Job descriptionEmployer Kingston Council Location(s) Kingston Contract Type Permanent Working Hours Part Time Grade B+2 Hours Per Week 7 Salary Range £24,012 - £24,408 Salary Basis Per annum, pro rata'd to part-time working hours Actual Part Time Salary £4669 Leave Entitlement 25 days Application Deadline 07/08/2023, 23:55 Anticipated Interview Date(s) TBC About the Borough This special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else - it is where the first kings of England were crowned. Today it is a vibrant and diverse borough, with a long history and strong cultural and community heritage. Kingston's riverside location, fantastic retail offer, historic market place and church, parks and gardens all make Kingston town centre the vibrant space it is, and each of our district town centres (Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth and Chessington) have something unique to offer. Situated in Zone 6, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and Tramlink. Kingston’s people are innovative and entrepreneurial, and have a strong sense of community pride. The borough has been home to great industry and creativity for many years, reflected in assets such as the Rose Theatre, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston University, which boasts more new graduate business start-ups than any other. We have seen tremendous generosity and compassion within our communities, particularly in response to COVID-19, which is a demonstration of Kingston’s key strength. The council offers a strong level of support to vulnerable groups and those who need additional support, which has also increased significantly as a result of the pandemic. Like most places, the average age of our population is rising as more people are living longer, so we are working closely with residents to help them maintain their independence and further improve the cost effectiveness of our service to meet the ongoing rise in demand. Kingston is home to people from diverse and interesting cultures and backgrounds, which helps to create the rich sense of community shared across the borough. In particular, Kingston has a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is home to more people from Korea than any other part of the UK. About the Role Purpose of the job -To work alongside colleagues to provide a vibrant, efficient, friendly, customer focused library service putting the customer at the centre of library service activity. What the job actually requires - To work flexibly undertaking routine tasks such as shelving, issuing and discharging library material. Actively promote the use of self-service to customers, assisting customers to use it and answer customer enquiries and support customers with ICT To promote and support a range of library activities including reading, learning opportunities, digital and online resources and assist with maintaining a high standard of presentation in the library covering stock, information provision and displays To work flexibly across branches and provide cover in other libraries as required To calculate relevant charges and fees and handle all form of payments from the public ensuring that income is properly accounted for Working pattern: Saturday 9am-5pm About Us You will be part of the Culture and Heritage team within the Council working within the Library Service. We are in the process of great transformation, working on an exciting programme making the borough a destination place for culture and heritage. Kingston Library Service is continually transforming. We have updated our frontline services and are now changing the way we engage with Kingston residents, communities and partners. We are actively looking to help engage, enable and empower our communities, working collaboratively with partners. It has been acknowledged that culture is critical to health and wellbeing, the local economy and regeneration projects. We have an activities programme for all ages, which you will play a role in supporting, assisting and promoting. We are always looking at new ways of working, new technologies to help support our customers and give an efficient service. About You Skills & Qualities Communicate clearly, confidently and appropriately with colleagues using the best methods of communication for the task. Demonstrate agility and adaptability in mindset and ways of working Demonstrate innovation and creativity Essential experience Good Communication skills Good level of English and Maths Desirable experience Customer Service experience Our Offer To You As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across however big or small; will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team. In addition we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff supported by our IT infrastructure, Google Chromebooks and Google Apps, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to be even more flexible in how we work and manage staff workloads, ensuring they have the correct equipment and resources to be able to maximise their talents and looking after their wellbeing. Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include: Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply) Three volunteering days per year Flexible and agile working arrangements Comprehensive learning and development programme Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres Interest free season ticket loans Local Government Pension Scheme Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme Zip car scheme Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses Confidential wellbeing and counselling support Subsidised gym membership Application Process Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Additional Information We pride ourselves on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. We are proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda. We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer and this means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
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