Premises Assistant

The Bodleian Libraries are looking to recruit a premises assistant to join the Premises Team at the Taylor Institution Library. The Taylor institution library is one of the University of Oxford’s principal research libraries. It is the centre for the study of modern and medieval European languages and literatures, together with linguistics, world cinema, and women’s studies.

You will be part of a team responsible for the smooth and secure running of the Taylor Institution, and for ensuring that rooms are set up as required for lectures and events. Regular duties will include reception duties, assisting with closing routines and locking up, moving furniture and carrying out some basic cleaning and maintenance tasks when required. You may be required to work some of your hours at other libraries.

This is a part-time post, working 22 hours per week as follows:
– Monday, Friday: 1.30 pm to 7.15 pm
– Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Some cover outside core hours may be required on an occasional basis.

The role involves regular manual handling and use of stepladders.

About You

  • You will have experience in dealing with the public and possess good communication skills.
  • You will be reliable, punctual and flexible as regards working hours.
  • You will demonstrate a calm and flexible approach to problem-solving using a range of practical skills and initiative.

Previous experience in general security duties and maintenance would be helpful.

As an employer, the University of Oxford genuinely cares about employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that they offer including:
• An excellent contributory pension scheme
• 38 days of annual leave
• A comprehensive range of childcare services
• Family leave schemes
• Cycle loan scheme
• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

More information is available at

The University of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example, shared parental leave.

How to apply
You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting evidence form using the attached template as part of your online application. The supporting evidence form lists each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description. Please explain how you meet each one. CVs alone will not be considered.

The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Matthew Smith, Premises Supervisor, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ( General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within the Human Resources department (

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (BST/GMT) on Wednesday 10 July 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 19 July 2024.