Located at the south end of the Sunshine Coast (mainland BC), just north of Vancouver, Gibsons (population: 4,605) is a charming town with a vibrant core. Perched on a hillside, it overlooks a harbour and faces nearby islands in Howe Sound. Gibsons is 16km/10mi from Vancouver, via a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. Gibsons has earned international recognition: it was recently named the “Most Liveable Community under 20,000” (2009) in a world-wide competition by the UN-backed International Awards for Liveable Communities. Gibsons is also recognized as a leader in sustainable planning and development. Our community is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and seaside charm. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, there are abundant opportunities for a wide range of activities including golf, sea kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, fresh and saltwater fishing, and beachcombing. It has an active arts community and beautiful gardens. The climate is milder than most, in Canada.

The Gibsons And District Public Library provides library services for people in the Town of Gibsons, and rural areas of Elphinstone, West Howe Sound, and Roberts Creek, a combined population of almost 12,000. It is governed by an independent Public Library Association Board, and funded primarily by local government. GDPL is a partner in the Public Library InterLINK network of libraries. Because of the nature of the small public library, the Director must be a generalist and fully competent to manage all aspects of a successful library, including collection, services, programs, community outreach, financial management, technology and the facility.

The Gibsons and District Public Library requires a dynamic library innovator as its Director to:

 Provide strategic direction in alignment with the Library Board’s goals and support for the delivery of library services within the library’s service area.
 Act as liaison between the Board and Staff
 Work collaboratively with other community organizations and library users to build partnerships in the community.
 Prepare administer and monitor annual operating and capital budgets and assures that operations are cost effective
 Liaise with all levels of governments and organizations on matters related to the Library services, including the Libraries Branch of the BC Ministry of Education, Public Library InterLINK, BC Libraries Cooperative, BC Library Association and other professional associations.

 Plan, organize, direct and evaluate library programs and services to ensure they align with strategic objectives. Allocate resources to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the library.
 Ensure risk management and liability exposures are addressed and monitored.
 Manage a staff of 6.9 ftes and make recommendations to the Library Board on staff complement and organization structure and works within a unionized environment.
 Oversee the operation and maintenance of the library’s physical facilities and capital equipment.


 Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science or equivalent
 3 – 5 years of progressively more responsible experience in a library leadership role
 Complete competence and comfort with all aspects of offering a successful library service (collection, services, programs, community outreach, financial management, human resources, technology, strategic planning, facility management).
 Demonstrated commitment to skill and knowledge development
 Demonstrated strong leadership, strategic planning, administrative and managerial skills
 Demonstrated success in achieving innovative change.
 Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

Salary Range $65,000-$70,000

For a complete job description, please see:

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Key Facts 2016
Population 11,761
On-site Visits 93,233
Total Budget $ 657,050
Virtual visits 31,284
Circulation 162,963
Programs and Outreach 475
Ebook and audio downloads 15,619
Program Attendance 6,526
Total Staff (FTE) 8 (2015 figure)
Registered Members 6,255

To Apply: Send your resume, a covering letter outlining how your qualifications match the requirements of the position, and the names of three references. Please include a one-page summary of your view of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the public library in a rapidly changing world.

The Board prefers to receive submissions in Microsoft Word compatible format only, sent to:

The Gibsons and District Public Library appreciates your interest and thanks all of those who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The search will continue until a successful candidate has been found. Please be advised that you may not hear from us until after September 5, 2017.

Related Documents:
Annual Reports:
Strategic Plan:
July, 2017

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