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Peripatetic Archives Assistant post in Hull

Please could colleagues bring this post to the attention of interested parties. It will not appear in ARC Recruitment.

We were successful in filling this job in the summer, but the successful candidate has now departed for her dream job elsewhere. We would be happy to receive applications from previous candidates.

Directorate:            Learning Services

Division:               Lifelong Learning Services


Post title:             Peripatetic Archives Assistant


Post No.:               1010977

Grade:                  Scale 2        

Salary:                 13,071 One year fixed term contract

Hours:                  37     

Location:       City Archives (half the time) University Archives (half the time)      

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with two developing and improving archive services as they work increasingly closely together on a joint bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop purpose built premises housing a joint service.

At both the City Archives and University Archives you will supervise members of the public using the service, ensuring the preservation and security of unique and irreplaceable archive material are not compromised. You will provide a reception service to members of the public and advise them on which of the vast array of archive material is most relevant to them.

You will answer relatively complex enquiries from members of the public and officers of the Council and the University about the collections. You will also retrieve and replace records accurately in the repository areas.

Other accountabilities will include the creating of databases and the input and retrieval of data, involvement in the promotion of the archives services, and other administrative functions to ensure the effective and efficient running of the City Archives and the University Archives.

You must have previous appropriate experience of working with the public, and be committed to providing a high quality public service. It would be an advantage if you had previous experience of library or archives work, but you should certainly be interested in local history or archives work.

You must have good verbal and written communication skills and be able to use your initiative in sometimes challenging public service situations.

You must have the interpersonal skills necessary to work well in a team - both the City Archives and the University Archives are small teams.

You should have experience of using IT, and ideally would have knowledge and experience of general administrative and clerical procedures.

Lifting and carrying volumes and archive boxes is an essential part of the job. You must therefore be physically able to do this.

This would be an ideal post for a graduate seeking experience of archive work before applying to one of the post graduate archive courses to train towards qualification as an archivist. As such you would need an upper second degree or above. The minimum qualification for this post is 4 GCSEs or equivalent.

The closing date for applications is 1 December.  Shortlisting will take place on 2 December with interviews being held on Monday 20 December.

If you would like to know more about this position, please contact Martin Taylor, City Archivist on telephone 01482 615110  for an informal discussion.

For an application form and supporting information please contact Community Learning Services, Personnel Section, Central Library, 4th Floor, Albion Street, Hull, tel:  616902 (24 hour answering machine).



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