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March 2021 – Libraries Unlimited announces the roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services, based on the 4-step plan set out by the government.

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Jobs

Thank you for your interest in Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned organisation.

About Libraries Unlimited

Libraries Unlimited is an independent charity running 50 libraries across Devon and 4 libraries in Torbay, as well as 4 mobile libraries and a range of other services including; two FabLabs, and 2 Business and Intellectual Property Centres. We have approximately 380 members of staff working across our multiple locations. We are also an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), expanding our services to include high-quality arts and cultural events and activities for our users. We have an ambitious vision to grow and develop our organisation, our people and our services. We firmly believe that great libraries have a huge, positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities and we are committed to developing our new organisation to have an even bigger impact in local communities in the future. Our staff are critical to ensuring that our libraries continue to have maximum impact, and you could be part of this.

We currently have the following vacancies:

Permanent           Kickstart           Relief

Permanent Positions

Reading Development Manager (Job ref: RDM001)
Salary: Circa £32,693 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Devon
Closing date: 9am, Mon 21 Jun
Interview date: Thu 24 Jun

Libraries Unlimited strives to be at the forefront of enhancing lives and building communities. We believe reading helps people fulfil their potential.

Do you have the energy, experience and drive to pioneer a range of new approaches, projects and initiatives to celebrate and promote a love of reading across Devon and Torbay?

We are seeking an ambitious and dynamic leader, to:

  • Champion the benefits of reading, and creativity, to meet the changing needs of our communities.
  • Initiate, develop and deliver a range of projects and programmes to increase engagement and participation in reading and libraries for all.
  • Proactively develop partnerships, funding bids and opportunities to increase the reach and impact of our services and programmes.
  • Ensure our reading offer, services and spaces are inclusive and celebrate diversity.

The successful Reading Development Manager will have a proven ability to lead strategically and to inspire and motivate action in others, excellent digital skills and a track record of delivering impact for communities through projects, service development and partnerships.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Tabitha Witherick, Head of Library Service and Customer Experience, at tabitha.witherick@librariesunlimited.org.uk or 07976 584697.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please send a CV and covering letter, alongside a completed equality monitoring form, to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Facilities Administrator (Job ref: FAC001)
Salary: £18,031 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Exeter Library / Homeworking
Contract: Fixed term 31/03/2022, with potential to extend
Closing date: 9am, Mon 21 Jun
Interview date: Mon 28 Jun

The Facilities Administrator works as part of a small team liaising with external contractors and partners to ensure that the organisation’s property portfolio of 54 libraries are safe, legally compliant and well-maintained.

Reporting to the Premises Manager, in this crucial role you will support and assist the facilities management team in all office procedures and other tasks as required.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Carrie Atkinson, Premises Manager, on carrie.atkinson@librariesunlimited.org.uk or 07706 289537.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please send a CV and covering letter, alongside a completed equality monitoring form, to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Volunteering Assistant (Job ref: VOL001)
Salary: £5,847.89 p.a. / £9.35 per hour (£18,031 FTE)
Hours: 12 hours per week
Location: Homeworking/Paignton Library
Closing date: 9am, Tue 22 Jun
Interview date: Wed 30 Jun

We have an exciting post for a Volunteering Assistant to join our developing HR & Volunteering Team. This role will take the lead on all administrative tasks relating to the recruitment and management of volunteers across the organisation. In addition, this role will support and participate in activities to celebrate volunteer achievements, promote volunteer vacancies, and ensure effective communication with volunteers and staff.

We are looking for someone who has experience of providing excellent customer service, and who has strong administrative skills with good attention to detail. You should also have a high standard of written and verbal communication, and be able to use your own initiative, prioritise your workload and multitask.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Beth Reynolds, HR Manager at beth.reynolds@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please download the application and equality monitoring forms, and email both to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

First Assistant (Assistant Supervisor)
Salary: £16,248 per annum (£19,874 pro rata’d)
Hours: 30.25 hours per week (average)
Location: Kingsbridge Library
Closing date: 9am, Fri 2 July
Interview date: Thurs 8 July

We are looking for a First Assistant (Assistant Supervisor) to support the Library Supervisor, in leading and delivering an innovative, customer focused, high-quality service at Kingsbridge Library.

This is a frontline role and will involve supporting the team of Customer Service Assistants to develop and deliver an excellent customer experience, responding to the needs of communities, working with the team and community partners to maximise our impact in the Kingsbridge area.

The role is also responsible for supporting the Library Supervisor in the line management of staff, creating partnerships, running events, fundraising, income generation and building-related issues.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading our offer to children and families, including delivering weekly Bounce & Rhyme sessions.

Working pattern:

Week 1 -Mon, Tues, Wed 9am – 4pm; Thurs 9am-1pm; Fri 9am-6.15pm

Week 2 – Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-4pm; Fri 9.30am-6.15pm; Sat 8.45am-1.15pm

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Maria Johnson, Library Supervisor, on 01548 852315 or maria.johnson@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Recruitment pack
Job description
Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please download the application and equality monitoring forms, and email both to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Customer Service Assistant (Job ref: KST003)
Salary: £5,873.24 p.a. / £9.35 per hour (£18,031 FTE)
Hours: 10 hours per week
Location: Kingsteignton Library
Closing date: 9am, Mon 5 Jul
Interview date: Tue 13 Jul

As a Customer Service Assistant in the library at Kingsteignton you will need a strong customer focus and be passionate about books and reading. People and digital skills are essential as is the desire and ability to effectively communicate with people of all ages to promote the library and its resources within the friendly community. These include events and activities for everyone that take place in the library as well as outreach visits to schools and community groups.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Lynn West, Centre Manager (Newton Abbot) at lynn.west@librariesunlimited.org.uk or 07976 584728.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please download the application and equality monitoring forms, and email both to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Business & IP Centre: Programme Coordinator (Job ref: BIPC004)
Salary: £23,990 per annum
Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2023
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Exeter/Newton Abbot/Homeworking
Closing date: 9am, Mon 5 Jul
Interview date: Wed 14 Jul

The Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) supports start-up businesses and entrepreneurs across Devon to develop the insight, skills and confidence they need to start and grow successful businesses. As part of a national project led by the British Library, the Centre has received funding for three years to roll out the services to libraries across Devon and Torbay.

The Programme Coordinator will be responsible for liaising with libraries, coordinating activities, creating awareness of the services and developing relationships with local stakeholders, potential service delivery partners and business networks, and ensuring that aspiring local entrepreneurs and small businesses are engaged with the services on offer.

You will plan and coordinate project activities in partnership with libraries; this will include establishing a programme of regular workshops and one-to-one support, promoting services through marketing channels and outreach with stakeholders, carrying out regular monitoring of services in line with Business & IP Centre requirements. You will also have a good knowledge of our business services, collections and resources.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Richard Love, Business Engagement and Marketing Manager, on richard.love@librariesunlimited.org.uk or 07956 110364.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please send a CV and covering letter, alongside a completed equality monitoring form, to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Customer Service Assistant (Job ref: TQY002)
Salary: £5,847.89 p.a. / £9.35 per hour (£18,031 FTE)
Hours: 12 hours per week
Location: Torquay Library
Closing date: 9am, Mon 5 Jul
Interview date: Mon 12 Jul

We are looking for a Customer Service Assistant to help the team deliver an excellent, friendly, proactive and responsive service to our customers, ensuring the best possible customer experience for all of those using the library. This is an exciting opportunity to help create a welcoming environment which offers a compelling experience for new library customers, whilst also sustaining use by existing customers.

This is a frontline role and will involve working as part of team of Customer Service Assistants to develop and deliver excellent services and activities and customer care on a day-to-day basis.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Sarah Kennedy, Team Leader (Torquay) on sarah.kennedy@librariesunlimited.org.uk or 01803 714452.

Recruitment pack
Job description
Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form

When you’re ready to apply, please download the application and equality monitoring forms, and email both to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Kickstart

The kickstart scheme aims to support young people between the ages of 16-24, by providing them a six-month work placement helping them to gain valuable work experience and develop transferable skills to increase their chances of sustained employment.

To be eligible to apply you MUST be between the ages of 16-24, currently out of work, claiming Universal Credit, and be referred to Libraries Unlimited by your work coach from the Jobcentre Plus.

Libraries Unlimited are proud to be supporting the Kickstart Scheme by offering 14 new roles.

Job TitleContact for more infoEmail addressPhone Number
Facilities Management Administrator x 2Carrie Atkinsoncarrie.atkinson@librariesunlimited.org.uk07706289537
Junior Fundraising AssistantJulie Bladonjulie.bladon@librariesunlimited.org.uk07971475276
Exeter Library Digital AssistantCallum Elliott-Archercallum.archer@librariesunlimited.org.uk07846098449 & 07971475308
Ivybridge Library Digital AssistantLynn Westlynn.west@librariesunlimited.org.uk07976584728 & 07971475308
Torquay Library Digital AssistantJay Carterjay.carter@librariesunlimited.org.uk07494800947 & 07971475308
Paignton Library Digital AssistantJay Carterjay.carter@librariesunlimited.org.uk07494800947 & 07971475308
Support AssistantTabitha Withericktabitha.witherick@librariesunlimited.org.uk07976584697

Details of the job descriptions can be provided by your work coach. If you have any questions about the jobs, or would just like a chat about the role, contact the relevant manager using the details above.

Application Form
Equality Monitoring Form

To apply, please send an Application Form, along with an Equality Monitoring Form to jobs@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

Relief Positions

We currently do not have any Relief positions available. Please check back again soon.

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.