The Arkansas Archeological Survey (AAS) invites applications for a permanent, full-time position as Director to begin July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job Description:

The Director is expected to provide leadership to AAS archeologists in the pursuit of archeological research, public education, and the preservation of Arkansas’s archeological heritage. The duties include preparation and oversight of budgets, grants and contracts, organizational planning, staff supervision, development of partnerships with universities and state agencies, fund raising, and consultation with descendant communities. The Director will facilitate research and publication opportunities and work closely with the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The Director will have a Research Faculty title in the Department of Anthropology with an opportunity for teaching and directing graduate research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in anthropology, archeology, or a closely related field
  • Archeological experience in North America as demonstrated by a strong record of research, publication, and grant support
  • Experience managing a diverse organization devoted to archeological research, preservation, and education
  • Thorough understanding of state and federal legislation regulating archeological research and preservation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialization in the archeology of Arkansas and the Southeast
  • Experience in public archeology, public outreach and education, and working with avocational archeologists and local, state, and federal agency officials.
  • Experience working with Native American tribes and nations and other descendant communities.
  • Skill in advocacy for archeology and historic preservation
  • Acquaintance with or experience using Workday enterprise resource planning software

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of Southeastern and Arkansas archeology, and state and federal legislation pertinent to archeology and historic preservation.
  • Skill in managing archeological research within public archeology frameworks.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders and work collaboratively with staff and members of partner organizations.

Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience

Starting Date: July 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing Date: There is no set closing date. Review of applicants will begin on May 21, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Application process begins here:


For further information, Contact:

Ms. Shavawn Smith
Survey Assistant Director
(479) 575-6538
Arkansas Archeological Survey
2475 N. Hatch Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704

The Arkansas Archeological Survey is a unit of the University of Arkansas System. The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.