15 September 2019


£43,000 to £50,000


Job Description

The British Architectural Library, founded in 1834 as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects, is an Arts Council of England Designated Collection and Accredited Museum. Freely open to the public, it houses c.4million items dating back to 1478 and ranging from books, journals and photographs to drawings, archives and architectural models. The collections are dispersed across five sites and are accessible via a public reading room at 66 Portland Place and the RIBA study room in the Henry Cole Wing of the V&A Museum as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

The British Architectural Library is recruiting for a Head of Systems & Services to join its Senior Management Team

You will be responsible for the product ownership, strategic development and operational delivery of Library management and discovery systems and will lead and develop public-facing teams at 66 Portland Place providing a range of physical and remote information, imaging and content development services to the RIBA’s 44,000 professional members, and to the wider public.

The successful candidate will join the organisation as it embarks on a substantive review of systems and collection strategies. As a senior library or archive professional, candidates will have extensive experience of multi-function leadership, ideally within a cultural heritage or special collections setting. A proven track record in systems, staff, project and financial management, evidenced through demonstrable success in translating strategic vision into practical outcomes, will be essential.

Job Description

If you would like to apply for the position, please send a CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read job descriptionHead of Systems and Services 
Closing date: 15 September 2019
Interview date/s: 26/27 September 2019

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