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Associate Director for Research


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £54,949 to £67,521 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Sunday 02 April 2023
Reference:  LD046123

University of Nottingham Libraries is seeking a new Associate Director for Research, one of four roles on offer as we reshape our senior management team.

Libraries is a broad, diverse department, not just comprising our people, physical spaces, and collections, but also responsible for developing the university’s Virtual Learning Environment; for supporting research, teaching, and student academic skills; and home to the University’s Museum and special collections. We have eight different libraries and employ over 200 people. We know that having colleagues from a wide range of groups and backgrounds is key to a good supportive workplace and even better services. We are particularly keen to receive applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in Libraries in the UK, such as people from Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, or those with a disability.

The Associate Director for Research will work closely with senior academic leaders, as well as those in Research and Innovation, to lead and develop Libraries’ offer to the university’s research community. You will also shape our contribution to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Delivery Plan. In addition to sound technical knowledge, you will be forward thinking, creative and ambitious, looking externally for sector trends and best practice which will enhance our stakeholder’s experience. This role comes at a crucial time, as we help navigate the changing landscape of publishing and rights retention, so you’ll need to be a great communicator and influencer, able to forge close working relationships with key stakeholders, while leading Libraries’ team of research librarians. 

As a member of the Libraries Senior Management Team, you will join a collective group which both shapes and drives through our strategic objectives. You will advocate for the whole department, not just your immediate section, representing Libraries on university boards and working groups, and through the relationships with key stakeholders that you will cultivate. A committed, flexible, and emotionally intelligent approach is essential, along with strong leadership skills and a commitment to collective leadership.  

In addition to this, you’ll be an inspiring, credible, and authentic leader. With overall responsibility for a large number of staff with a mix of working styles, we’re looking for someone who will bring a wealth of leadership and management experience and who understands the challenges that come with delivering a complex service. 

If you’d like to hear more, please have a look at our short video.

This role is available on a permanent basis. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours); however, applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Arrangements for job share may be considered.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 25 April. Please note that one of the panel members will be a junior colleague, who will represent the Research section.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email will not be accepted.

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.



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