Manager and Head Library, Archives and Knowledge Centre

£66,005 pa + benefits
Central London
Closing date:
29 November 2022, 05:00 PM

We have an excellent opportunity for a Manager and Head of Library, Archives and Knowledge Centre within our Communications Division.

The Commonwealth Secretariat Library, Archives and Knowledge Centre, service the Commonwealth Secretariat Programmes by providing them with relevant and current books, periodicals, newspapers and online information in order to assist them in carrying out their work effectively.

The archives also contain historical documents about the work of the Commonwealth and its 56 member countries dating back to 1965. They exist to help staff, member governments, academics, students and other members of the public understand and research the history and work of the Commonwealth.

The Library, Archives and Knowledge Centre Manager is responsible for managing and providing efficient Library, Archival and Records Management services for the Commonwealth Secretariat. He/She provides leadership and strategic direction to the Library Team overseeing annual planning, personnel and financial management.

To be effective the post-holder needs a combination of specialist expertise in Librarianship/Information Studies, the ability to network with external clients and Secretariat staff and an understanding of the areas in which the Secretariat works. The holder is the chief adviser to the Secretariat on issues around the library and archiving.

The successful candidate will undertake work in; management, collection development, providing assistance to users, development of electronic resources, publicity and external relations, and any other duties that may be required form time to time.

To be considered, you will need a degree, preferably in a subject related to the work of the Secretariat, and a post-graduate qualification in librarianship/information or similar related studies. You will need to have a minimum of five years’ library experience at senior level (including experience of managing a small team). Experience in the development of library management systems, the provision of materials in electronic format, and of drawing and managing a small budget is required. You will also need to have a solid understanding of the main issues in the areas of archives and records management, and the ability to catalogue and classify. Knowledge of the resources of other libraries and of the modern Commonwealth is desirable.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the Person Specification, giving clear examples.