Topic ID #35862 - posted 6/25/2015 3:44 AM

Strategic Engagement Manager (The National Archives UK)


Closing date 9th July 2015 at midnight

Salary: £31,227

Job Purpose

Archives Sector Development (ASD) is the main focus for The National Archives’ leadership of the archives sector. We operate in four teams (Programmes, Engagement, Independent Archives, Collections Knowledge) working closely and flexibly together and with other specialists around The National Archives. Team members have focused roles but are expected to build an understanding of the work of the whole department so that archive professionals and strategic stakeholders see coherence in our leadership. We aspire to be connected, informed, innovative, challenging and supportive and to deliver excellent and cost-effective services and programmes that benefit services and their customers, and improve the archival health of the nation.

This role provides an exciting opportunity to manage the development of a national strategy for the archives sector, while developing relations with core stakeholders . The role will involve working in complex situations to provide a high level of analysis of policy trends and their implications, in order to recommend and lead The National Archives’ and the archive sector’s response. The post holder will be skilled at building relationships with senior stakeholders externally and internally, in order to influence and negotiate beneficial outcomes. They will represent the National Archives and the wider archives sector externally and at a senior level with stakeholder organisations

Reports to: Head of Engagement

Role and Responsibilities

* Manage the next stage of development of a new national archives strategy for England and Wales.

* Lead and develop specific external relationships – including with other government departments and key national agencies, in order that The National Archives can secure positive outcomes for the archives sector. This will include working with DCMS, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Local Government Association. It will also involve developing new working relationships with relevant strategic bodies in relation to our work with higher education and philanthropic archives.

* Act as a senior representative of The National Archives and the wider archives sector to key stakeholder bodies.

* Analyse policy trends and their implications for the archives sector, including in complex and fast changing political and economic contexts and work with the Chief Executive’s office to prepare responses. This will involve influencing and negotiating externally and internally at a senior level.

* Lead on relevant initiatives, building partnerships with other organisations, securing resources for work to include pilot projects, research and advocacy. It may involve managing project budgets and recruiting and managing contractors.

* Provide advice and briefings on key policy and other developments, to The National Archives’ executive and senior staff. Work with the Communications Manager to enable the briefing of the wider archives sector on key issues, including by ‘translating’ complex issues into concise and easily understood messages.

* Work closely with the Engagement Managers, other teams in ASD and colleagues across The National Archives to ensure the connection of national, regional and local work. Act as ASD representative on internal project boards and panels.


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