The Sisters of The Good Samaritan - Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Position vacant: Archives and Records Manager, Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Sydney

Archives and Records Manager, Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Location: Glebe, New South Wales

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are seeking an experienced Archivist and Records Manager who is excited about the digital future and will continue to enhance this significant and evolving role in the life of the congregation and the wider Good Samaritan community.


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 Archives and Records Manager will oversee the Good Samaritan Archives for the purposes of collecting, accessioning, preserving, conserving and restoring where necessary records pertaining to the function and general operation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

This role of Archives and Records Manager will ensure that records which have value as authentic evidence of administrative, corporate, cultural and intellectual activity, are made, kept and used. The role of the Archives and Records Manager is vital for ensuring organisational efficiency and accountability and for supporting the understanding of the life of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan through the management and retention of its personal, corporate and social memory.

Due to the historical significance of the collection, the Archives and Records Manager will provide a range of services to the wider Church and the general public who may demonstrate a particular interest in accessing the collection.

Essential Criteria

The Archives and Records Manager for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan:

  • should be qualified in Archives and Records Management or currently undertaking such qualifications from a recognised tertiary institution;
  • should be eligible and willing to become a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists;
  • should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of best practice in archives and records management procedures;
  • will have excellent verbal and communication skills;
  • will have a high level of integrity and discretion in accordance with the Australian Society of Archivists Code of Ethics;
  • will support the values, ethos and mission of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan;
  • should have experience in managing a small staff and archives;
  • must hold or be willing to undertake a Police Clearance Check;
  • must hold or be willing to obtain a Working with Children check for the State of NSW.

Desirable Criteria

It would be desirable for the Archives and Records Manager to:

  • have experience in the use of electronic documents records management systems;
  • possess experience in appraisal, arrangement, description and sentencing of records;
  • have knowledge of preservation and conservation principles;
  • have experience in a similar role;
  • demonstrate excellent time management and project management skills;
  • possess a high level of computer literacy;
  • operate autonomously and with initiative and flexibility;
  • have excellent administrative skills, including a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • demonstrate regular current attendance at professional development workshops, courses and conferences.


Applications are welcome from those interested in fulfilling the role on a full-time basis. The Archives is based at Glebe. The salary for this position is negotiable. If you require further information, please call Natalie Acton on (02) 8752 5390 or email on during business hours. The job will commence in February 2019.


Applications close: November 30, 2018


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