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Archaeology Unit Manager (WMS2)

Employer
State of Washington
Location
Tumwater, Washington
Closing date
Jul 19, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Discipline
Archaeology
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Government
This posting has been extended. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It will be in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.

Schedule: The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) office is in Olympia, WA. Flexible/Hybrid schedules are available. This position will require some in office work.

A little bit about us:

The cultural and historic resources of a community tell the story of its past, a past that makes any single community distinct from all other places. From lumber mills to schools, sacred landscapes to archaeological sites, rustic cabins to office towers, our historic and cultural resources provide everyone with a tangible link to persons and events that have shaped our communities and ourselves. Preserving these physical reminders of our past creates a sense of place, the result being an environment that instills civic pride and community spirit.

By preserving significant cultural and historic resources, we are able to learn from past achievements (as well as mistakes) in order to improve, enrich, and even enliven, the Washington state that is passed to future generations. To learn more about the vision and role of historic preservation in the State of Washington, download our current Statewide Historic Preservation Plan(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF reader).

What this position entails:

You will manage the archaeology unit and supervise archaeologists performing regulatory and outreach work for DAHP, and will provide advanced consultative technical business information on archaeological issues and projects to other agencies, governments, or private entities as well as providing your expertise and counsel to the SHPO, the state ACHP, DAHP staff, public agencies, Governor's office, Attorney General's office, and other members of the public for archaeological issues.

You will develop and teach various training courses including Section 106, state laws, and implementing regulations, cultural resources training, and lectures on archaeological topics as requested.

You will oversee archaeological survey work that is contracted to outside entities with budgets provided by the Legislature. You will also be assisting and advising the GIS Unit and Records Unit on issues as they relate to archaeological data.

Why Work For DAHP:
  • Protect the Past to Shape the Future!

The cultural and historic resources of a community tell the story of its past, a past that makes any single community distinct from all other places. Our historic and cultural resources provide everyone with a tangible link to persons and events that have shaped our communities and ourselves. Preserving these physical reminders of our past creates a sense of place, the result being an environment that instills civic pride and community spirit.

By preserving significant cultural and historic resources, we can learn from past achievements (as well as mistakes) to improve, enrich, and even enliven, the Washington state that is passed to future generations. By not preserving, we stand to lose the already tenuous grasp we have of past accomplishments, traditions, and values. If we do not work to preserve the diminishing presence of our historic places, we undermine the stability and strength of our future communities.

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package we also offer:
  • Flexible schedule/hybrid option
  • Growth and development opportunities
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster bringing authentic selves to work.
  • A Wellness Program that offers work-life balance and self-care activities.

If you are interested in a wide variety of duties and enjoy prioritizing, organizing, and engaging with people, this may be for you! As a small agency, we must wear a variety of hats, so every day is a little different. We offer a work-life balance, flexible schedules, remote work options, and a workplace culture of growth and connection. If you are passionate about Pacific Northwest History and Archaeology, this may be what you've been waiting for!

Some of what you'll be doing includes:
  • Supervising and managing the agency's Archaeology Unit.
  • The Archaeology Unit works to fulfill the SHPO's role in the Section 106 consultation process for archaeological resources.
  • The Archaeology Unit also works on state and local projects under EO 21-02 and SEPA.
  • This position has authority over the archaeological excavation permitting process with authority given to DAHP under RCW 27.53 and WAC 25-48. This position will make final determination on violations and will coordinate and present the case to the Director in the event of an appeal and may include testifying in court on behalf of the agency.
  • The Archaeological Unit Manager is an agency subject matter expert on cultural resources tribal consultation and advises agencies and staff on tribal consultation procedures and processes and works with Tribes on archaeological issues.

REQUIRED:

Must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology.

Professional qualifications for this position include a graduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field plus:
  • A valid driver's license free from serious traffic violations
  • At least two years of experience supervising employees and managing teams
  • At least five years of experience in applying Section 106 and all federal laws and regulations as they apply to archaeological properties
  • At least five years of experience in applying criteria for listing archaeological properties in the National Register of Historic Places, exceptions to the National Register, and considering integrity issues when applying the National Register criteria
  • Advanced understanding of traditional cultural properties
  • At least five years of experience consulting with Tribes

Experience may be cumulative

Other Required Experience and Competencies:
  • Able to learn and understand the language and concepts of our DEI culture and commit to being a part of creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, respectful, and inclusive workplace
  • Demonstrate a commitment to growth, learning and self-awareness when provided training and opportunities to participate in improving our work environment
  • Participate and behave in a manner that creates trust and builds working relationships, promoting teamwork and collaboration in the work environment
  • Demonstrate the understanding that all people are valued; contribute to an equitable, inclusive, and respectful environment when working with members of the group, team, organization, or community
  • Commit to being an active participant in continually evaluating and improving strategies that promote equity and inclusion in our organization
  • Excellent public speaking, organization, and mediation skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collegially with stakeholders and the public
  • Demonstrate the ability to balance many high priority projects and deadlines

PREFERRED:
  • Extensive experience consulting with Tribes in the Pacific Northwest
  • Advanced knowledge of 27.44, SEPA and all state laws and regulations as they apply to archaeological properties
  • Familiarity with GIS based platforms
  • Experience supervising union represented employees
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholder groups and organizations/agencies
  • Adaptability to process improvement and dynamically changing workplace environments

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:
  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

NOTE: The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "duties summary" section of your application in Careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire. A resume will not substitute for completing the "duties summary" section of the application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding work experience must be reflected in the "duties summary" section of the application. By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Opportunity for All:

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Contact Information:

For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email jobs@des.wa.gov.

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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