3) professional references. Please include your last name in the file name. Email to sandoval@sarsf.org. Position will remain open until filled.

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