OPP OF THE DAY: Chair, DMBC Adult Education and Libraries Employee Led Mutual

The organisationLibrary
With a track record of delivering high-quality services and a team passionate about contributing to the community in a sustainable way Dudley Libraries Archives and Adult Learning (LAAL) service is seeking to “spin out” from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, with the aim of adopting a new and innovative approach to deliver services for the local area.

“Spinning out” as an independent not for profit entity has been identified as the best way forward against a challenging financial backdrop for these essential services and the local authority, whilst delivering the vision of a community council and the evolving strategy for community “hubs” that will include a range of services. The model enables greater freedoms and flexibilities to develop new ways of working and deliver new services and to take on other services which have synergy with the overall lifelong learning and cultural purpose.

As the Mutual is still an emergent one the website is still under construction but you can find out more about the current LAAL service provision here: Dudley LAAL

The opportunity
Work started on this process in 2013 and at the end of last year the Cabinet Office agreed in principle to the setting up of an employee-led Mutual for Libraries, Archives and Adult Learning (LAAL), with a 5 year Business Plan. Key to its success is the appointment of a Chair for the new board that will be established to oversee the implementation of the business plan and help design the subsequent strategy for the organisation.

The right person for the role
The right candidate for this role will bring knowledge and understanding of similar public service delivery, such as library, archive and adult and community learning services, and the current issues affecting it. Prior experience in a Chair role would be an advantage but a track record operating at a senior strategic leadership level and experience of chairing meetings would be ideal.

Full information about the chance to be involved in a significant new venture for the local area can be downloaded here: Dudley LAAL Mutual Chair Candidate Recruitment Pack

How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to supply:
– A short introductory statement explaining your motivation for applying for this role;
– A supporting statement that illustrates your motivation for applying for this role and how you feel your skills and experience match the requirements of it, directly addressing the person specification;
– A comprehensive CV, including details of at least 2 referees (who would not of course be contacted without your knowledge or consent).
Then please upload these documents via the following link: Application Link

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th February 2016. Candidates are kindly reminded to note the other important dates in the recruitment timetable and advise at time of application any dates that are not convenient. A reminder that like most trustee roles, this role is unremunerated.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact:

Jen Beardsmore
Email: Jen.Beardsmore@dudley.gov.uk

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