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Smithstonian ABOUT: The Smithsonian Latino Center was established in 1997 to ensure that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution as well as affiliated organizations across the United States and around the world.  Over the past decade, the Center has been the catalyst for hundreds of Latino-themed projects, from museum exhibitions to live arts performances, research, virtual galleries, traveling exhibitions, additions to the Institution’s collections and educational programming for both museum professionals and the public. The Center leverages its federal appropriation with an active fundraising program, proceeds from annual events and the expertise and loaned artifacts from Smithsonian museums.  New partnerships with major organizations throughout the hemisphere, promise high levels of international collaboration on new exhibitions, research and programming.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex comprising 19 museums, 9 research centers and over 150 affiliate museums. Last year the Institution welcomed over 23 million visitors. Millions more experience the Smithsonian through a wide range of outreach initiatives including educational programs, traveling exhibits, research collaborations and digital media productions. The Latino Center reports to the Under Secretary for History, Art  and Culture and has a strong, active Advisory Board.

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MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director, in concert with the Secretary and Under Secretary, is responsible for defining and communicating the Center’s mission, goals and programs within the context of the Smithsonian’s overall goals and objectives.

The Director works closely with the Center’s advisors and staff to accomplish the Center’s goals, secure private and public funding and broaden constituencies.

The Director collaborates on Latino programming with Smithsonian museums, educational programs, affiliate museums and outside organizations to leverage ideas and resources and promote the Center’s mission.

Additionally the Director administers the Latino Pool, a $1 million dollar annual grant program, supported by a congressional appropriation, for Latino oriented projects within the Smithsonian.

The Director serves as the principal fundraiser in partnership with the Center’s Boards and the Smithsonian’s central development office to increase resources available for projects and programs.

The Director manages the Center’s fiscal and human resources.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Center is unique in its mission. The successful candidate could come from the non profit, private or public sector but should possess the qualities listed below.

An entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by the proven ability not only to identify programs created by others that engage and enrich broad segments of the public, but also to conceptualize and execute creative educational programming.

Management skills at a level that include supervision of a professional staff, developing strategic plans and managing complex budgets and projects.

Diplomatic, interpersonal and presentation skills that facilitate effective professional relationships with Smithsonian senior management, domestic and foreign government officials and donors.

Demonstrated ability to work successfully with individual donors, foundations and/or corporations to obtain significant private funding to support programming.

Knowledge and appreciation of the broad sweep of Latino history, art, culture and scientific achievement.

Fluency in English and Spanish.

THE OFFER: The prospect of representing a growing, dynamic and increasingly significant Latino heritage at a national and international level at an opportune time in the history of the United States.

The opportunity to promote knowledge of Latino heritage to a wide and diverse audience through a world renowned museum and research institution with international recognition and reach.

An organization that has seen dramatic growth and public acknowledgement by offering  compelling  programs to a broad audience.

An atmosphere conducive to creativity, fueled by a wide range of programs and professional alliances and resources.

The Center is supported in its fundraising efforts by active community support, an engaged Board and the Smithsonian’s central development office.

A comprehensive compensation and benefit program including a lucrative, fully vested, TIAA-CREF retirement package.

E-mail your resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications to Mr. Thomas Lawrence at Please contact Mr. Lawrence by e-mail or phone (202-633-6319) with any questions or nominations.

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