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Project Officer - Promoting Understanding Through Collections

Armagh Robinson Library

Location: Armagh
Salary: £25,927 Current Salary p.a. (NJC Scale 6 Point 19)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th July 2022
Closes: 30th August 2022

The Role

We are seeking to recruit a Project Officer to co-ordinate the ‘Promoting Understanding Through Collections’ Project, which is funded by the Irish Department of Foreign Affair’s Reconciliation Fund.

Armagh Robinson Library’s collections span several millennia of human history. In particular, the Project will examine the papers of the The Rt Revd the Lord Eames, former Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake relevant research on the collections of the Library, specifically the Archbishop Robin Eames Collection.
  • To catalogue the Eames Collection.
  • To safely handle and pack historic items.
  • With the assistance of Library staff, prepare an exhibition incorporating the Eames Collection.
  • Assist with planning and organisation of photographic work of collection items, ensuring digitisation/photography of a selection of historically significant items from the Eames Collection for placement on the Library’s website.
  • Liaise with schools, groups and individuals to ensure involvement in the project.
  • Organise workshops/conferences/events, in-person and online, to promote engagement with the Eames Collection.
  • Contribute to public engagement events and to education programmes, including giving talks both at the Library and elsewhere based on research undertaken.
  • Responsible for preparation of PR/marketing activities associated with promoting the Project, including writing press releases, producing website information, writing posts for the Museum’s Facebook and Twitter pages, etc.
  • Mentor and supervise volunteers and student interns.
  • Report Project progress through written reports to the Director and Funder.
  • Assist with preparation of claims to the Funder and monitoring audit requirements to ensure that all obligations are met.
  • Responsible for evaluation of the Project to include designing evaluation forms, capturing and recording data.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential Criteria

  • Primary degree (or equivalent qualification at Level 6 or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. (modern) history, museum studies, politics, theology, etc.
  • At least one year’s previous experience carrying out historical research including thorough knowledge of research and archival sources, collating data, analysing information, identifying issues and producing research-related outputs.
  • A proven ability to deliver work on time to a high standard.
  • At least 6 months’ previous experience of co-ordinating and delivering workshops and other public engagement activities, e.g. lectures or conferences for adults and/or sessions for schools.
  • Excellent IT skills, e.g. competence in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; experience working with digital cameras/scanners and imaging software; prior use of Collections Management Software when working in a Library, Museum or Archive; use of social media and online platforms such as Zoom/Microsoft Teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desirable Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent qualification at Level 7 or 8) in a relevant subject (e.g. history, archives and records management, library/museum studies, politics, theology, etc.), ideally involving study/research relating to Ireland in the (late) 20th century.
  • At least 6 months’ previous experience of cataloguing historic collections, e.g. within an archive, library or museum.
  • Proven ability to work within a budget and to operate within strict financial control procedures.
  • Prior experience in the implementation of a marketing programme and carrying out associated PR activities.
  • At least 6 months’ previous experience of organising, directing and supervising volunteers working on practical projects.
  • Previous experience of recording oral history.

For further information or to download an application form go to: https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/vacancy-project-officer-promoting-understanding-through-collections/.

The closing date is Tuesday 30 August 2022 at 4pm.

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