Library Service Development Manager

  • Job Reference: 4047
  • Date Posted: 27 November 2019
  • Recruiter: Bristol City Council
  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: £46,495 to £48,544
  • Sector: Public Libraries
  • Job Type: Permanent, Part-time

Job Description

Library Service Development Manager


£46,495 - £48,544 (pro rata)

Part Time (3 days a week (Wed – Friday) as part of a job share)/Permanent

Ref: 4047


This is an exciting opportunity to join Bristol Libraries’ management team of 4, as the Library Service Development Manager. There are 27 libraries in Bristol and we are in a time of change and collaboration with communities to extend the use of the service and buildings. We are building and establishing partnerships and working on projects throughout the city.

You would be responsible for the citywide development of the service by managing the Reader Engagement Team and IT roles. We are focusing on community collaboration with the Reader Engagement Team that comprises Library Development Officers, Volunteer Coordinator, Early Years, Reader Development and Children’s Librarians.

Our Library Development Officers are putting into action the community-led ideas and suggestions, from a period of comprehensive engagement. We are working with children, Bookstart, schools and young people, and curating and promoting a range of adult events and activities via our Reader Development Librarian; growing our volunteering programme with new roles, and promoting all our services through social media. Bristol is a vibrant and independent city with a rich cultural offer and we are uniquely placed to offer quality and community events in our neighbourhoods.

You would manage the IT support posts as we enter into a time of re-procurement of our self-service kiosks. You would also be the lead for any building projects as we work closely with Property colleagues, but always in collaboration with colleagues in the management team. You would work closely with the management team, representing the service at city and regional meetings as we also work as part of the LibrariesWest consortium.

You would be an experienced manager able to demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects and staff, working at speed with an empathic approach to communities and residents who are an essential part of our service, as we shape services locally to reflect their priorities.


Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol City Council, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high-profile organisation.

Join us and you’ll receive a generous rewards package including flexible working, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition, you’ll be working in a supportive environment where you’ll have the chance to make Bristol a better place and contribute to its future.


How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey, please select the apply button below.

To be shortlisted for interview you’ll need to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential criteria in the Person Specification within the Further Information section of your application. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, so if you can, please demonstrate how you meet this in your application.


Additional Information

If you have any further queries after reading the job advert along with the Job Description and Person Specification, then p lease contact Kate Murray, Head of Libraries at


Closing date: 11 December 2019.

Interview date: w/c Monday 20 January 2020.


At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the City we serve.  We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community.