Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Curatorial Specialist

Posted 23 days ago · Full time · $45,120.00 Annually

Job Description

Curatorial Specialist

Arizona State University

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University seeks to hire a qualified Curatorial Specialist to assist the Collections Manager in the Center for Archaeology and Society Repository. Duties include the review of records, summarization of collections recovery context and curation history, updating of collections information and inventories, assessment and enhancement of collections conditions, and the supervision of student interns and employees. Archaeological collections house at the Repository include materials collected by faculty of the former Department of Anthropology, materials donated to the Repository by private individuals, and materials collected during Federally sponsored cultural resource management projects. Repository collections include over 350,000 catalog numbers of Native American archaeological and ethnographic objects, primarily from Arizona.


Salary Range

$45,120 per year

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • Assist with the inventorying, documentation, organization, and rehousing of Repository collections
  • Participate in the preparation of summary documentation and reports for collections detailing recovery information and curation history
  • Assist with the updating of information in Repository collection management software
  • Assist with the evaluation and documentation of the conditions of collections
  • Participate in the monitoring and reporting of environmental conditions and pests within Repository spaces
  • Assist with facilitating access to collections for students, researchers, descendant communities, and other stakeholders
  • Participate in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) process as needed
  • Move and transport materials and objects that could weight up to 50 pounds, including the storage of items at heights that require the use of a ladder
  • Preform duties in both climate-controlled and external spaces

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art, or related field AND one year museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, five years museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with anthropological collections (3 years)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the archaeology and material culture, history, and ethnography of the American Southwest
  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in archaeology, anthropology, or museum studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge with appropriate handling of curated archaeological collections
  • Supervisory experience with student workers and interns
  • Experience in using organizational and project management skills
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in a team

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds
  • Use of ladder to reach stored items on high shelves
  • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement

Known for its leadership in innovative education and research, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change includes one of the nation's top-ranked anthropology programs and the largest and most research-productive transdisciplinary anthropology faculty in the nation. Staying true to our four-field anthropological origins means we remain committed to leveraging a long-term, comparative, and holistic perspective on human origins and diversity as a way to understand and address complex problems, now and for the future, and a deep concern for community engagement and social justice. In addition to anthropology, our students can earn degrees in global health, applied mathematics for the life and social sciences and museum studies. We are also known for our high quality study abroad, field school programs and research apprenticeship opportunities for our 700 undergraduate majors and nearly 200 graduate students.

We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives. SHESC is the largest social science unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU's largest and most diverse college. For complete information see

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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