NAGPRA Program Officer
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a unique breadth of research expertise, with world-renowned strengths in the arts, agriculture, business, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as top-ranked programs in the natural sciences and engineering. Many of the technologies that enabled the modern electronic era were developed at the U of I, and year in and year out, we are among the top universities in NSF-funded research and development expenditures. Today, we’re building on that tradition, working to address society’s most pressing problems by doing what we do best—interdisciplinary research that drives positive change in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (OVCRI) is seeking a candidate who will be responsible for managing NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) compliance efforts at UIUC and will maintain an especially close relationship with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OVCDEI) and tribal liaisons. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Organize and facilitate physical repatriations. Coordinate appropriate human remains and collections documentation efforts and generate relevant reports including NAGPRA Inventories and Federal Register Notices of Inventory Completion. Review, analyze and synthesize available data from scientific, anthropological, historic, and traditional forms of knowledge to inform cultural affiliation determinations. Represent Illinois as 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. Develop UIUC NAGPRA Policies in consultation with relevant staff, faculty, and off-campus tribal representatives. Coordinate and make recommendations to the UIUC NAGPRA Advisory Committee on compliance with applicable laws and UIUC NAGPRA policy. Stay current on trends, needs and opportunities that surface with a focus on work lead by and for Native communities. Develop and implement an outreach program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA consultations. Serve as the UIUC point of contact for all NAGPRA inquiries seeking information about Native American remains and objects falling under NAGPRA regulations. Assist in the delivery of training/outreach programs through on-site and off-site trainings and workshops, at conferences, webinars and by phone. Review and design reports and presentation materials for both internal and external audiences. Manage administrative aspects of NAGPRA Program including preparing strategic work plan and developing and overseeing project budget. Identify and apply for relevant grants. Be responsible for managing special projects including developing and maintaining a UIUC NAGPRA website; identifying and applying for grants to support the NAGPRA project; and delivering professional and public presentations on the UIUC NAGPRA compliance program. Compile data and information for the creation of reports. Position Requirements and Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in Anthropology, Native American Studies, Law or a related field. Experience working with Native American communities. Knowledge of NAGPRA with experience implementing regulations. Project management experience including planning and developing budgets and outreach programs. Experience using effective interpersonal and communication skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals to secure and/or provide information to clarify situations, and resolve problems; to communicate clearly and professionally; and to develop and sustain collegial working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Experience using analytical and organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to assist with complex, sensitive or confidential projects. Experience with computer programs and applications, and database management. Demonstrated ability to foster trusting relationships across various Native communities, and to bring people together across differences. Has an extensive peer network. Knowledge of relevant North American history and pre-history. Understands and appreciates Native cultural knowledge, ways of knowing, and world view. Belief in the mission of NAGPRA. Ability to present to and facilitate small and large audiences. Creative problem solver who makes suggestions for improvement. Strong administrative ability and close attention to detail and accuracy. Positive attitude, good people skills and ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency. Available for occasional travel including overnight travel. Preferred: PhD in Anthropology, Native American Studies, Law or a related field. Experience working with Native American communities that have ties to Illinois. Team building and leadership skills; skill to organize problem-solving sessions and guide a team toward effective solutions.