Archaeology Collections Manager - 19717BR
Archaeology Collections Manager
- Ensure long-term integrity and preservation of the physical collections, associated data, and collection-storage environment.
- Manage the archaeology labs, arrange for research space as requested, purchase supplies as needed, and regularly upgrade the computers and computer software.
- Develop and maintain collection databases, digitize records and information for dissemination and discoverability, update databases as needed.
- Interact with Federal agencies for the continued curation of collections, annual reporting, and collection use as identified in curation contracts and according to 36CFR, Part 79.
- Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
- Process collection loans, exchanges, and gifts; maintain appropriate print and digital records of these activities.
- Conduct annual reviews of outstanding loans, specimen return reminders, and recalls of overdue loans.
- Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant proposals, and other documentation.
- Collaborate with other BI collection managers to achieve high-quality care and management of collections and associated data, and economies of scale in all collection-related activities.
- Facilitate use of the collections by faculty, researchers, students, and others.
Collection strategic development, improvement and acquisition (30%)
- Collaborate with BI Director and BI Collections and Facilities Coordinator to plan and implement divisional goals, collection priorities, policies, and programs.
- Organize and prepare documentation necessary for artifact accession, including national permits, landowner permits, and associated documentation.
- Oversee the preparation and staging of newly accessioned artifacts, and the digital capture of associated data for their integration into the collection and collection database, respectively.
- Cultivate relationships with users and contributors of collections to the Division including Tribes, Federal agencies (e.g., Bureau of Reclamation, United States Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service), state agencies (e.g., Kansas Historical Society), faculty, graduate students, cultural resource management archaeology consulting firms, researchers, museums, landowners, and artifact collectors.
- Engage in consultation with Tribes and other descendent group representatives, especially as related to Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations.
- Foster research use of the collections by qualified researchers.
- Participate in acquisition of collections by facilitating gifts and exchanges, and by occasional fieldwork as approved by the BI Director.
Collection service (15%)
- Respond to inquiries from scientists (artifact requests, data inquiries, artifact photo requests), governmental and consulting agencies, the media, and other entities.
- Participate in the Natural History Museum’s public programming by providing information and artifacts, and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
- Collaborate with KU faculty to assist with education, outreach, and other service to the University of Kansas, regional archaeological societies, and Tribal and other descendant groups.
- Conduct tours for visiting scholars, students, and the public.
Supervision, training and mentoring (10%)
- Work with curators and faculty to train and supervise graduate students, curatorial assistant(s), and others in best practices of collections management.
- Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate and graduate assistants.
- Train and supervise potential volunteers.
Professional development (5%)
- Work with BI collection management staff and faculty to ensure consistency of practice.
- Undertake research in area of expertise pending completion of collection management duties.
- Participate in professional local, regional, and national archaeological societies.
- Participate in collections management training and development through professional societies.
Other duties as appropriate (5%)
- Ability to lift 25 pounds with or without accommodation
- Utilize ladders to reach shelves up to 10 feet in height.
- Occasional work on nights and weekends.
- This position is required to work on-site.
- Master's degree in Anthropology or Museum Studies with an emphasis in Archaeology from an accredited university.
- Experience in curation and/or collection management in a museum or an academic or research environment and demonstrated knowledge of preventive conservation practices.
- Demonstrated knowledge of archaeological method, theory, terms, regional culture history, and artifact classifications.
- Demonstrated knowledge of NAGPRA law and regulations.
- Working knowledge of state, federal, and international regulations (UNESCO agreements, etc.) applicable to unmarked burials, collection ownership, and curation standards.
- Effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills as demonstrated by application materials.
- Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a variety of individuals and groups in a productive and respectful manner.
- Proficiency with Windows Office programs, especially Outlook, Excel, and Word as demonstrated by application materials.
- Experience preparing budgets and annual reports (such as those to federal agencies.)
- Ph.D. in Archaeological Anthropology from an accredited university.
- Three years experience in curation and/or collections management in an academic or research environment and demonstrated knowledge of preventive conservation practices.
- Demonstrated knowledge of collections management database programs.
- Research expertise with one or more archaeological assemblages that constitute collection strengths and programmatic priorities.
- Experience as a North American Plains or Midwest archaeologist.
- Field experience in archaeology.
- Familiarity with ArcGIS, photogrammetry, and high resolution 3D artifact scanning.
- Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
- Experience supervising and training students and volunteers.
- Record of obtaining funding to support research and/or collections management needs.
Additional Candidate Instructions
Application review begins on September 27, 2021 and will be ongoing until a qualified application pool has been identified.