Senior Archivist

Job Summary
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 24/09/2019 23:59
£27,905 - £31,371
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Employment Location:
Woodhorn Colliery Museum
Closing date:
24 Sep
Further Information

Job Title 
Senior Archivist – Northumberland Archives

The Council Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across the largest county in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate. 
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here:  http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
Northumberland Archives’ role is to collect, preserve and make available records relating to the history of our county.
We operate from two service points – Woodhorn in south-east Northumberland and Berwick-upon- Tweed in the north. A team of twenty two work across the two service points.
We are an Accredited Archive Service and an Approved Place of Deposit. We offer a full range of public services operating two public search rooms and participating in education and outreach activities across the county. In 2017 our service moved back into Northumberland County Council management and we form part of the authority’s Information Services. 

The Area
Northumberland is England’s most northerly county, bordered by Scotland to the north and Cumbria to the west. A region with a rich heritage, it also boasts stunning coastline, beautiful countryside and picturesque market towns such as Berwick, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick. With stunning landscapes, miles of unspoilt coastline and a proud history and heritage Northumberland offers an unrivalled quality of life. One day you could be exploring Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, and the next discovering our Roman past at Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, all within minutes of your doorstep.

The role
The Senior Archivist is a new role that will provide support into both service points – Woodhorn and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Based at Woodhorn, it is a key role that will support the development of our service moving forward. The postholder will be responsible for some aspects of operational management particularly around the delivery of public service including searchroom services, volunteer projects and the development and delivery of education and outreach services.
There will be a requirement to converse, provide advice and answer questions in English, so you must be able to communicate accurately and fluently in English. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants who can demonstrate they can meet this requirement in another way, for example, people who use British Sign Language

This is a great opportunity for someone to gain all round experience in a Local Authority Archive which is dedicated to promoting and preserving its records.

Please see the job description for more information. This post will close at midnight on Tuesday 24th September 2019.

We are offering:  A starting salary of £27,905 - £31,371 (BAND 7)
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme 
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Flexible working arrangements 

Essential requirements:
Graduate level degree.
Post-graduate qualification in Archive Administration or equivalent.
At least three years’ experience of working in a Local Authority Archive.
Experience of managing staff or volunteers.
Experience of collection management and cataloguing of records.
Experience of operating public enquiry services.
Experience of using CALM cataloguing system or similar.
A registered member of ARA or working towards this.

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview/assessment centre on Friday 4 October 2019.

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) on claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk . We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

For further information, please contact Sue Wood on 01670 624469 for an informal discussion.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.