Project Archivist (HEO 6)

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 05 Oct 2021

  • Based in the Library at the City West Campus
  • Full-time fixed term contract for 24 months
  • Commencement Salary: $82,077 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role

As a Project Archivist, you will play a central role in progressing and realising the objectives of the Special Collections Development and Maintenance Plan by enhancing access and discoverability of the Bob Hawke Collection. You will, in communication with the Special Collections Coordinator, provide technical advice and professional expertise in the preservation, arrangement, description, discovery and access of a range of archival materials that includes recently acquired papers, artefacts, realia and audio-visual content. You will lead the arrangement, description, listing, rehousing and cataloguing of material to ensure the future availability of this unique and valuable Collection to the University community, the public and global researchers.

The University of South Australia Library

The University of South Australia Library supports the University’s teaching, learning and research mission through the provision of relevant information resources and associated services. The Library also coordinates copyright for the University. There are four campus libraries located at City East, City West, Magill and Mawson Lakes and an off-campus Library Service that supports regional engagement at Whyalla and Mt Gambier. Information technology and information resource management services are managed from the Mawson Lakes campus.

The Library operates in an environment of increasing availability of digital information in support of the University’s Digital Learning Strategy. As such, it has accelerated its commitment to acquire the vast majority of resources in digital format which are accessible and discoverable via an established next generation Library Management System. The Library has a growing research collection with over 700,000 ebooks and online journals available anytime, anywhere, on any device. The Library maintains a targeted, high quality print collection and is the custodian of several valuable special collections including the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library.

The Library is operating in an environment of increasing availability of digital information and demand and plays a significant role in training staff and students in information skills.

Core Responsibilities

  • Review existing collection and project documentation, guidelines and processes
  • Arrange, rehouse and list materials
  • Add descriptions and lists to Library catalogue to make discoverable
  • Update webpages to reflect acquisitions
  • Document decisions, processes and workflows to impart contextual knowledge and allow for continuity of processing and embed activity across Library

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Extensive experience in digital information technology as it relates to archives and special collections
  • Broad knowledge of and commitment to accepted protocols and international standards for arrangement, description, cataloguing, and preservation of archival materials
  • High level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work positively with key stakeholders
  • Proven ability to work independently, to prioritise own work and achieve outcomes
  • Ability to lead the development, implementation and continuous improvement of archival collections workflows and procedures
  • Demonstrated understanding of copyright and other intellectual property rights relating to archival collections


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

How to Apply

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Jessica Frisari, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 3401.

Applications close: 11.30pm Tuesday 5 October 2021

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.

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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

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