Associate University Librarian, Strategy and Planning (2-year mandate) Ottawa , ON


University of Ottawa Library

Associate University Librarian, Strategy and Planning

2-year mandate

Responsibilities: The University of Ottawa Library is a seeking dynamic, collaborative, and experienced leader to fill the position of Associate University Librarian, Strategy and Planning.

The University of Ottawa Library is currently in the implementation phase of an organizational transformation. As a result, the candidate should be comfortable working in an environment of change, have a broad understanding of strategic directions of academic libraries, and have a proven record of strength in several operational areas.

The functional divisions led by a leadership position are Research Services, Learning and User Services, Innovation and Digital Scholarship, Content and Access, Strategy and Planning, and Library Administration. Applicants should be aware that the portfolios can be expected to change over time to support the needs of the organization.

Setting: Located in the heart of the National Capital, the University of Ottawa is recognized as one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. With 1,200 regular faculty and 40,000 students enrolled in over 360 programs, the University of Ottawa offers a broad spectrum of high quality programs in both English and French. For more information, see:

Description: Reporting to the University Librarian and Vice Provost, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) provides strategic and administrative leadership for functions in their assigned portfolio. While each AUL position is responsible and accountable for an assigned portfolio, all AULs are members of the Executive Group and have responsibility for adopting a holistic, library-wide view in terms of strategic planning, communication, and fostering an innovative work culture. They share responsibility and accountability for the strategic direction, leadership, and administration of the Library as a whole.

All members of the executive group are engaged in the following:

  • Strategic leadership and planning
  • Operational effectiveness
  • People and working environment
  • Relationships and communications
  • Financial and resource management


The Strategy and Planning (SP) division exists to support the Library as a whole, focusing on those areas that enable or promote Library strategy. Specifically, SP will foster a strong planning culture. The division’s planning, assessment and communications functions all tie directly and indirectly to this process. This portfolio also includes the functions of development, academic staffing and labour relations, administrative support, and information management.

Specific leadership responsibilities for the AUL within the SP portfolio include:

  • designing and developing transformative approaches to strengthen and support the planning and reporting function throughout the Library
  • managing the complex processes associated with academic staffing and the administration of the APUO collective agreement
  • designing and executing a strategic communication plan for the internal and external audiences of the Library
  • designing and implementing a development program for the Library
  • developing an information management policy and procedure for the Library

Essential qualifications:

  1. An MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program
  2. Minimum of seven years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility, including leadership and/or management experience, preferably in a unionized workplace
  3. Knowledge of strategic trends impacting academic libraries, including services, collections, technologies, and spaces
  4. Understanding of the broader university governance context
  5. Effective oral and written communication skills in both French & English
  6. Highly collaborative and collegial, with the ability to participate in shared decision making
  7. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective change strategies
  8. Demonstrated ability to promote positive organizational culture, including the ability to engage, empower, and motivate people
  9. Demonstrated ability to advocate and promote library value
  10. Demonstrated ability in project management and assessment methodologies
  11. Demonstrated success using innovation and flexibility to address challenges

Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

As per article a) of the APUO Collective Agreement, the successful candidate will be excluded from the bargaining unit.

June 5th, 2019.

Ms. Talia Chung

University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)

University of Ottawa Library

65 University Private

Ottawa, ON

K1N 6N5


The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women,

Closes: 15 August, 2019

University of Ottawa Library
Ottawa , ON