Education and Learning Officer

Job Reference : L&CI-11147
Location : John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Closing Date : 12/01/2018
Salary : £26,495 to £30,688 pro rata per annum, depending on experience
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
Division : Special Collections
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration :

The John Rylands Library is looking for an enthusiastic and creative Education and Learning Officer to develop and deliver learning activities for school and college groups. We use our collections and historic building to engage and inspire students ranging in age from 7 to 18 years.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • have experience of teaching and learning in education, cultural or heritage settings;
  • be confident developing and delivering learning activities to KS2, secondary and Post 16 students;
  • have a sound understanding of the formal education curriculum and the value of learning outside the classroom.

The Library’s Education and Learning Programme supports the University’s strategic goal for Social Responsibility by contributing to the University’s Widening Participation activities to raise the aspirations of students to progress to Higher Education

The John Rylands Library is part of the University of Manchester. Our Victorian neo-gothic building is in the heart of Manchester and welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year, including approximately 3,000 pupils visiting as part of a school and college group. The building houses most of the Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for the University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

Culture and Values – Our Five Ways of Working

The University of Manchester Library strives to create a working environment that is supportive and rewarding providing a platform from which we can achieve our ambitious strategy.

1.         Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks

2.         Openness – More questioning and working with greater openness and trust

3.         Inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture by recognising each other’s differences and      strengths

4.         Responsibility – Taking collective responsibility to achieve our shared goals

5.         Support – Delighting in our success whilst supporting each other through adversity

It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.

Hours & Place of Work

Hours of work are 35 hours per week. The post is based at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from men and the black and minority ethnic (BME) community, who are both currently under-represented at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Bernard McGrath

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.