Team Leader / Archivist

The Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archives

Booth College of Mission, Upper Hutt.

We require a Team Leader / Archivist to manage our Heritage Centre and Archives collection.

  • This role includes managing all aspects of the collection
  • Oversighting the Team
  • Digitisation of collection
  • Facilitate research and group visits

This is a permanent position for 37.5 hours per week.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865.  We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London.  We are a registered charity under Charities Act 2005.  The Army has over 3000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga and is recognised as a high value employer.  The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is: Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

Heritage Centre and Archives

The purpose of The Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archives is to preserve and tell the story of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in a relevant way and within a contemporary context.

The Archive is the official repository for the records, books, photographs and collections of artefacts and memorabilia related to The Salvation Army’s activities from its inception but primarily since the Army commenced operations in Dunedin in 1883.

The centre handles the archiving of records and artefacts from all around NZ, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

About the role

The Team Leader / Archivist will bring leadership and professional skills to enhance the work of the Heritage Centre and Archives.

It will involve managing a small team in the various aspects of the preservation of the collection, attending to research inquiries, developing the digital cataloguing and digitising project of our records and artefacts. Developing record management systems. Developing ways to tell our story.


  • Holds recognised Archival Qualifications and/or Information Management Qualifications.
  • Integrity of character especially in regard to confidentiality.
  • Archival skills, energy, passion, and competency to achieve the purpose of the department.
  • Computer literate with a working knowledge of record management systems.
  • Willing to research and learn the institutional knowledge of The Salvation Army.
  • Committed to the provision of excellent services to The Salvation Army and the general public.
  • Able to establish effective networks and community contacts.
  • Ability to lead and work in a team setting, having a friendly and helpful manner with good listening skills.
  • Excellent time and desk management skills and able to prioritise multiple tasks and keep track of progress and meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to relate to people from a diverse range of backgrounds; sensitive to ethnic, cultural and social issues.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi on today’s society and a commitment to ensuring we meet our obligations under the Treaty.
  • Ability to research information.
  • Ability to apply new skills and archival theory to practical solutions.
  • Commitment to up-skilling and learning.
  • High level of problem-solving ability and initiative.
  • Committed to the mission of The Salvation Army.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to work within The Salvation Army structures and systems.

Contact Information

For more information about this role please contact Garry Mellsop, email


To apply please send your cover letter, CV (Including referee details) and completed application form to:

The Application form can be downloaded from:

Applicants for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.  All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Police Check.

Closing Date

Applications close by 12 noon on Monday, 13 December 2021

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.