NAGPRA Director

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Office of the President

Administrator I


In collaboration with Campus Tribal Liaison and the President’s Designee, provides subject matter expertise and guidance to inform administrative decisioning regarding CSUCI’s NAGPRA, CalNAGPRA, and AB 52 responsibilities. Through authentic collaboration, works cross-divisionally within CSUCI operations and with tribal and other community partners.


Studies, analyzes, evaluates, develops, and improves campus-wide administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs related to collections management, NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA compliance, AB 389, and AB 52 consultation responsibilities. Collaborates with different divisions and offices, including University Facilities, Operations, and the Cultural Resources Management Team that is managed by the Anthropology Program and housed within the Office of the President. Act as liaison with campus constituents to ensure compliance and accountability based on current and ever changing NAGPRA policies and University and Tribal needs. Lead CI as campus designee in CSU NAGPRA Coordinators group. Prepares and provides updates and routine and ad hoc reports for campus leadership on progress, successes and barriers to support program goals, transparency and compliance; drafts external communication and reports in coordination with the President's Designee and faculty coordinators, including an annual affirmation and inventory of NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA repatriation efforts; and assist with preparing and submitting NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA compliance documents.


Rehouses, manages, and compiles documentation of campus archaeological collections in collaboration with Anthropology and other academic program personnel to create and maintain accurate centralized inventories. Leads cultural resources survey of academic programs on a yearly basis and maintains records of results. Develops and improves upon collections management strategies and reviews and implements best practices. Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the collections' storage and curational facility and continued respectful curation of collections as needed. Develop and coordinate policies and ethical strategies for University Facilities and Campus Cultural Resources Management Team collaborations related to cultural heritage materials management during CSUCI’s continued infrastructure growth and development. 

Tribal Partnerships

Establishes and maintains working relationships with tribal communities including culturally respectful and appropriate guidelines issued by tribal nations and/of their official designees of record. Undertakes proactive, ethical, and sensitive engagement with tribes. Facilitates tribal and campus access to collections, and the repatriation of any ancestral and cultural remains as deemed necessary via consultation with tribes. 


Represents the University as the lead NAGPRA staff at regular meetings with tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate NAGPRA compliance, address tribal concerns, and negotiate culturally sensitive resolutions as needed. Represents the University at CSU NAGPRA Coordinator’s meetings. Collaboratively works with the campus Tribal Liaison, President’s Designee, President’s Chumash Advisory Council (PCAC), and the Anthropology program. Serves on and assists in facilitating the PCAC, and creates and maintains the campus NAGPRA website. Assists with writing grant proposals, online informational materials, and other messaging as needed.

Education and Outreach

Maintains regular communications and collaborates with community partners such as museums, State Parks, and other agencies and organizations regarding best practices and mutually beneficial opportunities. Creates and implements educational outreach and training programs with community partners. Engages in educational opportunities with academic programs when possible and conducts cultural heritage compliance-focused training as needed. 

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Native American Studies, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, History (with Native California experience), or an allied field required.

Experience: At least two cumulative years of experience related to project/program management and working with archaeological and cultural materials. Experience engaging in genuine tribal consultation and recognition of tribal sovereignty, deep understanding of tribal history, and working with and building partnerships with Native American communities, with a preference for experience working with California Native American tribes and tribal communities.

Other Knowledge/Skills: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including communication relating to legislative matters. Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staff at all levels of the organization. Skill in developing a rapport with a diverse group of individuals and organizations. Knowledge of community and corporate outreach concepts, principles, methodology, and techniques. Policy development experience. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. Familiarity with budget preparation and management. Employee development and performance management skills highly desirable.

Experience with Microsoft Suite Programs. Repetitive movements including pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, crouching, regularly lifting and moving materials up to 40 lbs., and the use of push carts. Travel may be required with advance notice when possible. Occasional early morning, late evening, and/or weekend hours may be required with advanced notice when possible.

Must possess a valid CA Driver License or be able to obtain one within three months of date of hire.

Takes an active role in helping to embed the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of University work, in every division, and participates at least once annually in professional and/or leadership development opportunities that will contribute to campus efforts to advance racial and social justice in and through education at CSUCI and beyond.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Hiring Range: $6,667 to $7,500 per month


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