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Cultural Liaison (Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Exempt I) - NAGPRA, Ethnic Studies

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time

Working Title

Cultural Liaison


SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "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 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.



Native American Graves Protect (NAGPRA)


Appointment Type

This is a one-year temporary position. Permanent status may be earned in this position if it is renewed
for four years without a break in service in accordance with collective bargaining agreement provisions.


Time Base
Full-Time (1.0)


Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,500 per month ($54,000 annually)


Salary is commensurate with experience.


Position Summary

The Cultural Liaison is responsible for assisting with the coordination of NAGPRA Program activities with Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations, encouraging dialogue and strengthening relationships between the Program and Native Americans, developing guidelines and protocols in coordination with Native American tribes and organizations for handling NAGPRA and non-NAGPRA subject holdings, and assisting with the repatriation and disposition of Native American ancestors and belongings. This positions coordinates with the NAGPRA coordinator day-to-day and reports to the Dean in the College of Ethnic Studies.


Position Information

Cultivates relationships with Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations
• Has knowledge of state and federal NAGPRA legislation and its implementation
• Works with NAGPRA coordinator to strengthen and build an outreach program that engages and supports Native American participation in the NAGPRA process.
• Meets with tribal government officials and representatives to facilitate repatriation under NAGPRA, addresses tribal concerns, and honors indigenous voices in the cultural stewardship of ancestors and their belongings.
• Explores strategies and best practices to protect sensitive and confidential tribal information
• Explains NAGPRA legislation in simple terms and disseminates information as requested.
• Maintains tribal contact lists via communication with National NAGPRA, the Native American Heritage Commission, and tribal communities and organizations.
• Assists with community outreach to organizations and schools.


Assists with the determination of the cultural affiliation of ancestors and cultural items in preparation for repatriation to tribes and organizations 
• Assists consultations with respective claimants or requestors.
• Verifies request/claim information is complete and accurate for processing.
• Supports tribal members, tribal governments, and lineal descendants to obtain cultural affiliation information.
• Provides Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations access to ancestral human remains and cultural items.
• Conducts research to assist with cultural affiliation determination.
• Analyzes and summarizes data, reports findings, and interprets results.
• Prepares internal and external communications and responds to consultation requests.
• Assists with tribal consultations, Federal Register Notices, and repatriation and disposition of ancestors and belongings.
• Assists with the cultural care and stewardship of ancestors and belongings in a way that respects and reflects specific tribal belief systems.


Assists with NAGPRA administrative program implementation 
• Serves as a point of contact for NAGPRA inquiries.
• Responds to inquiries and drafts correspondences to NAGPRA requests. Obtains the appropriate signatures.
• Supervises interns, students, and volunteers.
• Assists with identifying and applying for grants.
• Coordinates and advises SF State NAGPRA Faculty Advisory Board.
• Identifies materials for conservation and digital photo documentation.
• Maintains NAGPRA’s website and other social media sites.


Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Entry to this classification requires general knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.

Typical knowledge and skill requirements:
• Entry qualifications as described above.
• Working knowledge of general practices, program, and/or administrative specialty. Basic knowledge of and ability to apply fundamental concepts. Working knowledge of budget policies and procedures.
• Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures relating to and affecting the applicable program, organizational unit, and/or administrative specialty.
• Knowledge of basic methods and procedures for research and statistical analysis and the ability to apply them.
• Ability to analyze data and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistical techniques.
• Ability to organize and plan work and projects including handling multiple priorities.
• Ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment.
• Ability to compile, write, and present reports related to program or administrative specialty.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the workgroup and serve as a liaison for the organizational unit.


Preferred Qualifications

• BA or BS in Anthropology, American Indian Studies, Museum Studies, or a related field or two years of
• administrative or equivalent experience.
• Working knowledge of Native American prehistory, history, and culture, with a focus on northern California tribal
• communities.
• Intermediate to advanced use of Microsoft Office products, such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access.
• Advanced knowledge of NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA legislation.
• Experience using PastPerfect with managing collections.
• Core Competencies – embody the following competencies:
• Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
• Effective oral, written and nonverbal communication skills.
• Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
• Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
• Diversity and inclusion.


Required License/Certification

California's Driver License



  • Some travel will be required between the collections located at SF State main campus and Estuary Ocean Science Center in Tiburon.
  • Work in enclosed spaces and heights, and in dusty, moldy conditions
  • Be comfortable working around human remains (applicant does not need to handle human remains but must be able to work in a room with human remains).
  • Must wear protective clothing and equipment.
  • Ability to climb a ladder and stairs to access collections.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25-pound boxes.


Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.


Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.



Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.


Additional Information


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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