BC Libraries Cooperative Managing Director

BC Libraries Co-operative is seeking an experienced, passionate, visionary, and community-minded Managing Director to be the operational lead for the organization. The Managing Director will work with BCLC’s Board of Directors, Senior Adviser, management team, and staff to build on BCLC’s exceptional work as a national member services co-op and as a leading advocate for Canada’s library community.

The Managing Director will be accountable for the overall leadership and management of the organization, including Board reporting, financial management, and member relations. The MD will work closely with BCLC’s Senior Adviser on matters relating to government relations and external partnerships.

Building, inspiring, and coaching a collaborative team in a co-operative environment will be critical to the success of this position. As a technology-savvy social enterprise strategist and skilled manager, the new Managing Director will nurture the Co-op’s proudly mission-driven culture of openness and collaboration in order to provide cost effective and responsive services to its members.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director is responsible for building the member experience and increasing demand for the Co-op’s IT infrastructure and related services amongst current and prospective members. The Managing Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Member relations.
  • Organizational planning.
  • Communications and advocacy.
  • Revenue generation (targets; service delivery) and financial oversight.
  • Policy development.
  • Driving innovation in technology across all aspects of the organization.
  • Accountability to a Board of Directors.
  • Leveraging opportunities for consortium-based purchasing and economies of scale.
  • Identifying, evaluating and acting on emerging trends and opportunities that benefit the Co-ops’ members and stakeholders

The Managing Director leads a team of experienced professionals (approximately 20 non-union staff distributed across Canada) who are passionate about technology, member services, and the role of libraries in the community. Together, the team is responsible for an annual operating budget of approximately $1.3 million.

The Managing Director role is a full-time, permanent position. Please note, however, that academic or other secondment models may be considered for this role.

Education and skills:

  • A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, Business Administration or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • At least 5 years of senior-level management and leadership experience in related field;
  • Experience in budget planning and oversight;
  • Familiarity with co-operative business models would be an asset;
  • Experience managing large-scale technology projects would be an asset;
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written French would be an asset.
  • The successful candidate will be highly organized; able to balance multiple projects simultaneously without losing sight of details; diplomatic; collegial; discreet; a constructive problem-solver; mature; dependable; articulate; a superb writer; comfortable communicating with a broad audience of BCLC members; committed to fostering a workplace culture of inclusion.

Compensation and benefits:

Compensation commensurate with skills and experience. This position offers a full medical and extended health benefits plan (dental, life, disability, health spending account), participation in the Municipal Pension Plan, and 4 weeks annual paid vacation.

Work location:

BC Libraries Co-operative Offices in Vancouver BC. Consideration will be given to applicants who wish to work from other BC locations. This position requires extensive (approximately 30%) travel depending on the MD’s work location.

To apply for this position:

To be given assured consideration, please submit all required application materials by email in one consolidated PDF document no later than December 4, 2017 to:
Baharak Yousefi
Chair, Board of Directors, BC Libraries Co-operative

Required application materials:

  • A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  • A curriculum vitae.


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