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Fowler Staff Positions

Manager K-12 and Family Engagement  

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Interpretation, Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement oversees education initiatives of the Museum including the planning, implementation, scheduling, budgeting, and delivery of offerings for K-12 teachers and students, youth and family audiences, and university faculty and students. The Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement develops, presents and evaluates training programs, resources, and learning opportunities for teachers and students that deepen their understanding of the Museum’s collections, especially as they expand upon existing curricula, arts and humanities coursework, and state and national learning frameworks.

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Curator of Native American Cultures  

Under the general direction of the Museum’s Director this position is split as Curator of Native American Cultures and being UCLA’s Repatriation Coordinator. As curator, the position manages and organizes the Fowler Museum’s Native American collections and associated documentation. As Repatriation Coordinator, the position is responsible for the implementation of NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA and related repatriation activities at UCLA. Develops exhibitions related to Native American cultures. Seeks grant funds to support repatriation and collaborative community projects. Supervises the Archeological Collections Manager (who supervises a repatriation team including two leads, student employees, and interns) an archivist, and others needed to meet compliance requirements.

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Archaeological Collections Manager  

Under the direction of the Curator of Native American Cultures at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Archaeological Collections Manager will facilitate the daily implementation of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and CalNAGPRA as well as curatorial projects in compliance with state and federal regulations. This supervises a Repatriation team including two leads, student employees, and interns. Fosters community participation among underrepresented Native American tribes and communities by promoting consultation regarding collections at the Fowler Museum. May also include attending cultural and education committees out in the communities and within the University of California.

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Security and Operations Supervisor

Responsible for safeguarding the Museum’s collections, temporary exhibitions, property, employees, and visitors through highly proactive, appropriately preemptive, and immediately responsive action. Inspects and patrols all museum spaces on foot: including onsite and office program spaces: monitors and operates computerized alarm, access, and closed circuit television systems; watched for, reports, and addresses potential security and safety hazards and problems; checks entrances and exits; and performs dispatch duties. Maintains and files security logs and reports, and performs other security duties as assigned by Supervisor and Management. In addition, the incumbent helps to coordinate events and may set up tables and audiovisual equipment for public and private events. The incumbent is also responsible for serving as back up supervisor for up to 20-part time student Museum Attendants.

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Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum’s tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Opportunities for Students

Fowler Student Council

The aim of the Fowler Student Council (FSC) is to increase the participation of students who have been historically underrepresented at the museum. With the support of Fowler staff, council members serve as advocates for a diversity of stakeholders across UCLA campus to inform museum programming and exhibitions. The FSC will consist of UCLA undergraduates and graduates from a range of academic disciplines and campus organizations.

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Work-Study

The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students. To review open work-study positions:

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  3. Select Work-Study Job Search

Scholarships and Awards

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for Ph.D. students planning a career in a field related to non-Western art. Applicants should be a graduate student working in the areas of African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area.

The recipient of the Rubin award will receive $3,000 and the recipient of the Altman award will receive $4,000. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any Ph.D. student registered at UCLA (or receiving a Ph.D. degree from UCLA) in the fields described above is eligible; students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resulting publication, a copy of which should be provided to the Museum.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a Ph.D. program in Latin American art history.

This award provides a travel stipend of $3000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.

Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award focuses on his life’s work conducting archeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with undergraduate or graduate student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and / or following indigenous research protocols (see Section 3 of https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/research/igovprotocol.pdf  for an example of the latter).

The recipient of the Rozaire Research Award will receive $2,500.

Submission instructions and application forms for the 2022 Awards can be found here:

Altman, Rubin, Gilfillan Awards
Rozaire Award

Application forms are also available by emailing our Executive Assistant, Sophia Livsey at slivsey@arts.ucla.edu.

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