Archives Assistant

About the Organisation
When Archbishop John Bede Polding founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1857, he chose this name because he firmly believed that their work was about being neighbour to the poor and destitute women and children of Sydney.  For over 160 years the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have been inspired by a simple yet powerful story, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37.)  They take as a living instruction Jesus command to go and be neighbour to those most in need.

Our neighbour might be an impoverished child from a squatter village in the Philippines, a prisoner in Melbourne, a child at school, a refugee family, a single Mum at risk of homelessness or a woman escaping a home afflicted by family violence.  The Sisters reach out to help wherever they can.

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan draw further inspiration from the Rule of Benedict, a spiritual treasure dating from the sixth century.  Though originally written for a group of monks, the Rule contains lessons for all contemporary people; lessons about mercy and humility, about hospitality, caring and welcome.  The Rule is intended for those who seek peace.  It speaks about acceptance, compassion and commitment to prayer and work.

Primary Purpose of the Role
The key aim of the role is to support the collecting, accessioning, preserving and conserving of the necessary records for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Archives. 

Key responsibilities 
This dynamic role involves a variety of tasks dealing with both contemporary records and the congregations historical records and artefacts.

Tasks will include:
    Updating relevant databases as required.
    Accessioning records into the Archives.
    Responding to service requests.
    Participating in the review and updating of Archive and Records Management procedures.
    Managing current  records.
    Supporting digitisation of at-risk records projects.
    Supporting the preparation of exhibitions and displays.
    Providing presentations to visitors to the Heritage Room as required.

The successful applicant will also have a key role in the implementation of a new Records Management Strategy, including developing and conducting training, and preparing records to be migrated into the new electronic management system. 

Essential Criteria
    Appreciation for, and demonstrated alignment with, the life and mission, spirituality and ethos of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. 
    Understanding of, and respect for, the teachings of the Catholic Church.
    At least 2 years experience working in archives, records management or a related field.
    Demonstrated experience in the use of records management control systems.
    Excellent interpersonal skills.
    Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 
    Attention to detail and strong organisational skills.
    Discreet and able to maintain confidentiality.

Desirable Requirements
    Formal qualifications in archives, records management or a related field. 
    Experience in working with the archives and records of religious entities.
    Experience in the transition of paper based records system to an electronically based system.

Child Safety
Applicants must hold or be willing to undertake a National Criminal History Check.

If you are interested in applying for this position please submit an application including a cover letter addressing the essential criteria and a resume detailing relevant qualifications and experience.

Applications close March 28, 2020.

16/03/2020 $0 CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs 1 Administration & Office Support
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