Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The National Archives

  • Team: People, Inclusion and Change
  • Grade: Grade 6
  • Salary: £55k - £65k
  • Location: Kew, Richmond, London
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 18th May 2022 BST

Job Description

£55k - £65k

 ·       Do you have the skills and expertise to help us achieve our vision of becoming a truly inclusive archive?

·       Can you rise to the challenge of this new role and bring specialists together to ensure a coherent and consistent embedding of inclusion and belonging within the organisation?

About us

The National Archives is an essential resource for our democracy, a public good and an asset for future generations. Our conviction is that archives are for everyone, and that archives change lives for the better. Forged through experience, this conviction tells in our relationship with our audiences and in our leadership of the nation's archives. Our obligation is to connect with the biggest and most diverse audience possible, in the most innovative ways we can, because archives are about everyone – past, present and future. An inclusive archive is available for every person we serve, enriched by the diverse and talented individuals who work with and for us. Becoming an inclusive archive is therefore a key element of our strategic vision covering four areas; who we are, who we serve, how we work, and our global role.

·       Does this sound like the type of organisation which would enable you to flourish and help others do the same?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then we are very keen to hear from you.

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce, and therefore we encourage applications from all groups. This includes from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, those who are neuro diverse, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with a disability.

The role


This is a new position that will enable you to create and shape the remit of the role to help The National Archives ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion is core to everything we do, and help us to make our vision a reality.


You will play a pivotal role in ensuring that we adopt a holistic view of our diversity and inclusion work, bringing in new ideas and constructively challenging us at all levels of the organisation.


In order to support our sector leadership role you will work proactively both within the organisation and outside, establishing and realising value from networks and relationships within the sector, across Government, and with key strategic partners.

You will act as an expert sounding board for colleagues across the organisation who are delivering on our diversity and inclusion agenda in a variety of ways both internally and externally. You will also ensure, as well as provide assurances, that we are living up to the commitments we make within our strategies as well as our legal obligations in terms of our public sector equality duty.

We will assess your application against the person specification in the job description (see link below). This initial element of the application process will consist of five work skills questions in place of a supporting statement and CV. We therefore request that to maintain the integrity of the process, in particular your anonymity, you exclude any identifying information. We request that you answer the questions rather than provide your experience or achievements to date. We will assess your answers against the following criteria: -

·       Effecting change;

·       Innovation;

·       Policy awareness and political acumen;

·       Influencing;

·       Collaboration and building relationships;

·       Communication;

·       Technical expertise;

·       Leadership both of people and with respect to wider DEI.

Interviews will take place on 25th May and will consist of a panel interview and a chance to meet potential colleagues.

Job Description:




Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Wed 18th May 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Start your de-biased application