Specialist, University NAGPRA - Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Internal Number: 162912
Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Wed May 31 2023 Job Description:
The University NAGPRA Specialist will manage the development and implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act compliance and repatriation program for Western Kentucky University, including the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and the Kentucky Museum. The Specialist will represent WKU as the primary contact for the NAGPRA program and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations for NAGPRA-eligible collections curated by the University. This is 12-month, full-time, on-campus staff position with benefits. The position is currently being filled as a temporary one-year position; however, it has the potential for renewal in future years.
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
Oversee university NAGPRA compliance: oversee documentation, disposition, and repatriation of ancestral remains and NAGPRA-eligible objects and documents; maintain records of outreach, notification, and consultation; track responses and prepare status reports; develop documents to facilitate consultations; and submit and update federal reports and notices
Represent the University as the lead NAGPRA staff at regular meetings with Tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate NAGPRA compliance, address Tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiate culturally sensitive resolutions
Coordinate a university-wide NAGPRA committee, including but not limited to representatives from the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and the Kentucky Museum, and serve as primary resource and campus expert for faculty, staff, and administrators regarding Tribal relations
Provide supervision and direction to any students assisting with university NAGPRA compliance efforts
Serve as the University's designated authority and primary point of contact for NAGPRA inquiries seeking information about Native American ancestral remains, objects, and documents falling under NAGPRA regulations
Perform related activities as assigned and/or required
Master's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Native American Studies, or a related field
Thorough knowledge of the federal NAGPRA at 25 U.S.C. 3001-13, its accompanying regulations at 43 C.F.R.10.1-17, consultation practices and processes, and the repatriation process
Knowledge of human osteology and experience with osteological analysis
Experience in program and/or project management
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
Ability to travel to meet with Tribes and to attend consultations, workshops, reinterments, and other activities that are related to the repatriation process
Ability to work in evenings and on weekends
Ability to climb ladders and lift 40 pounds
Salary Range: $41,000 - $50,000
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