Director of Library Services

Job Description

Director of Library Services

Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Salary: £45,000-£55,000 per annum 

Nuffield College seeks to appoint a Director of Library Services to lead a team of dedicated, professional librarians and to manage the future development of the College Library and its services. This is an exciting position with the potential to make significant impact in the future operation of the Library and its role within the College’s research environment. We seek a talented and enthusiastic Library professional who will develop an integrated strategy for the College’s library services with a view to establishing the Nuffield College Library as one of the best social sciences libraries of its kind.

The post-holder’s key responsibilities are: to lead the ongoing strategic evolution of the College Library; to identify opportunities to enhance the College’s library services; to develop collaboration with the Oxford Bodleian Libraries; and to devise and implement a new collection evaluation and management policy and strategies for digital and online collections, data library services, and the digitization of special collections and archives. The post-holder will oversee the strategic development and effective delivery of academic and research support within the Library; and the preservation of its historic archive collections. They will promote the library and its research support service, and will represent the College’s library on internal, University-wide, and external groups and professional bodies.

The ideal candidate will possess management experience within a library or information service preferably in an academic setting, and an understanding of research support services and regulations relating to information work. They will demonstrate the ability to drive positive change, and to provide leadership in responding to the changing role of an academic library, and its spaces and services in a digital age. The successful candidate will be committed to improving the user experience and to enhancing existing support for the College’s research community.

Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate qualification in Library or Information Science or a related field (candidates in the process of obtaining a postgraduate qualification may also be considered). Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, excellent IT skills, and strong organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to thrive as part of a team. Experience of successful problem-solving and decision-making is also essential. A higher degree, experience of change management, an interest in social sciences, and experience of working with archives, are desirable.

The post is full-time and permanent. Applications to hold the post on a part-time basis or as a secondment will also be considered. The salary will be in the range £45,000-£55,000 p.a. (pro-rated as appropriate). The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six-month probation period.

Further particulars, including information on additional benefits and how to apply, are available in the job description:

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 1st March 2019.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.