Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Urban Anthropology Position

Sr. Urban Anthropology Manager
(open to social scientists with anthropology or related degrees)

Supervisor: Urban Anthropology Director
Term: 1 year with possibility of renewal

The Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) at The Field Museum seeks an experienced social scientist for a full time (35hrs/wk) senior managerial position on its Chicago Region Urban Anthropology Team.

Position Summary: The Sr. Urban Anthropology Manager is responsible for developing, managing, and assisting with the implementation of ECCo’s social sustainability projects in the Chicago region. Projects focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation; strengthening relationships between urban communities and nature; and drawing on cultural heritage to address contemporary issues. Managerial duties include managing projects and budgets; managing staff and interns; seeking funding opportunities and writing grant proposals; and assisting the Urban Anthropology Director in divisional leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Develop and manage participatory research and community engagement projects related to cultural diversity and the natural environment in the Chicago region • Assist with other division projects • Manage budgets • Seek funding for urban anthropology projects and write grant proposals and reports • Manage staff and interns • Work with division leaders to help set and achieve ECCo’s overall direction, goals, and strategies

ECCo staff work in the Chicago metropolitan region and South America and comprise an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists and other social scientists, ecologists, communicators, and educators. Our goal in the Chicago region is to use The Field Museum’s collections and resources as tools for enhancing urban conservation and cultural understanding. In all of its work, ECCo partners with local agencies and organizations to help them draw on their environmental, social, and cultural assets to build green and sustainable communities that benefit people and the natural environment. The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively, creatively, and rapidly with local partners, including community-based organizations, conservation organizations, schools, government agencies, and regional consortia.

Required qualifications: • Ph.D. in a social science focused on the study of contemporary societies, in a field such as anthropology, sociology, human ecology, sustainable development, cultural geography, natural resource management, or a related interdisciplinary degree with a social science emphasis • Three to five years minimum experience conducting participatory action research and translating results into innovative action programs for social change • Three to five years minimum experience managing staff and multiple projects under tight deadlines • Experience working in diverse urban neighborhoods (preferably in Chicago)

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications are accepted online at

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