Kew, Richmond, Surrey


About the role  

The National Archives has set itself the ambition of becoming a digital archive by instinct and design. The digital strategy takes this forward through the notion of a disruptive archive which positively reimagines established archival practice, and develops new ways of solving core digital challenges. You will develop a research programme to progress this vision, to answer key questions for TNA and the Archives Sector around digital archival practice and delivery. You will understand and navigate through the funding landscape, identifying key funders (RCUK and others) to build relations at a senior level to articulate priorities around digital archiving, whilst taking a key role in coordinating digitally focused research bids. You will also build key collaborative relationships with academic partners and undertake horizon scanning of the research landscape, tracking and engaging with relevant research projects nationally and internationally. You will also recognise the importance of developing an evidence base for our research into digital archiving and will lead on the development of methods for measuring impact. 

About you 

As someone who will be mentoring and managing a team of researchers, as well as leading on digital programing across the organisation, you’ll need to be a natural at inspiring and engaging the people you work with. You will also have the confidence to engage broadly with external stakeholders and partners. Your background and knowledge of digital research, relevant in the context of a memory institution such as The National Archives, will gain you the respect you need to deliver an inspiring digital research programme. You combine strategic leadership with a solid understanding of the digital research landscape as well as the tools and technologies that will underpin the development of a digital research programme. You will come with a strong track record in digital research, a doctorate in a discipline relevant to our digital research agenda, and demonstrable experience of relationship development at a senior level with the academic and research sectors.  


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

  • A doctorate in a discipline of relevance to The National Archives digital research agenda, or equivalent experience
  • Substantive experience in digital research either within academia or the cultural heritage sector.
  • Proven credibility and authority at a senior level with the digital academic and research-related sectors.
  • Demonstrable experience of relationship development at a senior level with the academic and research sectors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the presence and confidence to represent The National Archives at a senior level.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and networking skills, able to interact and build relationships and networks with a range of audiences up to a senior level, both internally and externally.
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, with the confidence and ability to manage challenge with firmness, sensitivity and diplomacy. 
  • Desirable:

Experience of working in the archive sector.

Track record of team leadership.


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