Women’s Aid Federation England (WAFE) Project Archivist

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7075343 (Ref.No. CSLIB1259)
Posted: February 22, 2021

Job Description

Do you have a passion for archive collections and making them accessible to allow society to benefit? Do you have an appreciation of modern archives, their challenges and opportunities? Can you sensitively deal with potentially difficult subject matter? Are you committed to meeting goals with high-quality outcomes?

Women’s Aid Federation England (WAFE) is the national co-ordinating body for all local and domestic violence services, including refuges in England. It provides information, training and resources to these services as well as to other agencies. It monitors the experiences of and the provision for women and children suffering abuse. It has lobbied, advocated and campaigned throughout England since 1974.

Women’s Aid Federation England (WAFE), the Feminist Archive North (FAN) and the University of Leeds Special Collections have worked in collaboration to secure the deposit of the WAFE Archive at the University of Leeds and a Wellcome Research Resources grant to create high quality catalogues, indexes and digital content to open up WAFE’s extensive archive. As Project Archivist your main responsibility will be to ensure the collection is catalogued to exceptionally high standards.  In addition, you will create index terms and authority records, to ensure discoverability of the collections online.  You will create guides to the collections and promote them to the research community.  You will assist with the physical management of the collection, and you will also ensure that sensitive data is treated in line with the law and that the collection is represented using appropriate language. You will also support the work of the project Collections Officer, and work with WAFE, including a Research Officer dedicated to the project, to ensure regular additions to the collection in the future. You will report progress to the Project Board, made up of researchers and partners representing stakeholder communities.

You will have experience of cataloguing large collections, archival and digital standards. A confident user of IT and collection management systems, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to promote the collections and work with WAFE, and be able to contribute positively to the Special Collections & Galleries team, including training colleagues.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Tim Procter, Collections & Engagement Manager (Archives & Manuscripts), email: T.J.Procter@leeds.ac.uk.

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Please note: Due to the current Government Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures, the interviews for this role are likely to be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  It is also expected that relevant work within these roles may be done remotely, within the UK, while these restrictions remain in place.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Library
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 30 months due to funding)
Release Date:  Monday 22 February 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 08 March 2021
Reference:  CSLIB1259

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