Topic ID #42760 - posted 10/16/2020 11:04 AM

Associate Director for OCA, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Sandy Lujan

Assoc Dir,OCA

Requisition IDreq13932
Working TitleAssoc Dir,OCA
Position Grade15
Position Summary

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico seeks a Director for the Office of Contract Archeology (OCA) to lead a dedicated staff conducting innovative cultural resources management research in a University setting.  Since its founding in 1973, the OCA has taken a leading role in innovative interdisciplinary cultural resource studies throughout the state of New Mexico and adjacent regions.  Working with a diversity of clients, including Federal, State, Municipal and Tribal agencies, the OCA has a distinguished record of developing scientifically based management solutions for projects of all sizes and contributes to the training of undergraduate and graduate students in cultural resource management and archaeological practice.

Position Summary

Under indirect supervision from the Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the OCA Director (formal University administrative title Associate Director, Maxwell Museum) provides integrated management and professional leadership to the Office of Contract Archeology. Establishes and implements organizational goals and operating procedures for the OCA. Directs, coordinates and oversees multiple contract/grant funded research projects and programs, working with diverse clients, governmental agencies, community members and University programs, offices, and faculty and staff. Plans and manages annual budgets for the organization. Develops strategies for generating revenues and resources for the OCA. Provides professional and technical leadership and mentoring to a team of 8-12 full-time and 10+ part-time staff and student employees.  Oversees and directs participation in professional conferences and publications, above and beyond the production of contract and grant deliverables.  For more information on the UNM OCA visit

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree in a related Archeological field; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Record of conducting substantive archaeological research in the context of cultural resource management programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently obtain and manage cultural resource management contracts and grants as Principal Investigator and/or program director.
  • Experience supervising staff (>15 persons) and large projects.
  • Knowledge of the archaeology of the greater Southwest, particularly of New Mexico.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and tribal cultural resource laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful interactions with diverse clients, government agencies, and communities, and University students, programs and administrative units.
  • Record of publications including professional journals and technical publications, and record of presentations at professional conferences and meetings.
Additional Requirements
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentOffice of Contract Archeology (937C)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeRegular - Full-Time
Term End Date
Pay$4,738.93 - $7,108.40 (Depending Upon Education and Experience)
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date11/18/2020
Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Please include a letter of interest, a current resume/CV, three writing samples (one professional publication, one technical report, and one of your choosing), and names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

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