Associate University Librarian

Website University of the Fraser Valley


Job Summary:

The Associate University Librarian is responsible for managing, building, and strengthening digital collections, university archives, and special collections, while playing a leadership role in the library’s development that supports teaching and research on campus. In particular, the Associate University Librarian is responsible for overseeing the creation of the university’s archival repository and special collections and acts as the University Archivist.

The Associate University Librarian plays an instrumental role in ensuring Library makes progress toward its established goals and aligns the Library with the UFV Integrated Strategic Plan. The incumbent works collaboratively and fosters relationships within the University with librarians, faculty, students, administration and executives, and central administrative departments.

The Librarian:

  • Develops and oversees an innovative, collaborative digital plan for the library that enhances digital curation, digital scholarship and humanities, and scholarly born-digital materials.
  • Assists with the implementation of UFV’s Integrated Strategic Plan ensuring that Library operations are aligned with the University’s mission and ensure UFV Library Strategic Plan’s (2022-2027) implementation.
  • Represents the Library on UFV committees and working groups; acts as a voice for the Library on various UFV planning and implementation committees.
  • Acts on behalf of the University Librarian in their absence and as assigned.
  • Manages library resources, including development of plans for the allocation and reallocation of resources.
  • Manages library services; works with library employees to develop, implement, and assess goals for services.
  • Promotes collegial and participatory interaction, and fosters communication, between library employees and units, and between the library and other university units.
  • Oversees the physical facilities of campus libraries; works with library employees, facilities services and campus planning to plan for future needs.
  • Ensures smooth department operations; develops strategies to maintain consistent and open lines of communication between internal units.
  • Ensures systems, space, equipment, and furnishings needs of the libraries are met.
  • Manages assigned employees; directs and oversees work of assigned employees, and collective agreement administration, including performance management, discipline, and grievances.
  • Fosters a working environment that exemplifies a high level of professionalism, both on and off campus.
  • Assists the University Librarian as requested with performance and labour relations issues arising with other employees.
  • Takes a lead role in the selection, hiring, and training of new staff; advises and consults managers on staff positions and SAC development; facilitates on-boarding of new departmental employees.
  • Advises/assists manager regarding employee issues, employee evaluation, and performance management.
  • Gauges staff morale and engagement; identifies needs and facilitates solutions to effective change management strategies while fostering a positive collegial work environment.
  • Provides opportunities for team and individual employee development through training programs and professional development opportunities.
  • Produces, writes, revises, edits, proofreads department reports, communications, and website content according to UFV protocols, as required.
  • Provides leadership and support for departmental programs, events, and initiatives that foster and promote cultural and inter-cultural awareness-raising initiatives across the UFV community.
  • Infuses Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, leads by example, valuing differing perspectives and backgrounds and promoting equity, inclusion, and respect in a diverse work environment.
  • Creates the conditions for people with Indigenous and diverse backgrounds to succeed at UFV.
  • Includes equity deserving groups in opportunities and decision-making.
  • Builds inclusive and diverse teams who have different perspectives, abilities, experiences, races, backgrounds, identities, and/or styles.
  • Invites and responds to different perspectives from a place of curiosity, respect, and non-judgement.
  • Demonstrates respect for all members of the UFV community and proactively works to create an environment of inclusivity and accessibility.
  • Engages in learning and activities related to actioning indigenization and understanding the impact of colonialism and the purpose of reconciliation.


  • An ALA accredited graduate degree in Library, Archives, Information studies or equivalent, required.
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience working in archives, special collections, and digital initiatives in an academic setting.Experience in a unionized environment would be an asset.
  • Three (3) years in a managerial role supervising staff and the delivery of services and programs is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic library function and archives, emerging technologies, and trends in higher education.
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, with a proven ability to plan for and manage change; demonstrated ability to provide leadership, supervise and motivate a significant number of staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a creative team of professionals who manage Library operations collaboratively and responsively, and who are committed to achieving excellence through innovative and evidence-based practice.
  • Strong commitment to service-oriented collaboration and outreach with multiple campus constituencies.
  • Well-developed capacity to manage a range of administrative tasks, including those related to budget, record management, and financial control.
  • Superior interpersonal and intercultural spoken and written communication skills, time management, and organizational skills over a wide cross-section of media.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team and meet multiple deadlines with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work from any of the University’s library locations.
  • An understanding of the post-secondary landscape across British Columbia and Canada; in-depth knowledge of international post-secondary systems, accreditation organizations, and governing bodies.
  • Demonstrated track record of collaboration among academic and non-academic units.
  • Good technology skills including advanced use of MS Office Suite, learning management systems, video-conferencing tools, social media platforms, financial management software, and student information systems.

UFV Leadership Proficiencies

  • Create and implement plans – shape, align and execute the strategic priorities to meet student and community needs.
  • Lead change – Remain flexible, adjusting to changing circumstances and lead positive change by balancing innovation and calculated risk taking.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships – Build effective working relationships internally and externally and collaborate to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
  • Inspire and develop talent – Invest in developing yourself, staff and faculty, effective teams, and our culture of excellence.
  • Make effective decisions – Make sound and timely decisions that benefit UFV in both straightforward and ambiguous circumstances.
  • Infuse Indigenization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Lead by example, valuing differing perspectives and backgrounds and promote equity, inclusion, and respect in a diverse environment.

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About UFV:

The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq’eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lō Tém:éxw (Stó:lō Land; Stó:lō World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lō peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the survey may be directed to Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Compensation: $96,164.00 – 141,041.00 per year

Closes: 30 April, 2024

University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford , BC

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