Employment Openings

Development Associate

Position Description

Amerind seeks to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, conservation, and community engagement. Located 60 miles east of Tucson, the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as its Development Associate. This is a new position for a growing development program. The role will report to the Chief Development Officer and work in close partnership with the President and CEO, senior museum staff, and volunteers.

The Development Associate will have an opportunity to contribute to our quickly growing museum with primary responsibilities in supporting donor data management, donor and development communications, data analysis and prospecting, event planning, and will support department coordination with volunteer leadership, membership, and public programming. The ideal candidate takes great pride in your attention to detail and really enjoys making connections and growing relationships for our community. A successful candidate will take initiative and is capable of managing a variety of tasks and priorities with creative thinking and curiosity. The Development Associate is expected to regularly use, help manage, and improve efficiencies with existing technology and tools. Excellent customer service skills are a plus for the development program’s work with both supportive community members and outside vendors. The new role on Amerind’s highly collaborative team offers the right candidate possible remote work arrangements and an outstanding opportunity to grow. This is a full-time position. Depending on experience, salary will be between $50,000 and $55,000 plus benefits.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage and improve development database and communication systems
  • Assistance with gift processing, acknowledgment letters, digital and print mailing lists, membership coordination, and development reporting
  • Support staff and board leadership with fundraising strategy research and identifying prospective opportunities with donors, members, and organizational funders
  • Event planning, with support from staff team, volunteers, and vendors
  • Assistance with donor communications and scheduling matters

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience working directly with the public and providing first-rate customer service to a wide variety of constituencies
  • At least two years of professional experience in development, marketing and communications, museums, public programming, or related fields
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to prioritize and multitask while maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Prior experience with leading or supporting special events and/or public programs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, experience with CRM or similar software
  • Must have experience with maintaining correspondence, discussions, and materials in strictest confidence
  • Some familiarity with budgeting, business management, and the coordination between managing relationships and finances
  • Basic knowledge or experiences with public promotion, graphic design, grantseeking, and sponsorships
  • Reliable transportation and a driver’s license are required. 

Preferred Requirements

  • Advanced degree or certifications in related fields
  • Skills and experience with having the primary management responsibility with a CRM database
  • Some background in communications and graphic design
  • Demonstrated experience and successes with major special events or public programs
  • Experience with engaging a variety of communities, individuals, corporations, and funding agencies

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a letter summarizing the applicant’s interests and qualifications, a copy of the applicant’s current resume, the names and contact information of three professional references, and Amerind’s online application which can be downloaded at https://www.amerind.org/employment.html. Successful applicants will undergo a criminal background check. Applications review will begin on April 21, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled. Please email application materials to amerind@amerind.org or send applications to:

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 400

Dragoon, AZ 85609

ATTN: Development Associate

The Amerind Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse professional community and learning environment. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experience in this area.


The Amerind Museum, Dragoon, AZ, seeks Artist in Residence applications from emerging Native American artists. The residency must be completed between October and December 2022. The selected artists must be in residence at the Amerind Museum for 1-2 months. The selected artist will receive housing, studio space, and a $2,500.00/month stipend. The artist will be asked to give a public talk about their work and/or hold some open studio hours. While in residence, the artist is welcome to sell their work directly to the public. Depending on the nature of the artist’s work, the Amerind Museum may consider an exhibition or similar event by the selected artist. We welcome visual artists, performing artists, and literary artists.

We are seeking Indigenous artists who are at the beginning of their artistic careers. Artists must be enrolled members of a state or federally recognized Native American Tribe. The winning artists will need to provide proof of their enrollment.

The $2,500 stipend per month is made possible by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona. We thank their Foundation for their generosity and support.

Note: The artist must have reliable transportation. The town of Dragoon is 1-hour drive east of Tucson. The closest grocery stores are in Benson, AZ, a 20-minute drive from the Amerind Museum.

To Apply: Please answer the questions below. You may answer these in an email. You may send a document electronically via email. Or you may record a video in which you answer these questions. Video recordings should last no more than 5 minutes. Email all responses, documents, and other files to ekaldahl@amerind.org.

Answer All Questions:
1) Name 2) Address 3) Phone Number 4) Email
5) Send us your résumé. 2 pages maximum.
6) Provide a letter of reference from a teacher, minister, tribal leader, museum professional, or
gallery owner.
7) Answer the following essay question: How will this residency help you with your growth and
development as an artist? (300 words maximum. You may also answer this question in a video
8) Visual artists only: please submit 4-5 digital images your artwork.
9) Performing artists only: submit 3-4 audio-visual recordings of your work.
10) Literary artists only: submit 3-4 samples of your writing.

Review of applications is ongoing. A committee of senior Indigenous artists will select the winning applicant. They will begin to review applications after October 5, 2022.

Questions: Contact Eric Kaldahl at the Amerind Museum, 520-586-3666 or by email at ekaldahl@amerind.org.


Amerind seeks graduate student interns to assist in a variety of museum areas. Amerind professional staff works with interns and their host institutions to develop individually tailored programs of work.

Intern projects may include collections management (rehousing, inventory, cataloging, etc.), grant writing, exhibition development and installation, archival management, digitization projects, and educational programs.

Compensation: At this time, Amerind is unable to offer a stipend to interns. Amerind, however does offer free, furnished apartments to qualified interns on our 1,900 acre campus. Kitchen and laundry facilities are available. Students have access to our anthropological library and high speed internet connection with Jstor access. Students should be advised that Texas Canyon is a 20-minute drive from the nearest town of Benson, Arizona, and a 1-hour drive from Tucson, so personal transportation is required.

For further information about internships, contact Vice-President and Chief Curator Dr. Eric Kaldahl at ekaldahl@amerind.org.

The Amerind Foundation, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minority candidates.