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Principal Archivist


Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £34,308 to £42,155 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 02 October 2022
Reference:  064722

The University of Surrey is looking for a qualified and experienced archivist to join our Archives & Special Collections team to help oversee and progress the services of the department, with a focus on collections management and audience development.

The Principal Archivist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the archive collections, ensuring professional standards of care, preservation and access, and for providing curatorial guidance. They are responsible for the delivery of our public services and for expanding and embedding collections-based support for teaching, learning and research at the University. This senior member of the team contributes to planning for future direction of the service, to collection development and processing prioritisation.

The role will build relationships with academic and professional services colleagues, internal and external partners, and sector professionals, promoting our collections and work and raising the profile of the archives and the University. The role will extend the engagement activities offered by the department to a wide range of audiences and different communities.

The Archives & Special Collections team is part of the larger Library & Learning Services (LLS) department and is committed to expanding the support and experiences we provide to our student and research communities as well as broader audiences. The department’s work includes all aspects of collection care and management, access and researcher services, and engagement activities across all collections held by the University of Surrey.  Key collecting strands include the University’s institutional archive (representing over 130 years as an education institution), the varied archive collections of the National Resource Centre for Dance, the E H Shepard Archive (showing the life and work of this treasured illustrator) and related collections of The Shepard Trust and Egmont UK Ltd, as well as a range of special collections which support specialist areas of teaching and research within the University. We also have under our remit the University Art Collection.

Applicants should be committed to high standards of collections care and service provision and enhancement. They should have a postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records Management, as well as several years’ experience working in archives environments which demonstrate development of professional skills, thorough knowledge of sector standards and related legislation/regulations and their application, experience of managing archive collections and services, and development of procedures in relation to archives care and use.  An understanding and experience of a range of digital technologies and digital preservation processes in relation to archives is important as we move towards expanding our work in this area.

You should have excellent IT skills, preferably with experience of Axiell Calm and of using a range of social media platforms for business.  You should have extensive experience of using archive collections to support teaching and learning, as well as broader outreach and engagement activities, and be inspired by the positive opportunities that access to archives can provide. Proven abilities in building professional relationships with internal colleagues and external partners should be demonstrated and experience of managing support staff and volunteers is required.

For an informal discussion, please contact Helen Roberts, Archives and Special Collections Manager, (on leave 19-23 Sept) or Paul Johnson, Director of Library and Learning Services, 

 Please upload your CV when submitting your online application.

The interviews will be held on 17/10/2022.

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For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.
In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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