Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action: Archivist

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 28 November, 2014
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa.

GALA seeks to appoint an Archivist, based in Johannesburg.

The person will be responsible for planning and coordinating the work of Archives Programme for the collection and preservation of records, community histories and cultural artefacts that document LGBTI lives and experience in Africa, and for providing access to the collections.
 
This position is based within GALA’s Archives Programme, a unique, well-utilised resource for students, researchers, development professionals, journalists, and other interested persons from around the world. Our collections – analogue and digital – encompass organisational and individual records, community histories and cultural artefacts related to LGBTI people in Africa.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Appraising and acquiring archival records and published content, including digital and audio-visual materials, of legal, historical, and cultural significance to LGBTI people in Africa;
  • Management of contractors and interns located in the Archives Programme;
  • To sort, create an inventory, and index a large volume of LGBTI materials using archival arrangement and description methodology;
  • To respond to archival enquiries, and to assist reading room users to access GALA collections;
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Archives Programme to the media, and represent GALA in relevant archival and heritage networks and forums.
  • Provision of training for community groups on archives and records management.

Requirements:

  • Either one year of formal experience in processing and management of archival collections; or, a qualification from an accredited university programme in Archival Studies or Library & Information Science or a related field. A comparable mix of studies and practical experience will also be considered;
  • The ability to carry out a wide range of archival activities such as acquisition, arrangement, description, and outreach projects such as the development of exhibitions;
  • Knowledge of South African archival policies and standards;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

In addition, a demonstrable interest in history and an understanding and sensitivity to LGBTI issues in Africa would be an advantage.
 
The remuneration for the position is proportionate to experience.
 
To apply, submit the following to Anthony Manion at anthony.manion@wits.ac.za:

  • a CV,
  • a 1 page letter of letter of interest addressing all position qualifications, and
  • names and contact details of three references by email .

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Completed applications must be received by 28 November 2014 for full consideration. However, the candidate pool will be kept open until the position is filled.
GALA reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

For more about Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, refer to www.gala.co.za.

For more about Vision AfriKa, refer to www.visionafrika.com.

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