12 July 2019


£57,000 to £78,000 a year


At the heart of the academic experience at the University of York is the Library & Archives Services. The Library & Archives Services is part of the newly formed Corporate & Information Services directorate, and is responsible for the Borthwick Institute for Archives and three libraries; the main University Library on the Heslington campus, Kings Manor Library in the City Centre and York Minster Library on behalf of the Dean and Chapter of York Minster.

This role offers the opportunity to lead the Borthwick Institute for Archives and the York Minster Library services, working with a highly regarded team who have a strong reputation for innovation and excellent customer service.

The Role

Reporting to the Director of Library and Archives, you'll be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the Archive, Special Collections and York Minster Library Services, including oversight of programmes and projects under relevant portfolios. You will lead a team of approximately 20 staff, ensuring they offer excellence and innovative to support learning, teaching and research across the University. You will also join the Library and Archives Leadership Team and Information Services' Senior Management Team.

Key requirements

  • Educated to degree level

  • Formal Library, Archive or Information postgraduate qualification (or experiential equivalent)

  • Awareness of the key issues facing higher education and in particular challenges for academic libraries and archives

  • An understanding of the needs of those working and studying in a higher education environment

  • An understanding of the Archives environment, and the needs of those working and using archives

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence academic and other university communities

  • Proven ability to lead and manage

  • Substantial relevant experience in academic or public archives, or special collections, including senior management and leadership experience

  • Motivational leadership style with strong team building skills

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Director of Library and Archives, Masud Khokhar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interview Date: 26 July 2019


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