Reading Facilitator.3810

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Part time
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Closed for applications on 12/04/2021 00:00
£11,091 - £12,245
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12 Apr
Further Information

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service

Northumberland County Library Service

The County Library Service operates within the Council's Cultural Services. The scope of the service includes:

Delivery through 30 standalone, integrated and co-located facilities; mobile library services; library services for HMP Northumberland and the Schools Library Service. Our digital lending services and virtual events have seen a huge take up during the last twelve months.

Looking ahead, our service recovery plan will restore frontline delivery whilst embedding elements of our response to Covid-19 within the service offer, such as Reading Friends and our outreach work with partners through Northumberland Communities Together.

The external funding for this post, which is part of a regional project, enables the service to focus support within the community of Newbiggin and demonstrate the therapeutic value of reading for pleasure.

Managed by the Library Service, the post holder will work intensively with individuals and partners within the community of Newbiggin and be supported by a regional peer network. The post will be based within the community hub that is being created in Newbiggin that will include library provision but will work across a number of community venues

The role

The postholder will support access to books and particularly fiction as a means to improve health and well-being via the increased opportunity to engage with books, learn through stories, build self-confidence, increase self-care and improve health outcomes.

As part of the wider regional project, to ensure a geographical and population mix for evaluation purposes, Newbiggin has been identified as a coastal/rural community with some combination of the following: their enabling infrastructure, access to existing resources and key collaborators; keen interest from library, local community and public health partners. The postholder will be required to provide evidence for the evaluation of the project.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post, as is the ability to work in partnership across a number of organisations.

We are offering:

-A starting salary of £11,091 - £12,245 (Band 5)

-Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme 

-A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision

-Flexible working arrangements although the requirements of the role may include evening and weekend working

-Opportunities include bespoke training and the support of the regional project framework, including a peer support network

Essential requirements:

- Excellent interpersonal skills e.g. active listening, empathy, ability to create trust, respect for different lifestyles, backgrounds and cultural diversity, conflict resolution.

- Passion for books and reading, including a good knowledge of a wide range of traditional and contemporary novels and poetry

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview on 29th April 2021

For further information about this vacancy, please contact Alison Peaden 07966 326743 for an informal discussion.

Closing date Monday 12 April 2021

To view a copy of the Job Description and Personal Specification please click here

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please click here.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.