Roosevelt County Historical Museum Manager – Eastern New Mexico University

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Full-time permanent professional, benefits eligible position. Salary: $51,183.

Anticipated start date: June 3, 2024.    

Position Overview

Position Summary
The Roosevelt County Historical Museum (RCHM) is located on and operated by Eastern New Mexico University and houses a defined and discreet collection of antiques, artifacts, and related archives. Under limited direction, the Roosevelt County Historical Museum Manager oversees and coordinates museum operations and performs or oversees all curatorial activities related to the collection, exhibitions, and related programs. The Museum Manager is responsible for effective administration, management, and operation of the Roosevelt County Historical Museum. 


Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage the museum’s collection, following accepted professional standards, policies, procedures, maintenance, conservation, cataloging, and records management.  

Oversee the daily operations of the museum, including visitor services, programs, housekeeping, building safety and security.

Manage the physical facility to provide a clean, safe, and welcoming atmosphere. Conduct daily inspections of the museum in order to ensure it is equipped and ready for daily opening.

Manage, train, and coordinate scheduling of museum student employees, interns and volunteers.

Ensure high levels of visitor satisfaction. Collect in person and digital visitor data through evaluations, demographics, or other methods, and use as a tool to enhance visitor experiences.  Report and track management indicators such as visitation and program numbers.

Seek grants, donations and other alternate funding sources to support existing and new collections and programs.

Act as a liaison and maintain a positive relationship with the Portales Chamber of Commerce, local galleries and museums, local schools, historical societies and other appropriate organizations.

Oversee and conduct exhibit and collection curation, preservation, and management. Manage photographic and document archives, maintain museum digital inventory using PastPerfect.

Coordinate and provide visitor and education services including tours, workshops and other events or programs.

Develop the museum’s operating budget under the direction of the Golden Library Director; meet or exceed budget targets. Track, analyze, and report on the financial status of the museum. 

Model excellent customer service, including proactive greeting and interaction with visitors to direct them towards exhibits and amenities, and to provide membership information.

Oversee and coordinate the museum’s display design, development, or modification.  Coordinate marketing and promotion of museum exhibits and programs in the community, including social media. 

Review and remain current regarding professional and technical literature in curation and museum studies, including development in collection management best practices, and historical research; participate in professional and community organizations.

Serve on department and university committees and working groups. 

Contribute to Golden Library initiatives that further ENMU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

Master’s degree in museum studies, public history, history, library/archival studies or related discipline

Minimum one year of collection curation experience and database management/collection curation software (preferably PastPerfect)

Valid New Mexico Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment

Experience creating public displays of information using physical, video, and digital tools

Experience in creating/managing programs, including, but not limited to educational and outreach activities, exhibitions, and online initiatives

Understanding of museum and archival cataloging/collection database methods and best practices

Proficiency with Office 360, Adobe Creative Cloud and digitization technologies


Knowledge of New Mexico or Southwest history

Grant writing experience

Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Demonstrated technology and computer skills, including Office 360, Adobe Creative Cloud, and digital scanning technologies. Understanding and knowledge of museum provided equipment and software (PastPerfect).

Proficiency in video software, social media platforms, digital collections, and online curriculum guides.

Ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve organizational and department goals.

Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Ability to interact appropriately, fairly, and equitably with all; the ability to demonstrate and foster respect for all individuals and points of view.

Demonstrated understanding of the museum’s role in providing free and equal access to ideas, information, resources, and services, from all points of view, without restriction, to every individual.

Demonstrated ability to build relationships and lead collaborative initiatives internally and externally to leverage support for and participation in programs required.

Ability to work independently without constant, direct supervision.

Ability to read and transmit written and oral instructions; to observe and use safe working conditions, and be proficient in cultural heritage/museum practices, especially collections management.

Ability to coordinate the scheduling and leadership of museum tours to the public.

Ability to deal tactfully and communicate effectively over the phone, online, and in person with people of all ages and economic backgrounds.

Knowledge of proper care of ethnographic and historical collections.

Knowledge of and experience with facility administration and operations, preferably with historic sites and/or museums.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail; planning and organizational skills; and strong interpersonal skills.

Excellent customer service skills.

Ability to analyze, problem-solve and formulate and recommend solutions.

Highly self-motivated, innovative, and collaborative.

Experience with budget preparation and financial management.

Additional Information

Application Review Date: Open Until Filled 

Condition of Employment: Must pass a pre-employment background check. 

Required Documents:
Please ensure that you attach all required documents even if you have applied for other positions at ENMU as the committee does not have access to those records.       
 Letter of interest      
 Contact information for three references (Blind reference calls may be made on applicants who become a finalist for the position)       
 Transcripts (unofficial for application purposes)

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