Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H8001 / Dir,Harwood Museum
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under the direction of the Museum Board, plans and administers the programmatic and operational aspects of Harwood Museum. Directs and oversees the exhibitions, educational programs, fundraising efforts, public relations, publications and printed materials. Occasionally prepares and delivers or causes to be published lectures or papers on aspects of the Museum's collection. Represents the Museum with its constituencies, including patrons and contributors, volunteers, Harwood Alliance members, the UNM community, and the general public of Taos and Northern New Mexico. Interacts with the Museum's peer and broader Museum and Arts communities. Develops and supervises staff members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Represents the Harwood in the local community and develops relationships in relevant art and museum organizations that strengthen the Harwood's funding and exhibition potential.
  2. Develops and oversees all fundraising activities; plans and develops strategies for generating resources and/or revenue for operating funds, programs and special exhibitions; provides leadership in preparation of contract and/or grant proposals.
  3. Develops and implements an integrated vision of potential programs, services, and initiatives that will support and enhance the museum's ability to serve its mission and maintain standards of excellence.
  4. Provides leadership in developing art exhibitions, art education programs and communicating understanding and appreciation for art as represented by the Museum's collection.
  5. Directs, monitors, and coordinates the fiscal and business management of the museum, ensuring that all operations, programmatic activities, and initiatives support the overall financial success and well-being of the enterprise.
  6. Coordinates and oversees the overall development, management, and administration of the organization's capital, physical, operating, and human resources.
  7. Oversees and promotes research into the artistic nature, characteristics, origins, and history of the collections held by the museum.
  8. Explores, develops, and promotes opportunities for collaborative programs and initiatives with partnering institutions, organizations, and constituencies.
  9. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  10. Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement.
  11. Plans and directs development and communication of information to keep public informed on various public relations/fundraising activities sponsored by the Harwood Museum.
  12. Represents the Harwood Museum and the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Working knowledge and understanding of art museum operational standards and best practices.
  • Skill in business and financial planning and management.
  • Demonstrated organizational and resource management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of American Art, contemporary art, and art history of the region.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strategic planning and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of public relations principles and practices.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, donor cultivation, stewardship, and development of alternate revenue resources.
  • Knowledge of information and bibliographic research principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to work effectively with governing board(s).

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/23/2020