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EASTERN COUNTIES REGIONAL LIBRARY BOARD
CHIEF LIBRARIAN/CEO

The Eastern Counties Regional Library Board is 
seeking a dynamic forward-looking Chief 
Librarian/CEO to manage all library functions and 
staff.   The Chief Librarian/CEO manages Eastern 
Counties Regional Library’s operations using 
skills in community relations, budgeting, human 
resource development, facilities and strategic planning.

Located in scenic Northeastern Nova Scotia and 
Southern Cape Breton Island, this library region 
is a 2.5 hour drive from Halifax.  Headquartered 
in Mulgrave, NS, the area includes panoramic 
oceanscapes and is a well-known tourism and heritage destination.

Reporting to the Eastern Counties Regional 
Library Board, the Chief Librarian/CEO is 
responsible for overseeing all library operations 
in a large geographic library region serving 
rural Nova Scotians in the counties of 
Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond.  S/he 
oversees a staff of 40, including 3 professional 
librarians, and is responsible for the annual 
budget of just under $1 million as well as for 
all aspects of financial management for the 
library system. The ECRL system currently has 7 
branches and 9 mobile service sites.  As 
Secretary to the ECRL Board, the Chief 
Librarian/CEO provides strategic direction, 
engages the board in advocacy activities in the 
community and oversees and develops operating and 
capital budgets for the Board’s approval.

The Chief Librarian/CEO provides leadership, 
strategic planning and management strategies to 
ensure a high level of public library service 
delivery to the residents of the three counties 
served by ECRL.  The incumbent is responsible for 
all human resource management within the 
organization.  In addition to working on a 
regional level, the successful candidate will 
also be involved in province wide initiatives.

Required qualifications include an accredited 
MLS/MLIS degree and a minimum of 5 years 
progressive experience working in 
libraries.  Further qualifications include 
significant performance management experience in 
a library setting.  Knowledge of emerging trends 
in public libraries, and superior interpersonal, 
communication, presentation and collaboration 
skills are essential, as is a personal commitment 
to the Canadian Library Association Position 
Statements on Intellectual Freedom and on 
Diversity and Inclusion.  Fluency in the French 
language is an asset and a valid driver’s license is required.

The salary range for this position is $53,472.10 
to $63,780.17 and includes a generous benefits 
package.  Moving assistance is negotiable.

Applications will be accepted for the position 
until it is filled; however, a review for the 
position will begin on March 31, 
2010.  Interested applicants should submit a 
cover letter outlining their interest in and 
qualifications for the position along with a résumé and 3 references to:

Ms. Shirley McNamara, Chair
c/o Eastern Counties Regional Library Board
P.O. Bag 2500, Mulgrave, NS  B0E 2G0
Fax: 902-747-2500
Email: [log in to unmask]

We thank you for your interest in this position.
Please note that only those candidates selected 
for an interview will be contacted.






Lesley Carruthers
Acting CEO/Manager of Community Outreach Services
Eastern Counties Regional Library
390 Murray Street,  P.O. Bag 2500, Mulgrave, NS   B0E 2G0
Tel. (902) 747-2597  Fax (902) 747-2500 e-mail: [log in to unmask]