Associate Director for Scholarly Resources

University of Oxford - Bodleian Libraries

Clarendon Building, Broad Street, Oxford and Osney One Building, Osney Mead, Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. We are looking to recruit an Associate Director for Scholarly Resources, to lead two key departments within the Bodleian Libraries: Collections Management and Bodleian Digital Library Services and Systems (BDLSS). These departments provide high quality services and operations of critical importance to the University and wider world of scholarship.

This portfolio of staff, services and operations is a new one and you will play a key role in leading a process of organisational change designed to ensure that the two departments operate seamlessly across their range of services, develop a clear and shared approach to new ways of working together where appropriate, and develop and maintain a harmonious working atmosphere that enables staff to flourish in their roles.  

You will be responsible for helping to shape strategy within and across these departments and for its smooth and efficient implementation, always focussing on the needs of users. You will also lead digital information services in developing content and tools that support digital scholarship, and will develop strong partnerships with others inside the University and externally in the creation of world-leading digital library collections and services.

As Associate Director for Scholarly Resources, you will be a member of the Bodleian Libraries Senior Management Team. You will manage a staff of 150 and an annual budget in excess of £3.5m, as well as shared oversight of the £7m materials budget with the Deputy Librarian, and significant funding in support of special projects.

To meet the challenges of this role you will have a good degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (or equivalent), the ability to manage large and complex operations effectively including highly developed planning and decision making skills and a strong record of innovative and creative leadership. You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrable skills in management, supervision and team-building.

Accomplishment in the management of digital activities and significant project management experience is also essential, as is the ability to represent the Bodleian Libraries locally, nationally, and internationally through committees, papers and presentations and a demonstrable record of dealing successfully with organisational change. Individuals with an interest in, and experience of, data science and its applications are encouraged to apply.

Owing to the nature of this post candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

As part of your online application, you will be required to upload a supporting statement outlining how you meet each of the essential and desirable selection criteria listed in the job description and a CV. CV’s alone will not be accepted.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian at:

Only applications received online before 12.00 noon on Monday 9 January 2017 can be considered. Interviews are anticipated to be held during week commencing 6 February 2017.

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