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Harvard University Curator of North American Ethnographic Collections in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54245BRAuto req ID:54245BRJob Code:388058 Museum Professional Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Curator of North American Ethnographic CollectionsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications: M.A. in a relevant discipline, such as Anthropology or Indigenous Studies; Additional Qualifications and Skills: Skills and Experience

  • M.A. in a relevant discipline, such as Anthropology or Indigenous Studies; Ph.D. or equivalent experience preferred;

  • Expertise in Indigenous cultures, arts and/or histories;

  • 7+ years of progressively relevant experience, demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion, preferably in a museum setting;

  • Track record of engagement with Indigenous communities;

  • Demonstrated writing, public speaking, research, and organizational skills;

  • Ability to travel as needed

    Please note : this position is a full-time staff position with no departmental affiliation. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States.

    Additional Information: About the Peabody Museum

    The Peabody Museum is situated on the ancestral and traditional land of the Massachusett people. It cares for over 1.2 million items from across the world, including cultural, archaeological, and osteological collections as well as extensive photographic and archival materials. The Museum is committed to the ethical stewardship of its collections through implementation of collaborative and culturally responsive care, interpretation, and engagement. We strive for a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment and to act in ways that address the global challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. Department:Peabody MuseumPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Museum Job-Specific Responsibilities: The Curator of North American Ethnographic Collections performs curatorial functions and regular assignments as approved by the Senior Curator:

  • Contributes to the integrity of information about collections and database content in keeping with current professional practices and in consultation with Indigenous communities;

  • Promotes access to collections, particularly by Indigneous communities and incorporates their viewpoints in interpretation , through collaborative research; curation of exhibits; and contributions to programming (lectures, workshops, conferences);

  • Responds to researcher and student requests and consult with visiting researchers;

  • Recommends purchases or gifts, advises on the intellectual content of proposed accessions and deaccessions, and consults on conservation work and collections storage;

  • Assists with raising funds for research, exhibitions, and programs;

  • Collaborates with university colleagues, including Harvard Art Museum staff and other Harvard museums as well as faculty and students, and may have teaching duties;

  • Develops and maintains professional affiliations with colleagues in similar positions at other institutions; and attends and presents at conferences and professional events on behalf of the Museum.

    Performs other duties as required. School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University seeks an experienced scholar with expertise in North America ethnographic collections, regional focus open. We are seeking an experienced individual with strong communication skills and ties to Indigenous communities to care for and interpret an historical ethnographic collection of Indigenous cultural material from North America. This individual will help further develop the current institutional goals of ethical stewardship, including fostering relationship building, collaborative dialogue, and diverse perspectives within museum spaces.