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Job No. 539386 NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Repatriation Coordinator

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Bakersfield
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


FT/PT: Full-time

PAY PLAN:  12-month

WORKPLACE TYPE:  On-site (work in-person at business location)


  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, education, skills, and training.


PAY BASIS:  Monthly

BENEFITS:  CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more!  See our benefits website for additional information.


Open to all qualified applicants


FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, applications must be received by May 16, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled.

POSITION PURPOSE:  Under the administrative direction of the Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President, the NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Repatriation Coordinator oversees the university's compliance with federal and state legislation, specifically the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) and California Assembly Bills 275 and 389. Compliance with AB 275 and 389 entails a comprehensive multi-phase process involving inventory management, consultation with tribal entities, correspondence, site visitation, and ultimately the repatriation of curated collections to Native American tribes.

CSUB is dedicated to fostering a collaborative relationship with Native American Tribes to ensure the respectful and efficient repatriation of Ancestors and their cultural items. The NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Repatriation Coordinator serves as a pivotal team member within the Division of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance within the Office of the President, advocating for the ethical and legal repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural artifacts.


  1. NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Compliance Oversight
    1. Ensure the university is compliant with all aspects of NAGPRA, Cal NAGPRA, CSU/campus policy, as well as any other guiding policy and practices.
    2. Assist with developing and implementing repatriation policies and procedures, regularly auditing practices to uphold federal and state repatriation laws.
    3. Collaborate closely with Chief Diversity Officer & Special Assistant to the President to interpret and apply relevant legislation, ensuring adherence to all regulatory requirements.
    4. Manage and secure storage and cataloging of repatriation-related documentation and artifacts, maintaining confidentiality and integrity of records.
    5. Prepare and provide updates and routine and ad hoc reports for the President, Chief Diversity Officer and campus leadership on progress, successes, and barriers to support program goals, transparency, and compliance; and the California State University and external entities as may be necessary.
    6. Develop and maintain proper documentation of correspondence, consultations, loans, transfers, federal and state notices, inventories, summaries, and determinations regarding cultural affiliation, repatriation, or disposition.
    7. Develop and maintain the CSUB NAGPRA website, ensuring accurate and up to date information.
    8. Work closely with the CSU NAGPRA Campus Coordinators Group and CSU Systemwide NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Coordinator.
  2. Repatriation Coordination
    1. Serve as the primary point of contact and liaison for Native American tribes seeking repatriation of ancestral remains and cultural items.
    2. Facilitate consultations and negotiations between CSUB and tribal representatives, ensuring respectful and transparent communication throughout the repatriation process.
    3. Coordinate comprehensive inventory and documentation of repatriation requests, including artifact descriptions, provenance data, and tribal affiliations.
    4. Oversee logistical aspects of repatriation efforts, including artifact transfer, transport arrangements, and compliance with legal and cultural protocols.
    5. Develop and maintain relationships with tribal representatives, fostering trust and collaboration to facilitate successful repatriation outcomes.
  3. Native American Tribe Consultation & Outreach
    1. Develop and implement a robust outreach and consultation program to proactively engage Native American communities in NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA processes and develop relationships that acknowledge and respect Tribes’ sovereignty, cultural protocols, and cultural and religious practices and knowledge.
    2. Represent CSUB at meetings with Tribal government officials and representatives to coordinate compliance, address tribal concerns, and when possible, negotiate culturally responsive resolutions.
    3. Manage travel grants and campus visit-related costs for Tribal members and seek funding for assisting Tribes with repatriation, as needed.
    4. Create a respectful system for Tribal communities to access and visit their cultural items.
    5. Cultivate strong, culturally respectful relationships with Native American communities through ongoing engagement and dialogue.
    6. Organize and facilitate educational programs and outreach activities to raise awareness of NAGPRA and the significance of repatriation efforts.
    7. Advocate for ethical treatment and repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, emphasizing the importance of cultural sensitivity and preservation.
    8. Engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with academic departments and museum professionals to advance cultural sensitivity initiatives and promote best practices in repatriation processes.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE- Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Anthropology, Archeology, Native American Studites, Museum Studies, Law, or related field. At least two (2) years of professional experience demonstrating an understanding of federal and state Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA) regulations.

LICENSES – Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.


  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Knowledge of Native American Tribal protocols, cultures, histories, sovereignty, and governments relations, particularly for California Native Nations.
  • Ability to navigate highly sensitive and confidential issues and to act with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.
  • Knowledge of procedures for compliance with the Federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA- 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-13) and its accompanying regulations (43 C.F.R. §§ I0.1-.17) as well as relevant State legislation including CalNAGPRA (AB978) and its amendments (i.e., AB275, AB389).
  • Knowledge of Federally Recognized Tribes, Non-Federally Recognized Tribes, and California Recognized Tribes.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work effectively with Native American communities, including engaging in genuine tribal consultation and recognition of Tribal sovereignty.
  • Ability to interpret archival data (e.g., archaeological field notes) to determine presence of burials and cultural items as defined under NAGPRA.
  • Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organizational strategy and administrative initiatives with campus senior level management, Chancellor’s Office, and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure.


  • Master’s degree in Anthropology, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, or related field.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal and state NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA regulations and best practices.
  • Experience working with Native American tribes, preferably with California Native American tribes, and communities on repatriation issues.
  • Experience coordinating repatriation work.
  • Experience analyzing, evaluating, developing and/or improving upon administrative policies, procedures, practices, and programs.  
  • Knowledge and understanding of CSU system policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment possessing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: LIGHT WORK – involves mainly sitting, up to 25% standing or walking; lifting medium weight objects limited to 25 pounds.



SCREENING:  Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION:  Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.

MANDATED REPORTER: Limited:  The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:   A “designated position” in the CSU’s Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.      

GENERAL INFORMATION:  It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment.  You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations.  State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens.  These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

EEO STATEMENT:  California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity.  Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status

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