Working for Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces

We're looking for people who share our passion for Wellington and have the same values that we do - to make our city an even better place to live and work in.

We are a business unit of Wellington City Council where services and projects are as diverse and interesting as the people who deliver them. Join us in making a positive difference - shape your own future, while reshaping the future of Wellington.

Current vacancies

Coach - Permanent Full-Time Position, Libraries, Southeast Cluster

We are looking for a Coach to work at the Southeast Cluster, which encompasses the libraries at Miramar, Island Bay, Newtown and Kilbirnie, as well as the Island Bay Community Centre.

The Coach role leads, mentors, supports, trains and enables team members to deliver the wide range of services provided by our network of branch libraries and community centres.

About us:

Our vision is to be a vibrant destination, connecting with communities to spark imagination and discovery. We are focused on providing education, information, recreation and leisure services to our communities through the network of libraries including the Central Library, eleven branch libraries and seven community spaces.

The role:

The Coach role is a highly varied and pivotal role in our organisation. This is a role that will suit a 'people person' who is skilled at helping others to help themselves. We have a flat organisational structure, and our teams work by sharing responsibilities on a daily basis. They need the Coach to support their development individually and as a team, and to provide guidance and inspiration for them to make their own decisions, innovate and solve problems.

The major focuses of this role are:

  • Team coaching, facilitation, and co-ordination across multiple facilities
  • Contributing to library and community spaces business unit management
  • Ensuring teams are resourced, trained and self-managing
  • Implementing recruitment and performance development processes
  • Ensuring legislative and policy requirements are met
  • Innovation and problem solving

About you:

You'll be able to build a positive rapport with staff, customers and communities. You will pride yourself on being flexible, well organised and you will be accurate and have an excellent eye for detail. You will be able to inspire and motivate teams to work together to innovate, solve problems and embrace change that benefits our local communities.

The following experience and skills are also necessary to be successful in this position:

  • A tertiary level qualification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to work with our diverse range of customers and staff.
  • Good computer skills. Knowledge of library systems and processes may be an advantage.

This role reports to the Team Leader for the Southeast Cluster, and shares responsibilities with a second Coach role. The team includes Community Centre Advocate roles, Library Customer Service roles and a Library Customer Specialist.

For more information contact Chris Hay, email Chris or phone, 04 803 8721.

Apply online now on the Wellington City Council website.

Applications close on Monday 4th August 2014

Advanced Cataloguer


Are you an experienced (minimum of 5 years preferred ) cataloguer with a professional qualification who is familiar with RDA and who enjoys the challenge of ensuring that access to a library's collection is as good as it can be?

As the result of a recent retirement we have some very big shoes to fill at Wellington City Libraries.

We want someone who:

  • can lead and motivate to ensure the provision of up-to date collection records
  • is able to work independently and in a team environment
  • has experience with LMS setup and structure, and is able to develop testing plans
  • is future focused and prepared for a world without MARC

If this sounds like you, we'd welcome your application.

Please provide a covering letter in the same document as your CV, outlining the skills and experience you can bring to the role.

The role:

The primary purpose is to oversee the provision of up-to-date collection records and physically prepared collection items for Wellington City.

Your daily tasks will include:

  • Creating and updating collection records to maximise customer access, including contributing to/editing website pages, blog posts, etc
  • Coaching, enabling and empowering Collections team members in cataloguing and content access issues and processes

An appointment is expected within the salary range $58,000 - $65,000.

For more information, email us, or contact Leonard Clough on 801-4094. Applications close on 11 August. For more details, and to apply online, visit the WCC website (Job Opening 1906).

Create your "profile" to join the Council Talent Pool

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Create your profile with us by registering your CV and telling us your role preferences. We will then contact you when opportunities come up that we think you may be suitable for.

To create your profile:

  • Go to the 'Council vacancies' link above.
  • If you don't already have a log-in, click 'Register Now' and register your details.
  • Once you are logged in, choose 'Create My Profile'.
  • Save your CV and tell us what type of role you are interested in, then press 'Submit'.

For step-by-step instructions on using our careers site, see our Careers Site Guide (565KB PDF)

Register for Job Alerts

If you'd like to receive personalised emails when vacancies come up that fit your role preferences, it's easy to sign up for job alerts:

  • Go to the 'Council vacancies' link above.
  • If you don't already have a log-in, click 'Register Now' and register your details.
  • Once you are logged in, choose 'Job Search' and tell us what type of role you are interested in and then click 'Save'.

Recruitment Process

When you apply for a role, we want you to be prepared so you can demonstrate your skills and experience in the best possible light. For information on our recruitment process and what to expect:

Recruitment Process - Wellington City Council (162KB PDF)

If you have any questions, contact the hiring manager who is advertising the vacancy, or email our recruitment team:

Your Future - Six Great Reasons to Work for Wellington City Council

  1. Variety: Work as part of a large and diverse organisation.
  2. Innovation: We are focused on providing tomorrow's solutions for today's issues.
  3. Flexibility and work / life balance: With opportunities to work from home and flexible working arrangements, we do our best to provide options for all staff to achieve the balance that is right for them.
  4. Opportunity: We understand that continual learning and development is vital. We encourage staff development, both personal and professional. Many in our staff have progressed through very different challenging and enjoyable careers within the Council.
  5. Community focus: We engage with Wellington communities in all their diversity. Our work with partner organisations, community groups and local iwi ensures our services cater for community needs and honours our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
  6. Fun: We encourage staff to get involved, challenge themselves and learn something new:
    • Take part in one of our many sports teams (competitive and social)
    • Join our te reo or kapa haka groups
    • Enjoy on-site yoga classes and discounted events
    • Participate in nationwide events like the Global Corporate Challenge and Iron Māori.

Our Vision

Our long-term strategic vision, Towards 2040: Smart Capital, builds on Wellington's strengths to help achieve economic growth, greater success and an improved quality of life for all Wellingtonians. We don't just talk about our vision, we are building it from the ground up:

Wellington 2040 website

Our Values

Our staff are passionate about the city we work for, and enthusiastic about making a positive difference for all Wellingtonians.

Aim high Whaia te iti kahurangi
Encourage fresh thinking Whakatoitoi i ngā hua auaha
Deliver what's right Whakatinanahia te tika
Work together Mahi ngātahi
Act with integrity and respect Tū rangatira
Aspire to zero harm Kia pūmau ki te haumaru

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