Head of Archives Sector Development

The National Archives

Closing date: 27 Jun 2018

Reference number



£55,000 - £65,000


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

Research and Collections - Archives Sector Development

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share



Number of posts



Kew, Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9 4DU

About the job

Job description

Imagine a world without archives. Without records, we could not trace our ancestry, hold government and institutions to account or carry out pioneering medical research. Archives matter. They are also undergoing immense change – driven by the advent of digital, which is changing the fundamental nature of the record itself. There is an urgent need to develop new ways of working in response. This is an exciting time for The National Archives as it looks to implement the new vision for archives, Archives Unlocked, launched in 2017 with a focus on developing a sustainable and resilient archives sector.

The post of Head of the Archives Sector Development Department at The National Archives is a unique opportunity to play a key role at this crucial inflection point. We are looking for an individual with a track record of driving innovation and leading through change. You will be critical to help deliver The National Archives’ leadership role for the whole archives sector, so we are looking for someone with energy, enthusiasm and determination, who is inspired by the opportunity to shape the future. Could this be you?

Join us here in beautiful Kew, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Overground and Underground stations, and help create a modern national archive that makes our history even more accessible. In return, you’ll receive a great Civil Service benefits package that includes flexible working, pension, access to sports facilities and opportunities for training and development.

This role will be based in Kew, with some requirement to travel.

How to apply:

To submit your application please click the 'Apply now' button on this page, where you will be asked to upload a CV and supporting statement. In your supporting statement please explain how you meet each of the essential criteria below. You may draw on knowledge, skills, abilities, experience gained from paid work, domestic responsibilities, education, leisure interests and voluntary activities. Please note selection for interview will largely be based on the information you provide in this section.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • • Professional qualification in archives or equivalent, and experience of service leadership in the archives sector, or equivalent.
  • • Demonstrable leadership and management experience at a senior level, including the ability to motivate teams and individuals to deliver against agreed objectives, as well as financial management.
  • • The ability to work more generally as a senior leader of The National Archives, and to play a key role in developing and shaping The National Archives' strategies.
  • • Extensive knowledge of best practice in archival thinking, and the digital knowledge to be an 'intelligent client' in the digital archive arena.
  • • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the presence and confidence to represent The National Archives at the most senior level.
  • • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the impact of political decision-making and exhibit judgement in choosing when to operate on one's own authority and when to refer matters to the director or Chief Executive.
  • • Excellent interpersonal and political skills, including the ability to engage and influence effectively at a senior level, and with the confidence and ability to manage challenge with firmness, sensitivity and diplomacy.
  • • Emotionally resilient; capable of taking difficult decisions and managing change.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Generous benefits package, including pension, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

To apply, please use the 'Apply Now' button.

For further information please contact the Recruitment Team on 02083925313

Sift/interview dates and location

To Be Confirmed

Further information

Reasonable adjustment:

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact The National Archives via careers@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional


If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact The National Archives via email: careers@nationalarchives.gov.uk
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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