Assistant Archivist

The Guardian Foundation is an independent charity which supports media under threat, promotes diversity in the media and empowers children and young people to engage with the news. 

We aim to increase access to the media for everyone and run various projects to achieve this aim as fully as possible. We do this because we believe a free press is crucial to a functioning democracy; that everyone should be able to get their voice heard and engage with the media they consume; and in order for the media to hold power to account it must be made up of representative journalists.

That is where you come in. 

We are recruiting an Assistant Archivist on a part time 6 month FTC to assist with all aspects of the management of the Guardian News & Media Archive. You will initially be required to work remotely, with a focus on digital cataloguing work.

About the role

You will be involved with all aspects of the management of the GNM Archive. This will involve: 

  • Answering internal and external enquiries relating to the archive collections and history of the papers and host visits from researchers.
  • Appraising, accessioning and cataloguing a wide range of (both analogue and digital) archive material using Axiell Calm. 
  • Ensuring correct environmental conditions and security in the archive stores. 
  • Assisting with document retrieval and return (including lifting and carrying).
  • Delivering a series of archive workshops for secondary school students, together with an Education Officer, as part of a Heritage Fund project.
  • Assisting with other outreach activities, including updating the archive’s website and Twitter feed.

About you

  • A diploma or postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records Management or equivalent (some post-qualification experience is desirable).
  • Experience of cataloguing complex archive collections. 
  • Experience of delivering outreach activities in an archive setting and/or working with children in an education setting.
  • Knowledge of the Data Protection Act and copyright issues.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, modern history and current affairs.

Does this all sound like you? Then we’d love to hear from you!

To view a copy of the job description, please click here.

The salary for this position is £27,500 pro rata. 

How to apply

To be considered, please send us your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you’d love to join us, and why you’re a great match for what we’re looking for.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th September 2020.

About us

The Guardian offers 26 days’ holiday and a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, healthcare, dental insurance options, cycle to work scheme and 2 paid volunteering days per year.

We have a strong commitment to your learning, development and well-being, with hundreds of different courses available - ranging from bite-sized e-learning courses, to on-site workshops and professional certifications.

It’s the talent, energy and commitment our people bring to our business that make us who we are. Across our business we have some of the brightest and best people in media and beyond: award winning journalists, cutting edge commercial teams, industry leading digital talent and much, much more.

We are a vibrant and diverse community with many events groups and forums to get involved in. Our Kings Place offices overlook Regents Canal, with the newly-developed Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square and St Pancras Square shops, restaurants and pop-ups.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future. The Guardian actively encourages applications from BAME candidates.

At The Guardian, many of our staff work flexibly and we will consider all requests for flexible working arrangements.