RTÉ is Ireland’s Public Service Media Organisation organised into six Integrated Business Divisions (IBDs): Television, Radio, News and Current Affairs, Digital, Orchestras Quartet and Choirs and Network, together with a Corporate Centre.

As part of RTÉ Digital, the RTÉ Archives is comprised of the RTÉ Television, Radio, Photographic and Document Archives with overall responsibility for the management and development of the archives, provision of business and professional services, as well as access to and opening up of the RTÉ Archives.

The RTÉ Document Archives is comprised of tens of thousands of unique documents from the earliest days of 2RN in the 1920s to the present day. It includes corporate and departmental records, from programme files and scripts to minutes, correspondence and related business records. Together these artefacts chart the history and development of the National Public Service Broadcaster in Ireland.

RTÉ Archives now wishes to recruit a Senior Archivist and Records Manager to lead and manage the next phase of development of the RTÉ Document Archives, which has previously operated on a project basis in the audit, re-organisation and development of the collection.

Key to the success of this post will be to establish and implement best practice in archival and records management policies and procedures for RTÉ Document Archives.

Main Responsibilities include;
Assist in the development of archival strategy, policy and road maps
Provide support services to all stakeholders, both RTÉ and external, for the deposit, management and retrieval of archival records
Accession and catalogue legacy collections
Make recommendations and influence procedures to achieve best practice for ERM
Develop finding aids to internationally recognized standards
Plan preservation projects with partners to align digital development within a national trusted digital repository framework
Develop and supervise a multi-disciplinary archival team
Provide training support for RTÉ Departments in records management
The post holder will also be responsible for overseeing budget planning and day to day operational management.

Requirements, Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:
Bring specialist knowledge and strategic thinking to the role
Possess extensive professional experience of archive and records management roles and of leading projects at a senior level
Hold an Archive as well as preferably a Records Management qualification.
Demonstrate a deep level of knowledge and understanding of managing and developing a complex, business critical archival collection of this kind.
Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, strong leadership ability, good judgement and ability to make decisions about complex issues which may require in depth knowledge and the interpretation of rules and guidelines
Demonstrate the ability to supervise, train, guide and direct staff participation as well as to work across inter-disciplinary teams
Demonstrate an ability to operate with a high degree of independence
Demonstrate ability to represent RTÉ Archives and participate actively in the wider professional community
Be familiar with, have a strong interest in and understanding of the role and importance of the national public service broadcaster archives within the national cultural heritage sphere
This post will be offered on an ongoing contract basis.

Candidates are invited to submit Curriculum Vitae together with a cover letter (attach as one document).

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 18th April 2014.

RTÉ is an equal opportunities employer.


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