For more than 68 years, The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has represented American efforts to study Egypt’s cultural history through research, excavation, and conservation. ARCE facilitates the work of American institutions and scholars through communications with various Egyptian government ministries and it works together with other foreign missions to support a variety of cultural heritage projects. Over the last 20 years, ARCE has worked in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The result is that over 80 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 800 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture.
ARCE is looking for a Director for Egypt who will represent the expertise of the organization in preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Director for Egypt will manage ARCE’s Cairo office and provide expert oversight for a network of projects being carried out throughout Egypt and funded by USAID and other external grant funds. Reporting administratively to the Executive Director in the U.S. and to the Board of Governors at Board meetings throughout the year, the Director will provide subject matter expertise and exceptional organizational and relationship-building skills in order to ensure the quality and visibility of ARCE’s work within Egypt. S/he will take primary responsibility for overseeing a team of Egypt-based Project Directors, serve as ARCE’s primary public representative in the country, and work with ARCE’s international staff to help steer the organization to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt.
The ideal Director for Egypt will have:
- At least five years of experience in a position of authority within academia or the private/ public sector.
- Familiarity with the principles of archaeological preservation and conservation and the ability to assess and audit adherence to them in field work.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Egypt’s cultural heritage, as evidenced through academic background or time and effort spent within the country, and a passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian culture and history.
- Arabic language speaking skills are preferred.
- PhD in Egyptology, Anthropology, or cultural heritage of Egypt up to the Ottoman era.
- Strong interest in making a home in Egypt and working with Egyptian people on ARCE’s behalf.
Submit all inquiries and applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses are due by August, 1, 2017.