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NAGPRA Collection Manager (9723C), Government & Community Affairs - 53446
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 18, 2023
Title NAGPRA Collection Manager (9723C), Government & Community Affairs - 53446
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Archaeology
    Native American Studies
    History - General
    Museum Studies

Museum Scientist (9723C), Government & Community Affairs - 53446

About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Government and Community Relations (GCR) office builds relationships with community leaders, elected officials, government agencies and third-party advocates to further the mission of UC Berkeley in the public sector. The issues of primary focus for the GCR team include student financial aid, admissions, scientific research and other policies at the forefront of higher education and government. GCR also coordinates the University's response to a wide range of political and policy issues, and advises administrators and faculty on strategies to gain constructive dialogue with government and community leaders.

The University of California adopts as a fundamental value, and priority, the repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains and cultural items (funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony), in accordance with state and federal law. Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor for GCR, the UC Berkeley NAGPRA team is charged with facilitating outreach to, and consultation with Native American and Native Hawaiian tribes to facilitate the timely repatriation of ancestors and cultural objects currently held by the university, in compliance with state and federal and state law, and UC policy.

Under the general supervision of the UC Berkeley Repatriation Coordinator, the incumbent supports curatorial and records management projects related to the UC Berkeley campus collections applicable to NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA. The NAGPRA Collections Manager assists with the coordination and support of consultation meetings and repatriations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/31/2023.


  • Facilitates access to archaeological and ethnographic belongings from the United States, primarily held at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
  • Ensures the quality and accuracy of museum collections documentation through conducting physical inventories and catalog verifications, managing digital catalogs, and resolving discrepancies in documentation.
  • Conducts rehousing in consultation with Tribal constituents and museum staff to facilitate consultation, and to care for held-in-trust collections.
  • Assists with generating relevant paperwork documenting transfer of legal control and physical possession.
  • Under the direction of the Repatriation Coordinator, safely packs ancestors and belongings for repatriation and transfer in consultation with Tribal constituents and Museum staff.
  • Responsible for managing and entering data related to NAGPRA activity as it relates to the movement, access, affiliation, and deaccessioning of archaeological and ethnographic belongings.
  • Assists in the integration of datasets from various sources including museum databases and paper records, osteological documentation, scholarly reports, and information obtained in consultation to generate accurate NAGPRA Inventories.
  • Generates reports to assist in the consultation process.
  • Assists with writing, reviewing, and revising NAGPRA Inventories and Summaries, and is responsible for generating accurate object-level compliance information.
  • Arrange logistics for NAGPRA consultations including pulling relevant collections and objects, working with Campus Museums and Libraries in reserving and preparing meeting spaces, copying relevant documentation and meeting materials, and coordinating travel accommodations with the Program Assistant.
  • Participates in NAGPRA consultations with tribal officials and creates a welcoming environment for tribal representatives to conduct meaningful consultations.
  • Assists with generating detailed meeting consultation notes where appropriate.
  • Assists in fulfilling NAGPRA Records Requests, including ensuring accurate accounting of documents and scanning archival documentation to increase accessibility where relevant.
  • Procurement of rehousing and packing supplies required for NAGPRA collections curation and preparation for return.
  • Assists the Repatriation Coordinator with budgetary, grant applications, or grant reporting as necessary.
  • Contributes to maintaining tracking and filing of NAGPRA records.
  • May supervise interns or student workers including training, planning day-to- day tasks, and selecting and scheduling interns.
  • Engage in professional development activities to increase knowledge and skills, such as attending professional meetings and conferences.
  • Keep current with standard practices by reviewing literature in the field and by networking with peers at other institutions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Native American Studies, History, Museum Studies or a related field, or an equivalent level of professional experience/training.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in museum collections.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of collections databases and be able to accurately input, retrieve, and use available tools to present and analyze data.
  • Experience working with archaeological methods and/or archaeological collections.
  • Understanding of collections storage procedures including security, pest mitigation, climate control, materials used for housing and transport, risk mitigation, and responding to collections disasters.
  • Experience working with culturally sensitive collections.
    • This position directly handles and prepares human remains for repatriation in consultation with tribes.
  • Experience consulting with Native American and/or First Nations government officials, people, and/or communities.
  • Experience handling, moving, and packing museum collections for storage and travel.
  • Experience making supports for museum objects and/or human remains for housing and transport.
  • Experienced in assessing and utilizing equipment required to facilitate the movement of a variety of collections.
    • This position involves repetitive movements including pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, crouching; regularly lifting and moving materials up to 25lbs; use of lifting aids such as pallet jacks, trolleys, forklift trucks/walkies, mechanical lift tables, and a van.
  • Ability and willingness to work with all collections housed on the UC Berkeley campus and at off-site Richmond collections storage.
  • Ability to safely drive and transport objects in the NAGPRA program van.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically to facilitate physical transfer when required.
  • Experience establishing goals, workload priorities, and following through to successful completion.
  • Highly proficient in the use of museum collections management databases, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using Collection Space (Cspace) database.
  • 3 years of experience working in Museum or Gallery collections in a collections management or registration capacity.
  • Working knowledge of NAGPRA and Cal-NAGPRA legislation.
  • Experience couriering museum collections.
  • Experience using ArcGIS.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly and eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $30.49 (Step 7) - $35.04 (Step 14).

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

  • A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

  • This recruitment has two openings.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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