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Director, Center for Burma Studies (4015)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023
Position Summary

The Director provides vision and leadership for the NIU Center for Burma Studies. The Director will have oversight of Burmese collections and the bi-annual publication of The Journal of Burma Studies.The Director will have primary responsibility for curation, accession, and promotion of the Burmese collections.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Many of the Director’s duties are required by the charter for the Center for Burma Studies. Duties include:

Center for Burmese Studies Leadership
  • Oversees the maintenance and expansion of a comprehensive Burmese studies research library;
  • Oversees and cares of the multiple, world-class Burmese collections on campus;
  • Identifies and secures resources for improvement of the collections;
  • Oversees of the Center budget and financial needs.
Promotes Burmese Collections
  • Actively promote the collections on and off campus and online for education and research
  • Develops transdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, outreach, and engagement activities;
  • Cultivates sustainable relationships with NIU, international researchers, and the surrounding community;
  • Develops a yearly exhibition program in consultation with the other campus museums and galleries, and in collaboration with NIU faculty and staff. Past exhibitions have been held in national and international venues as well as the NIU campus;
  • Organizes and hosts the biannual National and International Burma Studies Conferences.
  • Oversees the publication of The Journal of Burma Studies and other scholarship related to Burma Studies.
  • Contributes to instruction at no more than 50% of the normal teaching load of their home department;
  • Oversees provision of materials from the collection for use in multiple disciplines (history, geography, art history, anthropology, etc.);
  • Oversees experiential education for students enrolled in the Museum Studies Certificate; and
  • Provides other student educational support as appropriate.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • Ph.D. or commensurate professional experience to merit appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or higher.
  • A minimum of five years of organizational leadership experience or evidence of increasing responsibility within an organization that required decision-making authority.
  • Significant experience in the art, history, and material culture of Burma, Burmese minorities, and neighboring regions.
  • Demonstrated experience in collection stewardship, creative work, and scholarship.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Additional Requirements (SPS)
  • Ability to communicate in verbal and written forms.
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills.
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • Significant professional experience in the museum world. Evidence of increasing responsibility in a leadership position.
  • Three years of experience as gallery, museum and/or collection manager or other lead creative person in a professional or academic setting.
  • Research level proficiency in the Burmese language and/or languages of minority cultures of Burma.
Physical demands/requirements
  • Regular office related duties
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Using computer/electronic equipment for extended periods of time
  • Occasional lifting and moving items weighing up to 25 lbs.
Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

January 3, 2024

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week



$125,000.16 - $150,000

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

$5,208.34 - $6,250

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, prospective applicants will need to visit to apply and upload the following materials by March 20, 2023 :
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • List of three professional references
Applications received after March 20th are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

Special Instructions

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

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ADA Accommodation

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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