To be responsible for the preservation, development, promotion and use of the IET Archives.

Job Details

Reports to: Manager of Library & Archives     

Accountable to: Director of Knowledge  

Hours: 35 hours per week, exclusive of meal breaks

Salary/Band: D           

Location: Savoy Place, London

Main Duties and Responsibilities (Not necessarily in priority order)

  • Manage the Archives Centre, including storage areas and researcher space;
  • Enable and promote access to and use of the Archives;
  • Ensure appropriate and secure accommodation for the collections both on- and off-site;
  • Manage retrieval service for offsite collections;
  • Supervise the work of the Assistant Archivist and project staff;
  • Manage projects as required;
  • Write and review policies as required;
  • Assist with business planning and budgeting;
  • Liaise with other organisations and represent the IET;
  • Manage the History of Technology TPN (Technical and Professional Network);
  • Manage the Archives and TPN websites;
  • Approve acquisitions to the collections in line with the Collections Management Policy;
  • To contribute to the provision of Library Reading Room services when appropriate;
  • To undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the line manager;
  • To comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
  • To be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the company and to attend mandatory updates where required.

This job description is intended as a general guide to the scope of the post and may change in line with the needs of the service or at the request of the line manager.

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria:

  • Graduate with a postgraduate qualification in archives administration;
  • At least 3 years’ experience working as a professional archivist;
  • Excellent oral and written presentation and communication skills;
  • Ability to deal with members and the general public at all levels;
  • Good IT skills and experience in using archives databases;
  • Project management skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Interest in business history and the history of technology;
  • Interest in the preservation of engineering history;
  • Interest in digitisation and the management of electronic records;
  • Competence in one European foreign language.
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