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Assistant Curator, Archaeology

University of Arizona/Human Resources Division
Tucson, Arizona
Closing date
Feb 15, 2023

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Organization Type
Assistant Curator, Archaeology
Posting Number
Arizona State Museum
Department Website Link
Medical Sub-Speciality
Main Campus
Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights
The Assistant Curator of Archaeology is a continuing-eligible Academic Professional faculty position functioning in the Collections Division of the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona (UA). The incumbent provides curatorial oversight for the cataloged archaeological collections housed at the Arizona State Museum and serves as a liaison with other museums, universities, public agencies, and private institutions regarding these collections. The incumbent also consults with others in the Collections Division and members of other ASM divisions regarding the display and interpretation of archaeological objects. In addition, the incumbent coordinates and oversees the location, identification, and documentation of funerary objects for the purpose of repatriation, pursuant to NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), in cooperation with the Repatriation Coordinator. The incumbent maintains a research program and prepares publications (and may prepare or contribute to exhibits) focused, at least in part, on ASM's collections. Other duties include service on ASM and UA committees, participation in professional museum and archaeological organizations, pursuing grants and other forms of external funding to support research and collections management, and may include supervision of staff, students, and/or volunteers.

Centrally located on the University of Arizona campus, just a few steps from the UA Main Gate at Park Avenue and University Boulevard, the Arizona State Museum has something for everyone of every age. ASM is the preeminent institution engaged in the anthropology and history of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Our researchers are leaders in all areas of Southwestern anthropology, sought after the world over for their expertise. Our unparalleled collections are accessed continuously through tours, research, teaching, and exhibits. This is where groundbreaking research is conducted and where visitors have authentic, life-enriching encounters with the region's enduring cultures through our public programs.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please
Duties & Responsibilities
A.Academic Professional Activities (50%-60%)

1.General Collections Management

a.Oversees the physical care of cataloged archaeological collections, including monitoring storage and security conditions, supervising the handling of collections, instructing staff, students and other users in proper handling procedures, and coordinating with the Head of Collections and the Preservation Division to evaluate conservation needs and priorities.

b.Identifies, describes, inventories, and catalogs newly acquired archaeological specimens. May create other forms of documentation associated with new acquisitions.

c.Evaluates and improves the quality of existing catalog information and other

documentation associated with cataloged archaeological collections.

d.Maintains complete and accurate records of the locations of all cataloged archaeological specimens.

e.Serves as liaison to donors, lenders, researchers, ASM staff and faculty, and other museums, universities, agencies, and institutions regarding access to the cataloged archaeological collections.

f.In coordination with the Head of Collections, develops and maintains policy and

procedural guidelines for the curation of cataloged archaeological collections.

g.Collaborates and coordinates with the Head of Collections and other ASM staff and faculty to ensure that ASM complies with state and federal statutes related to collections management, including NAGPRA, as well as pertinent international


h.In coordination with the ASM Registrar, assures that proper accession and loan

procedures are followed regarding cataloged archaeological collections.

i.Coordinates with the Head of Collections and other ASM staff and faculty on use of sensitive archaeological materials or unusual requests.

j.Advises regarding the acquisition and disposition of archaeological... For full info follow application link.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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