Deputy University Librarian

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7102485 (Ref.No. CSLIB1333)
Posted: June 15, 2022

Job Description

Are you an effective strategic and people leader with senior-level experience of leading large teams of staff within a library or information management environment? Do you want to help position the University of Leeds Libraries as one of the greatest libraries in the world? 

The University of Leeds is one of the top 100 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. 

We are seeking to appoint to a newly-created role of Deputy University Librarian (Library Services) to support the strategic delivery of the University of Leeds Libraries' vision for 2030, Knowledge for all. You will be a member of the University of Leeds Libraries Executive Leadership Team and will deputise for the University Librarian and Keeper of Brotherton Collection internally and externally on issues relating to library services.

You will have overall leadership responsibility of three large-scale service functions (and approximately 200 staff) across the University Libraries, including dedicated leadership of three senior Associate Directors. These include Student Learning and Experience, Research and Digital Futures, and Content and Discovery. You will also be responsible for implementing the library's forward plan for 2022-2025 and forming the next forward plan for 2026-2030. This role will work closely with the University Librarian and Keeper of Brotherton Collection, Associate Directors, and other members of the broader leadership team, and will provide additional leadership and strategic capacity. In addition, you will provide support to implement a cultural shift, making our libraries a beacon of innovation and inclusivity. 

Now is a hugely exciting time to join the University of Leeds Libraries. We have developed an ambitious and bold vision for the Libraries titled ‘Knowledge for all.’ We aim to expand our profile and portfolio further to support and accelerate the University Strategy, Universal Values, Global Change. We are looking for an ambitious optimist who believes in the values of Inclusivity, Integrity, Collaboration and Compassion and can convert strategies into actionable outcomes to move the libraries forward. We are looking for a strategic and people leader and a trustworthy partner to position the University of Leeds Libraries as one of the greatest libraries in the world.

What we offer in return

    25 days holiday plus 15.5 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that’s over 40 days a year!
    Generous pension scheme – the University contributes 21.6% of salary
    Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
    Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
    Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Masud Khokhar, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection
Email: [email protected]

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd July 2022 

An in-person selection process for the role is expected to take place on either 4th or 5th August 2022.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Library
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 10
Salary:  £61,818 to £75,986
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 14 June 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 July 2022
Reference:  CSLIB1333


The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.