Job Opportunities

Thanks to Resilient Heritage funding, made possible by National Lottery players, we are able to offer 2 job opportunities for our new project Citizens of a Common Future: forward steps for the George Padmore Institute. 

Post: Assistant Archivist, part-time, fixed term 11 months (October 2017-September 2018)  £23,000, pro rata

Post: Community Development Officer, part-time, fixed term 11 months (October 2017-September 2018)  £26,000, pro rata


Project: Citizens of a Common Future: forward steps for the George Padmore Institute (HLF funded)

Post: Assistant Archivist, part-time.

Length of Contract: fixed term 11 months; October 2017 to September 2018

Salary: £23,000, pro rata

Hours: 14 hours per week. Days and times worked are negotiable (see below for full details)

Annual Leave: 28 days, pro rata

Closing Date: 8 September 2017

Anticipated interview date: week beginning 18 September 2017

Summary:

We are seeking an Assistant Archivist to participate in all aspects of the George Padmore Institute (GPI) archive service. This will include supervising the search room, as well as answering enquiries and helping to promote the collections. You will assist with the preservation of archives and undertake cataloguing in line with professional archival standards. You may also be asked to participate in outreach activities. You will be working alongside the Project Manager/Archivist and we will require you to help with the supervision of our team of volunteers.

Background:

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is an archive, educational research and information centre housing materials relating mainly to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe. Its aims are to organise and sustain the archive; allow the materials to be made available in the search room at the GPI and via modern storage, retrieval and communication methods; carry out educational and cultural activities including talks, exhibitions, workshops, and school projects; and publish and disseminate relevant materials.

As an internationally respected archive and educational organisation, the GPI has carved out a reputation as being an essential resource for anyone interested in Britain’s multicultural history. From groundbreaking cultural organisations to radical political and educational campaigns, the GPI holds a number of unique archive collections which have already been used for imaginative outreach work, including exhibitions and poetry residencies.

Now, in 2017, the GPI needs to modernise and plan for a sustainable future. Our new HLF funded project, ‘Citizens of a Common Future’ is the first step in this process, assessing the Institute’s current building and facilities to improve accessibility and allow for growth. We will also be producing a business and fundraising plan to help the Institute move towards financial self-sustainability.

You will be playing a key role in this project by helping us to maintain our archive service whilst surveys and assessments are carried out on all aspects of the structure, facilities and working environment of the building and archive.

Hours worked:

The hours and days you would like to work are negotiable, within certain constraints. You can choose the days you would prefer to work (Mon-Fri only). You also have some flexibility around start and finish times, although you must build in 2 periods per week 10.00am-4.30pm to assist with search room duties (search room open Mon-Fri 10.30-4.00pm). Once finalised, the post holder is required to stick with this work routine unless circumstances change.

We may also require you to attend out of hours Archive Management Committee meetings held on site, usually once every 6 weeks in the early evening.

Location: the George Padmore Institute is based on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, a few minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park Station.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking an Assistant Archivist to participate in all aspects of the George Padmore Institute (GPI) archive service. This will include supervising the search room, as well as answering enquiries and helping to promote the collections. You will assist with the preservation of archives and undertake cataloguing in line with professional archival standards. You may also be asked to participate in outreach activities. You will be working alongside the Project Manager/Archivist and we will require you to help with the supervision of our team of volunteers.

Core duties to include:

Research service and public enquiries:

·        Answering public enquiries (by email, letter, telephone or in person)

·        Booking appointments for researchers and visitors

·        Supervising our search room including assisting researchers and visitors (small search room with a maximum of 3 researchers at any one time by prior appointment only)

·        Retrieving and returning material to/from the repository

·        Carrying out reprographic requests, as required

Processing Archives:

·        Sorting, listing and cataloguing archives in line with professional archival standards

·        Preparing and updating finding aids

·        Entering data onto our CALM database

·        Periodic uploading of data to our online catalogues

·        Supervision of volunteers, including checking work

Promotion of Archives and Outreach:

·        Helping to promote the GPI and archives, including updating website and through use of social media etc.

·        Assisting with and/or participating in workshops, group visits and talks

·        Liaising with potential depositors

Preservation of Archives:

·        Cleaning and repackaging archive material

·        Assisting with digital preservation and access

Other:

·        Other reasonable duties suitable for this post

Knowledge and Experience:

Essential:

·        Candidates should have a professional qualification in archives administration or equivalent

Candidates should demonstrate:

·        Excellent communication and inter-personal skills

·        Sound knowledge of archival standards, including ISAD(G)

·        Sound knowledge of data protection legislation and copyright issues

·        Strong IT skills using Microsoft Office

Desirable:

·        A basic working knowledge of CALM.

·        Knowledge of 20th century black history, especially from 1960s onwards.

Skills and Attributes:

·        Ability to work unsupervised

·        Ability to contribute to team work

·        Excellent organising and planning skills

·        Ability to meet deadlines

·        Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability with work patterns and routines

·        Show a positive attitude

·        Ability to be both proactive and patient

The post holder will be expected to show empathy with the goals of the Institute

Working Environment:

We regret that the George Padmore Institute is not currently wheelchair accessible. There is a steep step to the front door and a staircase to the search room. The post holder will also face the challenge of a restricted working environment as our building is small. You may be required to swop desks on occasion. With only one large room in the building, this needs to double as the search room and as a meeting room – plus provide space for occasional workshops, events and talks. Access, mobility, visibility and the working environment are all areas we are planning to address as part of the Citizens of a Common Future project.

Training:  This post includes a training budget to allow for relevant personal development.

Pension:  Workplace pension available.

Application: to apply, please send us your CV and full covering letter, with details of all relevant professional experience and skills. Please include 2 referees.

Address for applications:   Sarah White, Secretary, George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

Email: info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org


Project: Citizens of a Common Future: forward steps for the George Padmore Institute (HLF funded)

Post: Community Development Officer, part-time.

Length of Contract: fixed term 11 months; October 2017 to September 2018

£26,000, pro rata

Hours: 7 hours per week. Days and times worked are negotiable (see below for full details)

Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata

Closing Date: 8 September 2017

Anticipated interview date: week beginning 18 September 2017

Summary:

We are seeking a Community Development Officer for our HLF funded project Citizens of a Common Future. The purpose of this Project is to carry out a robust options appraisal for the future development of all aspects of the George Padmore Institute (GPI) archive service. You will be working alongside the Project Manager/Archivist and will be line managed by a GPI Trustee.

Background:

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is an archive, educational research and information centre housing materials relating mainly to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe. Its aims are to organise and sustain the archive; allow the materials to be made available in the search room at the GPI and via modern storage, retrieval and communication methods; carry out educational and cultural activities including talks, exhibitions, workshops, and school projects; and publish and disseminate relevant materials.

As an internationally respected archive and educational organisation, the GPI has carved out a reputation as being an essential resource for anyone interested in Britain’s multicultural history. From groundbreaking cultural organisations to radical political and educational campaigns, the GPI holds a number of unique archive collections which have already been used for imaginative outreach work, including exhibitions and poetry residencies.

Now, in 2017, the GPI needs to modernise and plan for a sustainable future. Our new HLF funded project, ‘Citizens of a Common Future’ is the first step in this process, assessing the Institute’s current building and facilities to improve accessibility and allow for growth. We will also be producing a business and fundraising plan to help the Institute move towards financial self-sustainability.

As the Community Development Officer you will be playing a key role in this project by helping us to provide necessary information on the type of outreach services the GPI should be developing as it moves forward.

Hours worked:

The hours and days you would like to work are negotiable.

You will be required to attend Management Committee Meetings which will be held on site.

Location: the George Padmore Institute is based on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park, a few minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park Station.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking a Community Development Officer to manage the community strands of the project. The Community Development Officer will help us to engage directly with the community and give us an ‘external’ viewpoint.

Core duties to include:

1.     Market Research

The GPI has a close working relationship with New Beacon Books - the specialist book shop, publisher and book service founded in 1966 – who currently occupy the ground floor of the building and pay rent to the GPI. In January 2017, New Beacon formed a New Beacon Development Group to examine new ways of organising the business and you will be expected to work alongside this group.  

The market research will carry out detailed analyses of how the GPI, the New Beacon Development Group and the community would like to use the space and facilities at the GPI, to feed into the options appraisal.

We will concentrate on 3 areas: our current space and facilities, the freeing up of some ground floor space as New Beacon reorganises its daily retail operations in 2017, and ‘aspirational’ space – what people would like if we could expand our space in some way

The team will investigate more in depth its initial assumptions about how the space in the building could be used, and compare these with users’ expectations and needs, and we will develop a clear picture of what should be considered as our priorities in the options appraisal, as well as building links for the future implementation of the plans and trialling some of the users’ ideas.

2.     Your post should include desk research and conversations with bodies and organisations who might be able to offer us some guidance and assistance and could even be potential partners in a future relocation or development. 

3.     Your post should include research and conversations with a) the Local Authority(ies) i.e. about development, culture etc in the area and any possible partnerships with other cultural and educational organisations and b) identifying good examples of recently developed cultural/educational buildings/spaces and talking to them to find out what lessons can be learned for the GPI.

4.     Contribute to drawing up briefs for the consultants

5.     Help to run Pilots/Trials of community activities and new business activities that have been proposed by and in association with the GPI and New Beacon Development Group by individuals and groups identified through market research in stage one of the project. The CDO should evaluate and collate results from these activities. The Project Team will feedback theirs and Trustee comments to consultants who can then make any necessary adjustments to their report.

6.     Manage and train Volunteers to assist in market research and organising community trials

7.     Other reasonable duties suitable for this post

Knowledge and Experience:

Essential:

·        Experience of carrying out desk research including internet searches for relevant information to our project and reading and summarising reports.

·        Experience of working in a community, arts, educational or cultural organisation.

·        Experience of working on complex projects with multiple stakeholders.

·        Experience of outreach work, making contacts ranging from local authorities, funding bodies, community organisations and so on.

Desirable:

·        Experience of working in a lottery funded project.

·        Experience of consulting communities or users of a service. 

·        Experience of working within an organisation undergoing change.

·        Knowledge of planning and development. 

·        Knowledge of 20th century black British history, especially from 1960s onwards.

Skills and Attributes:

·        Ability to work unsupervised

·        Ability to contribute to team work

·        Excellent organising and planning skills

·        Ability to meet deadlines

·        Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability with work patterns and routines

·        Show a positive attitude

·        Ability to be both proactive and patient

The post holder will be expected to show empathy with the goals of the Institute

Working Environment:

We regret that the George Padmore Institute is not currently wheelchair accessible. There is a steep step to the front door and a staircase to the meeting room. The post holder will also face the challenge of a restricted working environment as our building is small. You may be required to swop desks on occasion. With only one large room in the building, this needs to double as the search room and as a meeting room – plus provide space for occasional workshops, events and talks. Access, mobility, visibility and the working environment are all areas we are planning to address as part of the Citizens of a Common Future project.

Training: This post includes a training budget to allow for relevant personal development.

Pension:  Workplace pension available

Application: to apply, please send us your CV and full covering letter, with details of all relevant professional experience and skills. Please include 2 referees.

Address for applications:   Sarah White, Secretary, George Padmore Institute,

76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org