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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Part-time

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 8 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

About the role

We’re looking for a Librarian with relevant experience to join the BSL’s Social Policy Library team, part of the Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC) on a permanent part-time basis, based in Fitzroy.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.

For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society – a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.


The Social Policy Library is situated within BSL’s Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC), which is the longest running and largest social policy research centre in a non-government community sector organisation in Australia. The Library has operated since 1974, supporting the organisation’s research and service initiatives. It acts as a key internal information hub, with responsibility for supporting research activities and preserving archival collections. It is one of a few remaining specialist libraries in the social sector in Victoria.

We are seeking a Librarian to manage the Social Policy Library and advance a vision for the library that will enable it to thrive as an information hub and archive in an increasingly digital environment.
Working within the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) unit in SPARC, the Librarian will enable a learning culture by supporting staff across the organisation to access research and evidence to inform service design, delivery and broader systemic change. The role will manage the Library’s catalogue and specialised archival collections with a small team of library staff and volunteers.

This is a permanent part time position working 30.4 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $85,264.31 – $89,124.91 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation, with attractive salary packaging options.


We’re looking for an applicant who has a passion for advancing BSL’s mission and the following key skills and experiences:

  • A recognised degree in library and information studies or information management, which confers eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA);
  • A sound knowledge of Library and Information Systems (LIS) as per ALIA standards;
  • Experience in managing a library service / information centre;
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to build high-functioning teams and demonstrate sensitivity and respect for staff with diverse backgrounds, skills and levels of experience;
  • A passion for enabling organisational learning;
  • Experience working in a research setting, particularly one related to social policy or the social sciences, is desirable.



Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay

Career development opportunities

Leave loading of 17.5%

Flexible working arrangements

Employee Assistance Program



BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Mercy Kanyi on for a confidential discussion.

To view the position description, please click here

Applications close: Wednesday, 8 June at 11:55 PM


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Librarian via Pro Bono Australia.

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Sector: #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Consulting, #Disabilities, #Education_and_Employment, #Employment_Services, #Families, #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy, #Health_–_General, #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing, #Indigenous, #Other, #ResearchMedical_Research, #Social_Enterprise, #Youth_and_Young_People


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