Library Director

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Airdrie Public Library – Library Director Airdrie , AB



Airdrie is a young and dynamic city, thriving in economic opportunity and bundled with everyday amenities. The City offers a wide range of accommodations, dining establishments, attractions, and experiences with both a small town feel and big city amenities.It offers an exceptional quality of life, an affordable housing market, and extensive parkland and pathways, contributing to its growing demographic of young families. As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, with a population of approximately 80,000, it is located just 10 minutes north of Calgary. Airdrie’s location is ideal for the Alberta experience traveller. With an open, accessible and central position, making Airdrie your home base allows quick commutes to nearby provincial attractions.The City’s genuine hospitality, cozy and world-recognized friendly disposition, makes Airdrie the ideal place to live, work and play.


Airdrie Public Library is a thriving public library contributing to the well-being and culture of the community. Programs, services, partnerships and events bring people together and provide information supporting literacy, and ideas and opportunities for learning and discovery. With participation in the Marigold Library System, the library is a single point of access to diverse resources – over three million books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, online resources, games, equipment, musical instruments and learning kits. The Library has events, programs and services for everyone – from preschool literacy to technology help, junior artists to author visits, summer reading programs to English Language Learning.

As the community continues to grow and serve diverse users, and with a new library facility in development, the library is positioned to be a community leader providing innovative, creative and in demand services. With a new, larger facility, the Library will grow into the primary community hub and gathering place, increasing use and access to resources, and enhancing Airdrie Public Library’s impact in the community. With a committed and engaged Board, and stable revenue support from the City, Airdrie Public Library is positioned for exciting transformation as it moves into its new space.


Airdrie Public Library fosters literacy, knowledge and cultural connections.We seek to inspire lifelong learning, imagination and creativity through our inclusive programs, services and collections.

Our Vision

An inclusive landmark destination that engages the mind, strengthens community and enhances quality of life.

Our Values

  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Literacy & Lifelong Learning
  • Service & Organizational Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Community Collaboration
  • Accessibility & Inclusiveness


The City of Airdrie and its Public Library Board are looking for a dynamic, energetic, innovative library executive to lead its public library. This position is responsible for the provision of public library services, excellent customer service, coordinating a major facility expansion and move, and enhancing the positive profile of the Library within the community. Reporting to the Board, and taking direction from the Board Chair, the Library Director will lead a team of approximately 40 staff, including eight (8) direct reports. In accordance with policies established by the Board, the Library Director will be responsible for administration, planning, operations and services, providing advice and policy recommendations to support Board governance. The Library Director will have excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills – a collaborator who is passionate, committed, and involved in the community, excited by the opportunity to represent and advocate for the public library.


Responsible and accountable for:

  • Providing overall leadership for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all Library programs, services and collections
  • Financial management of the Library’s budget; facility maintenance and safety
  • Personnel management and providing leadership to the Library’s managers and coordinators, including supervising, mentoring, coaching and skill development

Organizational Relationships:

  • Reports directly to the Airdrie Public Library Board
  • Overall responsibility for all library employees and volunteers
  • Acts as the primary advocate and/or liaison with the Board of Trustees, senior managers in City Administration, Public Library Services Branch, Marigold Library System, TRAC, the library community, federal and provincial funding bodies and the community at large

Advocacy and Collaboration:

  • Develops and strengthens community partnerships
  • Actively participates in provincial and/or national library associations and allied organizations
  • Ensures that the Board of Trustees develops its role as an advocacy body, through promoting and organizing board development opportunities
  • Ensures that the Board of Trustees has a voice in provincial and national library issues by providing information and direction on library issues
  • Maintains good relations and works collaboratively with City departments, library organizations, social service agencies, volunteer organizations and other community groups

Facility Expansion:

  • Coordinates and implements the ongoing planning process for a new facility
  • Consults with the capital campaign consultant and capital campaign committee
  • Plans and manages the staff transition (FTE and roles and responsibilities) to the new facility
  • Acts as the Library’s project manager during the build
  • Coordinates the move to the new facility


  • ALA accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree
  • 8+ years of professional library experience, public library experience preferred, including five years at the management level
  • Strong project management and time management skills to manage conflicting deadlines and competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and manage organizational change and growth
  • Strategic planning and financial planning skills and facilitation/mediation skills
  • Budgeting, report writing and research skills; ability to interpret and apply legislation and regulations
  • Public speaking, presentation and media skills combined with excellent political acumen


Partner and Advocate – Skilled at developing and maintaining partnerships. Creates new connections and builds relationships in the community and with stakeholders. Elevates the image of the library.

People Leadership – Building collaborative partnerships with employees by creating a positive work environment. Regularly provides coaching to individuals and teams to achieve organizational goals. Enthusiastic and positive demeanor.

Professional and Ethical Behavior – Ability to demonstrate and lead with integrity, credibility, confidentiality, and responsibility in all interactions. Possesses high ethical standards and an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with the Board of Directors, employees, the community and other stakeholders.

Communication and Interpersonal – Skilled at engaging and relating to people, effectively building rapport. Maintains and builds positive relationships with key stakeholders. Strong communication skills with a style that is clear, concise, focused, confident, inclusive and collaborative. Knows how to tailor the message to fit the room. An attentive listener. Someone people find easy to talk to.

Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for responsibilities; focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes with a business focus.

Decision Making – Is a proactive strategic thinker and decision-maker; exhibits sound judgement and can discern underlying issues and root problems; demonstrates a high degree of political astuteness, awareness and sensitivity.

Functional Excellence – Demonstrates knowledge and technical expertise. Committed to lifelong learning and remaining current within the profession. Community minded in terms of delivering quality member and client services.

Visionary/Innovator – Understands public libraries and the need to embrace change; innovative and open to taking risks; develops support for change initiatives; action-oriented, smart risk-taker who has the courage to be progressive and transformative. Has a vision around how public space is accessed and used. Able to execute on vision and know how to move an organization through change.


A competitive compensation package will be provided. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Email a cover letter and tailored resume (PDF or Word) to Heather Fookes at indicating the job title in the subject line of the email.

Leaders International Executive Search

Compensation/pay band starts at $64.44 per hour. A higher pay band will be considered based on experience.

Closes: 30 June, 2023

Airdrie Public Library
Airdrie , AB

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