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Cataloguing Archivist

Role Purpose
Over a 12-month period, the Cataloguing Archivist is responsible for rehousing, sorting and cataloguing to list level four selected collections of iniva’s archives. These collections captures iniva’s creation within the development of Black Arts in the UK and early exhibitions histories around online experimental art spaces and a major touring exhibition on the symbolism of the veil in art.

These archives consist of correspondence; speeches and transcripts; exhibition ephemera such as posters, postcards and leaflets; press and marketing; mixed media and some digitised files to be catalogued into Collective Access, iniva’s archive management system. The work of the cataloguing archivist will be made accessible and searchable by the end of the project to contribute to community archive engagement workshops, exhibitions and other projects associated with our 30th anniversary which are dependent on archive content.

This position is funded through the Archives Revealed Programme by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation. 

Ideal Candidate 
The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience of cataloguing a range of archival material to item level adhering to ISAD(G) standards. It is equally important for the candidate to understand the sensitives of working with radical archives with social and political aspects and need for critical thinking around their approach to cataloguing such items.  

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of best practice in archival storage and whilst the knowledge of the preservation of digital materials is desirable, it is not essential. However, the role will require first-rate project management, database and computer literacy expertise. 

This role will be supported by a steering group with at least two archive professionals meeting bi-monthly for the period. Through project funding, the candidate will be provided with a training budget for continuous development including travel and attendance to archive-related conferences, seminars and workshops.

The role will also be supported by two local community volunteers and a university archive placement student, therefore demonstrated experience in supervising volunteers would be advantageous.  

Candidates from underrepresented communities are particularly encouraged to apply for this role. We are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusion of staff within the Arts and Archives sectors. We welcome applications from everyone who meets the person specification of the role. 

How to Apply 
To apply, please send us a completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (see below) to recruitment@iniva.org with ‘Cataloguing Archivist’ as the email subject. CVs are not accepted as part of the application. 

The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 September 2022 at 11.59pm. Applications received after this time will not be accepted. 

Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 28 September 2022. 

Further information 
For further information, job description and person specification, please see attached below. 

If you are unable to download these forms or require them in large print, please contact Sarah Mangan at recruitment@iniva.org 

Please note due to limited resources, unfortunately, applicants not shortlisted for interviews will not be informed.

Iniva is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Iniva strives to be an Equal Opportunities employer.
Registered Charity No.1031721

Salary: £30,000 per annum  

Hours: 5 days (35 hrs) per week, 12 months fixed term contract  

Reporting to: Library and Archive Manager  

Location: Stuart Hall Library, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU 

This position is funded through the Archives Revealed Programme. Archives revealed is funded by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation.