Shumla is offering an exciting opportunity in our Comstock Headquarters. The Archaeology Director will be responsible for directing archaeological projects (including the Alexandria Project), supervising Shumla archaeologists, interns and volunteers, and achieving Shumla’s mission through archaeological programming. The research leadership team at Shumla is a vibrant group of collaborators that includes the Executive Director, Science Director, the Shumla Endowed Research Professor at Texas State University and Archaeology Director. The selected candidate will report to the Executive Director and be an integral part of strategy development and raising funds for archaeological projects. They will lead the archaeological team actively in the lab and in the field.


Organizational Strategy

  • Work with the Executive Director, Shumla Endowed Research Professor and Science Director to develop short- and long-term archaeological strategy.
  • Collaborate and partner closely with Science Director in day-to-day Shumla operations on the ground in Comstock.

Manage Security and Accessibility of Archaeological Data

  • Coordinate and prepare the Shumla digital data for curation at an approved curation facility.
  • Supervise the creation of 3D models, Gigapan composites, and geospatial data.
  • Supervise the organization and maintenance of digital files and Shumla’s research databases.

Conduct Successful Archaeological Projects

  • Direct the Alexandria Project and bring it to successful completion.
  • Plan, budget, administer and manage all Shumla archaeology projects.
  • Coordinate and supervise all archaeology field and lab activities.
  • Work with landowners, site managers, and site stewards to gain access to archaeological sites.
  • Produce and oversee the production of landowner deliverables, site reports, final grant reports, and peer-review journal articles.
  • Lead the archaeological team to develop and improve field/lab procedures, forms, and IT.

Manage an Archaeological Team

  • Supervise and mentor Shumla archaeologists, archaeology interns, and volunteers with a focus on building Shumla’s efficiency and effectiveness in achieving our mission, while advancing individual career goals and interests.
  • Oversee job postings, interviews, and hiring of archaeology staff and interns.
  • Contribute to a supportive, collaborative and dynamic work environment.

Be Actively Involved in Shumla's Public Relations

  • Work with Shumla staff to update Social Media (e.g. Facebook, Blog, E-News, etc.).
  • Be interviewed and quoted in the media about our work.

Raise Money for Shumla's Work

  • Work with grants administrators and write grants for project/need-specific gaps in fundraising.
  • Plan, budget, and supervise special programs or on-site fundraisers.

Represent Shumla

  • Represent Shumla to state, national and international colleagues, friends, interested parties both in professional and avocational environments.
  • Attend and present at state, national and international conferences and gatherings.
  • Communicate and engage with other researchers and colleagues to learn and develop new approaches to rock art preservation and study, and to share Shumla’s methods.


  • Clear understanding of the organization’s history and mission.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying and recording prehistoric and historic resources.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful management of personnel and teams to meet goals.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising archaeological projects.
  • Highly organized with demonstrated administrative, managerial, and research skills.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently and as a team member and leader, and proceed with objectives and assignments without direct supervision.
  • Ability to handle and resolve problems using sound judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. (Applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample).
  • Must be able to exercise discretion and honor confidentiality in many areas, including but not limited to, donor information, Executive Director/Science Director correspondence, and research data.
  • Ability to write reports, publications, grants, and business correspondence.
  • Skilled with computers, equipment and associated software packages such as ArcGIS, Agisoft Photoscan, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse individuals from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Experience in photography of cultural resources.
  • Ability to supervise and direct the efforts of volunteers and interns.
  • Ability to design and develop new research plans and data management plans.
  • Demonstrated penchant to take initiative and self-motivate.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to supervise a vast amount of data collection and ensure the data collected is organized and consistent.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading groups in the field and in the lab.
  • Ability to engage in strenuous hiking into canyons and over rough terrain carrying a heavy pack and water.
  • Knowledge of Lower Pecos cultural and natural history a plus.
  • Ability to work long hours, when needed.
  • Willingness to assist other staff with any aspect of Shumla to help accomplish the organization’s mission.


  • PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field. (Master’s level candidates may be considered.)
  • Minimum 5 years of archaeological project management experience.
  • Minimum 3 years in people management role.
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR, or willing to become certified
  • Valid Driver’s License and US citizen or possessing government approval to work in the US.


  • Permanent, full-time, salaried and exempt
  • $65,000 – $75,000 – Compensation package will be commensurate with experience.
  • Medical benefits with a Health Savings Account options are offered.

Interested in Applying?

Wonderful! Please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the position and a detailed curriculum vitae to Jessica Lee, Executive Director, at We will begin to review submissions on September 3. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, we will send an application form and request verifiable references.