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Tribal Relations and NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Director

Apply now Job no: 538386
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Pomona
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time

Type of Appointment: Full-Time, Management Personnel Plan (MPP II)

Anticipated Hiring Amount: $8,333 - $10,415 per month ($99,996 - $124,980 annually) - Commensurate with qualifications

Benefits Include: (15) Paid Holidays, (24) Vacation days, Comprehensive Benefits Plan

Work Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm, unless otherwise notified 

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Application Review: May 1, 2024




The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and ultimately is responsible for all operational and strategic aspects of the University, including student recruitment, retention and graduation; academic policies and programs; state and non-state operating budgets; personnel policies and procedures; external outreach, collaboration and fund raising. The Tribal Relations and NAGPRA Program Director (Director) will serve as Cal Poly Pomona’s primary liaison and conduit with Tribal Nations, governments, and urban American Indian communities strengthening the identity of the University as a leader in tribal engagement and partnerships. The Director will ensure campus regulatory compliance with federal and state Native American Graves Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) legislation, including California Assembly Bills 275 and 389. 



Consultation and Communication:

  • Serve as Cal Poly Pomona’s primary liaison and conduit with Tribal Nations, governments and urban American Indian communities for the President and campus leadership, strengthening the identity of the University as a leader in tribal engagement and partnerships.
  • Build respectful, authentic, and symbolic relationships with tribal nations, communities and within the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona region, County of Los Angeles and State of California.
  • Serve as Cal Poly Pomona’s representative to all CSU tribal related initiatives, meetings and events.
  • In consultation with the Office of Government and External Affairs and members of the President's Cabinet, work to create opportunities and advise the President on an internal and external strategy to engage with tribal leaders to build and advance relationships. 


Regulatory Compliance and Records Management:

  • Provide strategic direction and operational management of NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA compliance timelines, reports and communications with the California Native American Heritage Commission.
  • Research, summarize, and analyze information, compile data to prepare special and recurring reports containing specialized or sensitive information following general direction, and select relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Oversee NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA compliance timelines, reports, and communications with the California Native American Heritage Commission at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Represent Cal Poly Pomona as the lead NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA staff at regular meetings with tribal government officials, addressing compliance concerns and implementing culturally sensitive protocols as needed.
  • Collaborate with tribal communities to appropriately identify and care for cultural items housed at the University and manage the process of tribal consultation and repatriation.
  • Partner with Strategic Comunications to develop and maintain the Cal Poly Pomona NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA website, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information. 


Outreach, Recruitment and Community Building:

  • Collaborate with various internal and external entities, including but not limited to, Admissions, Outreach and Recruitment, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Provost and Strategic Communications.
  • Develop and implement programs and policies focused on opportunities to connect tribal communities with Cal Poly Pomona as a pathway for opportunity through education.
  • Facilitate opportunities and programs that would increase native student enrollment, helping to navigate those internal bureaucracies that have historically inhibited greater matriculation to the CSU.
  • Develop and implement events, conferences, or meetings under general guidance of the Office of the President, that advance tribal cultural/educational opportunities so as to build greater relationships with Tribal Nations.
  • Develop consistent communication tools (i.e. newsletters) that keep tribal leadership current on the events and activities of the University.
  • Provide counsel and support to the annual hosting of the Cal Poly Pomona Pow Wow.
  • Provide advocacy support in collaboration with Tribal Colleges and Universities at the federal level.
  • Coordinate the consultation process with tribal leaders and representatives, including local, state, federal agencies, and Federal Register Notices, in accordance with NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA mandates.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA inquiries, facilitating information requests about Native American Ancestors and cultural items.
  • Create a respectful system for tribal communities to access and visit their cultural items.
  • Provide access to collections for displays and educational opportunities in alignment with tribal preferences.
  • Consult with respective claimants or requestors.
  • Manage travel costs for assisting tribes with consultations and repatriation activities, as needed.


Other Duties as Assigned:

  • Other responsibilities associated with strengthening Cal Poly Pomona’s relationships with Tribal Nations and partner organizations in the region and state.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Native American Studies, History, Museum Studies or a related field; advanced degree preferred. 
  • Two (2) to three (3) years experience supporting and engaging in tribal consultation processes and/or experience in coordinating repatriation work or in curatorial work or in collections management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with archaeological methods, archaeological collections, and culturally sensitive artifacts.
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-13 and its accompanying regulations at 43 C.F.R. §§ 10.1-.17 and the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“CalNAGPRA”) at California Health & Safety Code (CHSC) §§ 8010-30 and Assembly Bills 275 and 389. 



  • Demonstrated understanding of, and direct experience with: (a) tribal consultation practices and processes, b) building and initiating positive working relationships with tribes and tribal members; and (c) NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA. 
  • Strong skills in program and project management, facilitation, and collaboration. Ability to effectively represent and coordinate organizational strategy and administrative initiatives with campus senior level management, Office of the President, and external contacts.
  • Knowledge of historical and current contexts that inform decision making in California Indian/Native American/tribal communities.
  • Experience working with California Indian, American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous populations.
  • Advanced strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the organization toward workable strategies and solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability in providing leadership in and contributions to committees and workgroups where problems have to be solved efficiently.
  • Strong ability to build and maintain positive and productive relationships with a broad range of staff, co-workers, tribal community members and campus stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential issues that require independent judgment, strict discretion, and confidentiality.
  • Advanced written, verbal and presentation skills, including the ability to research and prepare executive-level documents, reports, and summaries to a variety of audiences.
  • Awareness of location of California Indian groups in the Tovaangar, Los Angeles basin and surrounding tribal group area.



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We believe diversity strengthens community. Cal Poly Pomona proudly holds designations as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In 2022, the campus launched the Black Thriving Initiative recognizing that Cal Poly Pomona’s future as a university must be linked to the success of its Black community.

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