Executive Director and Chief Librarian Truro , NS



Executive Director and Chief Librarian Job Posting

Closing Date: at 5p.m (ADT) October 14, 2023

The Colchester-East Hants Public Library (CEHPL) is seeking an Executive Director and Chief Librarian to provide leadership and vision for a progressive regional public library system dedicated to building strong and inclusive communities, collections, and connections, located in central Nova Scotia.

The successful candidate will provide professional expertise and strategic leadership for a dynamic, cross-functional team of 56 (32 FTEs), serving a population of over 74,500 in the municipalities of Colchester, East Hants, Truro and Stewiacke, through five branches, a regional headquarters, and a variety of outreach services. The main branch and regional headquarters are located in downtown Truro, in a newly renovated and expanded heritage building in the heart of the town’s civic square. Truro’s central location gives access to a town or rural lifestyle. Halifax, Atlantic Canada’s largest city, is only an hour’s drive away.

Working closely with the five-member Regional Management Team and reporting to the CEHPL Board, the Executive Director and Chief Librarian ensures cost-effective and quality public library service throughout the Colchester-East Hants region through strategic planning; policy development; management of CEHPL financial and human resources, including an annual operating budget of approx. $2.5 million; development and maintenance of library programs, collections, and technology; nurturing community libraries and outreach services; working with communities through partnerships, advocacy, and public relations; and serving as Secretary to the Board, a 10-member governing body comprising representatives from the library’s provincial and municipal funding partners.

The CEHPL Board is seeking an Executive Director and Chief Librarian who possesses the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and values:

  • Proven leadership skills in a complex work environment
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage change
  • Action and results-oriented with the ability to recognize opportunities to improve service delivery
  • Commitment to community-led library service, with an emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Proven track record for effectively managing resources, including financial and human resources
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with multi-level internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to set priorities and inspire confidence
  • Ability to perform work with efficiency and accuracy while adhering to deadlines
  • Tact, courtesy and sound judgement in dealing with the public and staff
  • Current knowledge of public library and office technology
  • Awareness of trends in library programming, services, and policies

Valid driver’s license and ability to manage own travel throughout the region

The successful candidate will require a Master’s degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program. The candidate will have at least seven years of successful professional experience in a library system, including a minimum of five years of proven managerial experience. Business or management-related degrees or courses and capital construction project experience would be considered an asset.

An employment offer for this position will be conditional on the satisfactory results of a Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector’s Check, and Child Abuse Registry Check.

This is a permanent position that is available commencing November 14, 2023. The salary and benefits are in accordance with CEHPL’s personnel policies, at a salary range of $76,094 - $92,529.

A visit to the library’s website at www.lovemylibrary.ca will provide additional information, including selected polices at https://www.lovemylibrary.ca/policies/ and annual reports at https://www.lovemylibrary.ca/annual-reports/.

Application Process

If you would like the opportunity to work with the CEHPL and continue the development of innovative and community-based library services, please forward your application in the form of a resume and cover letter, either by mail or email to:

Norval Mitchell, Chair
Colchester-East Hants Public Library

754 Prince Street

Truro, Nova Scotia
B2N 1G9

Email: ceojob@cehpubliclibrary.ca

Application Deadline: at 5p.m (ADT) October 14, 2023

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CEHPL values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous Persons, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Women (applying for non-traditional positions), and Persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We encourage applicants from these designated groups to self-identify in the application process.


Salary range of $76,094 - $92,529

Closes: 14 October, 2023

Colchester East-Hants Public Library
Truro , NS