The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Working & Volunteering

 

Trustee

The Wiener Library is Britain’s national Holocaust archive and the world’s oldest collection of material relating to the Holocaust and genocide. Home to over 1 million items, we actively collect, preserve and share books, photographs and documents relating to the Holocaust and genocide in order to support research, education and remembrance. 

We are seeking a Trustee to help us meet the challenge of raising funds for our mission. We seek to expand our collections, preserve fragile documents for future generations and become more effective in enabling access to anyone who seeks to explore this critically important history. This is a very exciting leadership opportunity as the Library is poised as never before to contribute to Holocaust remembrance and learning in Britain and beyond.

Person specification

As well as an interest in the study of the Holocaust and other genocides, applicants will have relevant skills and experience allowing you to assist in the following:

  • Helping us to formulate a plan to raise funds through gifts, legacies, multi-year pledges and corporate sponsorship;
  • Helping to drive existing fundraising campaigns while maintaining high standards and reflecting the Library’s ethos and mission;
  • Helping to shape ideas and strategies relating to future fundraising campaigns;
  • Helping to greatly expand our network of donors and supporters.

General attributes required of all Trustees include:

  • A demonstrable understanding of the issues pertinent to successful governance of a charity
  • An ability to think strategically and to constructively question and review management reports, finances, forward plans, overall objectives, major resourcing issues and potential risks
  • A clear interest in the objectives of the Wiener Library and the importance of its work
  • Sound, independent judgment and integrity, avoiding any conflicts of interest

The Library wishes for its Board of Trustees to represent the diversity of the nation and welcomes applications by people of all backgrounds.

Board composition

The Board of Trustees, which currently numbers ten, is responsible for setting overall policy. The members of the Board elect the Chairman and appoint the Director, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Library. 

The Board of Trustees keeps the skill requirements of its members under review and may appoint a person as a trustee either to fill a vacancy or as an additional trustee.

Induction sessions led by the Chairman and the senior leadership team will be organised to familiarise new trustees with the work of the Wiener Library and the challenges it faces.

Time commitment and term of office

There are up to six Board meetings a year in Bloomsbury, London. It is expected that Trustees will also attend events at the Library (most of which take place in the evening) and engage on a regular basis with key staff members on specific issues related to their areas of expertise and special interest.

The Trustees (who are also the directors of The Wiener Library Ltd for the purposes of company law) serve for three years after which period they may put themselves forward for re-appointment. An extension of a further three years is conditional on being nominated by the Nominations Committee.

This is an unremunerated role though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, if required.

How to Apply

Recruitment for this role is being managed by Getting on Board.

If you would like to chat informally about the role, please contact our Director, Ben Barkow on 020 7636 7247 or bbarkow@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Volunteering Opportunities

The Wiener Library has a strong tradition of working with volunteers. Our volunteers are vitally important to us as an organisation and we could not achieve what we do without them. 

Our roles offer people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the chance to gain new skills and knowledge. Many of our volunteering roles, including social media assistants, bloggers and event assistants, are designed to be flexible and fit around your studies, training or job, making them ideal for younger volunteers. All of our roles allow volunteers the chance to gain experience in many aspects of Library life.  

If you would like to find out more about what different volunteering roles at the Library involve, and the kinds of skills that you can acquire through volunteering at the Library, please read through the role descriptions below.

We are currently recruiting for the following volunteering roles:

Blogger
Book Reviewer (by application only)
Events Assistant
Photographer
Social Media Assistant
Tour Guide (by application only)
Translators of German to English
Short Work Placements

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chloe Turner at cturner@wienerlibrary.co.uk to register your interest for any of these roles.

 Blogger

We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Bloggers to contribute regularly to The Wiener Library Blog by writing articles about significant anniversaries, Library events, reviews of books/films or current issues relating to the Library.

Blogger Role Description

Book Reviewers

We are currently recruiting a team of Volunteer Book Reviewers. Due to the academic qualifications required for the role we are recruiting by application.

Volunteer Book Reviewer Role Description

Events Assistant

We are looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to help set up and welcome visitors at the Library’s programmed events.

Events Assistant Role Description

Photographer

The Wiener Library is looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to photograph some of the Library’s events and items from our collection as required. 

Photographer Role Description

Social Media Assistant

We are currently recruiting for motivated and committed volunteers to help us put together content for our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeInstagram), with a primary focus on Twitter. 

Social Media Assistant Role Description

Tour Guides

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic volunteers to guide members of the public round the Library’s basement archives. 

Volunteer Tour Guide Role Description

Translators

We are particularly looking for volunteers who are fluent in German, but welcome volunteers fluent in other languages represented in our collections as well including Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew. You will be translating PDFs of the Library’s original collections into English.

What skills and experience will you gain?

  • Developing your written language skills and translation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Working to a deadline
  • Knowledge of the Library's unique collections

Translation experience desirable but not essential.

If you are interested in becoming a translation volunteer, please read the Volunteer Translator Pack below before completing and returning the Volunteer Form to translation@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Volunteer Translator Pack

Short Work Placements

The Wiener Library welcomes requests to undertake short-term work placements or work experience projects of up to two weeks. We currently have a waiting list for these short-term placements; for more information and to register your interest, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Chloe Turner at cturner@wienerlibrary.co.uk