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Subject: Position at Islamic Manuscript Association

Position at Islamic Manuscript Association

From: Davidson MacLaren <davidson<-at->
Date: Monday, July 30, 2012
Executive Director
The Islamic Manuscript Association

The Islamic Manuscript Association is one of the principal projects
of the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation. The Association is an
international non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting
Islamic manuscript collections and supporting those who work with
them. It was formed in response to the urgent need to address the
poor preservation and inaccessibility of many Islamic manuscript
collections around the world. The position is full-time and is based
at the Association's office in Cambridge, UK. The contract is for
one year. Employment in Cambridge will be through the Foundation's
representative company Tradigital, which is based in Cairo, Egypt.
The salary will be UKP30,000-UKP35,000 gross per annum.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall
operational and financial management of the Association and the
development of a cohesive plan for the Association's future. He or
she will be a charismatic leader and self-starter who is able to set
his or her own priorities and accomplish the Association's
objectives in an efficient and timely manner, whether working as
part of a small team or individually. Excellent interpersonal skills
and an enthusiasm for the Association's aims are essential.

The executive director will report to the chairman of the Thesaurus
Islamicus Foundation and the board of directors of the Islamic
Manuscript Association.

Main duties of the job

    Managing the Association's daily operations, including
    supervising full-time and part-time staff and maintaining the
    Association's offices, and reporting on these to the chairman of
    the Foundation

    Planning and delivering events including the Association's
    annual conference, board meetings, and short courses, and
    reporting on these to the board of the Association

    Maintaining and developing relations with libraries, museums,
    other heritage-related institutions and organisations, academics
    and museum and library professionals working with manuscripts,
    Association members, and potential Association members, and
    reporting on these to the board of the Association

    Selecting and overseeing the implementation and maintenance of
    an effective membership management system, and reporting on this
    to the board of the Association

    Supervising the Association's grant scheme and reporting on this
    to the board of the Association

    Supervising and supporting projects undertaken by the
    Association and/or its members and reporting on these to the
    board of the Association

    Developing the Arabic and English language content of the
    Association's website in cooperation with the board

    Managing the Association's finances in consultation with the
    accountant and treasurer

    Developing and implementing a fundraising and grant writing
    strategy in cooperation with the treasurer and board of the

    Maintaining all records required for the good governance of the
    Association with the relevant legal authorities, and reporting
    on this to the board of the Association

Essential skills, experience, and qualifications

    Minimum of a bachelor's degree in history, Islamic studies,
    library science, museum studies, non-profit administration, or a
    related field

    Record of leadership experience and working with boards

    Record of success in fundraising, grant writing, and managing

    Record of event organising experience

    Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a
    demonstrated ability to conduct formal presentations and
    speaking engagements, and to represent an organisation publicly

    Excellent computer literacy: competency with word processors,
    spreadsheets, databases, email clients, and web-based social

    Must be willing to work nights and weekends when needed

    Must be willing to travel internationally

    Capable of juggling multiple demanding priorities in a
    high-pressure environment

Desirable skills, experience, and qualifications

    Master's or doctoral degree

    Familiarity with the study of Islamic manuscripts and/or the
    care and management of manuscript collections, including
    cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, exhibitions, and ethics

    Knowledge of Arabic

    Knowledge of other foreign languages, especially Persian and/or

To apply please send a covering letter, CV, and two references to:

    The Islamic Manuscript Association Ltd
    c/o 33 Trumpington Street
    Cambridge CB2 1QY
    United Kingdom

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered until the
position is filled

Please note that the Association will only consider applicants who
already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom. Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:11
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Received on Monday, 30 July, 2012

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