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Library Supervisor (Part-Time)

Job Req ID:  107566
Posting Start Date:  09-Apr-2021

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, GB, ST14 8XR

Contract Type:  Part Time
Job Advertisement: 


HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter

Salary: £25,000 (Pro Rata)

Permanent (Part-Time, 24 Hrs)

Working Hours: 24 Hours, Monday – Saturday

Working day: 08:00 – 19:00

*Working 8 hours over three days on a rota basis.


Here at Serco we are looking for an experienced Librarian to join us at HMP Dovegate. Reporting into the Learning & Support Manager, your responsibilities will include the daily operational running of two libraries (Therapeutic Community and Main Prison) based on site, ensuring that all stock is accounted for, reflecting the current population using these facilities. You will work closely with the small library team supporting all prisoners who use the facilities each day, including reviewing daily attendance with Management and remedial action put in place.


Your duties will consist promoting the Library/Learning Resource Centre (LRC) services to prisoners, staff and visitors at HMP Dovegate, as well as providing a service appropriate to the leisure, cultural, pastoral and educational needs of the prison population, ensuring that the service provides equal access to all. As our new Library Supervisor, you will assist with the running of both library sites, whilst line managing two Library Assistants and the prisoner orderlies. Other key duties will include:


  • Promoting and encouraging reading: supporting individuals in making reading choices and seek to motivate and provide solutions to non-attendance to all services.
  • Offering LRC induction sessions to new users and keeping up to date with new and topical publications in order to reflect the ethos of the Dovegate LRC.
  • Participating in additional recreational and educational activities: e.g. book clubs, reading clubs, Shannon Trust Reading Scheme, delivery of appropriate learning / activity sessions in LRC.


Due to the nature of the role, it is important that you are able to plan and organise your workload proactively in a busy environment and demonstrate a flexible approach to your workload. You will be required to commit to an annual Personal Development Plan (PDR). This will incorporate an interim examine and analyse your personal development pathway, ensuring that all organisational and personal objectives are on target.


What you will need to do the role:


It is vital that you have excellent IT, written & oral communication skills, with the ability to form good working relationships at all levels, as you will be supporting the wider Learning and Skills department. Experience of working in a custodial and/or library environment would be advantageous however, you must have a CILIP Membership or be working towards it as well as a Level 2 in Maths & English.


This is a fantastic opportunity and hugely rewarding for someone who has the ability to reflect on their own performance and strives for continuous improvement. We pride ourselves in the work that we do within the prison and if you enjoy engaging with people and have strong interpersonal skills, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with offenders and ensure a positive experience as part of their rehabilitation.


Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work - The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters – delivering essential services that touch people’s lives


A world of opportunity - Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


Great people - We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You’ll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment. 


What we offer:


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A safe and supportive culture
  • The chance to make a positive difference to the prison and court systems
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package




About Serco


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 




Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required).

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