Vacancy for Systems Administrator at the Open Preservation Foundation


The Open Preservation Foundation is looking for an experienced, motivated and versatile Systems Administrator to join our team in a new part-time role.

This is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop new skills, contribute to open source software projects and work with some of the leading minds in digital preservation.

Hours:​ Part-time (24 hours per week)
Salary: £21,000 – 24,000 depending on skills and experience
Contract type:​ Fixed term for 12 months, with potential to extend
Reports to:​ Technical Lead
Location:​ Remote (with potential occasional travel in Europe)

The System Administrator’s role is to:

  • manage OPF’s online servers and services, e.g. OPF website and the OPF’s Jenkins server;
  • oversee the testing, packaging and release of the OPF reference toolset including veraPDF, JHOVE and FIDO;
  • help to streamline and develop OPF’s automated infrastructure administration and continuous delivery processes; and
  • produce and maintain accurate and concise documentation for systems and processes.

Job description

Download the Systems Administrator job description

Diversity and inclusion

OPF is committed to fostering an inclusive working culture. We welcome applications from all individuals with suitable skills and experience for this role, regardless of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We are particularly interested to hear from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBT+. Please contact us if you would like to discuss flexible working arrangements or access requirements.


  • Flexible working hours
  • Remote working balanced with occasional days at our head office in Leeds city centre
  • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Auto-enrollment into a salary pension scheme following a probation period

About you

You will be joining a small, highly collaborative team. We’re looking for someone who is organised and adaptable, with a willingness to build relationships with our members and contribute to our community.

You will be a proactive and enthusiastic team-player with a positive approach to meeting the challenges of this role.

About the OPF

The Open Preservation Foundation is a global not-for-profit membership organisation working to advance shared standards and solutions for the long-term preservation of digital content. Our vision is open sustainable digital preservation.

We have over 30 members in 17 countries, primarily from the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector.

We maintain a number of open source digital preservation products which form the OPF reference toolset. Our toolset addresses common issues faced by many organisations and we provide a mechanism to focus effort and resources into effective solutions. Our toolset is constantly evolving in response to the needs of our members.

Founded as a collaborative initiative, working with others continues to be an essential part of our approach to developing practical solutions and best practice. We choose to work on projects that align with our member priorities and our open source philosophy, delivering benefits to the whole community. 

How to apply

Please email your CV and letter of application (max. 2 pages) to Becky McGuinness (becky [at] openpreservation [dot] org) explaining why you are applying for the role and how you meet the required skills and experience in the job description. We welcome links to your open source contributions (e.g. GitHub) where appropriate.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK or EU.

We aim to confirm receipt of all applications within 2 working days. Due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Closing date

Friday 27 August 2021 at 13:00 CEST

Interview dates

First interviews will take place online w/c 13 September 2021

If you have any enquiries about the post, please contact becky [at] openpreservation [dot] org.

No agencies please.



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