WORK FOR US

Head of Collection Care (Maternity Cover)

Fixed term, 12 months from January 2018 

Salary: equivalent to c£43,000 p.a. (incl LW) + benefits

This post is normally full-time (35 hour week) but we will consider applicants interested in a 28 hour week, giving consideration to how key objectives would be met.  Salary would be pro rata on this basis.

Ref: LL/17/14

Founded in 1841, The London Library is a registered charity dedicated to the advancement of education, learning and knowledge through provision and maintenance of a lending library for the arts and humanities.  Housed in its historic building is a collection of over 1.2 million books and periodicals dating from the 16th to the 21st century, with 93% housed on open stacks to be browsed and borrowed. In addition to enjoying unique access to a remarkable collection, members also have access to a range of study spaces, extensive electronic resources and a host of other membership benefits.

Independent in thought and spirit and proud of being so, the Library receives no public funding and is entirely self-financing, relying on membership and philanthropic support.  Past members have ranged from Charles Dickens to George Eliot and Virginia Woolf to Winston Churchill and amongst its 6,500 members today are leading writers, scholars and researchers. 

Applications are invited for the fixed term post of Head of Collection Care (Maternity Cover) to join The London Library and oversee the smooth running of the Collection Care department, as well as playing a vital role in preparing the Library for future development work, and contributing to ongoing efforts to engage members, potential members and other supporters with the aims of the Library.  As a member of the Management Team, the post holder is expected to take a pro-active role in overall strategic development. 

We are seeking applicants who have a postgraduate qualification in librarianship or an equivalent discipline, and who have experience of working in a collections management role for a large public or academic library or similar institution.  Knowledge of small and large scale collection moves is essential, as are strong analytical and project management skills.  Applicants should also have staff management experience and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

For the right candidate this is a great opportunity to join one of the nation’s most important literary organisations as we look towards the future and, with an eye to celebrating 200 years, explore how best to continue the Library’s astonishing tradition of supporting new writing and reading whilst celebrating the remarkable history which we hold. 

Benefits include:

  • 30 days annual leave plus 11 days when the Library is closed for business
  • Group personal pension scheme
  • Daily meal allowance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket and bicycle loans
  • Discounts on staff purchases and borrowing
  • Training and development to fulfil career potential

To apply

Please download the Candidate Information Pack for further information and how to apply.  Applicants are also requested to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Sunday 19th November 2017 (by midnight)

Interview: Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November 2017  

Employment notes:

The Library welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All applicants will be considered on the basis of their merits and abilities for the post. Please note we are unable to consider candidates without a current right to work in the UK.