ELDP Archive Support and Development Officer

SOAS University of London - Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)

The role and its responsibilities

Working in the ELDP team and reporting to the ELDP Director, the post holder will be responsible for supporting ELDP grantees to deposit documentary materials at the Endangered Languages Archive at SOAS (ELAR). The post holder will develop training materials and an online platform for language documentation. Supporting ELDP grantees and linguists worldwide in documentation and archiving activities, the post holder will be responsible for improving archiving and depositing infrastructure and associated processes. They will devise, implement and manage a range of projects and training programmes, as well as promoting ELDP and ELAR, their aims and objectives.

Skills and experience

The post holder will be a linguistics graduate with either master’s level training in field methods or language documentation experience. They will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be fluent in English and at least two more of the following - French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic. They will have outstanding organisational skills and be able to work calmly and efficiently under pressure and to tight deadlines.

The post holder will ready to build on their existing network of contacts in the digital archiving/linguistics fields in order to establish working groups and project teams.

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) and Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR)

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) was founded in 2002 with a donation of £20 million from the Arcadia Fund to SOAS, University of London, UK.

ELAR was originally funded by Arcadia and is now part of the Library of SOAS University of London.

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit www.soas.ac.uk/jobs.

Interviews will provisionally be held on week commencing: 8 January 2017

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact hr-recruitment@soas.ac.uk.

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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