21/185 Curatorial Services Leader

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: National Library
Branch: Information and Knowledge Services
Salary: $87,699-$118,652

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Ni hao, Namaste, Salaam, Selam and Hello!

  • Excellent opportunity to lead the Turnbull Library’s Curatorial Team. Work with a team of strong subject and technical specialists with expertise in analogue, digitised and born-digital archival and special collections in diverse formats.
  • Lead efforts to promote and share the history of Aotearoa New Zealand through the ongoing development of the Turnbull collections.
  • Be part of a holistic system, working collaborating to improve the representation of all New Zealanders, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in the Library’s collections.

Due to a recent retirement we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced documentary heritage leader to join the Alexander Turnbull Library’s leadership team as Leader, Curatorial Services. In this role you will report to the Associate Chief Librarian, Collections and work collaboratively with staff across the Turnbull Library and the National Library to ensure the smooth operation of curatorial functions, including donor relationships, acquisitions workflows, appraisal, and special projects to improve collections management and access to and use of the Library’s collections. The Curatorial Services team is a large team with curatorial responsibility across both the published and unpublished collections of the Turnbull Library. The Curatorial Services Team works in close collaboration with other teams across the Library, particularly Arrangement & Description, Digital Collections, Collection Care, Research Services and Outreach

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • The talent to communicate effectively with wide-ranging audiences and communities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with archival theories and principles, especially strong appraisal, accessioning, as well as arrangement and description experience. You will also have the knowledge and ability to communicate and lead in this area.
  • Experience working with documentary heritage collections in a Library, Archives or similar organisation and demonstrated understanding of the need for responsible stewardship of collections, balancing collection building with the Library’s capacity to facilitate access to collections.
  • Experience working with donors and an ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with donors and dealers, the wider business, and documentary heritage sector colleagues 
  • The ability to build, lead and manage a team that works together creatively, collaboratively, and effectively, promoting a culture of equity and inclusiveness within the Library and across the Department

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library of New Zealand and sits within the Information and Knowledge Services branch, the Department’s epicentre of information management, culture and heritage.

Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri! Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu E karanga mai ana Huakina mai ngā tatau o tō whare Kia mahi tahi tatou, kia inu ai mātou I Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa Credit: Bella TarawhitiThe message from the people Clearly asks us To open our doors So that we may work together and share the information Held in the National Library of New Zealand  

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We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People’s sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.

Applications close: 5pn, Friday 30 April2021
For more information please contact: Jessica Moran, , Jessica.moran@dia.govt.nz
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