Library, Arts and Heritage Manager

Brent Borough Council
Wembley, UK
18 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary range: £51,450 - £54,597 p.a. inc.

Contract: Fixed term / Secondment for 13 months (maternity cover)

Hours of work: 36 hours per week

Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time

An Excellent Opportunity, An Exciting Time

Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent's diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.

The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.

The Post

Covering maternity leave, this post will led our library and heritage services for a particularly rewarding and exciting year when Brent is the London Borough of Culture 2020.

Working within the Community Wellbeing Department, you will manage the Council's 6 libraries and our accredited musuem and archive service with 5 direct reports and a budget of £3.5million.

One of the flagship projects of Brent 2020 is the Museum of All Brent Life which will see an artist's commission in the Councils libraries and in the 4 Community Libraries. You will work closely with the London Borough of Culture team, the library service staff and the Trustees and volunteers of the Community Libraries to ensure libraries and heritage services occupy a central role in the cultural life of the borough.

Responding to our recent commissioned research into barriers and drivers for active borrowing you will lead the development of library services to attract and retain new and existing users reflective of the diversity of Brent.

The Person

With the confidence and experience to hit the ground running and maintain high standards of service, you will bring your in depth knowledge of national policy and good practice in the libraries and heritage sector to Brent.

You will relish the variety and challenges of leading a seven day service across six sites and delivering excellent customer care in a vibrant diverse borough.

Comfortable representing and advocating for the service and the Council in a wide range of forums, including public facing events, you will have excellent communication skills and a proactive, positive approach.

Closing Date: 02 October 2019 (23:00)

Assessment & Interview Date: tbc

Additional Information

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) applicants as they are under-represented across the council.

All organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Before you join Brent Council, you will need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number and undergo a Home Office Standard I.D. check.

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.

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