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NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator

Cal Poly Humboldt
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 11, 2023

NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator

Job no: 524595
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Humboldt
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Job #524595
Close Date: Sunday, October 8, 2023

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.

Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs — all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.

Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.

(Job #524595), Administrator I, NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Hiring Range: $5,833 - $7,083/monthly. Salary Range: $3,750-$11,146/monthly. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, 12-month pay plan position in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This position is an Administrator I in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information can be found at: This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at

Position Summary:

Under the administrative direction of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Repatriation Coordinator manages the development and implementation of Cal Poly Humboldt's NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA compliance and repatriation program. The incumbent represents the campus as the primary contact for the NAGPRA program and ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations for culturally identifiable remains and related artifacts. Incumbent will work closely with the California State University (CSU) CalNAGPRA Campus Coordinators Group.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage the development and implementation of Cal Poly Humboldt's NAGPRA compliance and repatriation program; oversee processes and outcomes to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Oversee documentation and repatriation of culturally affiliated remains and NAGPRA-related objects; oversee disposition of culturally unidentifiable remains; ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; maintain status reports; submit and update federal and state reports and notices.
  • Coordinate and consult with relevant campus departments, faculty, and staff; manage the university repatriation committee; develop and conduct university training as needed.
  • Work closely with the California State University (CSU) CalNAGPRA Campus Coordinators Group.
  • Develop and implement a robust outreach and consultation program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA processes; develop relationships that acknowledge and respect a Tribe's sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge; represent Cal Poly Humboldt at meetings with Tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate NAGPRA compliance, address tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiate culturally sensitive resolutions; manage travel grants for Tribal members and seek funding for assisting Tribes with repatriation, as needed.
  • Maintain proper documentation of correspondence, consultations, loans, transfers, federal and state notices, inventories, summaries, and determinations regarding cultural affiliation, repatriation, or disposition.
  • Represent the campus as the primary contact for the NAGPRA program; develop and maintain a Cal Poly Humboldt NAGPRA website and information resources; deliver related professional and public presentations.
  • Manage NAGPRA program staff: select, train, direct, supervise, and evaluate; organize problem-solving sessions and guide teams toward effective solutions.
  • Develop and oversee NAGPRA program budget and resources; identify and apply for grants to support the Cal Poly Humboldt NAGPRA program.
  • Envision and develop the NAGPRA Repatriation Program Coordinator role as a long-term position after repatriation of currently held items is complete.
  • Perform related activities as assigned and/or required.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:
  • Thorough knowledge of the federal NAGPRA at 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-13 and its accompanying regulations at 43 C.F.R. §§ 10.1-17 and CalNAGPRA at California Health & Safety Code (CHSC) §§ 8010-30
  • Highly skilled communication and interpersonal 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.
  • Thorough knowledge of the repatriation process.
  • Knowledge of consultation practices and processes with Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organizational strategy and administrative initiatives with campus senior level management, Chancellor's Office, and external contacts.
  • Strong team building and leadership skills; ability and skills to organize problem-solving sessions and guide teams toward effective solutions.
  • Strong skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation, and collaboration.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Expert knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.
  • Expert analytical/problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel to meet with tribes, attend consultations, burials and other activities that are related to the repatriation process.

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.
    • At least 5 years of applicable experience.
    • Familiarity with NAGPRA.
    • Familiarity with Native American cultures, including cultural items.
    • Experience working respectfully with Native American Tribes and Tribal communities, including engaging in genuine tribal consultation and recognition of Tribal sovereignty.
    • Valid CA Drivers License or eligibility to obtain one within a reasonable time period upon hire.

    Preferred qualifications include:
    • Master's Degree in Native American Studies, Museum Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or a related field.
    • Experience with establishing and building working relationships with Federally and non federally-recognized Tribes, preferably California Native American Tribes.
    • Direct experience with NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA.
    • Direct experience with the process of repatriation of Native American cultural items.
    • Direct experience working with cultural items, including cataloging and curating.
    • Experience in financial management, budgeting, and grant writing.
    • Experience with program and/or project management.
    • Experience leading and representing teams.
    • Knowledge of CSU processes, protocols and procedures.

    Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

  • Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials for first review is 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

    Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt's Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

    Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

    Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

    CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

    Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.


    Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

    This position is a “designated position” in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.” In reference to the full disclosure letter, please refer to HR 2010-08.

    Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

    Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

    Class Code: 3318
    Publication Date: September 8, 2023

    Advertised: 08 Sep 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
    Application Closes: 08 Oct 2023 Pacific Daylight Time

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