Vacancy -- Senior Libraries Development Adviser

Recruitment Principles

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.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
Management Band 1 - £37,600 - £44,950
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Mid Wales, Pan Wales
During August 2019

Purpose of Post:

This post will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of public library policy and provision. The post holder will also lead on the statutory duties relating to public libraries contained in the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act to ensure that public library authorities provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient service’. The post holder will be expected to lead on innovative policy initiatives such as Every Child a Library Member, the Capital Transformation Fund for public libraries, the development of digital library services including the National Digital Library, and audience engagement and marketing.

Key tasks:

  • To provide policy advice to the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport on public library provision
  • To manage the Welsh Public Library Standards to fulfil Ministerial statutory duties in relation to the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act, including developing future monitoring mechanisms as required
  • To develop and manage programmes and projects to support the development of the library sector in Wales, and promote audience engagement, including using social media
  • To monitor associated budgets and expenditure
  • To build relationships and work effectively with a range of partners from the library sector in Wales, including professional bodies and groups
  • To prepare ministerial advice and briefings and draft responses to correspondence and enquiries
  • To manage the work of the Libraries Development Team, including line management of staff
  • To contribute to the management of the division
  • Other tasks as required 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 leadership and management 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:

27/06/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

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

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


Strategic Cluster – Setting Direction

Seeing the big picture 

  • Seek to understand how the services, activities and strategies on the area work together to create value for the customer/end user


People Cluster – Engaging People

Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a   straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed

Performance Cluster – Delivering Results

Managing a Quality Service

  • Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money


Delivering at pace

  • Regularly monitor own and team’s work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance.

Job Specific Criteria:

  1. A professional qualification in library and/or information studies
  2. Professional experience working in or with the library sector, and a broad knowledge of the sector and current professional issues
  3. Experience of partnership and collaborative working

Other Information - 03000622105

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability 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 a disability 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)

This vacancy is closed to applications.