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Position: Manager of Programs and Services


Western Counties Regional Library (WCRL) is seeking a motivated, dynamic individual to join its organization. WCRL is a regional library system serving Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties in Nova Scotia, Canada.


The region is a key producer of live lobster for the world market in addition to scallops, fish and other seafood. Located in Southwestern Nova Scotia, the area features beaches, walking trails, historic sites, coastal living, lakes, wildlife, a rich cultural heritage, a low cost of living, and a large regional hospital.


Through its various partnerships and initiatives, WCRL strives to provide programs and services that have a positive impact on people’s lives while being a focal point and cultural hub for the communities it serves. Our 10 library branches and online library provide public library services to approximately 56,000 people including two distinct Acadian populations.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Library Director and working alongside the regional management team, the new manager will be responsible for leading the strategic development of the Library’s programs and services. They will assist in achieving the library board’s goals and objectives as outlined in the strategic plan. With well-developed leadership capabilities, the Manager of Programs and Services will also be responsible for managing library branches.



              Develop and lead a program plan for the region

              Identify partnership and funding opportunities for programs and services

              Work closely with the Public Relations Manager on promotions

              Oversee the programming budget for the region

              Participate in research and development of public service policy and procedures

              Branch management duties including staff supervision

              Participate in provincial initiatives and joint regional projects

              Coordinate outreach services throughout the region

              Other duties as required


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

     Completed post-secondary education degree

     Recognized Library Science or Information Studies degree from an ALA accredited institution an asset but not required

     Minimum of two (2) years relevant work experience including supervisory experience

     Fluency in both French and English languages

     Experience planning, implementing and evaluating programs

     Experience in grant proposal writing

     Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of emerging technology trends

     Demonstrated knowledge of and understanding of current and emerging library trends

     Strong leadership skills

     Applicable financial literacy skills

     Superior customer service skills

     Excellent communication skills

     Strong project management skills

     Demonstrated problem solving skills

     Clear driver’s license

     Ability to travel

     Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.


Employment Conditions

This is a permanent full-time position located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


Starting Salary Range: $38,504 to $43,263

- Compensation: Workplace Pension and Health Benefits

- Hours of work: 35 hours/week Monday to Friday with some evenings and weekends as required.

- Anticipated Start Date: March 16, 2020


Satisfactory Police Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check required upon hiring.


Closing Date

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


An application form can be obtained from any of Western Counties Regional Librarys 10 branches, or at http://westerncounties.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Employment-Application-Form.pdf


An application form, cover letter and resumé can be faxed to (902) 742-6920, e-mailed to [log in to unmask], or mailed to:



Western Counties Regional Library

405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS  B5A 1G3


For further inquiries, please contact the Office Manager at 902-742-2486 x 221


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