Job details


Library and Learner Support

Responsible to

Library Experience and Skills Manager


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£28,120 to £30,914 per annum pro rata

Closing date

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Contract type

Fixed term contract Until 30/11/22

Post type




About the role

Our Library Service is at the heart of the University, a physical and digital destination for knowledge acquisition and creation. 

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Skills Officer on a fixed-term contract to lead our Skills team. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic library team focussed on organising, planning and delivering interactive events and activities for students.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience of leading a team, the ability to develop systems and procedures and the marketing and promotion of a service and resources. You will plan and deliver excellent learning activities and seek opportunities to work co-creatively with students and collaboratively with library colleagues.    

If you are someone who is passionate about learning development, working co-creatively with students and has a commitment to delivering excellent customer service, the university Library is looking to recruit you.

This is a part-time role working 18.5 hours per week.

Principal accountabilities

  1. To co-ordinate the delivery of the skills services: Develop and operationalise a model and procedures; Improve access to skills development and co-creation opportunities; Raise the profile of the skills services and promote the benefits of engagement; Work collaboratively to develop learning, reflection and marketing materials for all stakeholders; Improve skills infrastructure; To promote the service and Library and achieve high levels of student engagement; Develop new approaches to recognise and celebrate skills development and sharing.
  2. Line manage Skills Assistant, Graduate and Advisers encourage collaboration with students, CSL, Colleges and external organisations. Lead in the recruitment, training and supervision of the team of Advisers, including maintaining effective relations with the Student Employment Agency for the recruitment of Skills Advisers.  Work with the Skills Champion to develop the team.
  3. With the Library Service Manager and in collaboration with the Skills Champion, contribute to develop, organise and deliver a programme of skills activities to encourage and support the acquisition of digital, numeracy, discovery and academic skills and an understanding of employability. Take a lead in the organisation of the service and delivery of activities.
  4. To promote the service and the benefits of student engagement in skills development and co-creation in the Library, raise the profile of opportunities and showcase success. To organise and contribute to events, marketing and social media. Develop systems and procedures to organise the delivery of the service, including face to face information and advice, workshops, resources and social media.
  5. To develop and administer the policy and procedures, including workflow, required to ensure student experiences are high quality.
  6. Establish procedures to evaluate practice and impact. Analyse and evaluate the quality and impact of the service and the experiences delivered and report findings in an accurate and timely manner. Create case studies to capture the impact of the service.
  7. Collaborate with students and other Library teams to develop an annual plan for the continual enhancement of skills development and co-creation and to showcase learning. Track implementation of the plan, taking appropriate responsibility for actions related to it.
  8. Promote Library services, spaces and collections through creative and innovative profiling and showcasing of resources and celebration of scholarly and research endeavour.  Engage students, academics, colleagues and other Library visitors, including attendees at open days and for outreach activity.
  9. Seek out opportunities to learn and develop skills. 
  10. Maintain a safe working environment and ensure compliance with legislation, equal opportunities, SENDA, DDA. Maintain records, data and statistics related to service, and report on activities and impacts. Comply with University policies and procedures and encourage social mobility.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

Find out more about pay and benefits

How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

Please consult the Home office website for further information.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

Find out how we are ensuring the safety of our staff, students and community

Further details

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