- Do you enjoy working with children, young people and vulnerable members of the community?
- Do you have a qualification in Library & Information Science or significant relevant experience?
If you answered yes, we would love to hear from you!
We are currently recruiting for a Librarian to join our Children and Communities Team. You will have the opportunity to be part of a team delivering library services for children, young people and the wider community in Richmond upon Thames.
Who we are:
Richmond upon Thames Library Service has 12 diverse libraries and the highest children’s fiction issues per capita in London. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a successful and dynamic service, where you will particularly focus on engaging young people and reaching out to vulnerable members of the community.
You will be working as part of a team, delivering services for the discerning residents of Richmond upon Thames, who highly value their library service.
- Working within an efficient and experienced team within a high performing and well-funded library service, you will also work to further develop partnerships with voluntary and community sectors and other organisations.
- You will be liaising with the Volunteer Coordinator and volunteers to support the Library Service’s range of creative and value-added opportunities for local children and adults.
- You will have the opportunity to contribute to further developing services for children and young people; building links with the community to improve the Borough’s already enviable position as one of the highest achieving library services in London.
You will need:
- A recognised qualification in Library & Information Science or significant relevant experience.
- An up to date knowledge of developments and trends in the area of library services for children and young people.
- Experience of working in partnership and developing links with outside agencies and voluntary organisations.
- Experience of delivering health and wellbeing outreach services to the community, including vulnerable people.
- Experience of supporting the delivery of programmes of events and activities for children and adults.
- Experience of using social media and web applications to reach out and engage the local community, across all ages.
All the librarians (across all teams) in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Library Service work to a generic Librarian Job Profile, however this particular role is situated in the Children and Communities Team and therefore prioritises the above areas.
The working hours are 36 hours a week, timetabled as alternate long and short weeks; working two Saturdays in four and up to two late nights a week.
The role includes occasional Sunday and additional evening working as required. A flexible approach to fulfilling the needs of the service is necessary. You will be based in Richmond but will be required to travel to other libraries and locations around Richmond upon Thames as necessary.
Please contact Colm O’Reilly, Children and Communities Manager on 020 8734 3311 / Colm.OReilly@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk for an informal conversation about the role.
If this is the type of career path you have been looking for, you meet our criteria, and you would like to join our team, we look forward to receiving your application.
How to apply?
Please submit your CV and a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0208 871 8825 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.
Why choose us?
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance, including a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline:
Closing Date: Sunday 5th January 2020
Shortlisting Date: W/C 6th January 2020
Interview Date: W/C 20th January 2020
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).