Presidential Search Announcement – SAR

The School for Advanced Research invites nominations, expressions of
interest, and applications for the position of president.

One of the premier anthropological think tanks in the US, the School for
Advanced Research (SAR) is an independent, nonprofit intellectual center
dedicated to supporting advanced study and the communication of knowledge about
human culture, history, biology, archaeology, and creativity. Founded in 1907,
SAR operates with an endowment of nearly $30 million, an annual budget of $3.5
million, and a staff of thirty-eight people. SAR’s flagship programs—Resident
Scholar, Advanced Seminar, SAR Press, and the Indian Arts Research Center—support
highly creative individuals through residencies and seminars that provide time
to think, write, create, and engage in in-depth discussions with other scholars
and artists. SAR’s preeminent research collection of Southwest Native American
art, housed at its Indian Arts Research Center, serves as a nexus of inquiry
and inspiration to artists and scholars.

The beautiful and historic SAR campus is near downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico,
the oldest capital city in the United States with a population of nearly
70,000. Santa Fe sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet among the vibrant cultures
of northern New Mexico including Native Americans from Navajo, Apache, and
nineteen Pueblo tribes, as well as Hispanic communities dating to the 1500s. In
addition to great museums, arts markets and festivals, numerous commercial art
galleries, and the performing arts, Santa Fe is home to the Santa Fe Institute,
the Institute for American Indian Arts, St. John’s College, and the
world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.


Role of the President

The president reports to the Board of Directors and leads SAR’s programs in
collaborative research and creative activity of broad significance, building on
SAR’s strengths in archaeology, anthropology, history, and Native American art.
The president is responsible for guiding the organization towards the goals
established in the Board’s strategic plan, general administration, as well as
supervising and managing the staff. The president oversees institutional
operations, programs, policies, and fiscal affairs, including generating both
ongoing revenues and long-term endowment to ensure a sustainable and stable
resource base.

The president works collaboratively with a diverse and engaged Board of
Directors, which includes business professionals, academic administrators,
scholars, artists, and philanthropists. Expectations are that the president
will foster a culture of philanthropy that facilitates fundraising; encourage
collaborative relationships among the board, staff, grantors, donors, and other
research institutes; be SAR’s public representative in the community as well as
in state, national, and international settings; and ensure that SAR fellows and
staff maintain the highest standards of academic integrity and accountability.
It is the president’s responsibility to oversee and ensure SAR’s compliance
with all legal and regulatory obligations for a 501(c)(3) organization.



The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate or terminal degree in
a field that is relevant to SAR and an established record of professional
achievement. We seek candidates of the highest intellectual caliber, integrity,
and vision. The successful candidate will apply her or his experience toward
shaping an institutional ethos for advancing the state of research, cultivating
and nurturing the creative capacities of new and existing colleagues, and
disseminating the fruits of advanced research beyond the SAR campus including
to the general public and scholarly audiences. The candidate must demonstrate
effective performance as an administrator in an academic setting, including
fiscal management responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have a reputation
for cultivating a working environment of mutual respect and ethical conduct.
Other qualities include an intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for
interdisciplinary scholarship and an open, receptive, and engaged attitude
toward innovative and accomplished scholars.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • An ability to inspire a broad range of audiences to
    support advanced research
  • An appreciation and respect for the politics and
    history of indigenous peoples of the US and the world
  • A skill set that can help formulate strategy and vision
    working in collaboration with the board and staff
  • A management style that acknowledges and respects the
    essential value of a small, cross-trained staff and an engaged, working
    Board of Directors
  • An understanding of and enthusiasm for developing an
    organizational culture in which administration, staff, and board work
    together with grantors, donors, and other constituencies to build current
    and long-term resources

Salary and benefits are negotiable. The president is expected to reside in
Santa Fe or its environs. Confidentiality is assured until the list of
finalists is identified and interviews are arranged. 


Applications in a single
.pdf form should include a letter of interest; names and addresses of three
professional references (who may be contacted at a later date); and a complete
curriculum vitae.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should preferably be
submitted electronically to:

Carol Sandoval, personnel director at:

or by US Mail to:
SAR Presidential Search c/o School for Advanced Research
P.O. Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2188.

Review of applications will begin in mid-November and continue until the
position is filled.

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