Associate Director, Cultural Heritage and Preservation
Cairo, Egypt

General Information

  1. Announcement Number:  ARCE/19-009
  2. Open to:  Candidates who are eligible to live and work in Egypt.
  3. Issue Date: 01/25/2019
  4. Closing Date:  02/08/2019
  5. Job Title:   Associate Director for Cultural Heritage and Preservation
  6. Proposed Compensation:  To be determined at the time of selection and will be based on the candidate’s prior experience and salary history. 
  7. Place of Performance:  Cairo (Garden City), Egypt.
  8. Length of Engagement:  The first year is subject to satisfactory completion of a 3-month probationary period. Contract renewals will be based on funding availability.
  9. Work Schedule:  Full-time; 40 hours per week (8 hours per day).


Key Responsibilities:

ARCE seeks a creative, strategic and visionary Associate Director to lead the organization’s efforts in managing cultural heritage and conservation projects in Egypt. 


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Managing key, multi-year cultural heritage and conservation projects in Egypt.
  • Draft project proposals, budget proposals and grant proposals in order to secure both private and public funding for ARCE projects.
  • Serve as an Advisor and Subject Matter Expert on project conservation activities to assure that such activities conform to international standards and guidelines for assigned projects. 
  • Serve as an Advisor on other conservation projects as requested by external organizations or institutes.
  • Conduct lectures and special presentations for a variety of audiences on conservation initiatives.
  • Conduct specialized research projects on various archaeological, conservation, preservation and related subject matter areas.
  • Author specialized articles for various publications including ARCE Newsletters, the ARCE magazine, academic journals or online social media platforms.
  • Oversee a publication plan for ARCE projects.


Reporting Relationship:  Reports to the ARCE Director for Egypt.

Supervision Exercised:  None 

Physical Demands:  None

Eligibility for Consideration:  Candidates must be legally eligible to live and work in Egypt.


Minimum Qualifications REQUIRED for this position:

  1. Education:  A Ph.D. or equivalent university degree in any of the following academic fields: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Egyptology, Islamic Studies, or a closely related field.
  2. Prior Work Experience:   At least 10 years of prior professional experience as an Archaeologist, Egyptologist, Cultural Heritage Specialist, Ancient Art/Architecture Preservationist, or in a closely related occupation. Previous experience on executing projects in Egypt is a must.  
  3. Language Proficiency:  Fluency in English is required in order to draft highly specialized documents and articles as well as to communicate with ARCE staff, international archaeologists, conservationists, American scholars, researchers and other contacts. Fluency in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is also highly desired to communicate with project staff, local vendors, and Egyptian government officials.
  4. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  An expert level knowledge of Egyptology, Islamic Studies, archaeology, art/architecture, and cultural heritage preservation and techniques are essential.  The ability to exercise sound project management principles, resource management techniques and time management is critical for meeting the performance standards of this position.  Skill in communicating effectively (both orally and in writing) to a diverse audience is also essential. 


Evaluation of Applicants and Selection Criteria

Applications will be screened initially for determination of eligibility and minimum qualifications.  Candidates who do not meet the basic eligibility for consideration described in Item F (above) will not receive further consideration.   Next, candidates who meet or exceed the minimum Qualification Requirements listed in Item G1through G4 will receive consideration and will be rank-ordered in accordance with the listed qualifications.  Applicants are encouraged to address each of the listed requirements in their application.  Omission of a description of an individual’s qualification on the application may result in a low ranking.  Only Top-Ranked candidates will be contacted for an interview.  ARCE will screen candidates for nepotism and conflict of interest concerns.


How to Apply 

To ensure consideration for this employment opportunity, applicants must reference the Announcement Number and Job Title in the subject line of an email in the following manner: ARCE19-009 – Associate Director, to be sent to .   Candidates should include starting and ending employment dates in the description of prior work experience, the complete name and contact information of the current and prior employers.  The application package should also include photocopies of educational certifications (e.g. University transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc.).   Employment Reference letters are optional.


Questions regarding this Solicitation   

Questions may be emailed to, referencing the Solicitation Number in the Subject Line.  Questions regarding the status of a candidacy cannot be answered.


The American Research Center in Egypt is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports a multi-cultural work environment that includes diversity of gender, nationality, race, culture, religion, ethnicity and educational background.  Candidates from minority or indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

The American Research Center in Egypt is committed to prevent workplace harassment, workplace violence and discriminatory employment practices.