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Museo is Hiring!!

 

Director of Operations

Goal

The Director of Operations will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the museum and making executive decisions pertaining to museum operations like emergencies and personnel issues; the goal is to seek for better strategies and resources to maintain a good working relationship between employees increasing work productivity.

Human Resources

Work closely with Executive Director maintaining employees compliance with regulatory “Museo Employee Manual” laws as well as files and records for every full-time, part-time and long-term contractor. By keeping accurate records we will ensure to address the needs of every staff as a “High Priority” maintaining a healthy work environment.

  • Supervise museum operations staff
  • Assists with oversight, management, and creative design for museum projects.
  • Oversees with formulating and implementing museum policy.

Finance

Manage and create annual operating budget with an increment of 3% each year. An independent accountant firm will help maintain clear financial reports of Income and Expense for Trustees and Executive Director. Analyze and project fundraising earnings for every event and campaign supervising administrative operations of financial activity. Work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Department setting up goals for economic self-sufficiency.

  • Day to day monitoring of finances.
  • Create projected and current budget for all the necessary reports.
  • Manage Museo’s Audit annually with an independent firm.
  • Process all necessary permits and licenses year round with the city and the state to maintain the Non-profit status

Facilities

Maintain Museo’s building running without complications securing museum staff and museum visitors with a positive working environment. Resolve any issue related within 24 hours by contacting the necessary agencies.

  • Serve as the building coordinator and primary contact for facilities issues.
  • Maintain access to building properly running.
  • Schedule annual inspections with all the necessary city departments.
  • Monitor all services to ensure their proper working order.

Evaluation:

  • The Executive Director will evaluate best financial practices working closely with the Financial Committee.
  • Analyze the End of the Fiscal Year through a comparison between the Projected Budget submitted at the beginning of the Fiscal Year and the End Year operations. Make recommendations and implement better practices to reach the annual projections to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Through the independent Audit Firm create the Annual Audit and 990-tax report. Reach positive results by keeping accurate financial records.
  • Reach financial projections in every fundraising campaign as well as maintain close donor relationship and support by working closely with staff at different capacities.
  • Work closely with Board Financial Committee to maintain accurate budget planning and operations.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • Two plus years in senior management roles including staff supervision, human resources, fundraising and finance.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of the organization.
  • Past success designing organizational leadership in for profit and non-profit business.
  • Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Proven track record of attracting resources and partnerships and managing external relations.
  • Excellent communicator with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences.

 How to Apply

Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to administration@museo.org by Sept. 6th, 2017. In the subject line of your email, please list your name first.

It is the policy of Museo de las Americas to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.

 

Museo de las Americas Fall Exhibition Features

the Fairy Godmothers of Contemporary Latina Art

 

We are the guardians of the language and culture.  We watch over the dreams, aspirations and fears of our communities.  We are sisters, mothers, grandmothers and lovers.  We carry the stories and the “chismes” of the day just to keep life going.  We are the source and the light. We are invisible in the eyes of the powerful.  We are disposable for some yet indispensable for all.

TODAY WE ARE HERE!
Curator, Maruca Salazar

Museo de las Americas announces their fall exhibition, Las (H)adas, featuring site-specific installations by five Colorado Latina artists, Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Jessica Luna (+), Arlette Lucero, and Meggan DeAnza.  The exhibition will run from October 12, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  The opening reception will be at Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive on Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 9 pm.

We want to celebrate local Chicana artists who have been working in their communities as activists, educators, and artists for the last 30 years.  In hopes to provide a platform for a dialogue to strengthen the ideas surrounding women of color.  Museo will be immersed by large-scale installations that depict the multifaceted identities of women. We are also collaborating up with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence in creating a community installation of butterflies where women will share their stories of struggle and perseverance.

“What role do you want to play?” asks artist Judy Miranda.  Her Guadalupe and Juan Diego Selfie Station engages the viewer to embody what it might be like to be Guadalupe in the year 2017.  Her panels depict a scene of a fair away land to be the backdrop of your social media interface.  Leave a message, create a #, insert emojis, and play out the past through a new lens.

Jessica Luna is an artist, activist and mother of a long line of creative individuals that have contributed to the Chicano arts for decades.  She has since past and with the support of her children Bob, Susan, and Danny Luna her handmade collection of dolls come to life to reveal a stich of her legacy.    The plush dolls embedded with vivid fabric paints, intricate embroidery, and dazzling embellishments tell the story of the women that have passed through Luna during encounters of her rich fulfilled life.

There are many corners one may find themselves sitting in from time to time.  Megan De Anza will stage houses to represent the many emotions a woman undergoes as she travels to reach the height of their self-discovery.  Each house: love, violence, transformation and peace start to evoke the question, how do we compartmentalize the 4 pieces that build the frame of our heart?

Ana María Hernando is known for her large-scale installations using pattern, embroidery, and fabric to emphasis the work often done by women.   While working with cloistered nuns of Argentina and petticoat designers in Peru, Hernando will create The Ñusta of the Huaypo. According to the indigenous people of Peru, a Ñusta represents the feminine water spirit carried through the dual identity of the Andes Mountains.

Like all of these other women, Arlette Lucero is no stranger in working within multiple mediums.  For this exhibition she will add another layer of history to the many murals that have dipped onto Museo’s walls.  She stands out with her rich colors, strong symbolism and representations of powerful Chicano iconography.

 

Exhibition Events and Programming

October 12: Opening Reception, Las (H)adas 6:00 – 9:00 pm

October 13
: Conversación Contacto: Meet Las Adas 6:00 – 8:00pm
Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Susan Luna (on behalf of the late Jessica Luna), Meggan DeAnza,  and Arlette Lucero the artists of Las (H)adas will all be in house to share their stories behind their dedicated art practice that redirects our attention to the women in our lives.

October 20: ConnectArte: Conversación con los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Did you know that Museo is haunted?  Staff will share their stories of unexplained encounters with the ghosts that have been running around the museum walls for decades.

November 3: First Friday, Día de los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Denver Arts Week)
Every year this event is celebrated to remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death.  An altar is presented that includes motifs that are connected with the Mexica, who were the Indigenous people of Mexico, known as the rulers of the Aztec Empire.  Special treats like pan de muerto and sugar skulls will be served as a way to connect with the rituals surrounding Día de los Muertos.  Participants can also enjoy an Aztec Dance of the Dead

November 17: ConnectArte: Mercado de Navidad, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
A holiday art market featuring modern handmade craft shopping, art exhibitions, vintage, live art, and art activities made by la gente. The market acts as a gateway to highlight local brown-owned entrepreneurs. At Mercado de Navidad you’ll find an artfully curated shopping experience of handmade and vintage shopping, art, craft workshops, and fun times! Our goal is to create a super fun setting in which artists can earn a living and shoppers can find products that they’ll love for a lifetime.

November 23-25: Museo closed for Thanksgiving

El Solecito! The Winter 2017 Quarterly Newsletter. Subscribe above.

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2017 Events

Announcing the 2017 Calendar of Events. Event dates and times are tentative and subject to change, check museo.org and facebook.com/MuseoDenver regularly for updates and specific event details.

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Claudia Moran-Pichardo Assuming New Role after 10 Years of Service to Museo

Museo de las Americas is proud to announce that upon completion of her Masters Degree in Museum Administration and after 10 years working for Museo, Claudia Moran-Pichardo, former Director of Operations, has been promoted to Deputy Director effective January 1st.

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A Dedicated Denver Latina Professional

Claudia Moran-Pichardo is a uniquely versatile Museum Professional in Denver and Museo de las Americas is lucky to have had her on staff for over 10 years. She holds a BA from the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, Mexico and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Museum Administration from CU-Boulder. Her master thesis project is focused on developing a model that will help Latin Museums in the United States to achieve financial stability.

She started her career as an educator teaching Anthropology and History in Guadalajara Mexico. In 2002, Claudia moved to Denver and became involved with the Latino community and found a great opportunity at the Museo de las Americas.

Moran received a fellowship from the Circle of Latina Leadership in 2009. The circle included seventeen young women who shared a common mission for Denver Latinos. Their training included leadership development, mentoring, and completing a Community Action Project. She is part of a new generation of Art Administrators whose focus is to safeguard the mission of Art institutions by concentrating on the operations and their financial well-being.

“Since I moved to the United States, I’ve always been interested in how the Latino community relates, communicates and shares.”

She has been nominated for Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and in 2014, Moran-Pichardo was featured in a Denver Business Journal highlight for her accomplishments at Museo. In addition to her museum professional responsibilities, Claudia is the co-founder of Tequila Proximus; an ultra-premium artisanal Tequila. This business venture has allowed her to promote one of the most symbolic products of Mexico while supporting independent agave farmers and small producers in Jalisco. This unique fusion of nonprofit and business expertise is what makes Claudia a vital asset to Museo. This set of diverse skills and perspective is the reason Claudia has been promoted to Deputy Director.

Serving Museo for 10 years

Claudia has been a dedicated museum professional at Museo de las Americas for over 10 years. In 2011, she was promoted to Director of Operations allowing her to participate in broader art administrative areas opening new opportunities to her professional career. Convinced that she was an advocate for Latino artists and communities of color, she enrolled at CU Boulder to pursue a graduate degree in Museum Administration. This unrelenting investment in her education and experience put her on the inevitable trajectory to continue to take on more responsibility at Museo. Given her unmatched tenure at Museo, she is an important asset to ensure the thriving future of this integral Denver institution. This new role combines multicultural leadership and financial expertise with her personal passion of promoting Latino culture through museum art exhibitions and educational programs.

As Museo’s Deputy Director, Claudia will gain a deeper understanding of the role Museo plays in the community and she will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience to Museo’s mission. Claudia will be in charge of expanding the fundraising strategies and attracting new benefactors with a focus on the next generation of philanthropists. She will apply her experience, education, and business expertise to the new role in order to achieve these goals.

For a copy of the complete press release see link below. Any other questions can be directed to marketing@museo.org

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