Museum Director – The City of El Paso, Texas

Salary Range $88,883 to $153,769 + Outstanding Benefits

Are you seeking an amazing career opportunity in the arts — a place where you can make a difference by engaging diverse audiences to visit an award-winning museum with a variety of high-quality collections? El Paso, with nearly 700,000 residents, along with Las Cruces, represents a thriving binational metro region of nearly 1.2 million. The City of El Paso is seeking an experienced, strategic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as its next Museum Director.

Located at the westernmost edge of Texas along the Rio Grande River, El Paso is recognized as the nation’s safest city with a population over 500,000. This dynamic and charming community is aptly referred to as “Sun City” – a moniker derived from the 300+ days of sunshine experienced annually. El Paso is a dynamic and vibrant community whose location on the US-Mexico border provides the City with a culturally diverse population and rich heritage that embraces the past while building for the future. El Paso is considered the “best of two nations,” and is a warm and friendly mosaic of cultures, traditions, and ethnic groups. El Paso’s extraordinary growth has been credited to the development of an integrated international trade region universally known for its great climate, scenic landscapes, affordable cost of living, and a culturally blended and unique community.

The City of El Paso operates under a progressive and successful council-manager form of government with a general fund budget of $398 million helping to support a staff of 6,890 full-time equivalents. The City navigates the daily and weekly decisions that influence quality of life in El Paso by the actions of 26 City Departments and 58 boards, committees, and commissions.

El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is a municipal museum with an encyclopedic permanent collection focused on art from Europe and the Americas. Particular strengths include the Samuel H. Kress Collection of works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, works from Viceroyal Spain and Mexico, American Impressionism, and contemporary art—particularly of Texas. EPMA annually serves 100,000 visitors with year-round programming, including workshops, lectures, festivals, and camps and classes through its Museum School.

EPMA is part of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), with the Museum Director reporting to MCAD’s Managing Director of Cultural Affairs & Recreation. MCAD also includes the El Paso Museum of History, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the Cultural Affairs Office. The EPMA Director additionally works closely with the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds for programming. The El Paso Art Museum Director prepares and manages an annual operating budget of $1.2 million and leads a team of 17 full-time equivalent staff and an additional 2 grant-funded positions.

The successful candidate should have knowledge of best museum practices, including collections care, management, interpretation, and fundraising, be highly collaborative and proficient in creating and navigating successful programmatic and funding partnerships, and be passionate about attracting new audiences while engaging existing ones.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in museum studies, fine art, art history or related field, 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. The selected candidate will be comfortable working in a highly complex, binational region and continue to build upon the good community relationships that presently exist. Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish is preferred but not required. The starting salary, based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, will range from $88,883 to $153,769 depending on qualifications and experience.

Qualified professionals are encouraged to apply at: This position is open until filled; first review of candidates will take place beginning on Monday, November 14, 2022. Following the first review date, the lead consultant will evaluate all applications against the posted qualifications and may invite a select number of applicants to complete additional assignments. For more information, please contact Art Davis at or call (816) 868-7042.

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The City of El Paso is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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