The starting salary for this role is £15,495 per annum (FTE £23,243) for working 24 hours per week.
This role will be based primarily at Downview women’s prison (HMP Downview, Sutton Lane, Sutton, SM2 5PD) and occasionally at High Down men’s prison in Sutton (HMP High Down, Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ). This is part time role (24 hours per week spread over 4 days). You may be required to work one evening per week.
Surrey County Council's library service is contracted to provide a prison library service at four prisons in Surrey. In this role you will work across two prison library sites at HMP Downview and HMP High Down.
Both prison libraries are managed by one full time Prison Librarian, supported by two Senior Prison Library Assistants, Prison Library Assistants and Prisoner Orderlies.
About the role
This is a challenging but highly rewarding role in a busy prison library. Enthusiasm for reading and learning is essential.
As part of the small library team, you will play a key role in encouraging prisoners to use the library effectively for educational, recreational and legal purposes.
You will help run a lively events and activities program, including book groups, writing groups, reading initiatives such as Reading Ahead and author events.
You will have a leading role in running the Shannon Trust Turning Pages program for developing readers.
As well as this, you will encourage prisoners to maintain positive links with their children by helping them record stories to send home and assisting at family days.
You will also be expected to work on your own initiative, taking full responsibility for the library in the absence of the Prison Librarian, including supervising the Prisoner orderlies.
In addition, you will work closely with the education department and partner agencies to provide an integrated Library service.
You will be expected to adhere to all prison security guidance and attend training as necessary.
You will need excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure in a sometimes-volatile environment.
To be shortlisted for this role you will be able to evidence:
- Your passion for reading and learning
- Enthusiasm for the challenges of working in a prison environment
- A customer focused approach to your work
- Your ability to work using your own initiative as well as part of a team
- Your high-level interpersonal skills
- Positive working attitude towards training and development
- Your experience of using IT systems
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Friday 23rd September 2022 with interviews to follow.
An enhanced vetting process will be required for this role and will be undertaken by the Prison Service before the successful candidate can start.
For an informal discussion please contact Kathyrn Walter by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave (pro rated for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.