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NM Commission on the Status of Women, Executive Director

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women seeks an Executive Director to help lead initiatives to ensure a prosperous and equitable future for all New Mexico’s women and families.

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women was created in the mid 1970’s and was recently reinstated with a mission to ensure the success, advancement, health, and equity of all New Mexican Women.


The Commission on the Status of Women will work to ensure the success, advancement, health, and equity of all New Mexican Women. The Commission will incorporate and celebrate diversity with understanding and compassion, while advocating for women-specific issues within our state. The Commission will incorporate all voices for meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of New Mexican women in our state.

The successful candidate for Executive Director will have a range of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Management of the day-to-day operations of the Commission and communication to the Commissioners, the public, and other related organizations, including relevant state agencies.
  • Overseeing the study and review of the status of women in the state, including producing a statewide listening tour.
  • Works closely with the board to develop sound organizational policies, provide monthly progress reports, provide support for board and committee meetings, ensures all board meetings are noticed appropriately and ensures all required documents are shared publicly on the website.
  • Serves as the official spokesperson for the Commission and works with vendors to develop appropriate messaging platforms.
  • Development and implementation of the Commission’s strategic goals:
    • To assure women access to healthcare across the entire state.
    • Economic empowerment of women through pay equity.
    • Recommend methods of overcoming the discrimination of women in the public and private sectors.
    • Promote methods for enabling women to develop their skills, continue their education, and be retrained when necessary for sustainable employment.
    • Cooperate with and assist public and private entities addressing women’s issues.
    • Conduct periodic conferences throughout the state to secure data on the status of women in New Mexico and to apprise women of their rights and opportunities, to learn from them their needs and problems, and secure recognition of women’s accomplishments and contributions to the state.

A successful applicant will have the following required qualifications:


Education and Experience

  • 2-5 years managing a budget for an organization or small business.
  • Minimum of 2 year of management or leadership experience in a similar sized mission driven organization, or equivalent experience in another sector such as education or business.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in alignment with the vision, mission, and values of the Commission on the Status of Women, including a commitment to systems transformation and racial equity.
  • Ability to accomplish results through strong board management and partnership with other organizations.
  • Ability to understand the legislative process, work with legislators to support legislation critical to raising the bar for women, and to understand how legislative budget cycles work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work within the state’s procurement process.
  • Understanding of how to lead in different situations from out front or behind to achieve a specific result.
  • Ability to engage partners with critical assets to actively contribute toward a shared goal.
  • Ability to consistently model the type of disciplined focus on results that puts shared goals above personal interests regardless of the issue.
  • Ability to manage both internal staff and external partners effectively by leveraging both formal and informal authority.
  • Ability to build relationships with key stakeholders as part of larger coalition building.
  • Ability to have the foresight necessary to identify emerging issues and challenges.
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills, including problem anticipation and resolution.
  • Comfort working in communities and areas with high concentrations of poverty and people of color.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to problem-solve issues.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance competing demands across the collective work.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications, web-based applications, and database use.
  • Ability to develop authentic and trusting relationships founded on transparency and honesty.
  • Ability to manage an administrative assistant.


The position of Executive Director is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. It offers a competitive salary of $75,000 plus full state benefits. This is a full-time exempt position.

Interested in the position? Let us know.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

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