DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Administrator

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£20,092 - £22,254
Posted
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2021
Ref
21001434
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Library

Grade 4: - 20,092-22,254
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: Fixed term to 31 December 2022
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 13-Dec-2021, 7:59:00 AM

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.

The Department and role purpose: 

In January 1833 Bishop William van Mildert donated 160 volumes to found the University Library, located on Palace Green and in the same year Durham’s first university museum opened to the public. Today the University Library and Collections offers spaces, collections, expertise and services supporting education, research, the wider student experience and cultural and educational outreach. Collections and services operate across a wide estate of libraries, archives, museums, galleries and exhibition spaces, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site on Palace Green. Our nationally and internationally recognised collections span early books, archives and manuscripts, museum objects and art, print and electronic materials and include a repository of digitised materials, research outputs and research data. Our users encompass anyone engaging with our collections, services and facilities in person or remotely, this includes university staff, researchers from around the globe, students in higher education from Durham and other universities, school pupils and teachers, Durham’s local residents and tourists.

We are an ambitious and developing team with a focus on providing the best experience for our students, researchers and the wider community. We are valued partners working with students, professional services and academics across the University, and professionals and organisations regionally, nationally and internationally.

The University Library and Collections is made up of six sections: Collections; Customer Services; Education, Learning and Engagement; Research and Systems; Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions; and Administration and Finance. Staff work flexibly between the sections, 7 enabled by cross-cutting groups, Collections, Education, Engagement, User Experience, Operations, Research, Staff Development and a Programme and Project Steering Group.

The Administration and Finance Team, under the leadership of the Senior Manager: Administration and Finance, supports all sections of the department in administration, finance and HR. They are responsible for the development and delivery of efficient and effective processes in these areas, providing a high quality and responsive service to all stakeholders.

Administrators are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Administration and Finance provision within Library and Collections.  This will involve, but is not limited to, using the Finance system to administer new purchase orders, invoices for payment, running and interpreting monthly reports for budget holders. It covers administration tasks associated with recruitment and selection, triaging shared mailboxes and general office duties.

The role includes being a purchase card holder, and ensuring items are reconciled in a timely manner.

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide a responsive and proactive support service for stakeholders.  
  • Focus on checking stakeholder requirements to ensure the delivery of excellence with the frontline stakeholder experience. 
  • Respond to service users answering and recording standard queries and bookings for activities and/or events. 
  • Contribute to the planning of team activities, work and deadlines to ensure the smooth running and timeliness of service. 
  • Solve day-to-day routine problems and source background information within the role. 
  • Record data and information accurately and provide reports as required to team members and more experienced staff. 
  • Operate a booking and enquiry service and process requests finding solutions or escalating queries where necessary. 
  • Flexible in approach to accommodate the needs of team members and/or service users. 
  • Assist team members to organise, plan and prepare for events, meetings and activities. 
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors and professional specialists to pass on information. 
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and use of systems, maintaining confidentiality and discretion at all times both within and external to the department and University.   
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff in other areas of the organisation to ensure a seamless, smooth and efficient service. 
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice and escalate more specialist and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members

Role responsibilities:

  • Work with team members to ensure the smooth running of administrative processes to support people and business activities, actively contributing to the Administration and Finance provision within the Library. 
  • Apply standard professional and recognised regulatory procedures to process, check and reconcile anomalies within data and information sets. 
  • Compile, record, store and archive data and information to ensure the accuracy and safety of information. 
  • Liaise with representatives from other service areas, professional organisations and agencies where necessary. 
  • Use standard office-based digital systems, tools and equipment to carry out data recording, communications and networking. 
  • Provide service and support for networks, committees and meetings, to draft and distribute documents and communications in standard professional formats. 
  • Process and update key business documentation. 
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers and specialists with the organisation, planning and delivery of services, activities and events. 
  • Make venue, catering, travel and/or equipment arrangements for events, meetings and activities. 
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

Although this role is usually based at the Bill Bryson Library, there is a requirement to be available to work across all University Library and Collection sites where required.

Working Arrangements

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Interviews are anticipated to take place on or around 14 December 2021.

The post is full time, fixed term until 31 December 2022 and may be offered on an internal secondment basis subject to the agreement of the current line manager.

If an internal member of staff is appointed to this role on a secondment basis, for pension purposes this will be processed in line with Step-Up arrangements. For further details please click here.

Reward and Benefits

To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:

  • 27 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) and the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme;
  • Corporate and local discounts;
  • Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits;
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre;
  • Reward and Recognition Schemes;
  • Personal and career development;
  • And SO much more, with further information available here

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification. In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply 

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria;
  3. A Word document, with examples of how you satisfy the person specification. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria if requested.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information regarding this post, please contact;  Natalie Costello; Senior Manager: Administration and Finance  natalie.costello@durham.ac.uk 

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  2. Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  3. Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  4. Relevant administrative experience in a busy office environment. 
  5. Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues. 
  6. Experience of working on the front line with service delivery, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality.
  7. Experience of working in a team. 
  8. Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve straightforward issues.

Desirable Criteria

  • Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of personal development to maintain skills.

Realising Your Potential Approach

The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here.

Durham University

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUESWe are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide a comprehensive service and deliver the efficient administration and governance of the University.

Overall family purpose

  • Deliver direct and indirect services to stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and answer queries as part of an enquiry-desk/help-desk function.
  • Respond to and manage requests for information and resources.
  • Deliver services to meet regulatory requirements and procedures. 
  • Plan and deliver a joined-up approach to University business and people services.
  • Align business processes and services to meet operational and strategic policy objectives.  
  • Deliver business processes to ensure effective management, governance and the economic viability of the University. 
  • Encourage, collaborate and participate in the development of productive cross-institution relationships and working.
  • Provide excellent professional services that meet strategic and operational goals and business needs.
  • Carry out monitoring, analysis, development and planning to design new services and service updates for continuous improvement whilst meeting changes in regulations.
  • Engage with specialist professionals, consultants, and suppliers to exchange knowledge and facilitate partnership working.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.
  • Align and deliver programmes and activities to meet operational and strategic objectives to enhance the stakeholder experience.
  • Engage and encourage participation with external professionals, schools, alumni and donors.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering Professional Services across the University;
  • A joined-up approach to University professional services, regardless of location or line management;
  • A culture and practice of continuous improvement; 
  • Design services that meet business need;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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