SHPO position

Robert J. Brandon <rjbrand@...>


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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 10:34:20 -0600
From: david a jr phillips <>
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Subject: NM SHPO Job Announcement

I am forwarding this job posting to ACRA-L despite hesitations. The New
Mexico SHPO serves at the whim of the governor, we have a governor known
for his whims, and the current Cultural Affairs Officer -- who supervises
the SHPO -- has proven that he'll cut and run in a crisis. Despite all
that, New Mexico needs a hard-working and effective individual in the job.
I hope that if this announcement is posted widely, it'll help attract a
pool of highly qualified candidates. Besides, the winning candidate gets
to move to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Think blue skies, mountains, low
humidity, and no mosquitos. --Dave Phillips, Albuquerque, NM.


Director, Historic Preservation Division. The Director is the chief
administrative officer of the Historic Preservation Division and the State
Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). The Historic Preservation Division
is one of nine divisions of the State of New Mexicos Office of Cultural
Affairs. The Director is advised by the Governor-appointed, seven-member
Cultural Property Review Committee and reports to the Cultural Affairs
Officer within the Executive Branch of the state government.

The Director is responsible for the management of all operations and
programs within the Division and oversees four program managers and a
staff of historic architects, archaeologists, historians, planners, and
support personnel. The Director should be knowledgeable in one or more
aspects of historic preservation and heritage resources management and be
conversant in modern information technology and how it can be used to
preserve and protect cultural properties. Strong management,
communication, and supervisory skills are needed as well as an ability to
delegate responsibility to appropriate staff members. The Director must
take a pragmatic approach to preservation, one that strikes a balance
between preservation needs and development concerns, which are paramount
in this rapidly growing state. Consequently, the Director must be an
effective advocate of preservation who is able to maintain a well-balanced
and positive relationship among business and community leaders, a
culturally diverse population living in settings ranging from large
metropolitan areas to traditional communities, sovereign Tribal entities,
and State and Federal agencies that manage almost half of the states land
area. The Director must be effective in maintaining support among
legislators for Division programs and should have considerable experience
in overseeing budget development, grant management, and personnel

Division programs include:

- Identification and management of historic and prehistoric sites and

- Nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places and
State Register of Cultural Properties

- Administration of financial incentives and grants for preservation

- Technical assistance to federal and state agencies, local governments
and the public

- Administration of state and federal preservation and heritage resource

- Education programs for the general public and students

The Director and SHPO position is established in federal and state law,
the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470s) and the New Mexico
Cultural Properties Act (18-6-8). The Director is hired by the state
cultural affairs officer with the consent of the governor to work with
agencies, communities and private citizens to preserve the historic,
prehistoric, and cultural heritage of the state of New Mexico. (for more
information on the Office of Cultural Affairs, Historic Preservation
Division visit our website!

Applicants for this position should have 1) a graduate degree in American
history, anthropology, architecture or historic preservation; or 2) at
least five years of professional experience in American history,
anthropology, architecture or historic preservation or any combination of
these; or 3) have made a substantial contribution through research and
publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American
history, anthropology, architecture or historic preservation or any
combination of these. Applicants should send a letter, resume, and the
names of three references to Judy Martinez, Office of Cultural Affairs,
228 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Application deadline is March
1, 2000.

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