COPPUL Executive Director

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Executive Director, COPPUL

The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is seeking an inspiring and visionary Executive Director to help guide us into an exciting new era for our organization. One of the leading regional academic library consortia in Canada, COPPUL leverages resources, expertise, and infrastructure across our diverse member libraries to support and enhance teaching, learning, student experience, and research on our campuses. We identify areas of intersection across the membership. We embrace opportunities for learning, engagement, and collaboration with new and existing partners. Recognizing our shared commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility as well as Truth, and Reconciliation, we diversify our programs and services to provide value across the membership. We work to broadly communicate our strategies, initiatives, and successes and to care for COPPUL to ensure its long-term vitality and impact.

The Executive Director manages the day-to-day administration and operations of COPPUL, oversees a $13M collection budget as well as represents COPPUL regionally, nationally, and internationally. We are looking for someone with vision, integrity, and deep commitment to the current and emerging roles our libraries have within higher education. This is a unique leadership opportunity to engage across, and participate in shaping, the Canadian library landscape.

This is a three to five-year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal. Secondments are possible and the role will start in Spring 2024.

Key Responsibilities:

● Works effectively with the Board and membership to develop and implement organizational plans, policies, and strategies

● Ensures that the mission, goals, and strategic directions of COPPUL are clearly defined and supported.

● Leads, manages, evaluates, and reports on a variety of ongoing COPPUL programs.

● Supervises staff and program officers funded by COPPUL (currently 2.5 FTE staff).

● Oversees and aligns the work of COPPUL committees, communities, and working groups with COPPUL’s strategic directions and priorities.

● Seeks out and recommends new strategic initiatives and collaborative opportunities to the Board.

● Collaborates strategically with other regional and national consortia and professional organizations in support of the goals of COPPUL.

● Maintains effective cross-sectoral relationships and ensures members are informed of current developments, decisions, and policies.

● Provides oversight for contractual relationships established by COPPUL, including management of members’ e-resources annual expenditures.

● Prepares annual budgets and is responsible for the financial management of all aspects of the operation.

● Provides oversight and support for meetings, workshops, programs, and other events and activities as appropriate

● Fulfills incorporation and membership responsibilities


● MLIS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution

● Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience, with progressive levels of responsibility, preferably in an academic library.

● Strong senior leadership abilities with highly effective and demonstrable communication skills.

● A demonstrated interest and engagement in contemporary issues, trends, and best practices affecting academic libraries and scholarly communication in Canada.

● The ability and experience to articulate, advise, and contribute to regional and national dialogues on behalf of COPPUL.

● Ability to proactively develop and maintain effective working relationships with Board members, constituents, colleagues, and other stakeholders.

● Experience advancing Indigenization and decolonization and reconciliation initiatives in an organization.

● Strong financial analysis and planning skills.

● Experience advancing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility initiatives in an organization.

● Fluency with digital technologies, including an understanding of emerging trends.

Salary range is $120,000 – $140,000, plus benefits. A secondment of a qualified individual from a COPPUL member institution or other Canadian academic library would also be possible. In such a case, salary would be commensurate with the individual’s experience and existing salary.

Applications should include a cover letter and resume and can be sent to Meagan Bowler, Chair of the COPPUL Board, at

For full consideration, applications should be submitted on or before December 15, 2023.

However, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Compensation: $120,000 – 140,000

Closes: December 15th, 2023

Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
Victoria , BC

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