NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Northridge, CALIFORNIA
Deadline: Open until filled

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Work type:Management (MPP)
Categories:MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

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Reporting to the President, under the administrative direction of the Senior Tribal Liaison Officer (STLO), and in alignment with the vision, mission and values of the university, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Repatriation Coordinator manages the development and implementation of CSUN’s repatriation and compliance program under the NAGPRA and California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA). This position demonstrates the University’s commitment to a proactive, collaborative, and meaningful effort to both meet our obligations under the state and federal law and also to continue to build relationships with tribal partners that acknowledge and respects a Tribe’s sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge.

  • Serves as the campus’s designated authority to work across the university to achieve the university’s goals pertaining to the timely and respectful consultation and repatriation of Native American ancestors and cultural items.
  • Ensures the university is compliant with all aspects of NAGPRA, Cal NAGPRA, CSU/campus policy, as well as any other guiding policy and practices. 
  • In accomplishment of all duties, actively contributes to an engaging, productive, inclusive and welcoming environment for our Tribal partners and campus community. 
  • Leads, manages and coordinates the development and implementation of CSUN’s compliance and repatriation program; oversees processes and outcomes to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Oversees documentation and repatriation of culturally affiliated remains and cultural items; oversees disposition of culturally unidentifiable remains; ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; maintains status reports; submits and updates federal and state reports and notices.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA inventories and summaries and general inquiries under federal and state laws.
  • In close coordination with the STLO and academic partners, supports the documentation of procedures for the care, management, storage and facilities of Native American ancestors and cultural items.
  • Coordinates and consults with relevant campus departments, faculty, and staff; manages the university repatriation committee; develops and conducts university training as needed.
  • Prepares and provides updates and routine and ad hoc reports for the President, STLO and campus leadership on progress, successes and barriers to support program goals, transparency and compliance; and the California State University and external entities as may be necessary. Works closely with the CSU NAGPRA Campus Coordinators Group.
  • Develops and implements a robust outreach and consultation program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA processes; develops relationships that acknowledge and respect Tribes’ sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge; represents CSUN at meetings with Tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate compliance, addresses tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiates culturally responsive resolutions; manages travel grants and campus visit-related costs for Tribal members and seeks funding for assisting Tribes with repatriation, as needed.
  • Develops and maintains proper documentation of correspondence, consultations, loans, transfers, federal and state notices, inventories, summaries, and determinations regarding cultural affiliation, repatriation, or disposition.
  • In close coordination with the STLO and academic partners, leads the process of documenting collection policies and procedural guidelines that operationalize compliance requirements and in alignment with our commitment to demonstrate respect and honor to our Tribal partners and for any cultural artifacts or collections in CSUN’s possession.
  • Represents the campus as the primary contact for the NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA program; develops and maintains CSUN’s repatriation and compliance website and information resources; delivers related professional and public presentations.
  • Develops and oversees NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA program budget and resources; identifies and applies for grants to support the program.
  • Attends campus activities and participate in identifying, promoting and coordinating outreach opportunities that inform culturally-responsive educational frameworks that reflect and emphasize California Native Peoples and Native-Indigenous peoples of the world.
  • Envisions and develops recommendations for the NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator role as a long-term position after repatriation of currently held items is complete.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, History (with a focus in California), Law, Native American Studies, Social Science, Sociology, or a related field; master’s degree preferred. At least three years of direct experience working on NAGPRA compliance may substitute a bachelor’s degree.
  • Experiencing working with and an extensive understanding of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) (25 U.S.C. § 3001-13) legislation and its implementing regulations (43 C.F.R. § 10.1-.17) as well as CalNAGPRA legislation (AB 275).
  • A minimum of one year of experience working effectively with Native American communities, preferably with California Native American tribes and tribal communities, including engaging in genuine tribal consultation and recognition of Tribal sovereignty.
  • Highly skilled communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals to secure and/or provide information to clarify situations and resolve problems; to communicate clearly and professionally; and to develop and sustain collegial working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and active engagement in promoting an inclusive culture.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of experience coordinating repatriation work.
  • A minimum of one year of experience with collections management best practices and storage facilities.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with tribal nations on NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA consultation or other projects, experience with respectfully handling ancestral remains and cultural items.
  • At least two years of experience related to working with archeological and cultural materials.
  • Knowledge of acceptable museum practices and standards for collections care, collections management, and documentation methods for collections. 
  • Knowledge of Californian Native American Tribes both contemporary and historical – especially Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and the Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California. Experience and knowledge of standard archaeological field practices and documentation. Experience working with archival records and experience using museum databases.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership

  • Knowledge of consultation practices and processes with Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations.
  • Ability to navigate highly sensitive and confidential issues and to act with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.  
  • Commitment to respecting and deferring to Tribal preferences and guidance regarding the respectful handling of sensitive cultural items.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. 
  • Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organizational strategy and administrative initiatives with campus senior level management, Chancellor’s Office, and external contacts. 
  • Strong team building and leadership skills; ability and skills to organize problem-solving sessions and guide teams toward effective solutions. 
  • Strong skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation, and collaboration. 
  • Experience analyzing, evaluating, developing and/or improving upon administrative policies, procedures, practices, and programs.  
  • Excellent research, writing, organizational, and time management skills. Ability to establish goals, workload priorities, and to follow through to successful completion. Ability to work efficiently, accurately, and effectively on many projects simultaneously.  
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. 
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and finding solutions. 
  • Ability to travel to meet with tribes, attend consultations, burials and other activities that are related to the repatriation process. 
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $75,000 - $85,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • The position is currently hybrid (3 days in office, 2 days remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.

General Information

  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. 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 may be considered a 'limited 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.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • Applications received through April 2, 2024, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • The CSU recommends that faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran or military status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

Advertised:Mar 18, 2024 (5:00 PM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:Open until filled

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