School Library Service Advisory Librarian

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: AUG20210632

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£32,233 - £35,744 Per Annum

Closing date

30 September 2021

This post is term time only

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

The Portsmouth School Library Service (SLS) helps primary, secondary and special schools develop and use high quality library collections to inspire reading and help learning.  These collections are physical and virtual.  In addition to the book loan service, advisory services and reader development activities are offered to all subscribing schools, including some secondary schools in West Sussex.  Schools have a choice whether or not to subscribe to the service and SLS makes the majority of its income from these subscription payments. As a traded service of Portsmouth City Council, SLS operates as a business and customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance. This is a highly proactive and responsive service and we are looking for an energetic and dynamic person who will who will work alongside an Advisory Librarian, leading on our work in schools and managing a team of School Library Advisory Assistants.

We are looking for someone to take on a senior role in our team based in Paulsgrove to lead on the provision of a modern, high-quality School Library Service

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be an engaging, resilient, confident individual, with good interpersonal communication, organisational, and networking skills, capable of representing, promoting and advocating for the best interests of the School Library Service and its customers.

You will have experience of working in a school and/or library and also have an awareness of the current school curriculum, especially regarding progress and attainment in literacy.

You will have competent IT skills, some working knowledge of spreadsheets and social media. You will also hold a full driving licence and have use of a car.


What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

Please ensure to complete the application in its entirety and add in comments to the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.