Job ID: 203350

Repatriation Coordinator (0566U), Government & Community Affairs 36460

University of California, Berkeley

  • Jan. 13, 2023
  • Repatriation Coordinator (0566U), Government & Community Affairs 36460
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Legal Services
    Communications/Public Relations

Repatriation Coordinator (0566U), Government & Community Affairs 36460

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The NAGPRA Repatriation Team will report to the Chancellor's Designee, the Assistant Chancellor, Government and Community Relations in the Office of the Chancellor.

The Government and Community Relations (GCR) office builds relationships with community leaders, elected officials, government agencies and third party advocates to further the mission of UC Berkeley in the public sector. The issues of primary focus for the GCR team include student financial aid, admissions, scientific research and other policies at the forefront of higher education and government. GCR also coordinates the University's response to a wide range of political and policy issues, and advises administrators and faculty on strategies to gain constructive dialogue with government and community leaders.


  • Serve as the campus's designated authority under the University of California Policy and Procedures on Curation and Repatriation of Human Remains and Cultural Items and serve as the primary point of contact for all NAGPRA inquiries seeking information about Native American remains and objects falling under NAGPRA regulations.
  • Develop and implement a robust outreach program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA consultations, per UCOP policy.
  • Develop tribal relationships that acknowledge and respect a Tribe's sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge.
  • Represent UC Berkeley as lead NAGPRA staff at regular meetings with tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate NAGPRA compliance, address tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiate culturally sensitive resolutions.
  • Coordinate with Federal Agencies regarding collections curated by the UC Berkeley Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology to promote proactive compliance with NAGPRA.
  • Make recommendations to the UC Berkeley NAGPRA Advisory Committee on compliance with applicable law and UC NAGPRA policy.
  • Develop UC Berkeley NAGPRA Policies in consultation with relevant staff, faculty, and offcampus tribal representatives.
  • Oversee UC Berkeley NAGPRA compliance: coordinate closely with the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Office of the President; oversee repatriations of culturally affiliated remains and NAGPRA-related objects; oversee disposition of culturally unidentifiable remains; maintain records of outreach, notification and consultation; track responses and prepare status report; Develop documents to facilitate consultations; and submit and update federal reports and Notices.
  • Manage administrative aspects of NAGPRA Program including developing the repatriation implementation plan, supervising and managing staff, and developing and overseeing project budget. Provide supervision and direction to NAGPRA project staff. Determine, delegate and supervise work to achieve goals and objectives. Oversee processes and outcomes to ensure quality standards are met. Oversee unit resources: coordinate staffing, assignments, and leave requests; interview, select, train, and evaluate staff. Provide performance management, engagement, and mentoring. In consultation with management, determine the need for corrective action or complaint resolution. Provide development opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a UC Berkeley NAGPRA website. Identify and apply for grants to support the NAGPRA project. Deliver professional and public presentations on the UC Berkeley NAGPRA compliance program. Serve as primary resource and campus expert for campus staff and Faculty regarding tribal relations.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of NAGPRA and other relevant laws and regulations.
  • Highly skilled communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals to secure and/or provide information to clarify situations, and resolve problems; to communicate clearly and professionally; and to develop and sustain collegial working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Experience working with Native American communities, preferably in California Native American Communities.
  • Strong understanding of the repatriation process.
  • Knowledge of consultation practices and processes with Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations
  • Highly skilled communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with and influence others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Strong team building and leadership skills; ability and skills to organize problem-solving sessions and guide teams toward effective solutions.
  • Experience supervising and managing staff.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Expert knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.
  • Expert analytical / problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel to meet with tribes, attend consultations, burials and other activities that are related to the repatriation process.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Valid CA Drivers License or eligibility to obtain one within a reasonable time period upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of CalNAGPRA and UC Office of the President policies on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation.
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting.
  • Highly skilled in all levels of project management.
  • Knowledge of UC processes, protocols and procedures.
  • Experience in recruiting, selecting, training, and motivating staff.
  • Expert knowledge of common organizational- or research specific and other computer application programs.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

Remote / Telecommuting options (needing to be available in person for occasional mandatory meetings and department needs) are negotiable for this position.

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 10, 2022.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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