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Library Operations Manager

  • Employer: Place
  • Reference: PLOM0040
  • Published: Wed 22/12/2021, 12:15 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 18.5 hours per week
  • Salary: JM1:- £32,234 per annum pro rata / JM2:- £35,745 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead


Hours: 18.5 hours per week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Contract: Permanent


We deliver public library services to communities across North Somerset, providing residents with access to reading materials and information and a range of cultural, digital, skills and health and wellbeing activities.


This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to contribute to the leadership, management, development and delivery of community focussed library services in North Somerset and to help deliver our ambitious new Libraries Strategy. 


This is a senior role within the service.  You will be a member of the Library Management Team and you will report directly to the Head of Libraries and Community.  Along with another Library Operations Manager, you will ensure the effective delivery of library services across the district, playing a key role in translating the aims of the new Libraries Strategy into operational plans.  You will also be expected to work across the wider team with colleagues running North Somerset’s Community Venues.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Managing others to ensure the efficient operational delivery of services across libraries
  • Developing and reviewing policies and processes for continuous improvement
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of strategic and service plans
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues, ensuring information is shared in a timely way and that it flows effectively between teams and decision makers
  • Taking a lead role on human resource management and related issues for libraries, including ensuring effective deployment of staffing across the district
  • Giving advice to colleagues and customers about legislative requirements and standards for protection and safety, liaising regularly with corporate health and safety colleagues
  • Liaising with colleagues and contractors to arrange action to ensure library premises are maintained in good condition and are compliant with legislation and relevant standards
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external partners on joint projects; engaging with local and national initiatives and considering how they can be implemented locally.
  • Taking a lead role in delivering identified workstreams relating to the implementation of the new 10 year Library Strategy


We are looking for someone with:

  • A passion for providing library services that reflect the needs of communities
  • Extensive practical experience of working in libraries or a related field and / or an approved relevant professional qualification to level 5 or above
  • Experience of managing operational services
  • Knowledge of safe working practices and their application to the library environment
  • Experience of managing, supervising and motivating staff
  • A customer and outcomes focused approach
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and organisations and to present information clearly and confidently
  • Self-motivation and the ability to manage and organise work
  • The ability to analyse areas of work and make decisions to improve them
  • Experience of working with partners and collaborative working
  • The ability to work to agreed deadlines
  • The ability to solve problem and develop solutions


The salary scale is career grade JM1 / JM2 £32,234  - £35,745.  Appointment is made at the bottom of JM1 scale and progression to the higher grade can be requested annually.  Progression is dependent upon attainment of a relevant qualification and / or revalidation of an existing qualification and assessment of desired skills and competences.


Benefits to working with NSC


We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees including:


  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, with optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A generous annual leave allowance, starting at 26 days per year pro rata, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, childcare vouchers, and a range of benefits and discounts including staff discounts in gyms
  • Employee Assistance and support, offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.


This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


For an informal discussion, please contact Emma Wellard Head of Libraries and Community on 01934 426477 or by e-mail Emma.Wellard@n-somerset.gov.uk .


Anticipated interview date:       Wednesday 26 January 2022

The interview will be virtual using Microsoft Teams.  If you will be unavailable on this date, please state this in your covering email


North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


  • PLOM0040 - JD
  • Employer: Place
  • Reference: PLOM0040
  • Published: Wed 22/12/2021, 12:15 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 18.5 hours per week
  • Salary: JM1:- £32,234 per annum pro rata / JM2:- £35,745 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead

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