Director of Library and Learning Resources


29th March 2020

Birmingham City University offers quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, multi-million pounds’ investment in state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. Coupled with our growing reputation for applied research, the University has a proud reputation as the University for Birmingham.

Our campus environments are distributed around the vibrant city centre and include the central campus at Curzon Street, the modern Seacole health and education campus, the arts and design site at Margaret Street, the award-winning School of Jewellery, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Following a strategic alignment of the Library and Learning Resources department the University wishes to appoint an experienced strategic leader to lead, manage and develop this important area, with an emphasis on digital transformation. Reporting to the Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, the post holder will play a key role in the University’s corporate management team, bringing vision, creativity and experience to ensure that library services are fully aligned with the mission, values and strategic objectives of the University.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with members of the University Executive Group (UEG) and University Management Group (UMG) to deliver the Mission, Vision and Values of BCU
  • Direct strategic and financial planning with the context of innovation in Library development and digital transformation
  • Devise plans to demonstrate the impact of the Library service and then monitor performance indicators linked to these benchmarks
  • Foster and promote student and staff engagement in service planning, measurement and delivery
  • Provide effective leadership and strategic and operational management of staff and all functions and activities within the Service, ensuring timely delivery of the Service strategic plan.
  • Chair, contribute to and participate in University corporate decision-making and policy-making processes through membership of University committees and projects
  • Oversee and manage the Service records management and archiving function in compliance with the University’s Records Management, Data Protection and Freedom of Information policies and procedures.

Person Specification:

  • Substantial experience at a senior level of leading and managing contemporary library services in higher education is required.
  • Qualified librarian and educated to Masters level or above
  • In depth knowledge of the HE and HE library environments
  • Proven strengths in strategic planning and change management
  • Should be able to evidence success in delivering complex and stretching objectives within a multi-campus, partnership and international context.
  • Extensive experience of staff management, coaching and development
  • Utilises technology and has current digital capabilities
  • Experience of leading in supporting learning, teaching and research activities, and in customer services

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We’re investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

The Candidate Brief can be viewed at and for a confidential discussion please contact our advisors, Claire MacLeod on 07966 524 037 or Marcus May on 07516 129 012 of Hays Executive.

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The closing date for applications is 29th March 2020 with client interviews taking place on 30th April 2020.

All direct and 3rd party applications will be forward to our retained advisors, Hays Executive.