Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a Repatriation Coordinator to oversee compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and to enhance the campus’s program in Native American Studies. The position is a three year 12 month lectureship in the Department of Anthropology. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

The Repatriation Coordinator directs a small part-time staff and teaches two courses a year that complement the offerings of the Anthropology Department and the program in Native American Indian Studies.

The Repatriation Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  1. Seeing ongoing compliance projects to completion and initiating new ones as needed, overseeing NAGPRA sensitive collections, developing and maintaining NAGPRA inventories, summaries, and notices, and archiving supporting documentation.
  2. Developing and maintaining relationships with Tribal representatives regarding NAGPRA sensitive collections, conducting formal consultations, facilitating visits and transfers, and ensuring that culturally appropriate guidelines for handling and curation of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony are adhered to.
  3. Maintaining relations with National NAGPRA, the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, institutions with related collections, and the media.
  4. Contributing to courses and curriculum development in the Department of Anthropology and the campus’s Native Studies program.
  5. Experience with the implementation of NAGPRA, including culturally sensitive curation of human remains and NAGPRA sensitive objects, creating and maintaining inventories of human remains and artifact collections, engaging in formal consultations, making determinations of cultural affiliation, writing and publishing formal Notices and Summaries, and experience working with federally recognized tribes and non-federally recognized communities.
  6. MA required and PhD preferred (with preference for Anthropology, Native/Indigenous Studies, Museum Studies).
  7. Background in North American Native history/archaeology/politics/culture.
  8. History of commitment to and working within Native communities.
  9. Facility with Excel, Access, FileMaker, and/or other database or collections management software; familiarity with searching websites and online using databases developed by National NAGPRA or comparable ones.
  10. Written, oral, and listening communication skills with demonstrated cultural sensitivity.

Requirements and Qualifications

This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and is advised by the Department of Anthropology’s Repatriation Committee.

Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a cv/resume, and the names of three referees to Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr. Robert Paynter, Chair, Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applications begins on November 21, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Letters and additional materials from selected candidates will be due within 2 weeks of receiving such a request. Our negotiable ideal starting date is Feb. 1, 2015.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and over 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 20 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs. The University is part of a Five College Consortium that includes Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and strong collaboration exists among the five campuses.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and other protected categories.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professorate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.