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NAGPRA Liaison (6300U) - 5623
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2020
Title NAGPRA Liaison (6300U) - 5623
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
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NAGPRA Liaison (6300U) - 5623

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 21, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has overall managerial responsibility for Berkeley's research enterprise. It seeks to maintain a research environment that fosters creativity, collaboration and community. Its specific goals are to provide effective support for campus-wide research efforts; to advocate for research needs and resources; and to maximize the benefits of Berkeley's research to the scholarly community, and to the quality of life in the local community, the state, and the nation.

In support of these goals, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research:
  • Supervises over 50 research units, six museums, and seven field stations;
  • Administers the flow of research funding to the Berkeley campus;
  • Oversees the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations;
  • Facilitates relations between University researchers and private industry for the benefit of society.

The University of California adopts as a fundamental value the repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains and cultural items (funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony), in accordance with state and federal law.

Reporting to the Campus NAGPRA Official (Vice Chancellor for Research), the NAGPRA Liaison is the point of contact for tribes on matters related to NAGPRA including consultation, repatriation, disposition, and access to human remains of Native American and Native Hawaiian ancestors.

The NAGPRA Liaison shall be familiar with NAGPRA, CalNAGPRA, UC Office of the President 2020 Systemwide Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation (UCOP 2020 Policy), and other relevant laws and regulations; familiar with the repatriation process; and knowledgeable regarding consultation practices and process with Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations.

The incumbent works in close partnership and collaboration with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Faculty Director and Executive Director to support and advise consulting and claimant tribes on all matters related to NAGPRA, CalNAGPRA, and the UCOP 2020 Policy. The incumbent will also consult with the Head of Cultural Policy (HCP) and Cultural Policy Registrar, appropriate UC administrators, and the Chair of the NAGPRA Advisory Committee on matters related to repatriation. In collaboration with the HCP, the incumbent provides support and advice on NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA Repatriation and Cultural Policy issues.

The incumbent works in close collaboration with the Museum's Faculty Director in preparing internal and external communications, as well as correspondence for consultation. In addition, the incumbent oversees the necessary support to tribal members, tribal governments, and lineal descendants during consultations.


  • Assists prospective claimants or requestors in obtaining cultural affiliation information as required by Policy.
  • Ensures that information is complete and accurate so that requests may proceed.
  • Works with the campus NAGPRA Advisory Committee to resolve disputes when disagreements arise.
  • In collaboration with the HCP and the NAGPRA Advisory Committee, responds to inquiries and, as necessary, drafts correspondence for signature by relevant campus authority in response to urgent requests specific to NAGPRA.
  • Breaks down complex NAGPRA related information into easily digestible details, abstracts basic information for public application, and disseminates it to appropriate recipients.
  • Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data, reporting findings, interpreting results and/or making recommendations.
  • Supports the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and HCP to implement system for managing communications between the campus NAGPRA Official, NAGPRA Committee, NAGPRA Liaison, Museum, and Tribes.

  • Serves as the campus's designated NAGPRA Liaison under the UCOP 2020 Policy, reporting to the designated campus NAGPRA Official and the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
  • Keeps lines of communications open between the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and NAGPRA matters.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for all NAGPRA inquiries seeking information about Native American remains and objects falling under NAGPRA regulations.
  • Develop and implement an outreach program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA consultations. Represent UC Berkeley 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.
  • Travels to semi-annual National NAGPRA Review Committee Meetings, and other relevant meetings and conferences, as assigned, to research best practices in the field and/or to publicly present Museum and University policy or determinations regarding NAGPRA.
  • Cultivates a positive relationship with Native American and Native Hawaiian communities.
  • Assists tribes and native Hawaiian organizations in accessing ancestral human remains and cultural items.
  • In collaboration with the HCP, manages logistics with appropriate scholars, labs, administrators, and across departments in preparation for NAGPRA related consultation visits.
  • Assists tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in initiating and implementing the repatriation or negotiating other mutually acceptable short-term care agreements.
  • Responds to constituent inquiries.
  • Identify and apply for grants to support campus NAGPRA efforts.
  • Maintains NAGPRA website.

  • Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities.
  • Oversees all aspects of complex external relations programs, projects and events, including coordinating special programs and overseeing production of audio/visual or written and visual materials.
  • Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses, and mitigates unforeseen and/or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies, keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to gain thorough knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
  • Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility:
  • Knowledge of NAGPRA with experience implementing regulations.
  • Experience working with Native American communities, preferably in California Native American Communities.
  • Knowledge of relevant North American history and pre-history.
  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external constituencies.
  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies.
  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Experience using effective interpersonal 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.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events and outreach programs.
  • Experience with computer programs and applications, and database management.
  • Experience using analytical and organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to assist with complex, sensitive or confidential projects.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including weekends to meet program needs
  • Ability to travel as required which may include overnight stays.


  • Bachelors degree in Anthropology, Native American Studies, Law or a related field, and/or equivalent experience/training - plus at least three years of relevant administrative experience

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Important Message:

UC Berkeley's Applicant Tracking System is down to all users on the following dates, which will restrict access for applicants:

January 14, 2020 at 5:00pm until Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:00am

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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