Opening: Curator of Archaeology , Western New Mexico University Museum




(Job Code 413/Full-Time/Exempt)

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under direct supervision of the University Museum Director, the Curator of Archeology is a professional position necessary to carry out research leading to interpretive exhibitions, publications and educational programming on the archaeological collections. The Curator of Archeology has the primary responsibility for compliance with the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. This involves ongoing tribal consultations regarding repatriation claims and determining the cultural affiliation of individual ancestral human remains and funerary objects in the collections. Responsible for long-range planning, interpretation, documentation, exhibition, storage and program development for museum’s archaeological collections. Directs and participates in daily collections management activities; determines and implements methods for preservation and conservation of items which may include artifacts, art, samples, and/or documentary records and photographs; manages database development for respective collections. Assists in the negotiation of repository agreements and deeds of gifts; assists in the evaluation and receipt of donations and acquisitions; supervises and participates in inventorying, conserving, repacking, cataloging, transporting, and storing incoming collections. Responsible for summaries, inventories and tribal consultations pertaining to compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Facilitates and encourages research on university collections, according to museum policy, conducts research in respective areas; participates in professional meetings and presents and publishes papers; administers loan agreements and ensures adherence to established policies. Manages collections and working relationships with federal and other external agencies/groups including consultation, inventory, conservation, preservation, research and publication; organize work flow to meet deadlines and ensure compliance with laws covering collections management standards and provisions. Prepares and monitors budgets and writes and/or facilitates proposal preparation for external funding to support exhibits and related programming. Identifies and secures alternative funding/revenue sources for exhibits and public and educational programs; provides assistance with fundraising and grant writing for collections preservation and care. Coordinates detailed planning, scheduling, and specifications for scheduled exhibits and events; organizes logistics such as shipping and handling of exhibit pieces, lighting, security systems, and graphics. Reviews proposed activities and events to ensure safe and coordinated operations of the University Museum and grounds. Responds in a timely manner to public inquiries and access to collection requests. Responsible for authenticating, evaluating, and categorizing the specimens in a collection. Works directly with local civic and professional organizations; makes public appearances on CATS-TV and other programming to promote collections, exhibitions and museum programming. Assists Assistant Director/Curator of Education & History with 24/7 security and to be on-call. Assists with donor cultivation, acquisitions, fundraising, events, promotions, marketing, and community relations. Assists in the development and implementation of security and disaster recovery plans that follow museum and insurance best practices. Attends campus and off-campus meetings on behalf of the Director with Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Affairs, PIO, the Silver City Arts & Cultural District, the Mimbres Region Arts Council, Silver City Clay Festival organizing committee, other groups and organizations, and the public. Responds in a timely manner to inquiries directed by and for the Director. Assist with all University Museum events, fundraisers, and sponsored events such as the Mogollon Archaeology Conference, WNMU Founders Day, Homecoming, and Silver City Clay Festival. Manages the daily operations of the University Museum in the absence of the University Museum Director and Assistant Director. Position requires various working hours to include weekend and evening hours as needed. Position requires lifting of up to 25 lbs. including but not limited to arranging tables and chairs for meetings, conferences, and exhibition furniture, use of 8-foot ladder to change and rearrange collection material as needed; and performs other duties as assigned by the Director. Position is contingent upon funding.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in Anthropology (archaeology focus), Archaeology, or Bioarchaeology (human remains emphasis). Geographic area emphasis on the American Southwest. A minimum of four (4) years experience conducting research in bioarchaeology (human remains emphasis) and/or archaeological fieldwork; and in curation, collections management, exhibit development, and/or working with museum collections.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: A.B.D. or Ph.D. in Anthropology (archaeology focus), Archaeology, or Bioarchaeology (human remains emphasis) preferred. Demonstrated educational background and research/fieldwork/laboratory experience in bioarchaeology (human remains emphasis) and in archaeology. Experience in an academic museum setting preferred. Demonstrated experience in the production and completion of summaries and inventories, and engaging in tribal consultations pertaining to compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Experience with collection management database software. Experience with groups from diverse backgrounds and proficiency in Spanish.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Provide proof of a valid Driver’s License in good standing upon hire. WNMU Defensive Driver’s Certification must be obtained prior to use of any University vehicle.

SALARY: $40,000 Annually

Review of applications will begin on Friday, August 10, 2012 and continues until filled. While no deadline has been established, for optimal consideration candidates should submit completed applications by August 10, 2012.

TO APPLY: Submit a WNMU application, a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a copy of official transcripts (originals required upon hire), and five references with names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers to: Western New Mexico University, Human Resources Department, 1000 W. College Ave./P.O. Box 680, Silver City, NM 88062. The WNMU application can be found online at: All finalists will be required to sign an authorization for a background check prior to an invitation to interview.

Western New Mexico University serves a diverse multicultural population of nearly 3,000 students including non-traditional students. Exemplary teaching, quality programs, commitment to diversity, and enhanced regional service characterize WNMU’s mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, handicap, or national origin. WNMU is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer.

Cynthia Ann Bettison, Ph.D., RPA

Museum Director & Archaeologist

Western New Mexico University Museum

Mailing: P.O. Box 680, Silver City, New Mexico 88062

Shipping: 1000 W. College Avenue, Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Office : (575) 538-6386

Fax: (575) 538-6385