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Archivist / Records Manager

Information professional who assesses, collects, organizes, preserves, maintains control over, and provides access to records and archives determined to have long-term value. The records maintained by an archivist can be any form of media

Archivists' duties include acquiring and appraising collections, arranging and describing records, providing reference service, and preserving materials.

Skills:

Those who work in reference and access-oriented positions need to be good with people, so that they are able to help them with their research.

·    An ability to apply some basic knowledge of conservation is needed to help extend the useful life of cultural artifacts.

·    Archivists must confront the new challenges posed by the preservation of electronic records, so they need to be forward-looking and technologically proficient.

·    They need to be very logical and organized and be able to pay attention to detail.

·    When cataloging records, or when assisting users, archivists need to have some research skills.

·    Archivists are occasionally called upon to comment or provide some context for the records in their collection and so should know as much about their collection as possible.

·    Storing, arranging, indexing and classifying records

·    Facilitating the development of filing systems, and maintaining these to meet

administrative, legal and financial requirements

·    Devising and ensuring the implementation of retention and disposal schedules

·    Overseeing the management of electronic and/or paper-based information

·    Designing, setting up, maintaining, reviewing and documenting records systems

·    Advising on and implementing new records management policies and classification systems

·    Providing a policy framework to guide staff in the management of their records and use of the employer's records system

·    Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and regulations;

·    Standardizing information sources throughout an organization or group of organizations

·    Planning the changeover from paper to electronic records management systems;

·    Preserving corporate memory and heritage

·    Advising on complex legal and regulatory issues, often involving difficult judgments in controversial areas such as the Freedom of Information Act and other national or regional legislation

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