The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) is looking for a Project Officer to work on the delivery and support the launch of the Universal Learning Offer between August and November 2015. This role is available either as a secondment or as a fixed fee consultancy.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has developed 4 Universal Offers covering the core areas of public library service delivery. A fifth offer has been in development since January 2015 with an initial review of the scope and potential of the Learning Offer undertaken by Red Quadrant, on SCL’s behalf, which was completed in April 2015.
SCL now requires a Project Officer to develop the Learning Offer prior to a formal launch this autumn.
Skills and experience:
We are looking for an outcome and delivery focused individual, who can work effectively with colleagues, SCL members, other professional organisations as well as our strategic partners. You will possess an excellent understanding of how to deliver successful projects in a public library setting.
You must have good interpersonal and organisational skills, be an advocate for the role that public libraries play in society and have an understanding of the current issues, developments and challenges in public libraries, particularly as they relate to the learning agenda. You will be expected to demonstrate initiative, have excellent digital and written communication skills, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.
What the role will deliver:
You will work with partners and stakeholders including SCL to agree the shape and timescale of the three stretch offers outlined in the Learning Offer report including online learning, children’s digital and the developing family literacy project and then develop project and implementation plans
The Project Officer will be responsible for:
Ensuring all library services are signed up to the new learning offer by 31 August 2015
Working with key partners including FutureLearn, Code Club, Coderdojo, The Reading Agency and the National Literacy Trust to develop partnership arrangements and pilot activities ahead of the launch
Planning and delivering a successful launch with partners in the autumn of 2015
Co-ordinating the production of a Children’s Digital Toolkit to enable library services to move forward with digital activities for children and young people
Working with FutureLearn to identify relevant content from their range of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) which could be used by learners in public libraries
Work with FutureLearn on a number of pilot projects to explore learner support.
A Learning Offer communication schedule for stakeholders, partners and customers
A series of learning offer models for library services to pick and mix according to their circumstances

Nature of the role
This role is available either as a secondment or as a fixed fee consultancy.
The role will ideally suit someone looking for an opportunity to expand their skills and experience, potentially as a secondment, for 2-3 days a week for 3-4 months. The candidate would need to be released from their current role within a maximum of 4 weeks from appointment. SCL offers a commitment to your continuing personal development with an opportunity which encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.
This work is also available as a consultancy role and is available for approximately 28 days at a proposed day rate of £300-350 per day based on experience.
Travel expenses will be agreed and negotiated on appointment.
The Project Officer’s work location will be agreed with the successful candidate. Options include home working; working from a library location; there is also the opportunity to be based in the offices of FutureLearn at the British Library.
Regular travel to London will be expected to attend meetings with partners and occasional travel to other parts of the country may also occur as part of the work. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be covered.
How to apply?

More information on the role, its tasks and the opportunities it represents are available from Alison Wheeler, 07889 233130

Interested applicants need to submit their CV, and a supporting statement on how their experience equips them for this role to Helen Drakard by 17 July 2015. Interviews and discussions will be held in London for shortlisted applicants on 27 July 2015.

If you would like this role as a secondment, please confirm that you have talked to your employer prior to submitting your application.

Please indicate in your application when you could be available to take on this role.

As background, here is the Executive Summary of the work commissioned by SCL on the Learning Offer.

15-06-23 RedQuadrant report on Universal Learning Offer – executive summary with cover