Job offer in london Special Collections Project Officer 0.6 FTE at Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. 2017 marks the 180th anniversary of its foundation as the Government School of Design, and the 50th anniversary of its Royal Charter. Its continued pre-eminence in teaching and research is reflected in the College’s ranking as the world’s number one art and design university in the QS World University Rankings. In 2017/18 the College will have some 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

Special Collections is one of the service divisions of IT, Library and Technical Services (ILTS), a cross-College department. It is a busy and popular service, with the many different collections in use by staff and students from across the College throughout the year. The service also supports a wide range of high-profile external users.

The College is seeking to appoint a part-time Special Collections Project Officer, to support a three-year project to transform and make publicly accessible the Royal College of Art’s many special collections, which include archives, slides and other photographic material, posters, prints and publications. The post-holder will undertake to select, digitise, and catalogue a significant proportion of materials from a wide range of these collections and help create a fully catalogued online resource of around 50,000 previously unseen images. In addition, the post-holder will be expected to assist the Archives & Collections Manager in providing a proactive, efficient and effective service to researchers, including staff and students, while the digitisation project is ongoing.

It is essential that candidates have significant experience of working with special collections, archives, museum collections or similar. Candidates will have experience of cataloguing artworks, photographs, books or other heritage objects, using a collections management system, digital assets management system or equivalent. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience of delivering a customer-focused service.

You will have the ability to plan and organise your own work, including working on a number of different projects concurrently, and prioritising accordingly. You will have the ability to be flexible, to use your own initiative and work with a minimum of supervision. The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Three year fixed term contract

Interview date: 17 January 2018

The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  


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