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NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Repatriation Coordinator

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Department: President's Office
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Compliance/Legal, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position available on or after May 6, 2024 for the Office of the President.

      The Repatriation Coordinator serves as the campus’ designated authority to work across campus departments to achieve the university’s goals around the timely and respectful consultation around and repatriation of Native American ancestors and cultural items. The Repatriation Coordinator ensures the university is compliant with all aspects of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), CalNAGPRA, CSU/campus policy, and guiding policies and practices. The Repatriation Coordinator develops tribal relationships that acknowledge and respects a tribe’s sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Manage claim process, including certification of inventories through NAHC consultation with tribes (includes required documents and liaison with tribal chairs).
      • Coordinate between campus, federal agencies and tribes on the status of collections, remains and items that are under Stanislaus State’s possession and control, in collaboration with faculty and staff.
      • Manage production and/or update of preliminary inventories, summaries, consultations, and claims in collaboration with faculty and staff.
      • Manage the development and implementation of Stanislaus State’s NAGPRA compliance and repatriation program in collaboration with faculty and staff; oversee processes and outcomes to ensure quality standards are met.
      • Oversee documentation and repatriation of culturally affiliated remains and NAGPRA-related items in collaboration with faculty and staff.
      • Coordinate and consult with relevant campus departments, faculty, and staff; manage the university repatriation committee; develop and conduct training, as needed.
      • Work closely with the CSU Cal NAGPRA Campus Coordinators Group and other systemwide partnerships on NAGPRA related work.
      • Maintain proper documentation of correspondence, consultations, loans, transfers, federal and state notices, inventories, summaries and determinations regarding cultural affiliation, repatriation, or disposition.
      • Represent the campus as a primary contact for the NAGPRA program, including inquiries seeking information about Native American remains and items falling under NAGPRA regulations.
      • Manage and maintain applicable website content and information resources; develop documents and processes to facilitate consultations.
      • Deliver professional and public presentations related to Cal NAGPRA/NAGPRA and related work.
      • Make recommendations to campus administration and associated committees on compliance with applicable law, system, and campus policies.
      • Coordinate and lead meetings of the relevant campus advisory committees related to NAGPRA policies and work to address any needs that arise with the goal of ensuring timely and respectful repatriation in collaboration with faculty and staff.
      • Advance Stanislaus State policies in consultation with relevant staff, administrators, faculty, and off-campus tribal representatives.
      • Meet with elected officials, legal counsel, tribal leaders, campus administration and community leaders on all aspects of NAGPRA, Cal NAGPRA and relevant CSU and campus policies to provide updates and explain decisions made by campus.
      • Work with faculty, staff and designated committees to advance tribal relationships that acknowledge and respect tribal sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge.
      • Advance existing outreach and implement a robust consultation program to proactively engage Native American tribes and relevant communities in NAGPRA processes in collaboration with faculty, staff and administration.
      • Meet with tribal members to build relationships and address concerns relative to the repatriation process; represent Stanislaus State at meetings with tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate NAGPRA compliance, address tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiate culturally sensitive resolutions.
      • Manage and oversee travel support for tribal members and seek funding to assist Tribes with repatriation, as needed.
      • Coordinate visits to campus by tribal leaders and ensure proper protocols are followed during the visits.
      • Broker discussions between tribal members Stanislaus State faculty, staff, students and administration as topics and issues arise.
      • Evaluate information obtained through the consultation process to determine whether there is a cultural affiliation related to items in our collections and on our inventory or summary, with particular attention to tribal traditional knowledge in the process as required by AB275.
      • Work with tribes, university counsel and others to resolve any competing claims, should they arise.
      • Serve as a representative and campus expert on NAGPRA/Cal NAGPRA and tribal engagement for campus staff and faculty regarding tribal relations.
      • Work directly with the Chancellor’s Office, president/president’s designee, deans, chairs, faculty, staff, and students to manage Cal NAGPRA/NAGPRA compliance, and ensure compliance with CSU systemwide policy and practice.
      • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies; maintain status reports; submit and update federal and state reports and notices.
      • Collaborate on continuing campus inventories/searches, updates to maps/summaries/inventories, and ensuring such updates are communicated and transmitted to appropriate parties.
      • Collaboratively create or refine policies and procedures around the repatriation process and addressing any other needs that may impact the goal of timely and respectful repatriation.
      • Work with Tribes and university counsel to ensure that we are in compliance with the requirements for Notices of Intent to Repatriate.
      • Research any curation agreements or acquisitions between the university and other organizations, including tribes, evaluating the acquisition process to determining whether the item or collection was acquired without the voluntary consensus of the individual or group who had the authority to alienate the cultural item.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

      Experience:  Experience with NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA programs.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Masters’ Degree or PhD in Native American studies, museum studies, anthropology, cultural resource/heritage management, or related field.
      • Direct experience with NAGPRA, CalNAGPRA and/or CSU policies and practices on Native American cultural affiliation and repatriation.
      • 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.
      • Direct experience working with cultural items, including cataloging and curating.
      • Experience managing complex projects, including, but not limited to financial management/budgeting and collaboration.
      • Knowledge of Stanislaus State policies and procedures, including grant, contract, and procurement policies and practices.
    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Thorough knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations.
      • Knowledge of consultation practices and processes with Native American Tribes.
      • Knowledge of the processes and procedures of cultural items, including cataloging and curating.
      • Thorough knowledge of the repatriation process.
      • Knowledge of principles of institutional planning.
      • Knowledge of computer office systems and ability to use a broad range of technology, systems, and software packages.
      • Skill/Ability to:

        • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and prepare detailed written reports and correspondence.
        • Exercise sound administrative judgment and initiative in the development of new methods and procedures and in the solution of difficult problems.
        • Reviews and evaluates program service delivery methods and systems and identifies opportunities for improvement. implements changes to standard operating procedures to enhance services.
        • Ability to develop and implement short and long-term plans and initiatives to meet established development goals and objectives.
        • Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential information and exercise good judgment on sensitive matters.
        • Organizational and time-management skills with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and projects under competing deadlines and maintain flexibility in response to constantly shifting priorities.
        • Interpersonal skills with demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse population with cultural competence, sensitivity and diplomacy and tact.
        • Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organizational strategy and administrative initiatives with campus senior level management, Chancellor’s Office, and external contacts.
        • Develop and sustain collegial working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

    • License or Certifications

      • Valid CA Driver’s License or eligibility to obtain one within a reasonable time-period upon hire.
    • Physical Requirements
    • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Typical office environment.
      • Position requires working at a computer station or desk for extended periods of time.
      • Requires travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.
    • Salary Range
    • Anticipated salary will be $5,834 - $7,084/mo ($70K-85K/yr) plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist. 
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.
    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER APRIL 15, 2024. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  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, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

      The CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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