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Lifelong Learning Strategic Development Officer - Libraries (Digital, Central Library and Resources Management)

Employer: City of Edinburgh Council
Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £40, 903.00 - £48, 975.00 per annum
Published Date: 8 Nov 2017
Status: Permanent, 36 hours pw
Ref: EDN05599

Job Description

Following Council services transformation this year, libraries are now an integral part of Lifelong Learning. This new service area brings together 27 Community Libraries, Central Library, mobile, hospital and Prison libraries, 23 Secondary school libraries, 38 Community Centres, Community Learning and Development, Arts and Creative Learning, Sport and Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing.

As a manager in this new service area, you would play a critical role in working alongside strategic and Locality colleagues and partners, to identify and develop strategic plans supporting lifelong learning, to improve opportunities and outcomes for current and potential library customers.

You would join library and information services at the initial stages of lifelong learning services integration, working with others to lead, shape and influence this transition; contributing to the development and delivery of an integrated lifelong learning service for Edinburgh’s citizens.

You would be responsible for leading, managing and overseeing the citywide strategic development of library services, translating local and national priorities into operational delivery in Collections management, Digital services, Resource management and Central Library services.

You would ensure that the Council’s citywide provision of library services meet the city and locality library and learning needs of citizens in Edinburgh. You would increase capacity through building and maintaining excellent internal and external relationships with a wide range of people and organisations.

If you would like more information about the role or an informal discussion please contact Paul McCloskey, Strategic Manager, Community Learning and Development and Libraries, email: paul.mccloskey@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel: 0131 529 6156/ 07990 772 333


A major tourism centre and gateway to the rest of Scotland, the city is home to the world’s biggest arts festival and offers an excellent quality of life. Edinburgh is the UK’s most prosperous city outside of London, the UK’s second largest financial centre and has long held a reputation for high quality education and academic excellence. Edinburgh life science research is among the best in the world, being part of one of the largest and fastest growing life science communities in Europe. Edinburgh has been ranked the top mid-sized city in Europe overall in Foreign Direct Investment magazine’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2014/15 awards.

The City of Edinburgh Council is the second largest council in Scotland and the ninth largest in the UK, with a workforce of around 14,765 (full-time equivalent). Our responsibilities are wide-ranging, from our superb school system through to social work, housing, economic development, parks and green spaces, culture and sport, festivals and events, and roads and transport.

The Council is committed to playing a dynamic role on the local, national and international stage.

Our Challenges

As the city’s population increases, with growing numbers of young children and older people, we have an increasing demand on services. Even with a buoyant economy and increasing population, Edinburgh has issues of social inequality, poverty and vulnerable citizens, and we are committed to addressing these issues.

Along with all UK councils, the Council faces a significant financial challenge and must reduce its annual operating costs by £140m over the next five years. To deliver this, we have implemented a transformation programme to ensure services are delivered effectively at locality level, with the support of a strong corporate centre. Successful delivery of this programme is central to our new leadership roles.



If you would like more information about the role or an informal discussion please contact Paul McCloskey, Strategic Manager, Community Learning and Development and Libraries, email: paul.mccloskey@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel: 0131 529 6156/07990 772 333

For more information and to apply, please click on the Apply button below.

Closing date:  midnight on 4th December 2017 

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