Recruitment Underway for Chief Archivist Position

Recruitment has opened for the permanent role of Chief Archivist at Archives New Zealand.

A permanent appointment to the Chief Archivist role will ensure long-term stability and leadership for the institution, kaimahi, and the sector at a time of significant change. As a statutory role directing compliance with the Public Records Act, and as steward of the public record, the role of Chief Archivist is an important one, with significant responsibility.

The Chief Archivist position reports to the Deputy Chief Executive, Te Haumi – Enterprise Partnerships branch at DIA. The Chief Archivist will set the strategic direction for information management and archiving practices across central and local Government in an ever-evolving technological environment and play an important role within the Te Haumi senior leadership team, providing input into the overall direction of the branch. The scope of this position also includes:

  • Providing strategic, professional and thought leadership, in relation to Government recordkeeping and memory of Government.
  • Leading the Archives New Zealand organisation to be high performing and highly engaged, whilst nurturing a culture of service excellence and increased public access to public records and taonga.
  • Leading Archives New Zealand to leverage the current technological landscape, including the challenges and opportunities future changes may bring.Improve efficiency and effectiveness of Archives New Zealand by actively collaborating with the National Library of New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, and other relevant institutions in the documentary and recorded heritage sector.

Together with the National Librarian, Ngā Taonga’s Tumu Whakarae and other sector leaders, the Chief Archivist will also play a shared role in the realisation of the Te Ara Tahi programme, associated transformational change and workforce planning. The Chief Archivist role will be pivotal as the programme looks to build stronger partnerships with communities across the country to care for and provide access to the nation’s memory.

More information can be found here.

To arrange a conversation about the position please email Jo Bell on

To apply please email your cover letter and CV to

Applications close Tuesday 25 April.