Job details

Salary - Grade

GBP £24,279 to £25,614 24279 - Scale 4

Contract Type

Fixed Term / Secondment

Contract Length

12 months

Contracted Hours

Full Time / Part Time - 18-36 hours per week

DBS Required

No

Department

Chief Executive's

Service

Communications, Culture and Engagement

Closing date

20/06/2021

Fixed term contract for 12 months – Full time (36 hours) / Part time (18 hours)

Part time salary is pro-rata

Our Libraries division offers a range of services to residents, including well-stocked adult and children’s sections, PCs and Wi-Fi access, information and reference e-resources, audio and e-books and a regular variety of activities and events for the whole community.

Vacancies have arisen for the position of Library Assistant, part time (18hrs) and full time (36hrs) applications are welcome . You will have experience of working within a public Library or customer focused environment and therefore possess first class customer service attributes; have a helpful, friendly manner, an understanding of differing cultural needs and a presentable appearance. As the first point of contact for visitors you will be expected to answer general queries and where necessary signpost users to other departments and organisations. You will be expected to organise and run a variety of events for adults and children. You will ensure the library is well-presented and welcoming at all times.

It is essential that you have a genuine enthusiasm for, and love of libraries and reading and enjoy working with people of all ages, especially children, from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Good IT and verbal communication skills are essential and knowledge of key issues surrounding the library service would also be desirable. Promotion of our services, events and stock will be an active and integral part of your duties. Availability to work evenings and weekends is required.

Hackney is London’s most diverse, dynamic neighbourhood. Reaching from the Square Mile to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in technology, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green spaces than any other inner London borough; some of the capital’s finest schools; first class transport connections; excellent public services; and thriving arts, cultural and retail sectors. We seek people with ambition, creativity and commitment to ensure our economic growth provides benefits for everyone and creates opportunities to transform the lives of residents.  

In return we offer a work environment which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within our high profile organisation. To apply for this position please visit:   www.hackney.gov.uk/jobs-careers

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. 

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date: Sunday 20 June 2021

Hackney Council is also working towards a vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworksjobs@hackney.gov.uk