Job Title: Cultural Resources Manager, Decolonization       Date: November, 2017

Reports to: Director of Collections                                       Employment Status: FT or PT/Non-Exempt

Hourly Rate: $20.45

Description: Cultural Resources Manager, Decolonization

At the San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM), the Cultural Resource Manager, Decolonization supports priority collections department initiatives related to the decolonization of cultural resources currently held at the Museum. Key position responsibilities includes the cataloging and digitization of indigenous collections, as well as close and open consultation with a number of indigenous stakeholders, artists, scholars, and elders. The primary focus of the Cultural Resource Manager, Decolonization is to oversee SDMoM’s initiatives to work in partnership with members of the Kumeyaay Nation toward undoing the legacy of cultural colonialism by inviting representatives of the Kumeyaay community to engage about cultural resources and serve as a resource to the Kumeyaay in their efforts to revitalize elements of their cultural heritage, assert their right to control their own historic legacy, reinforce tribal sovereignty, and have authority in decision-making related to their material culture.

The Museum of Man is a dynamic and fast-paced work environment. The Collections Department is a collaborative environment that combines traditional approaches to museum collections management with alternative care practices as determined in collaboration with the indigenous communities whose cultural heritage we steward. Our team is working to implement a decolonized approach to cultural resource stewardship that places an emphasis on best cultural care for cultural heritage objects. The successful applicant is a creative thinker and problem solver prepared to take on new challenges and ready for an adventure. This position reports to the Director of Collections and works closely with the Director of Decolonization, Registrar, and SDMoM Collections Managers.


Work with Kumeyaay experts (historians, artists, linguists, elders, Bird Singers, etc.) to identify, document, and catalog Kumeyaay cultural heritage objects currently held by SDMoM. Specifically, create catalog records for cultural heritage objects in the CollectionSpace database and build connections between objects, photography collections, and manuscripts.
Consult with the Kumeyaay community to set parameters around cultural and spiritual object care, as well as to formulate clear guidelines for access, research, and stewardship of Kumeyaay cultural heritage objects.
Assist Director of Decolonization with the planning and implementation of annual Kumeyaay Community Access Days that provide community members the opportunity to engage directly with their cultural heritage objects held at the Museum.
Work with Kumeyaay stakeholders and Directors of Collections and Decolonization to ensure the proper dissemination of Kumeyaay materials back into the community including the publication of a physical catalog of Kumeyaay cultural heritage objects to be distributed to tribal communities, as well as the formative development of a digital content strategic plan to determine the best path forward for providing online access for Kumeyaay community members to objects and documentation.
Assist the Director of Collections with efforts around ensuring the Museum’s compliance with federal NAGPRA legislation, including handling research, documentation, and consultation for NAGPRA repatriation and disposition claims from within the Museum’s current holdings.
Assist with the development and implementation of broad decolonization initiatives at SDMoM, including developing long-term plan for consultation and outreach to indigenous communities across the United States and around the world.
Assist the Director of Collections with the review of requests for access to and help facilitate the use of the Native American collections for research and exhibition by curators, other staff, other institutions, and the general public.
Provide other support as required.
Preferred Qualifications:

Strong knowledge of Kumeyaay cultural practices, material cultural, ceremonial practices, and social history, as well as strong experience working within the Kumeyaay Nation.
Experience in assisting with complex, sensitive, or confidential projects including a demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a wide range of people and groups.
Strong writing, interpersonal, and communications skills.
Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
Proficient technology skills, including word processing, Excel, database management, collections management, and reporting programs.
Willingness to work on a team and embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis.
How to Apply:

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to khyberger@museumofman.org with “Cultural Resources Manager, Decolonization” and your first initial and last name in the subject line. Principals only.

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