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May Collection and NAGPRA Specialist

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Position Status: Part-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Office of the Vice President and Provost

Position Title & Department:

 May Collection and NAGPRA Specialist; University Galleries
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Department Description:

University Galleries are the University of San Diego’s primary exhibition venues. They include the Hoehn Family Galleries, the David W. May Gallery, the Fine Art Galleries, and the Humanities Center Gallery. These spaces offer a wide variety of exhibition and educational programs during the academic year for both on- and off-campus audiences. In addition, University Galleries manages two collections, one dedicated to print culture and printmaking, and the other a collection of Native American art and material culture.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a temporary, part-time position (30 hours per week) for the academic year 2021-22, with a possibility of renewal through the rest of the calendar year 2022. The anticipated end date of this position is December 31, 2022 with the possibility of renewing through June 2023. The new colleague will split their time between day-to-day tasks associated with professional maintenance and stewardship the David W. May Collection--approximately 2500 objects--and assisting the Provost’s Office of the University with its larger legal and ethical responsibilities related to its compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990, aka NAGPRA).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides primary assistance with everyday operations of the David W. May Collection and its associated gallery and storage space, including object movement, conservation protocols, and installation of works of art
  • Assists with cataloguing and updating of May collections (using TMS software to create new object records according to established standards; edit existing records; and develop photographic documentation as needed)                  
  • Develops future project/s of own initiative for online/May Gallery public display
  • Works with outside consultants and tribal representatives to review May Collection and other university collection holdings to identify any ancestral remains as yet undiscovered, particularly funerary objects, or cultural patrimony that conceivably might be covered by NAGPRA legislation
  • Prepares and reviews inventories and public notifications in compliance with both US Federal (NAGPRA) and California State (CalNAGPRA) laws
  • Serves as primary institutional liaison to tribal representatives through communications and by providing access to any relevant cultural resources at USD
  • Serves on internal/external working groups and committees, including occasional grant writing, as assigned by the Director of University Galleries

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 


Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Practical experience with NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA implementation and compliance measures
  • Direct experience with, and demonstrated passion for, working among and behalf of indigenous communities;
  • Coursework/degree in Art History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Native American Studies, or Anthropology
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs, climb on ladders

Preferred Qualifications

  • Museum experience with NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA
    M.A. in Art History, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies
  • Experience installing works of art.
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Medical and Retirement Benefited

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical and a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 30 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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