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Deputy Director, Archaeology Data Service

Based at
University of York - King's Manor, York city centre
Hours of work
Contract status
39,609-48,676 per year (reduced pro rata)
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Role Description


The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) provides digital data archiving services for UK archaeology. It is based in the University of York but works closely with external partners, both in Higher Education and in the public and commercial archaeological sectors. All archived data is available Open Access and ADS funding is equally split between data deposit charges and research and consultancy, including a number of international projects. The ADS also manages the highly regarded Open Access journal, Internet Archaeology. Currently around a dozen staff are employed. Following an internal review of ADS business processes and subsequent restructuring, we have decided to create a new role of Deputy Director to provide operational management for the ADS and deputise for the Director. The advertised role is a unique opportunity to join a small but dedicated team and to help shape the future direction of the ADS.


The Deputy Director will hold responsibility for all day-to-day operational issues of the ADS and Internet Archaeology, deputising for the Director, with whom they will have a shared responsibility for shaping their strategic development. The primary responsibilities will include:

  • Line management of all staff and prioritisation of tasks.
  • Developing new business and ensuring an effective pricing strategy.
  • Liaising with key external stakeholders, and representing the ADS.
  • Undertaking project management for key initiatives.
  • Deputising for the Director, as required.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

Candidates must have:

  • Knowledge of the organisation of the historic environment sector in the UK, with awareness of digital preservation, UK higher education, and a broad archaeological knowledge desired.
  • The ability to line manage a team of staff, and to review strategic and operational procedures and processes.
  • The ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively, for reports and publications, including online-publications.
  • Strong IT skills; excellent oral and written communication skills, and a high degree of attention to detail.
  • Experience of working in a management role, and in leading and motivating others to achieve results.
  • Experience in writing reports, preparing funding applications and project management.
  • A demonstrable ability to lead and work as part of a team, to be organised and flexible, and able to prioritise.
  • Initiative, motivation, and the ability to work independently.
  • Be able to travel in UK and abroad and to work outside normal office hours, with notice.
  • Be able to influence others to follow a specific course of action.

Closing date: Midnight 14 October 2018

Interview date: 23 November 2018

Vacancy reference: 7002


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