School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Position ID:ASU-School of Human Evolution and Social Change-ADDVPP [#9206, 11948]
Position Title: Assistant Director (Academic Professional Appointment)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Tempe, Arizona 85287, United States [map]
Subject Area: Anthropology / Archaeology
Appl Deadline:2017/06/30 finished (posted 2017/05/24, finished 2017/08/22, listed until 2017/11/24)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Assistant Director (Academic Professional Appointment) - Job #11948

The Center for Archaeology and Society (CAS) at Arizona State University is seeking an academic professional for an assistant director position with our Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve with an anticipated start date in July 2017. The full-time, benefits-eligible position is renewable on an annual basis (July 1 - June 30), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Under general supervision from the Directors of the Center for Archaeology and Society (CAS) in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), and ultimately for the Directorate of SHESC, this position will focus on operation and programming the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve (DVPP) to display and interpret Southwestern Archaeology at its museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserver, and to serve as the premier public outreach facility for SHESC. 

CAS integrates the School’s research, education, and outreach activities of the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, the Innovation Gallery, and the Alameda Repository. Its focus is on the Southwest US Archaeology, highlighting connections between the past and the present. The Assistant Director will be pivotal in supervising the day-to-day operations of the site and translating the intellectual content of CAS and the Preserve into public programs, events, and interpretive materials. It involves working closely with CAS staff and ASU students. The position is based at the Deer Valley Museum, but requires regular meetings at the Tempe campus and the Alameda repository. The Assistant Director would also teach one graduate level museum studies course per academic year on the Tempe campus.

Additional duties will include conceptualizing and implementing events and programs a the Preserve that support the academic mission of SHESC with a scope that expands beyond rock art to encompass Southwest art, culture, archaeology and desert landscapes/sustainability and that showcase the work of SHESC faculty and staff. Duties also include working with facilities staff at the ASU West campus and the Maricopa County Flood Control District with respect to the operation and maintenance of the Deer Valley museaum and preserve; developing innovative museum operations and visitor experiences; maintaining robust volunteer/docent/research apprenticeship/membership programs; advancing DVPP's misison via partnerships, community relationships and private investments; providing a dynamic, safe and sustainable environment representing ASU’s values; support the museum studies program through teaching and serve as an integral member of the museum studies program, museum team and SHESC staff; and represent the Preserve to various audiences including potentially, the media.

The CAS Repository houses major collections from the U.S. Southwest including extensive Hohokam collections from numerous projects in central Arizona, materials from the Theodore Roosevelt Dam projects, the Cibola Region of New Mexico and Arizona, the Mimbres region of New Mexico, and smaller collections from many other regions across the U.S. Southwest.

Minimum qualifications include a Master of Arts or Science in a related field and five years of museum experience, and experience teaching college level museum studies or in a related field.

Desired qualifications include knowledge of and experience in museum studies, Southwestern archaeology, and anthropology.

The CAS is a newly consolidated research, curation, and educational outreach organization at ASU focused on addressing enduring issues in the present by exploring and communicating the diversity of solutions developed by ancient societies in the past, particularly in arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. CAS encompasses and expands the activities formerly associated with the Archaeological Research Institute, the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Southwest Archaeological Field School. It also partners with the Center for Digital Antiquity, the Teotihuacan Research Facility, and on several ongoing research projects in the U.S. Southwest conducted by faculty in the ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change. The broad scope of the CAS initiative is designed to allow faculty and affiliated researchers to integrate their research findings into the school's curriculum, to involve undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research, and to reach the wider, non-academic public through presentations and exhibitions of research results.

To apply submit: 1) a cover letter outlining qualifications, 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information (including email addresses) for three references to General questions about this initiative should be directed to Dr. Richard Toon (

Initial deadline for complete applications is June 30, 2017; if not filled, review of complete application will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

The fiscal year (12-month) salary range for this position is $55,000 - $62,000 along with competitive benefits through ASU including health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The candidate must be in residence in the greater-Phoenix metropolitan area during the appointment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at:

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900 S Cady Mall
Tempe AZ 85287

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