Closing date: January 31, 2011

Western Counties Regional Library seeks a Regional Library Director/CEO for its 10 branch public library system in South Western Nova Scotia.

The library

Western Counties Regional Library serves 61,000 residents of Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties in Nova Scotia through its 10 branch libraries and Library Express mail service.  The library has an operating budget of $1.7 million and has a staff of 57 (35 FTE).    The library provides service in English and also in French to the area’s Acadian population. Visit the library’s website at for more information.

The system is based in Yarmouth, a dynamic seaside town which acts as the regional service centre for South Western Nova Scotia. Yarmouth offers a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, affordable housing and a friendly small-town atmosphere. See

The position

The Regional Library Director, reporting to a 16-member Board of Trustees, is responsible for planning and directing the overall operations and management of the region.  Duties include:
- Personnel administration in a unionized environment  
- Policy development   
- Budget planning and financial control     
- Fundraising     
- Strategic planning    
- Development of partnerships with governments and community organizations  
- Staff mentoring and development


-A Masters degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program       
-A minimum of several years of progressively responsible experience in public libraries, with at least four years experience in an administrative position    
-Strong verbal and written communications skills         
-Ability to speak, read and write English and French an asset
-Experience working in a union environment an asset    

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and enthusiastic individual with the skills to provide strategic vision and leadership for the library.  He/she will have:

-demonstrated commitment to rural living    
-willingness to participate broadly in the life of the region’s communities.    
-proven abilities in personnel and financial management    
-demonstrated skill at building partnerships and collaborating with other organizations, articulating and promoting the library’s mission, mentoring and empowering staff and developing programs  
-thorough knowledge of current trends, technology and “best practices” for public libraries        


Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience and will be negotiated at the time of hiring. Generous benefits package.

Applications should be sent by mail to:

Mr Gary Archibald, Chair
Western Counties Regional Library Board
405 Main Street
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1G3

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         Deadline for applications: January 31, 2011

Yvonne LeBlanc
Office Manager
Western Counties Regional Library
405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS  B5A 1G3
Phone:  (902) 742-2486 Ext. 221    Fax:  (902) 742-6920
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