Head, South Asian Collections
|Salary:||£48,750 per annum|
|Vacancy Group:||Chief Librarians Portfolio|
|Category:||Collection Care, Curation & Conservation|
Head, South Asian Collections
The British Library holds one of the most extensive collections of heritage and contemporary material from and relating to South Asia, including manuscripts, printed books, journals, newspapers and digital resources.
We are now recruiting for the post of Head, South Asian Collections to lead the team in the South Asia section in developing, managing and promoting the South Asian collections. The post-holder will be responsible for all projects and activities relating to these collections, and will lead in developing future major programs and partnerships, working collaboratively across the Library and with external partners. They will interpret, promote and make accessible the collections through documentation and digitisation projects, research, exhibitions, cultural events and public engagement activities.
The successful candidate will have substantial experience in successfully leading teams and efficiently managing resources and projects, as well as in fundraising and developing collaborative relationships with international partners. They will have a strong professional or research profile in an area or language/s relevant to the South Asian collections at the British Library, combined with proven expertise in managing heritage and contemporary collections in a library, archive or museum setting. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential to this post.
In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum 26.6%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of aflexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.
More about the British Library
As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: 03640
Closing date: 14th June 2021
We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy