Job ID: 225819

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Grant Assistant (4702)

Northern Illinois University

  • Nov. 16, 2023
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Grant Assistant (4702)
  • Anthropology
  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Museum Studies
    Native American Studies
This position is a 12-month grant funded appointment.*

The NAGPRA Assistant will review the museum and department’s archaeological and osteological material, initiate consultation with tribes, and complete summaries of these objects. In addition, they will catalog the department’s archaeological repository to review any Native American material.

*At the end of this grant-funded, 12-month appointment, this position will be eliminated in accordance with section 250.110(d) of the State Universities Civil Service System statute & rules
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reopens or initiates new consultations with Tribes regarding department archaeological, and osteological collections.
  • Identifying appropriate Tribal contact,
  • Preparing formal letters that clearly and concisely convey collections information and reason for contacting
  • Conducting follow-up conversations via email, mail, and phone.
  • Responds to requests for further information, which may include conducting additional collections research, compiling information, scanning and sharing department documentation, photographing department objects, conducting virtual collection visits, or assisting with in-person collection visits.
  • Conducts collections-based research, including examination of department archives, investigation into provenance and provenience of department objects and ancestral remains, tracing the history of collectors and others associated with acquisition of department collections, and consulting with academic and community experts
  • Identifies collection areas requiring further consultation to establish cultural affiliation
  • Meets regularly with department chair and Pick Museum of Anthropology staff to review progress of grant project and discuss any issues.
  • Keeps accurate records of all activities, including collections research and consultations.
  • Prepares quarterly reports on progress of grant activities, including final report with recommendations for next steps.
  • In consultation with department chair and museum staff, drafts updated or new NAGPRA summaries and Notice of Intent to Repatriate.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
1. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) from the following categories:
a. college course work in anthropology, museum studies or a closely related field as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
  • 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
  • Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)
  • 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester hours) equals three (3) years (36 months)
b. work experience that provided knowledge of anthropology or museum studies and techniques used in the preservation, restoration, and/or exhibition of museum collections.

2. Two (2) years (24 months) of work experience in the profession of anthropology curation including the development, storage, security, and exhibition of anthropological artifacts.

Note: A Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)
Position-Specific KSAs
    1. Knowledge of working with databases and/or demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to efficiently and accurately manage data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports;
    2. Ability to manage complex projects


Classification-Specific KSAs
  1. Knowledge of anthropology.
  2. Skill in applying techniques used in the evaluation, preservation, restoration, and exhibition of anthropological artifacts.
  3. Skill in applying techniques used in cataloging/classifying anthropological artifacts.
  4. Skill in applying methods used in collection development.
  5. Skill in interpreting collections and communicating knowledge and information regarding them.
  6. Skill in maintaining records of anthropological artifacts and collections.
  7. Skill in identifying security, storage, and shipping needs.
  8. Skill in oral and written communication.
  9. Ability to supervise.
  10. Ability to develop exhibit programs.
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • MA in anthropology or related field.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the history and ethical issues of museum collecting practices and museum relations with Native American tribes.
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of NAGPRA regulations
  • Experience working with Native American tribes

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