Director, Neighbourhood & Youth Services

City of Vancouver

Director, Neighbourhood & Youth Services

Requisition ID: 11550 
Company: Vancouver Public Library
Worksite: Central
About us
The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 21 branches across the city.  VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service.  Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.
Located in the beautiful city of Vancouver, the award-winning Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Our vision is an informed, engaged and connected city. Our mission is a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information.
Our public library is the last freely available indoor public space in Vancouver – open to everyone. We help people of all ages to pursue their passions and to fulfil their creative potential. Across 21 locations and online, VPL is the most visited major urban library per capita in Canada.
We are located in a city often cited as one of the best places in the world to live. Vancouver, with a population of 600,000, includes dynamic and diverse communities in a metropolitan region of over 2 million.
About the opportunity
The Library is seeking a strategic, energetic and creative leader to join its leadership team. As a member of the Library’s senior management team, the Director is responsible for leading the strategic direction, performance outcomes, organizational development priorities, and policy and resource allocation for the Neighbourhood and Youth Services portfolio.  
Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the Director, and Neighbourhood & Youth Services is responsible for oversight of services and strategy in the following areas:
  • 20 neighbourhood branches
  • Development of new and renewed facilities
  • Services to Children, Teens and Families
  • Accessible Services
  • Community Engagement.
In the next ten years, VPL anticipates redevelopment of three branches and exploring opportunities for additional service options. Vancouver supports livable neighbourhoods with strong community amenities, and VPL looks forward to exploring the future of branches that build belonging and engagement, while supporting our community members’ information and technology needs and providing places to gather and learn. The Director, Neighbourhood & Youth Services leads the strategy for our branches and community relationships.
The Director, Neighbourhood & Youth Services represents the Vancouver Public Library when liaising with the community, media, and external partners. The Director is responsible for an operating budget of approximately $12 M and directly oversees four exempt Managers responsible for branches, and one Associate Director, Children & Youth Services, and indirectly the work of over 160 full time equivalent (FTE) bargaining unit employees.  The Director acts as an advisor to the Chief Librarian, and to the Library Board via the Chief Librarian, ensuring the advice protects the organization from risk that may arise from issues within the portfolio’s areas of responsibilities.
We require
  • A Masters of Library and Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited school (additionally a Master of Business or Public Administration preferred)
  • Progressive management experience in a large library system or senior experience in a smaller system
  • A leader who believes in the values of public libraries; extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public librarianship; and current developments and trends in the provision of library services in a metropolitan environment
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a collaborative leadership style
  • An innovator with experience identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for new programs, partnerships, and connections
  • A strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to connect and translate strategy to library services and operations
  • Human Resources, Labour Relations and Change Management experience
  • Political acumen and proven ability to work with different levels of government and community organizations
  • A seasoned professional who demonstrates the following leadership competencies:
    • Integrity – holds self and others accountable and is trustworthy
    • Intelligence – recognizes the current and emerging needs of customers and the public, understands the business and works strategically
    • Inclusivity – engages stakeholders, customers and employees, works across and outside silos and builds effective teams
    • Initiative – achieves results and drives continuous improvement
    • Inspiration – aligns people to a shared vision and fosters a positive and fair work environment
Vancouver Public Library offers a competitive and comprehensive salary and benefits package.

Affiliation: Exempt
Employment Type: Regular Full Time

Closing date: Friday, July 27, 2018 at midnight
While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted.
As the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is responsible for the well-being of its patrons, a Police Record Check clearance is a condition of employment. Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. VPL is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversifying the Library

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Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Library Services, Social Services, Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: July 4, 2018, 2:45 pm
Expires: July 27, 2018, 11:59 pm

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