Brighton & Hove Libraries are looking to expand our friendly, dynamic team. We are excited to offer the opportunity for you to become one of three new Library Officers, working a range of hours across all our libraries in the city.
For an informal discussion, please contact Claire Lean - Library Manager on 01273 296953.
About the role
Do you enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds? Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives and help communities to grow? If so, we want to hear from you!
Our Library Officers do varied work and no two days are ever the same. We work with local communities, engage with and deliver activities for young people, and help adults across a range of services. Due to the nature of our people-focused, varied work, it can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Do you have the resilience to work with people with challenging behaviours?
We work with partner organisations and communities to deliver a range of services. Some activities you might get involved with are:
- Engaging with refugees
- Helping combat loneliness
- Facilitating access to money advice services
- Working with community groups
- Supporting people without access at home to computer facilities and broadband
There are also opportunities to take a leading role in one of our 12 community libraries - building links with local schools and community groups and keeping the library relevant and responsive to local communities.
All our posts involve some lone working and so we are looking for self-motivated people who are happy to work on their own. We are also looking for flexibility as we sometimes have to work at different libraries at short notice.
We care about our staff and have a track record of offering opportunities for career progression both within the library service, and throughout the wider Council. We also offer the opportunity for staff to work towards relevant qualifications. Ongoing training and support is provided for all positions we offer.
The posts and hours available are listed below (please note that the hours are fixed as the service needs to keep libraries open at advertised times):
Post 1 (20hrs per week - fixed term for 1 year)
Monday 8.30am to 5pm
Thursday 12pm to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Post 2 (31.5hrs per week - fixed term until 31/03/2022)
Monday 8.30am to 5pm
Thursday 8:30am to 7pm
Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.