Associate Registrar/Repatriation Coordinator

Associate Registrar/Repatriation Coordinator

University Job Title: Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody NAGPRA

Bargaining Unit: None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type: Full time

Duration Type: Regular

Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations

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Work Location: Central Campus

Worksite Address: 170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family: Museum/Curatorial

Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:

The Yale Peabody Museum is committed to repatriation and developing positive and long-lasting relationships with its Tribal partners. Reporting to the Repatriation Registrar, the Repatriation Coordinator will support this commitment by advancing the Museum’s repatriation efforts. Daily duties include organizing and facilitating physical repatriations, including repatriation related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), conducting provenance research using culturally responsible methods of collection care, and other duties as needed.

At the Yale Peabody Museum we are working on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion institutional priorities so that we can learn to better serve our communities, amplify marginalized voices and perspectives, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. The ideal candidate will be ready to share their experience with and interest in contributing to this work. Please address in your cover letter how Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion relate to your professional experience and goals.

Essential Duties:

1. Inventory object collections, human skeletal remains, and documentation for editing or amend the Museum’s collections database following established guidelines and museum standards. 2. Initiate, manage, and complete NAGPRA inventories and summaries in consultation with Native American Tribes. 3. Coordinate all aspects of NAGPRA compliance including, but not limited to: NAGPRA claims to process; initiating and coordinating consultation with Native American Tribes; organizing and facilitating physical repatriations; drafting, submitting, and distributing NAGPRA Federal Register notices (as well as addenda to past Notices); drafting proposals for and implementing NAGPRA grants; attending National NAGPRA Review Committee meetings; and documenting/archiving the Museum’s NAGPRA compliance activities. 4. Research the history of ownership and the origin of anthropological and other relevant collections. 5. Document bibliographic, stratigraphic, archaeological, geographical, or taxonomic collections histories using the Museum database and other sources of information. 6. Photograph collections and upload images to the Museum’s collections database. 7. Utilize curatorial practices that ensure special care, security, and cultural sensitivity in handling items and in consultation with Native American Tribes and the Peabody’s Native American Collections Manager. 8. Collaborate with Peabody collections managers, including but not limited to the Senior Collections Manager of Anthropology, Native American Collections Manager, and Pacific Ethnology Collections Manager, regarding culturally appropriate storage, access, and interpretation of collections. 9. Communicate with other museums, government agencies, and Native American Tribes. 10. Participate in national and regional networks of institutions holding Native American collections. 11. Monitor the activities of volunteers and students.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, or a related field and three years of related experience working with anthropological artifacts or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Meticulous attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Familiarity with literature relating to anthropology, archaeology, Native American cultures of North America and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Knowledge of human skeletal anatomy and experience in documenting human remains to modern museum standards.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Three years’ experience in museum collections mgmt. Master’s/Doctoral Degree in Anthro., Archaeology, Native American Studies, or history of Native American people. Experience implementing NAGPRA or equivalent repatriation legislation. Knowledge/experience handling human skeletal remains and culturally sensitive collections, particularly cultural items from Native North America.

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: NoSelected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Background Check Requirements:

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit “Learn about background checks” under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It’s Your Yale website.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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