Vacancy Details


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Head of Asian and African Collections

Fantastic opportunity to lead collection development

The British Library
London
Permanent
Date Posted 20/03/17
Reference: VS/24734

About the company

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the British Library to recruit a Head of Asian and African Collections, based in at St Pancras in Central London, to lead their collections and curation team and work on the strategic development of their renowned collections.


What you'll be doing

This opportunity is compelling and without rival. It is a strategic leadership post where you will have the opportunity to work with fascinating collections of pre-eminent national and international importance, ranging widely in format in intellectual content, and spanning some 3000 years. The broad-ranging responsibilities vary from designing and implementing content development strategies to full international collaborative projects. In addition, you will be responsible for overseeing all major projects and programmes, balancing highly complex and at times conflicting interests, ensuring you have full oversight of potential issues.

Key duties include:
• Resource Management including full budgetary responsibility of the department and leadership of a team of 50+ highly specialist staff
• Work closely with other Collection Heads on shared strategic and operational issues
• Responsible for directing the collections, including negotiating of major partnerships
• Engage with high-level external stakeholders nationally and internationally
• Develop innovative strategies and world class service propositions which meet user needs
• Lead the content development strategy for the area


Why you’ll be hired

Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable track record in collections/curation with experience from a research library, academic or other similar environment.

The successful candidate will have a strong reputation for expertise and knowledge in curatorship at a practical and theoretical level. You will also be able to show your experience of developing high level partnership and collaboration strategies, both nationally and internationally. Coupled with this will be your proven leadership abilities and experience of financial management.


Why you should apply

This offers the opportunity to join the British Library to take on a high-profile role overseeing the management and development of one of the world’s finest resources for the study of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. You will be given autonomy to develop exciting new initiatives and the support to implement it.

In addition to working in one of the most respected global institutions and with some of the foremost experts within the subject area, this role comes with an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a generous pension scheme. The salary range for this job is £61,000 - £73,200 per annum.

This is a unique opportunity and one that shouldn’t be missed.

This is a full time, permanent position. The closing date for applications will be the 31st March 2017.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Victoria Sculfor, Senior Consultant at Sue Hill Recruitment, for a confidential conversation on victoria.sculfor@suehill.com or 020 7378 5476


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