We’re recruiting for the Archive Service Accreditation Committee

The Archive Service Accreditation Partnership is recruiting four practising or recently retired archive professionals, to serve as members of the Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • are currently employed in archive services, recently retired or working as consultants in the sector. Conservators and records managers working in archive services or related fields are very welcome to apply. Those acting in a senior capacity in other ways within the archives sector are also eligible
  • are of high standing and respected by their peers
  • are sufficiently senior to give weight to the work of the Committee
  • are able to demonstrate sound and balanced judgement
  • balance the range of skills and experience of the current Committee

The Archive Service Accreditation Committee has oversight of the process and the content of the Archive Service Accreditation Scheme, ensuring its continuing relevance and robustness. Its membership reflects the wide range of archive services and specialist expertise from across the UK, including representatives from national, local authority, institutional, business, university and museum archives.

Members of the Committee form the regular Archive Service Accreditation Panels that meet to consider applications and to award accredited status to successful candidates.

Role of Archive Service Accreditation Committee Members

Committee members are expected to:

  • Attend (usually) not more than two Archive Service Accreditation Panel meetings and one full meeting of the Archive Service Accreditation Committee each (plus occasional training).
  • Make decisions regarding the award of accredited status for archive services on behalf of the Archive Service Accreditation Partnership as members of an Archive Service Accreditation Panel.
  • Consider paperwork sent in advance of each panel meeting they are attending.
  • Discuss applications at panel meetings and participate in discussions on issues raised at full meetings of the Archive Service Accreditation Committee.
  • On an occasional basis, act as chair of panel meetings.
  • Be invited to attend publicity events such as certificate presentations on behalf of the programme (optional).

Members of the Archive Service Accreditation Committee are expected to serve for an initial term of three years, renewable for a further three years.

Committee members are guided by the ethical standards outlined in the Principles of Public Life.

Eligibility

Applicants should either be currently employed in an archive service, recently retired or working as a consultant to archive services. Those employed within a senior capacity within the archives sector are also welcome to apply.

We also welcome applications from conservators working in archive services or other relevant fields.

Making an application

Interested applicants are invited to apply by sending the following to acapplications@nationalarchives.gov.uk:

  1. A copy of your CV
  2. The name of an individual or organisation able to provide a reference
  3. A free text response to the following questions:

A. Evidence of contributing to the work of the Archive Service Accreditation Committee:

  • What do you feel is the purpose of Archive Service Accreditation?
  • How can you contribute to the work of the Committee?
  • Please describe how your experience to date will allow you to provide sound and balanced judgment on issues relating to organisational health, collections management, and stakeholders and their experiences.

B. Evidence of high standing/respect from peers:

  • How would you describe your position within the UK archives sector from a personal and peer perspective?
  • How would an appointment to the Committee support you in your career?

Closing date for applications: Friday 12 July 2019
Date for interviews: Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 and Friday 4 October 2019. Applicants are asked to specify their preferred date for interview.