July 20, 2001

Hispanic Cultural Center Expands Search for Executive Director

The Search Committee charged with finding a new Executive Director for the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico has extended the review period for those who already have applied. The committee also reopened the national search to create a larger pool of potential candidates.

Edward Lujan, chair of the committee, explained both steps in this way, " The present applicants were asked to supply the committee with more detailed information about their experience, education and linguistic abilities. In almost every case, applicants did not supply sufficient information for the committee to go forward with the search process." Lujan indicated that the original position description might not have made it clear that the committee wanted more details than a resume. We were seeking an in depth narrative along with the resume.

The Office of Cultural Affairs oversees The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico. The Center presents a variety of programs dedicated to preserving and interpreting Hispanic history and culture in the Americas and worldwide. Program components include the visual and performing arts, literary arts and publications, culinary arts, a genealogical research center, library and archives and an active education outreach to diverse audiences.

Applicants for the position of executive director must meet several criteria to be considered for the position. Candidates must be bi-lingual in Spanish and English, have at least a Masters Degree in an academic discipline that addresses at least one program component or in management and administration, and five years of experience in cultural or educational management.

Applicants must send their letter of interest, including a detailed narrative of experience, a resume and three letters of reference to: Judy Martinez, Administrative Assistant Office of Cultural Affairs 228 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501. Application deadline is October 1, 2001.

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