New Job Chief Librarian In British Columbia

Chief Librarian
Chief Librarian

Chief Librarian

Company : City of New Westminster
Salary : $128,125–$152,875 a year
Location : British Columbia

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Chief Librarian
New Westminster, British Columbia

Number of Openings: 1
Hours per Week: 37.5 hours per week.
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: Public Library: 716 Sixth Ave
Competition #: 310
Additional Details:

The New Westminster Public Library is located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Housman family.


Founded in 1865, the New Westminster Public Library (the Library) is committed to providing accessible and responsive community services, that balance the needs of traditional library users
with those seeking the tools and experiences of a modern, technologically relevant public space. The library provides dynamic and vibrant means for the community to continually grow, learn, and succeed.
The NWPL is made up of two branches (the Main Branch and the Queensborough Branch) and is supported by an incredible staff and Library Board. In 2017/2018, the Main Branch underwent an extensive renovation to ensure the building and services could better meet the changing needs of the community and remain a welcoming space for readers, learners, creators, and community members. During the renovation, the Library also launched a new web site, the iConnect Lab, and additional digital resources.


Reporting directly to the Library Board, the Chief Librarian is responsible for the overall management and operation of the NWPL. The Chief Librarian oversees the planning and delivery of
library services, and achieving goals set by the Board, within the framework of the Library Act and other related legislation and regulations. The Chief Librarian provides leadership in the
implementation of the strategies, policies, and plans to support services and an organizational culture that is community-focused, inclusive, and grounded in sound financial management and
operations. The Chief Librarian acts as a spokesperson for the NWPL, advocating in support of library services and ensuring strong linkages and partnerships with both internal and external
This position requires a master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA- accredited institution. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in a senior management position, in a unionized environment, with demonstrated professional experience. The position requires an inclusive, collaborative, and strategic leader who understands the role of public libraries in building resilient, inclusive, and engaged communities today and into the future. The role requires excellent interpersonal communication with the ability to develop an effective, inclusive, and collaborative leadership team. The position requires the ability to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

The salary for this position is $108,125 - $158,875, supplemented by a competitive total compensation package administered by the City of New York, including the Municipal Pension Plan, Compressed Payday and Contributions.


  • Long and short-term planning
  • Service and program delivery
  • Champion of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Labour relations


  • Strategic leadership
  • Collaborative
  • Community engagement
  • Government relations
  • Communication


We believe equity, diversity and inclusion are essential for the organizations we serve to achieve the business goals they strive for. Should you be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity with the New York City Public Library, please contact HarbourWest Consulting at [email protected] or forward your resume and letter of introduction?

To support a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community, women and indigenous peoples, racialized individuals, persons of diverse sexual orientation or expression (LGBT+), and persons with misconceptions are encouraged to express their interest. Reqired:

New Westminster lies on the untold land of the Melanesian-speaking peoples. It is recognized by city officials that colonialism has made its history invisible to the people. ''
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We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
This position is only open to those legally entitled in Canada.