Library Director

Website Sparwood Public Library



The Library Director provides the vision and leadership required for the successful delivery of public library services in Sparwood. Reporting to the volunteer Board of Trustees, the Library Director advises the Board in the development of the strategic plan and recommends policy. The Library Director also ensures that all business conducted by the library and the Board complies with provincial legislation. The Library Director is responsible for managing the operations of the library in accordance with the established policies and for leading all staff. Key tasks include preparing and administering the annual budget, managing staff, representing the library in the community and beyond, establishing partnerships with local organizations, and developing and promoting the library’s programs and services.


Governance & Finance

  • Acts as secretary to the Board of Trustees, in accordance with the Library Act, including the preparation of meeting agendas, attendance at all Board of Trustees and committee meetings, publication and distribution of meeting minutes, and preparation of reports to keep the Board of Trustees informed of library operations
  • Prepares and presents an annual budget to the Board of Trustees for their consideration and approval; upon approval, administers the annual budget and ensures library operations adhere to budget targets
  • Completes annual provincial reporting requirements including the Statement of Financial Information (SOFI), the Public Library Grant Report (PLGR), and the Annual Survey of BC Public Libraries as well as fulfilling reporting obligations for local government (District of Sparwood and Regional District of East Kootenay), funders, and others as required.
  • Supports the Board of Trustees in the development of an organizational vision and strategic plan; implements programs and services to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan
  • Recommends the development and revision of policies for the effective management of the library to the Board of Trustees

Personnel Management

  • Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates library staff
  • Communicates the library’s strategic plan and priorities to all employees and establishes a connection between the daily tasks of library work and how these actions contribute to achieving the library’s vision and goals
  • Leads and empowers employees to deliver effective, high-quality library services
  • Ensures that each member of staff receives an annual written performance review
  • Addresses performance issues in a timely and professional manner
  • As the employer, adheres to Sparwood Public Library’s Collective Agreements and maintains good labour relations.

Community Relations & Collaboration

  • Maintains positive community relations through communication and promotion of the library’s values, services, accomplishments, and needs to stakeholders at the local, regional, and provincial level
  • Builds relationships and support for library programs with a variety of local community groups and organizations
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends, professional developments, library literature and related information systems and other technology.
  • Attends meetings, workshops, seminars and joins professional associations in the larger library community in order to stay informed on library best practices and to advance the profile of libraries in general.

Programs & Services

  • Ensures that library operations are carried out in line with SPL’s values and policies
  • Develops and maintains Sparwood’s physical and digital collections to ensure a well rounded and modern library collection that meets residents’ diverse needs.
  • Reviews and updates internal processes to ensure that they are effective and efficient
  • Ensures that Sparwood Public Library is a safe and welcoming place.
  • Conducts regular assessments of community needs and uses results to direct the development of innovative, responsive, and evolving programs and services
  • Oversees the development and delivery of programs and services, ensuring they are achieving the goals of the strategic plan while adhering to the resources allocated in the annual budget
  • Directs the creation of an ongoing marketing plan that promotes the library’s programs and services using a variety of platforms to maximize reach


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) or equivalent with a minimum of three experience working in a public library setting preferred. An undergraduate degree in a related field of study with a minimum of five years experience working in a public library setting or a Library Technician diploma and a minimum of five years experience working in a public library setting may be considered.
  • Experience setting and managing a budget.
  • Experience supervising staff in a unionized environment
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Trustees or similar governing board

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Employs management techniques effectively in the directing, planning, budgeting, staffing, evaluating and the overall leadership of the operation of a public library
  • Uses problem solving and analytical skills to implement innovative and responsive solutions
  • Communicates effectively with others, employing well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates an awareness of one’s own social identities (ie. race, gender, disability status, religion, etc.) and their relevance in the workplace. Engages in personal and professional development on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Writes in a clear, concise, and organized manner for the intended audience and is able to use these skills to create comprehensive reports and presentations
  • Fosters relationships and works cooperatively with key stakeholders such as the Board of Trustees, local government, community organizations, patrons, and volunteers
  • Understands the provincial legislation that governs the operation of public libraries in British Columbia
  • Maintains an awareness of emerging developments in technology and the delivery of public library services, ensuring ongoing integration of trends into the library setting

Interested candidates should forward a letter outlining your interest in the position and a detailed resume to by 5pm MDT, May 31 2024

Compensation: $65,000-70,000 – salary under review

Closes: 31 May, 2024

Sparwood Public Library
Sparwood , BC

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