Job announcement: AZ State Museum Associate Curator position


The University of Arizona, Arizona State Museum (ASM), invites applications for the continuing-eligible (tenure-track equivalent) position of Head of Collections and associate curator of archaeology.  The position serves as Head of and provides vision and leadership to the Collections Division, the largest division within ASM.  The incumbent will supervise, in consultation with Collections Division section heads and the Preservation Division, ongoing collections acquisitions, documentation, care, access, and use, in accordance with the highest professional standards.  The incumbent also will engage in research, education, and public outreach involving the museum's archaeological and/or ethnological collections, while developing institutional policy and pursuing grants and other forms of external funding for collections acquisition, care, and/or research. 

Submit a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the UA application with the names and contact information for three references via the University of Arizona Careertrack website at, Job Number: 52714.

ASM is the oldest, largest anthropology museum in the U.S. Southwest, dedicated to promoting respect and understanding of the peoples and cultures of Arizona and surrounding regions through research, collections stewardship, and public outreach. ASM holds comprehensive collections of Southwest Indian art and artifacts, offers a full program of exhibits and public events and operates the largest most active non-federal archaeological repository in the country. 

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization.  The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Requested Documents:

1) Cover letter
2) CV
3) UA Application with three references

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Provides leadership and direction to the Collections Division and coordinates with other Divisions in accomplishing ASM's mission and strategic goals.
2.  Serves as Chair of ASM's Collections Committee. Develops and implements, with input from Collections Division Section Heads and Preservation Division staff, written policy and procedures for acquisition, registration, cataloging, preservation, storage, retrieval, access, and use of         ASM collections.
3.  Manages Division budget for operations, capital equipment, and travel.
4. Supervises the Registrar to ensure that transactions are properly executed and that records are properly maintained.
5. Supervises the staff of the Archaeological Collections, the Archaeological Repository, and the Photographic Collections.
6. Collaborates and coordinates with the faculty curators and librarians within the Archaeological Records Office, the Ethnological Collections, and the Library and Archives.
7. Develops and updates job descriptions for classified staff in the Division and conducts annual performance appraisals for direct reports among the Division's classified staff.
8. Prepares monthly accession reports for ASM's Executive Committee and an annual report for ASM administration detailing Division activities and accomplishments.
9. Ensures that ASM complies with state and federal statutes related to collections management, including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), as well as pertinent international conventions.

Research and Creative Activities
1. Conducts collections-based research.
2. Develops and curates exhibits with other ASM faculty and staff, and/or guest curators.
3. Facilitates collections access for professional researchers and students and promotes participation in ongoing museum research by the general public.

1.  Facilitates educational use of ASM's collections.
2. Participates in ASM's educational outreach initiatives through formal and informal involvement in UA educational programs, including guest lectures in courses at UA and other institutions of higher learning, community presentations, tours, and workshops designed for a variety of learners.
3.  May teach courses in a UA department or interdisciplinary program and supervise student internships and independent study.

Service and Public Outreach
1.  Represents the Collections Division on the ASM Executive Committee and serves on other ASM and UA committees as required.
2.  Performs service and outreach tasks as recommended for academic professionals in administrative positions, including participation in academic and professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:                          
1. Ph.D. in anthropology, ethnohistory, material culture studies, museum studies, or a closely related field;
2. Record of scholarship in the candidate's discipline, and the ability to recruit and facilitate the work of campus scholars, visiting researchers, and students whose research requires use of ASM collections;
3. Experience in collections management and familiarity with curatorial standards, codes of ethics, and best practices;
4. Familiarity with state and federal statutes pertaining to museum collections, particularly the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA);
5. Knowledge of Southwestern archaeological, ethnological, and/or archival collections;
6. Demonstrated success in fundraising and grant writing;
7. Experience with educational and public outreach initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience in personnel management;
2. Demonstrated experience in capital projects associated with building expansion, renovation, and new construction;
3. Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications used in collections management;
4. Knowledge of museum roles as centers for community engagement and academic pursuits;
5. Demonstrated experience working for and/or in collaboration with indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and/or northwest Mexico;
6. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Southwestern American Indian language(s).

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for Job Number 52714.