National Library of Wales - Vice President

Body: National Library of Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Aberystwyth
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: 18 days per year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Appointments to The National Library of Wales

Date: 29/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/02/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    29/08/2019 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Role of Vice President


  • The Vice President will assist the President in leading the overall direction of the Board and take on the roles of the President if he/she is absent.
  • Chairing other Library Committees and/or in the absence of the appointed Chair.
  • Along with the Chair, act as a main point of contact between the Board and the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport and Government officials.
  • Liaising with other officers and members of the Board as necessary, along with that of the Executive team. In doing so scrutinise, challenge and support the executive to meet the Library’s aims, objectives and targets.
  • Participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activities;
  • Representing the Library in its dealings with the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government.
  • Actively promote the benefits of the diverse cultural heritage sector within Wales and further afield.
  • Have a clear vision as to how the Library can continue to contribute as a main deliverer of Government cultural heritage policy
  • Have an understanding of how the public sector in Wales functions.
  • Be actively engaged in encouraging board membership and the next generation of trustees.
  • Ensure the Library achieves value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and property.
  • Act in a way that promotes highs standards of probity and public finance.
  • Be politically independent.
  • Appoint, with the Welsh Government’s approval, a Chief Executive, should the need arise.
  • Have a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s “Seven Principles of Public Life”.

Person Specification

Person Specification


  1. The ability to lead an executive board and support the leadership of a high profile organisation; provide strategic guidance and have the ability to build strong relationships.
  2. Excellent communication skills including the ability to operate effectively as an ambassador for the Library, demonstrating tact and diplomacy in dealings with stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the Library’s dual role as a major charity and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body in line with an understanding of public life and the principles of good governance.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively and analyse complex information in order to identify key issues and make effective decisions.
  • A commitment and enthusiasm for the Library’s work and an understanding of the diverse cultural sector as a whole. Please describe how you can evidence this criterion.
  • An understanding of the diverse communities of Wales and a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusiveness.


Welsh Language

The Vice President post is considered Welsh desireable, at the level specified below:


Understanding – can understand basic conversations about everyday topics.

Reading – can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding

Speaking – can converse in simple work related conversations.

Writing – no skills.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government on line recruitment system. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 256332 or

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