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Head of Eccles Centre for American Studies

  • Organisation:British Library
  • Location:London
  • Salary:£61,000
  • Contract type:Full time

The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library works to promote and support the study of the United States, Canada and the Caribbean in the UK. The Centre was founded by David and Mary Eccles in 1991 and is based at the British Library, which houses one of the world’s foremost collections of North American books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, and sound recordings. The Centre promotes awareness and use of the Library’s collections, collaborates closely with members of the American, Canadian and Caribbean Studies communities in the UK and, through the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award and the Centre’s Fellowship programme, offers financial support for researchers. The Centre runs a lively and diverse programme of events including lectures, discussion panels, conferences, concerts and seminars aimed at academics, university students, school pupils and the general public.

The British Library is seeking to recruit a new Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies. The Head is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Eccles Centre and for leadership of the programme of projects, events and activities through which it delivers its mission.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate, with the necessary knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to take the Eccles Centre forward. Relevant academic qualifications and knowledge of American Studies in the UK are essential, together with proven experience of strategic leadership, partnership building and management of people and financial resources. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong communication skills and innovative ideas for the future of the Centre. They will have relevant employment experience in a comparable academic or cultural environment.

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 and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 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 make our collections and programmes available to all. 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 by anyone, anywhere.

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 of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade). Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible 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.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website via the button below quoting vacancy ref: 03360

Closing date: 12 August 2020

Interview date: 7 September 2020

Disability Confident

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.

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