Sound Recordings Officer Vacancy

The Irish Traditional Music Archive wishes to recruit an enthusiastic individual interested in archiving Irish traditional music commercial sound recordings for a fixed-term, two-year contract, September 2015–August 2017

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Contract duration: Full-time, fixed-term contract, September 2015 – August 2017, to substitute for officer on career break.  The post will include scheduled evening and weekend work.

Job Description:

Working to the Director, the post holder will be responsible for the acquisition, cataloguing and management of the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s collection of commercial sound recordings.  Commercial sound recordings range from analogue cylinder recordings to digital downloads.

Principle tasks of the post will include some or all of the following:

  • Sourcing and acquiring contemporary and historical commercial sound recordings by purchase or donation
  • In-depth audio cataloguing of existing and newly acquired recordings to international standards
  • Physical care of sound recordings; digital file management
  • Preparation of bimonthly online listing of recently published material and newly acquired materials
  • Research and reference support to colleagues and Archive users in ITMA’s Reading Room and by phone/email
  • Management of audio digitisation projects
  • Participation in outreach and educational events including delivering presentations
  • Leading or participating in special projects as assigned, including online projects
  • Managing budgets
  • Such other related tasks and special projects as may from time to time be required to fulfil the objectives of ITMA

Additional information:

Candidates should note that occasional travel may be required.  Candidates should note that the position entails lifting and carrying boxes and handling dusty materials.

Personal requirements

Essential criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or industry related professional qualification
  • Broad knowledge of Irish traditional song, instrumental music and dance
  • Competence in Irish
  • Music literacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills and experience in using databases or working in a digital environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Desirable criteria:

  • A postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Studies or Archives and Records Management or an industry related professional qualification
  • One to three years of relevant experience in libraries/archives or in Irish traditional music research
  • Experience and knowledge of cataloguing especially sound recordings
  • Fluency in Irish and knowledge of one or more European languages
  • Formal musical training or academic background in music or work experience in the field of music
  • Demonstrated organisational, problem-solving, and planning skills

Salary commensurate with experience

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter by post or email to Róisín Ní Bhriain, Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2; [email protected]

Deadline for applications: 5 pm Monday 31 August 2015

A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed in ITMA during the week 7–11 September 2015

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is an equal opportunities employer