Vacancy -- Libraries Advisor

Working for the Civil Service

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

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Vacancy Details

Economy, Treasury and Constitution Group
HEO - £31,210 - £38,160
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

This post will be responsible for providing support to the Senior Libraries Advisor in the development, implementation and evaluation of public library policy and provision.  The post holder will also be responsible for supporting the Senior Libraries Advisor in the maintenance of the statutory duties relating to public libraries contained in the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.  The post holder will be expected to co-ordinate schemes such as the Capital Transformation Fund for the libraries team, alongside the development of digital library services, including the National Digital Library, and support audience engagement and marketing in public libraries across Wales.

Key tasks:

  • Support colleagues on work relating to the Welsh public library standards to fulfil Ministerial statutory duties in relation to the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act. 
  • Contribute to the development of the cultural priorities as they relate to public libraries. 
  • To ensure that the overall strategy for libraries aligns with Programme for Government commitments. 
  • Manage the development and delivery of strategic projects relating to public library services in Wales. 
  • Manage the development of the promotion and marketing of public libraries in Wales, in liaison with colleagues in Welsh Government and the National Library of Wales.
  • Prepare advice and briefings for Ministers and draft responses to correspondence and enquiries. 
  • Undertake monitoring of relevant grant programme spend and outstanding claims; including checking claims submitted and verifying supporting documentation. 
  • Maintain professional knowledge and expertise in the development of library services at a national, UK and international level.
  • Line Management as required. 
  • Other tasks appropriate to this role and grade. 

Development opportunities:

As well as gaining in depth knowledge and experience of the library sector in Wales, the successful post holder will develop their communication and interpersonal skills in a programme environment which impacts on many policy areas across the Welsh Government including education, digital services, communities and tackling poverty, lifelong learning, health and well-being, social justice and sustainability.

Closing Date:

02/11/2022, 16:00


Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

The Welsh Government has adopted the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

We guarantee to interview any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence, at each stage of the assessment process before interview, which demonstrates you generally meet the job description requirements. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, if you are neurodivergent or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary
Can hold some work-related conversations
Can understand routine work-related conversations
Can prepare routine work-related material with checking

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  • Collaborating and Partnering - Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes. 
  • Leading and communicating – Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed. 
  • Changing and improving - Regularly review procedures or systems with teams to identify improvements and simplify processes and decision making.
  • Delivering at pace - Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives. 

Job Specific Criteria: 

    1. Experience of working in the library sector. 
    2. A good understanding of the relevant policy and legislative framework, especially as applied to the public sector.
    3. Working s with stakeholders to identify gaps in services or standards and developing advice, training or guidance proactively to meet sector needs.

    To be eligible to apply for this post the candidate must possess a first degree or postgraduate qualification in library and/or information management.

    Assessment Process

    Applications will be sifted on if they have a professional library qualification, then on competencies and job specific responses provided. 
    Successful candidates will be invited to interview.
    10-minute presentation based on question given in advance.
    Interview will follow competency and job specific criteria from the application form.

    Other Information

    • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
    • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
    • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
    • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.
    Candidates will need a professional Library qualification - applications will not proceed if not possessed
    Mary Ellis - 03000 622105

    How to apply

    All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

    To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

    If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

    For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

    When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

    Grievance and Complaints

    Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

    This vacancy is closed to applications.