Harvard University NAGPRA Curatorial Assistant in Cambridge, Massachusetts
59980BRAuto req ID:59980BRJob Code:403082 Curatorial Assistant III Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:NAGPRA Curatorial AssistantSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:31-Dec-2025Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :053Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:
Two years experience in a museum, anthropological, archaeological, and/or indigenous heritage program or research center.
Additional Qualifications and Skills:
Additional Qualifications and Skills
· BA in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, archaeology, history, Indigenous or American studies preferred.
· Strong writing and research skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
· Ability to meet project timetables.
· Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.
· Strong ties to North American Indigenous communities preferred.
· Knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) or other museum collections management systems and museum cataloguing procedures and descriptive standards preferred.
· Some previous experience with NAGPRA implementation (consultation and inventory/report production) preferred.
About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is situated on the ancestral and traditional land of the Massachusett people. It cares for over 1.2 million items from across the world, including cultural, archaeological, and osteological collections as well as extensive photographic and archival materials. The Museum is committed to the ethical stewardship of its collections through implementation of collaborative and culturally responsive care, interpretation, and engagement. We strive for a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment and to act in ways that address the global challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability.
All final offers will be made by FAS HR.
Department:Peabody Museum of Archaeology and EthnologyPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Museum Position Description:
· Works with sensitive collections and content which requires attentiveness to university and cultural protocols and discretion/interpersonal skills.
· Supports consultation, inventory research, and Federal Register notice production for designated geographic regions.
· Supports use of the collection for NAGPRA implementation and responds to inquiries about the collection in writing, by telephone, video meeting, or during visits according to established procedures.
· Compiles and updates data on NAGPRA implementation, including documenting consultations and correspondence records and outcomes.
· Assists with aboriginal land research in government documents required under 10.11 (e.g. the final judgment of the Indian Claims Commission or the United States Court of Claims, or by a treaty, Act of Congress, or Executive Order e.g. compiles references for review, begins initial evaluation of suitability
· Performs other duties as required.
School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster (https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) Information. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/. Job Summary:
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University seeks an individual for the position of Curatorial Assistant to support the Peabody’s implementation of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). This individual’s responsibilities help to further the Peabody’s institutional goals of ethical stewardship, including fostering relationship building, collaborative dialogue, and diverse perspectives. This position reports to the Director of NAGPRA. This is a three-year term position.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.