A two-year appointment, the Provenance Sr. Research Associate (Native American Art and Culture) will report to the Lowe’s Director and Chief Curator.
The Associate’s primary responsibilities are to contribute to basic and applied research and document the Lowe’s extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts with a view to ensuring full NAGPRA compliance. As such, s/he will be the principal point of contact between the Museum and all relevant bodies (both governmental and non-governmental) as well as all pertinent tribal entities, Native Hawaiian organization officials, and traditional religious leaders.
- Understands and interprets research protocols and procedures.
- Participates in the publication of significant results.
- Advances expertise through continued education, training and research.
- Maintains an overview of relevant findings.
- Ensures all research is undertaken according to good research practice.
Secondary responsibilities include collaborating with Lowe staff and UM faculty on Barton Collection permanent collection rotations. May teach up to one course per academic year, whether in Art History, Anthropology, or a related field.
- Provides guidance, mentorship and oversight to junior staff and students.
- Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.
General knowledge of stewarding, curating, researching, interpreting, and presenting objects is equally desired, as is an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a dynamic, energized team.
Required Skills and Experience:
- MA in the History of Art or a related discipline specializing in Native American Art and/or Culture; PhD preferred.
- Minimum one (1) year of relevant experience in the field of Native American Art and direct experience with provenance research (ideally, NAGPRA-related) preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Native American art, history, and culture as well as a specialized focus within the field.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to contemporary Native American communities.
- Research experience in the analog and digital realms.
- Ability to engage Lowe stakeholders, including (but not limited to) UM faculty, staff and students; volunteer docents; donors; and members of the general public.
- Knowledge of museum standards for collections security and management.
- Experience with collections management software (ideally TMS).
- Familiarity with contemporary conservation techniques and practices.
- Excellent administrative, analytical, research, and communication skills.
- Ability to work with materials (feathers, fur, hairs, fibers, natural dyes, etc.) that may aggravate allergies.
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:
- Skill in collecting, organizing and analyzing data.
- Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.
- Ability to exercise sound judgement in making critical decisions.
Salary range: $46,400-$49,469
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