Keeper of the University Archives

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Oxford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 10 Feb 2020

The Bodleian Libraries is looking for a Keeper of the University of Oxford’s Archives. Are you passionate about records and archives? Do you enjoy working with colleagues to manage and use these resources effectively? Would you like to play a role in safeguarding the history of the University of Oxford for future generations?

As Keeper you will provide stewardship of the University’s own records and historical archive, making these records available for administrative and research purposes, and fostering a culture of high quality records management across the University.

You will be a graduate with a postgraduate qualification in archives and/or records management, or equivalent experience. You will have applied expertise in the management of records and archives, being conversant with relevant standards, processes and systems, as well as applicable ethical and legal considerations. You will be able to communicate a deep and broad curatorial knowledge of the University’s Archives, and be experienced in collaborating successfully with stakeholders. Managing a small team, you will possess excellent people and project management skills. You will care deeply about preserving the full range of University archives, from our 13th century records to our present-day email archives. You will be eager to develop your skills as required.

Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closed days), training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see https://hr.admin.ox.ac.uk/staff-benefits .

This is a permanent, full time role. The working pattern includes participation in rotas for evening and weekend duties. For full-time staff, this is currently one evening from 5pm to 7pm every three weeks and two Saturdays a year

This role involves lifting, carrying and moving collections material and library records from the Bookstacks to the work areas and using kick-stools, trolleys and lifts on a regular basis. It also involves ascending a tight spiral staircase up to the Tower of the Five Orders and some lone working underground, in the Bookstacks which contain low ceilings and confined space.

Owing to the nature of this post, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not be considered.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (GMT) on Monday 10 February 2020 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 3 March 2020.


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