Archaeological Collections Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Anthropology exists to:

  1. offer and maintain instructional programs that provide an understanding of the social, environmental, and evolutionary contexts of the human condition over time;
  2. conduct research in programmatic areas of Environment, Development, Health and Well-Being, and professional techniques within the various sub-fields of anthropology and geography, in order to advance and expand knowledge in these respective fields;
  3. actively participate in programs of interdisciplinary research.

Position Summary

The archaeological collections coordinator will be expected to convert existing paper archival and inventory systems into a digital platform, pursue external funding opportunities to improve existing storage methods and infrastructure (preventative conservation), create an institutional framework to collect box fees so that the archaeological collections can expand, manage the box fees budget, develop and teach a single class on anthropological museum studies, supervise undergraduate and graduate students working with the collections, and share narratives from the collection with interested partners and the public.

Required Job Qualifications

Master’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or closely related field OR a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years of experience as a collections coordinator or manager.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience modernizing archival databases into digital platforms, evidence of success at acquiring external funds for various projects, teaching experience, experience managing archaeological collections.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Acquisitions and Archival Duty/Responsibility

Effort dedicated to modernizing existing archival systems and incorporating new acquisitions. Coordinates, supervises and manages the protection and care of archaeological collections. Researches the best practices for artifact conservation and techniques for analyzing archaeological collections, including classification of all artifact types and industries; bone, stone tools, ceramics, metal, etc.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Grant Writing Duty/Responsibility

The collection coordinator will identify appropriate internal and/external funds to apply for that will improve the facility, storage capacity, or support public engagement with the facility. The collection coordinator is expected to write 4 to 5 proposals a year, including budgets, in order to create a state of the art facility as well as support a portion of the position’s salary.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Effort dedicated to teaching one class per year on museum studies. The collection coordinator will design one undergraduate level class about curational techniques and science. After approval, the collection coordinator will serve as primary instructor for this course.

Percentage Of Time 12.5 Job Duty Category Public Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Effort dedicated to promoting the collections and meeting with partners about expanding collections. The collection coordinator will partner with the chair of the department, the supervising archaeologist, as well as federal and for-profit counterparts to engage the public with our collections.

Percentage Of Time 12.5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. References will be e-mailed immediately upon application submission with links to reference portals where they will upload reference letters. Please note that your application will not be complete until all of your reference letters have been received.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Mica Glantz,, 970-491-7540

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.