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Director of Library & Archives Services

Library and Archives
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
79,000 - 98,000 a year
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Role Description

At the heart of the academic experience at the University of York is the Library & Archives Services. This role offers the opportunity to lead this key service, working with a highly regarded team who have a strong reputation for innovation and excellent customer service. The Library & Archives Services is responsible for the Borthwick Institute for Archives and three libraries; the main University Library on the Heslington campus, Kings Manor Library in the City Centre and York Minster Library on behalf of the Dean and Chapter of York Minster.

The Role
Reporting to the Director of Information Services, you’ll be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Library and Archive Services, including oversight of programmes and projects. You will lead a team of approximately 140 staff, ensuring they offer excellence and innovative to support learning, teaching and research across the University. You will also join the Information Services’ Senior Management Team, and hold responsibility for a budget of approximately £8.5m.

Key requirements

  • Educated to degree level
  • Formal Library or Information postgraduate qualification (or experiential equivalent)
  • Awareness of the key issues facing higher education and in particular challenges for academic libraries
  • An understanding of the needs of those working and studying in a higher education environment
  • An understanding of the Archives environment, and the needs of those working and using archives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence academic and other university communities
  • Proven ability to lead and manage
  • Substantial relevant experience in academic libraries including senior management and leadership experience
  • Motivational leadership style with strong team building skills

Salary £79,000 - £98,000 (Senior Management - Grade 10) with excellent benefits.

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Director of Information Services, Heidi Fraser-Krauss (

Closing Date: 21 March 2018
Interview Date: 26 April 2018 (to be confirmed)

For further information on the Library and Archive Services please see

Why York
The University of York is a highly successful institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years. Based on the edge of the historic city of York, our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus. We’re an employer of choice and offer range of benefits such as flexible working, long holidays and a generous pension seldom seen in the other sectors.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.