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Director, Museum of Anthropology and Professor in the Faculty of Arts

The University of British Columbia - Vancouver Campus

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2021-02-22
Advertised until: 2021-04-24

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC) – Vancouver campus invites applications for the position of Director, Museum of Anthropology, with an anticipated start date as early as July 2021. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment concurrent with the directorship; the latter appointment is expected to be for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of reappointment upon successful review. We seek a person who can lead the Institution, building on the museum’s core values of community engagement and building relationships with Indigenous and First Nations communities.

Academic qualifications: PhD degree or appropriate degree preferred, but a combination of education and appropriate museum or cultural heritage leadership experience may be considered; however, candidates must meet the criteria for a tenured appointment at a senior professorial rank (Associate Professor or Professor), with the rank of appointment commensurate with qualifications and experience.

For details on requirements and responsibilities of the position, please follow this link to access the full posting.

An executive search is being undertaken by UBC and the Faculty of Arts’ search partner Perrett Laver. Perrett Laver will support the University, the Faculty, and the Museum in identifying a diverse field of qualified candidates and in the assessment of candidates against the selection criteria. For full details on how to apply please refer to the full posting. To submit an application please visit and quote reference 5008. The closing date for applications is noon PST on Wednesday March 24, 2021. Review of applications will begin in March 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, and/or age. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Indigenous applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

The world-renowned Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and through partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities. MOA resides on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people and works by Musqueam artists welcome visitors to the site. Since its inception, MOA has worked with Indigenous Nations to curate Indigenous cultural treasures and belongings as well as contemporary Indigenous art in a way that respects the people and cultures who created these works. MOA houses a worldwide collection of over 50,000 works and is particularly known for its Northwest Coast collections. While nearly half the collection is comprised of works from Asia and Oceania, other significant collections are from the Arctic, Latin America and Europe. MOA’s collection of world textiles is the largest in Western Canada, while the European ceramics collection is one of the finest in the country.

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