Director of Library Services

  • Job Reference: R190370
  • Date Posted: 8 October 2019
  • Recruiter: Aston University
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  • Location: Aston University Main Campus
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Director of Library Services

Location: Aston University Main Campus
Salary: Competitive
Contract Type: Continuing
Basis: Full-time
Closing Date 23.59 hours BST on Friday 1 November 2019
Interview Date: Week beginning 25 November 2019
Reference: R190370

Aston University has a long and successful history delivering a world-class educational experience with strong links to business and the professions. The University seeks to provide an environment that inspires students to success; backed by original research, inspiring teaching and a drive to deliver lasting local and global impact. It’s commitment to providing a modern, supportive and multicultural environment enables staff and students to achieve their full potential as part of the University’s exciting beneficiary-led strategy.

Responsible to the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Library Services is key to the achievement of academic and student-centred ambitions, through its provision of high-quality information services that includes Library Collections, Learning Support & Environment and Digital.

Library Services is, both internally and externally, a highly regarded team of professionals. As the new Director you will provide strategic leadership through the next phase of the Services’ growth. This includes the development and further enhancement of a dynamic, customer-focused service with a real emphasis on digital technology, blended approaches to learning and the overall development of a modern, innovative and vibrant library environment for the University’s research and education provision. You will take the lead role in service improvements and change management across the Service and its resources.

Applicants should be educated to degree level and possess a relevant higher degree or postgraduate qualification.  We are seeking applicants who are Chartered Members of CILIP and have extensive experience of managing library services in an academic context. Demonstrable experience of developing strategies and a proven track-record of innovation and change management within large and complex organisations is essential. 

We are seeking an inspirational leader with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to influence at the highest levels of senior and academic management as you will be expected to be a contributing member of the University’s senior management team. Joining the University at such an exciting period of growth means that a forward looking and transformative approach will be essential to reflect the highly ambitious and progressive nature of Aston University.

To find out more about this exceptional opportunity contact our recruitment consultant Alan Walter, Dixon Walter Ltd on 0191 500 5500, email or click on the Apply button.

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st November and final interviews will take place the week commencing 25th November.