The mission of the Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) (a 501c-3) - to share and celebrate the arts and cultures of the (American) Southwest. The MRM was founded in 1956 by Paul Peralta Ramos, son of heiress Millicent Rogers. The collections were based on artifacts that Millicent, and then Paul, gathered. The museum holds perhaps the best public collection of Maria Martinez pottery in the world, a comprehensive pottery collection by other Native American artists, one of the most extensive collections of Hispano art, furniture, and religious artifacts, varied historic textiles and Native American jewelry.

The MRM has a small staff of seven and an annual operating budget of slightly under $1 million. Located in Taos, New Mexico, the museum is surrounded by stunning natural areas and is enriched by several deeply rooted, multi-cultural communities. The Taos Pueblo has defined the area for a millennium, and is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a US National Historic Landmark. The Taos area enjoys a vibrant and varied arts scene. Taos lies approximately 70 miles from Santa Fe, the third largest art market in the nation.

Position Description

The Curator of Collections and Exhibitions is responsible for the care of the Millicent Rogers Museum's collections and creates and manages the MRM's exhibitions program.

Collections management primarily includes: management/care of the collection, maintaining adequate protection of the collection, accessions, de-accessions, loans, and cataloging.

The Curator is the primary staff point of contact with the Board of Trustees Collections Committee.

The Curator is responsible for all exhibition curatorial functions: researching, developing, and installing exhibitions; drafting, proofing, and designing interpretive materials; joint management of interpretive projects in concert with the Education Director. The Curator is also responsible for researching and writing contextual information for grants, social media, exhibition websites, and educational initiatives. Identifies and manages guest curators and other contractors as needed.

The Curator prepares exhibition proposals several years in advance for review and related planning. The Curator also investigates and develops opportunities for temporary exhibitions in support of the Museum's mission.

The Curator performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and in support of other staff members staff related to the museum mission, strategic plan, and near term goals and objectives. These activities include, bat are no limited to educational programming, donor relations, development and community outreach and community relations.


  • Master's degree in anthropology, history, Native American studies, museum studies, or related field

  • Minimum of three years of experience in a similar position(s)

  • Comfort working with a small staff team

  • Demonstrated experience in collections care

  • Knowledge and interest in maintaining museum accepted best practice

  • Demonstrated experience in exhibition development and implementation

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficiency in Past Perfect collections management software, or the ability to learn within six months

Preferred Experience

  • In anthropology, American Southwestern studies, Spanish American studies, Native American studies, or related fields

  • Demonstrated experience and sensitivity to cultural nuance

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

  • As a critical member of a small, dedicated staff, the ideal candidate will be a "team player" with a proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues, community members, donors, volunteers and Trustees. This position works collaboratively with all members of the staff, regularly supporting development, marketing, and educational initiatives. The ideal candidate will thrive in a lively environment and must be comfortable adapting to changing priorities and opportunities.

    This is a permanent, full time position. The Curator manages interns and related volunteers and reports directly to the Executive Director.

    Salary based on experience and qualifications. The position carries a full benefits package including an employer retirement contribution, paid time off, paid holidays, a flexible schedule, and employer supported (75%) health insurance.

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