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SWRLS Coordinator vacancy

Posted: 11.08.21

Deadline for applications: 19.09.21


The SWRLS Co-ordinator will help to develop strategic and operational relationships with libraries, information services and cultural organisations in the South West, through the management of a range of projects, in order to help the board to deliver SWRLS’ key priorities/strategic plan. We are seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and ambitious person to co-ordinate SWRLS’ key projects, who is educated to degree level and who:

  • Has worked in a library, information or cultural services environment or in partnerships/networks providing public or not for profit services

  • Has worked on and/or managed a range of projects

  • Is confident in the use of written, verbal, web and social media mechanisms, e.g. in

  • meetings, at events and to promote activities/projects

  • Has knowledge of regulations likely to affect the projects being undertaken, e.g. copyright,

  • data protection, freedom of information, accessibility, equality, diversity and inclusivity

Some experience of working in the charities sector, e.g. as a trustee, would also be beneficial.


In terms of skills and attributes, we are looking for a person with excellent communication and networking skills, who is effective in organising activities/projects, who can prioritise tasks well and manage your own time. You will also have good evidence-based decision-making skills and enjoy working with a range of stakeholders, e.g. trustees, members, training/service providers, charities, etc. It is important that you are self-motivated, i.e. able to work with minimal supervision, can use your own initiative and be proactive. Confident and approachable, you will also be willing to engage in continuing professional development, as appropriate. Owing to the nature of the role, it is imperative that you are prepared to work flexibly. A library or project management qualification would also be helpful.

Practical details

This role is suited to someone self-employed and, as such, you will invoice SWRLS for the time spent completing the projects agreed with the trustees. Payment is on a daily rate of £165 (assuming a working day of 7.5 hours). The projects are envisaged to take up to two years and can be carried out flexibly, e.g. up to 200 days, with an opportunity to work more hours, or to extend the contract, as new projects arise. You may, of course, wish to set aside a certain number of days per week or per month to fit in with other employment or personal commitments. You will supply your own office equipment and choose where you wish to work, although it is expected that you will be located within the South West region.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact:
- The SWRLS Chair via email or phone: 0117 32 83768
- The SWRLS Coordinator [] Katherine Findlay (available on 16th and 17th August).


Coordinator requirements

Tasks and projects

Context information

Application form 

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