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Contract of Services - Historian in Residence


Contract of Services for Historian in Residence, Kildare County Council

Kildare County Council seeks applications for the role of Historian in Residence.  This contract for services is a part time role, from Spring 2015 to Spring 2017. The total fee, available is €15,500 per annum.

Outline: Commemorative Programme for County Kildare

The Commemorative Programme will take note of national policy and national commemorative projects, but it will ultimately focus on County Kildare.

The aim of the programme in Kildare is to establish the most appropriate way in which to mark the centenaries within the county. The nature of the programme would be expansive, delivering a series of commemorative events, school programmes, publications, etc., but with the unique intention of creating a legacy of research and/or cultural and artistic material for future generations. The delivery of the programme should be inclusive, appropriate and sensitive, to take account of all aspects of life in Co. Kildare in the period 1913-1923.

Brief: Historian in Residence

While the overarching principles, strategy, budget, themes and type of event may be decided by the appointed Committee, the programme of events would be co-ordinated on a yearly basis by a county co-ordinator/researcher, in the post of Historian in Residence.

  • The Historian in Residence should be living conveniently to County Kildare and have a proven track record in historical research and publishing with a focus on the history of County Kildare within the given period. They should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period.
  • The candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work with a wide cross section of the local community and be able to demonstrate evidence of same. They would be responsible for working with the Committee to identify, themes, events and notable figures; co-ordinate research to present to schools and local communities; arrange suitable and relevant lectures, presentations and seminars to promote the Commemorative Programme. They should demonstrate the ability to work alone or in groups with people of all ages.
  • The candidate will have the skills to organise county wide events, link with existing community organisations for parades/festivals etc. and/or liaise with prominent local or county wide organisations to deliver an inclusive programme.
  • The post will necessitate a range of professional skills to undertake primary research and co-ordinate research by others; with the aim of creating both a relevant programme of events and a legacy for future generations. The research undertaken and content delivered over the decade should add greatly to our understanding and knowledge of all aspects of life in County Kildare during this seminal period in our history.
  • The Historian in Residence will have a proven track record in writing/editing/publishing and demonstrate an ability to see a publication to its conclusion. Any research created will be collated for future generations and presented in a professional publication which would be the lasting legacy of the Commemorative Programme. The publication will seek to give an insight into social, economic and political events in the County during this time period. This will provide a greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of what was happening in the County and must be preserved for future generations in an accessible manner. The format of this publication will be decided in conjunction with the committee and may be a stand-alone publication focusing on each year or a composite publication with chapters being written by noted academics with a thorough knowledge of this time period in the county from their own research perspective.
  • The role will embrace all types of social media and necessitate publicity/marketing campaigns and a level of competency in delivering programmes and events, outlining strategies and identifying core elements, with strong communication skills being essential; this would necessitate an appropriate level of competency and skill in terms of web content development, social media and modern technology.
  • The Historian in Residence must demonstrate an ability to manage and secure funding vital to the success of the programme.
  • The programme will take due consideration of the Irish language.

All programmes will be delivered with the co-operation and goodwill of the community at large and involve outreach projects in schools, libraries and communities across County Kildare. The Historian in Residence will demonstrate an ability to deliver and co-ordinate outreach events within the classroom and throughout the broader community, to facilitate an inclusive Commemorative Programme.

Code of Conduct:

  • The candidate will be required at all times to adhere to Kildare County Council's Code of Conduct and any other policy required such as the Child Protection Policy and comply with the principles of confidentiality and consent at all times.
  • The candidate will be Garda Vetted.
  • Any or all research, marketing, publicity information will be issued in line with existing policies of Kildare County Council.


  • The Historian in Residence will be responsible for the delivery of the Decade of Commemoration programme of events.
  • Project planning, follow ups, confirmations etc. must be undertaken and a strategy for delivery developed.
  • Marketing and publicity will become key features for successful events and programmes. Access to email, social media, phone, website etc. is essential.
  • The Historian in Residence will report to the Commemorative Committee and will be based within Kildare Library and Arts Service. He/she will report to the County Librarian and his/her immediate supervisor.
  • Communication is a key factor in the delivery and co-ordination of the programme.
  • The committee and immediate supervisor will receive regular updates. Major decisions will be agreed in consultation with the Committee.


  • The Historian in Residence is a self-employed person for tax purposes in Ireland and he/she will be solely responsible for all income tax, PRSI and other such payments due in respect of the remuneration paid. The candidate will be required to have their own transport.
  • The Historian in Residence will abide by all relevant Kildare County Council policies and guidelines and operate in accordance with said polices and guidelines.
  • The Historian in Residence will work on average two days per week or a total of 15 hours, plus appropriate travel expenses based on current local authority rates.
  • The period of employment will initially run from Spring 2015 to Spring 2017.
  • The candidate will be initially based at County Kildare Library and Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co. Kildare in agreement with Kildare Library and Arts Services.
  • The candidate will reside in the area in which their duties are to be performed or within a reasonable distance thereof.
  • Flexibility to adapt is essential as the programme develops. Events and projects will often take place outside normal working hours and at weekends.
  • Kildare County Council reserves the right to terminate the contract for services, if he/she is unable to perform the work for which he/she is contracted, as a result of incapacity, incompetence or misconduct.
  • Should the candidate decide to terminate the contract, he/she are required to give one month's notice in writing. Nothing in this agreement will prevent the giving of a lesser period of notice by either party where it is mutually agreed.


  • The Historian in Residence will be paid upon receipt of monthly invoices.
  • The total fee, available is €15,500 per annum.


A group Public Liability insurance policy will be put in place for the programme.

Health and Safety Regulations:

Any and all events, work arrangements, outreach projects etc. must conform to Kildare County Council guidelines.


Any and all events, work arrangements, outreach projects etc. must conform to Kildare County Council guidelines.


  • The Historian in Residence will retain copyright of unique material generated by them during the programme and will acknowledge Kildare County Council as the original commissioner of the material
  • Kildare County Council shall retain the right to publish material generated as part of the programme without remuneration or permission and will acknowledge the author of research published.

Use of Electronic Equipment:

The Historian in Residence must conform to Kildare County Council Policy.

Data Protection:

The Historian in Residence must conform to Kildare County Council Policy.


Application details are avaiable by clicking here

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