Manages the planning, administration, development, and delivery of library services for the rural townships of Waterloo Region, including branch operations, programming and community outreach, marketing/communications, and technical services. Functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the library for the purposes of the Public Library Act.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
- Knowledge of library-related legislation, current public library services, information technology, cataloguing, adult/children’s literature, education trends, the publishing industry, collection development, automated library systems, branch operations, and community relations and needs assessment, normally acquired through a Masters Degree in Library & Information Science (or equivalent), plus progressively responsible public library management experience.
- Knowledge of and ability to comply with policies, procedures, legislation (e.g., public library act, intellectual freedom, accessibility, privacy, health and safety), and collective agreements.
- Analytical, research, planning, organizational, and continuous improvement skills to manage budgets; plan and develop operational and long term plans and goals to meet library standards and community needs; develop policies and procedures; research and recommend new approaches to library services and programs; and implement service improvements.
- Leadership, human relations, communication skills and political sensitivity to manage and support staff in achieving short and long-term objectives; organize work and its performance; instruct and train staff in work methods/procedures; communicate effectively with staff, the public, agencies, municipalities, Council, and the media; resolve public complaints/concerns; conduct presentations; develop and maintain relationships with the community and peer organizations; and participate as an effective team member.
- Ability to write policies and procedures, memos, reports, service contracts, press releases, and grant applications. Ability to read and interpret reports, data, surveys, studies, and social media.
- Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office, library circulation software, online catalogues, databases, and electronic services. Ability to learn new technologies and keep knowledge current.
- Ability to travel to various locations within and outside Waterloo Region.
- Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.
Please apply online, by the closing date Nov 27, 2019 quoting competition number 2019-2151, or drop off your resume to the Region of Waterloo, Information Desk located on the main floor at 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.