Deputy Director of Collections & Engagement

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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The Deputy Director of Collections and Engagement (Deputy Director, C&E) will head a division of staff with responsibility for public engagement, interpretation, collections care, and content development. A key organizational leader and administrator, the Deputy Director, C&E, coordinates all activities of the Division, ensuring effective planning and communication throughout the division and across the organization to deliver a world-class experience for the O’Keeffe’s guests and stakeholders.


The Deputy Director reports to the Director, is a member of the Leadership Team, and supervises a division of around twenty staff members that spans the following areas: Curatorial, Collections, Conservation, Research Collections and Services, Education and Interpretation, and the Historic Properties.

Direct reports currently include the Curators Team (includes the Curator of Fine Art, Curator of Education and Interpretation, Head of Research Collections and Services, and Curator of Digital Experience), the Registrar, the Conservator, and the Project Manager, Collections and Interpretation.

This is a full-time position located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Excellent supervisory, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills matched by a commitment to mentorship and professional growth for staff, interns, and volunteers.

  • Comfortable working with and managing professionals at various stages of career development to build a cohesive and diverse team.

  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and a high level of EQ/emotional intelligence; thoughtful and measured in effectively managing a variety of internal and external relationships and interactions.

  • Superb oral and written communications skills; an understanding and active listener.

  • Sound judgment and organizational skills, attentiveness to detail, and the ability to balance and prioritize projects.

  • Eagerness to participate in the life of the community, including evening and weekend activities.

  • Comfortable engaging with diverse audiences, speaking publicly, and representing the Museum throughout the community.

  • Knowledge of current museum practices and ethical standards.

  • Experience and knowledge of best practices in museum or cultural education and participatory interpretation practices.

  • Knowledge of the development and process of organizing exhibitions, interpretive plans, public programs, and publications (digital or print), and other content access and distribution strategies.

  • Knowledge of contemporary, historical, and popular art and culture, preferably familiarity with the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and other American modernists of the 20th century.

  • A strong commitment to equity and inclusion, with experience building and supporting a diverse staff to deliver programming that meets the needs of a culturally diverse audience.

  • Excellent technology skills with proficiency in use of spreadsheets, word processing, project management, and collections management and access platforms.


MA or Ph.D. in the humanities preferred, with 6-8 years of leadership experience in a cultural organization.

Familiarity and experience in one or more of the areas of division responsibility (Education, Archive and Library, Historic Properties, Digital Experience, Fine Art Curation, Collections Care, Conservation).

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Naree Viner and Stephen Milbauer of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Stephen directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

Posted on November 15