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Associate Director for Content and Discovery


Location:  Kings Meadow Campus
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:  LD046223

University of Nottingham Libraries is seeking a new Associate Director for Content and Discovery, 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. Across the university 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.

As Associate Director for Content and Discovery, you will be responsible for the strategic vision, development and delivery of services that relate to three teams:  Resource Acquisitions, Collections, and Discovery and Access (digital library systems). You will be responsible for our multimillion-pound resource budget, overseeing our resource lifecycle as it moves through its various stages, from acquisition through to discovery. As well as a strong leader, you will be forward thinking, looking externally for sector trends and best practice which can both enhance our stakeholder’s experience and provide value for money. You will be an excellent communicator, working closely with colleagues in Libraries and forging close relationships with key university partners.

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, 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 is a permanent, full-time role (36.25 hours). Arrangements for job share may be considered.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 18 April. Please note that one of the panel members will be a junior colleague, who will represent the Content and Discovery 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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