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Assistant, Eccles Centre for American Studies

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 - £29,966 per annum pro rata
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Administration and Operational Support
Date Posted: 04/09/2017
Reference: 01419


Part Time, Fixed Term Contract for 6 months


The Eccles Centre promotes the British Library's North American collections and supports the study of North America in schools and universities. The Centre’s small team works closely with the Library’s curatorial teams to promote awareness and use of the United States, Canadian and Caribbean collections. The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award and the Centre’s Fellowship and Fulbright programmes offer financial support for researchers. The Centre also collaborates closely with members of the American, Canadian and Caribbean Studies communities in the UK, and with other partners interested in the advancement of knowledge about North America. It hosts around fifty events a year, and its lively and diverse programme includes lectures, discussion panels, conferences, concerts and seminars aimed at academics, university students, school pupils and the general public. Information on many of its activities may be found at


Working with the Director and Bibliographic Editor, the Assistant will manage the development, delivery, implementation and evaluation of the Eccles Centre’s varied programme of events and activities. The Assistant will work with a range of external and internal partners to enhance the Centre’s work in maximising the interface between the Library’s collections relating to North American Studies, and the research communities and other audiences for whom those collections have relevance and value.


The Assistant will have some knowledge and understanding of the USA, Canada and/or the Caribbean, founded at least on an undergraduate degree including some aspect of the study of North America, or relevant professional experience.  The Assistant will have experience of organising events and demonstrable experience of providing administrative and managerial leadership within a large and/or complex organisation, plus the ability to work with colleagues at all levels (but especially at the senior levels), both internally and externally, and to communicate effectively with contacts in related British Library teams and external partners.


Closing Date: 18 September 2017

Interview Date: 26 September 2017


In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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