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Executive Director 


Executive Director at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Leading with Vision and Purpose


Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stands out globally for its innovative blend of zoological park, botanical garden, Art Institute, and museum, dedicated to the diverse life of the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems. Despite its modest size, it's celebrated as one of the world's top zoological parks, showcasing over 4,892 animals of 242 species, 56,000 plants of 1,200 taxa, and extensive mineral and fossil collections. The museum was the brainchild of William H. Carr, with Arthur Pack as its initial benefactor, aimed at educating the public about the desert's natural history through integrated, interactive exhibits. Located 12 miles west of Tucson, the museum occupies a 98-acre site, offering a unique educational experience with its living collections, conservation efforts, and engagement in scientific research. Over the years, it has evolved into a pivotal conservation and education center, highlighting the interconnectedness of regional flora, fauna, and geology, while fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world.


Lead with legacy and embrace the challenge as the Executive Director at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Embrace this unparalleled opportunity to lead at the nexus of nature, culture, and innovation as the Executive Director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This role offers a distinctive blend of leadership, legacy, and strategic vision, inviting you to shape the future of a 98-acre living museum celebrated for its commitment to desert flora and fauna, education, and conservation. Guided by our comprehensive Vision and Strategic Plan, alongside an ambitious Master Plan, you'll spearhead transformative initiatives that fuse environmental stewardship with community engagement, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment. With a focus on sustainability, inclusivity, and empowerment, this position calls for a visionary leader adept at navigating the challenges of personnel and budget management while championing the museum's mission. Ideal for a candidate driven by a passion for conservation and a dedication to creating a lasting impact, this role is more than a job—it's a legacy in action, shaping an organization that will inspire generations to come. Learn about the Desert Museum here!