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Digital Project Manager

About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council’s Library and Information Service is a public facing service operating for the benefit of local communities and the wider city.   
Providing services from the central library and 16 local libraries (3 of which are community led) Coventry libraries provide a unique 'cradle-to-grave' service bringing individuals and communities together.   
Public libraries acquire, organise and provide access to a range of information and reading resources to meet the diverse needs of a community.  We actively support independent learning and encourage reader development, also providing information on areas such as:

  • Local and national government services, 
  • Learning opportunities,  
  • Leisure activities, and  
  • Local community news and events  

We also play an important role in providing access to computers and the internet for those who are digitally excluded.   
The Library Service works in partnership with local, regional and national organisations to provide a full and wide-ranging service offer.  Partners include: 

  • Arts Council England 
  • BBC  
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport 
  • Libraries Connected  
  • Public Health England, and  
  • Reading Agency 

Libraries are uniquely placed to change lives for the better. They are busy and vibrant open spaces, not only providing access to books but also helping people to help themselves and improve their opportunities. By providing practical support and guidance, libraries play a critical role in enabling and empowering people to realise their potential, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What is the job role?

From 2021 to 2022, the Library Service will be running an innovative Digital Culture Programme across several libraries and including community outreach working with our strategic delivery partner, The Space.

The Space is a not-for-profit digital support agency that works with cultural organisations to improve their digital content skills and their ability to reach and engage audiences online. Founded by Arts Council England and the BBC, The Space has supported more than 800 UK organisations with their digital development and commissioned more than 300 digital projects.

The programme aims to introduce more members of the public to digital cultural experiences and content, including immersive/VR content, and to provide relevant digital skills training to libraries staff. The programme is funded by Coventry City Council, Arts Council England with support from the BBC and other partners. It will run in parallel with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 activities.

This fixed term, project management role, for 37 hours per week, ending December 2022, will co-ordinate the delivery of the programme and management of programme partners and suppliers. 

Main duties include 

  • Project Manage the delivery of Coventry Libraries Digital Culture Project.  Main duties will include
    • manage the delivery plan
    • budget management
    • managing partnerships
    • producing reports
    • risk management
  • Work with appointed training providers on a staff digital training programme
  • Managing the delivery of an events programme ensuring that users accessibility requirements are met
  • Manage the marketing and promotion of the events programme
  • Co-ordinate the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data from the events programme and subsequent analysis into an evaluation report

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has good organisational project manager skills with experience of delivering public facing projects.  You will need to have knowledge of digital systems and their potential for use in a library service context, including social media and online content publishing.

You will need to have good communication and marketing skills and be able to display strong motivational skills showing initiative and self-reliance.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): w/c 22nd March 21

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;   

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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