Do you enjoy the smell of old books? Have a passion for preserving mission history? Expertise in records management? Then this unique archivist role at one of the world’s most historic mission organisations might be for you.

  • Permanent, part-time: 21 hours a week
  • Based at CMS House, Oxford (OX4 6BZ)
  • Starting salary £18,192 pro-rata (£30,320 FTE) with a generous pension contribution: up to 10 per cent employer contribution on annual salary.
  • 36 days of annual leave pro rata (including bank holidays) as well as enhanced paid sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
  • Generous rewards and wellbeing package, including:
    • access to 24/7 employee assistance programme with qualified counsellors
    • regular wellbeing coffee mornings
    • support on menopause for women
    • up to three volunteer days a year
    • up to three family emergency leave days a year
    • retreats and resources for prayer life

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Talk to us first?

If you would welcome an informal discussion (between Monday-Friday) about the role before applying, please contact Melinda Staines, People and Culture Manager, on 01865 787405.

Your role

Since its foundation in 1799, CMS has been a significant actor in the history of Christian mission in the UK, and in the process has generated a huge body of archive material, which is of interest to many researchers around the world. The archivist shapes the ongoing development of the archives and is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management and administration to best practice standards. The role is to care for, develop and promote the archive records of CMS in the UK in such a way that they are available for all present and likely future needs of staff, members and supporters, overseas partner churches and members of the public with identified research interests. An important part of this is to manage the archiving of digital material in a sustainable way.

The organisation you’ll be joining

Church Mission Society is comprised of people who are passionate about mission and fired up about helping people follow Jesus. For over 200 years CMS has been at the forefront of global mission, living out the gospel of Jesus, seeing lives changed and communities transformed. If you join CMS you will find an organisation that has been reinvigorated with a fresh vision to make disciples of Jesus among people at the edges, both in the UK and around the world.

What you’ll need to succeed

The successful candidate will have proven relevant experience working with computerised systems for archive and records management. In addition, s/he will be a good communicator, able to prioritise effectively, have strong organisational skills, the ability to work independently but also a team player.

It is also a requirement for this post holder to be in sympathy with CMS’s values and aims.

Further details can be found in the job description and person specification available to download below.

Our commitment to you


We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve, our partners, our volunteers, and our staff. We believe that every child or adult we come into contact with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse. Our recruitment and selection processes are in line with our Safeguarding Policy and the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which CMS is a member of as part of our commitment to safeguarding.    


Our core values of being pioneering, relational, faithful and evangelistic are integral to everything we do, and we work hard to ensure that every member of staff is valued, supported and encouraged to continually learn and develop their skills.

Closing date

We must get your application by midnight on Sunday 16 June 2024.

Interviews are planned to be held on 24 June at CMS House, Oxford.

To apply

Please send your application form and CV to jobs [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org or by post to HR Team, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. CVs will only be considered when sent with a completed application form (download below). Please be sure to save a copy of the application form to your device. If you have any issues downloading or opening the form please contact our HR team for assistance. See the application guide for further advice.

CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. Therefore we ask that you complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to equalopportunities [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org

As a member of the Inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, CMS has committed to systematically check with previous employers from at least the last five years for any ‘SEAH’ (Sexual Exploitation, Abuse or Harassment) issues relating to all potential new hires.

Candidates for all UK roles must already be eligible to work in the UK, with a valid visa and work permit if required.