NAGPRA Coordinator & Community Liaison – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

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The NAGPRA Coordinator and Community Liaison is experienced in the history and respectful care and presentation of Native American Art. She/He/They will work with the NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Advisor and Associate Curator of Native American Art to continue updating and compiling all collection summaries for documentation and distribution to American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Indigenous Communities. She/He/They will coordinate, organize, and schedule all NAGPRA related activities at The Met.


  • Conduct on-going reviews of Native American collections across departments as well as recent NAGPRA correspondence with relevant communities and continue to update collection summaries to American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Indigenous Communities.
  • Collaborate with the Museum’s NAGPRA Advisor and Curator of Native American Art to further update and distribute NAGPRA collection summaries to tribal communities and National NAGPRA Headquarters.
  • Assist NAGPRA Working Group and Associate Curator of Native American Art in virtual and on-site consultations with American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Indigenous Communities
  • Coordinate NAGPRA meetings and collections consultationvisits between relevant Met staff, American Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Indigenous Communities
  • Contact archives, art dealers, auction houses, donors, scholars, and researchers with regard to works in the collection
  • Document and compile NAGPRA related collections data across departments for the museum and for American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Indigenous Communities using The Met’s collection management system.
  • Work closely with curators to expand upon their ongoing provenance research;
  • Assist with maintaining object files and other records related to the provenance of the Native American collection;
  • Oversee efforts to make new provenance information publicly available on The Met’s website and handle tribal requests for provenance information;
  • Research and advise on repatriation and other requests including potential partnerships and opportunities for co-stewardship of collection items
  • Assist curator with provenance research on potential acquisitions, proposed gifts, and incoming and outgoing loans for exhibitions;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • MA or PhD in Indigenous or Native American Studies, museum studies, art history, anthropology, or archaeology
  • Demonstrated experience working with American Indian Tribes and Indigenous Communities
  • Experience with NAGPRA compliance and repatriation protocols
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethical stewardship of Native American and Indigenous collections
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in provenance research, guidelines, and resources
  • Interest in furthering The Met’s commitment to ethical collecting practices
  • Experience using a collections management system to document provenance information
  • An established network of contacts in the field of provenance research
  • Familiarity with art market influences of the last 50 years and relevant auctions and sales of Native American Art
  • Knowledge of external sources of provenance information, such as archives (both in the U.S. and other countries), including those that are not publicly available


  • Pay Range : $95,000 – $120,000   /   Annually
  • The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Location Requirements

At time of employment, employees are expected to be located within commuting distance of the Museum. “Commuting distance” means that they are located in one of following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania (the “Tri-state and PA” areas), and be able to commute to and from the Museum in a single day.

Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
  • Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
  • Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
  • Free financial-planning services
  • Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
  • 25% discount for staff in Museum shops
  • A subsidized staff cafeteria
  • Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions

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