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Director, Corporate Services

Vancouver Public Library (VPL)


The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 22 branches across the city.  VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service.  Consider joining our committed team of staff and beingpart of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.

About us

Located in the beautiful city of Vancouver, the award-winning Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Our vision is an informed, engaged and connected city. Our mission is a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information.

Our public library is the last freely available indoor public space in Vancouver – open to everyone. We help people of all ages to pursue their passions and to fulfil their creative potential. Across 21 locations and online, VPL is the most visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

We are located in a city often cited as one of the best places in the world to live. Vancouver, with a population of 600,000, includes dynamic and diverse communities in a metropolitan region of over 2 million.

About the opportunity

The Library is seeking a strategic and creative leader to join its leadership team. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the Director of Corporate Services and Facilities is responsible for oversight of service and strategy for four areas within Corporate Services and Facilities: Purchasing & Facilities, Accounting Services, Security Services and Emergency Management, and Events rentals (Events). The Director originates and leads: security and emergency management strategies, objectives, and practices that ensure proactive approaches to risk management and response across VPL’s 21 locations; financial management strategies, objectives, and practices that ensure responsive and standards and regulation compliant delivery of financial planning and management services to support the operations of the library; procurement strategies, objectives, and practices that ensure the library’s procurement practices follow best practices and all requirements associated with a public body, including any City requirements; facilities development and management strategies, objectives, and practices that ensure the VPL’s physical facilities are safe, healthy, and welcoming for staff and the public; and events rentals strategies, objectives, and practices that maximize VPL’s potential rental revenue across the Library’s 21 locations. The Director of Corporate Services and Facilities is responsible for compliance within the portfolio in general and specifically with respect to financial practices, building regulations, and security services.

The Director is responsible for leading the strategic direction, performance outcomes, organizational development priorities, and policy and resource allocation decisions for the Corporate Services and Facilities Department, ensuring excellence in service and organizational compliance with appropriate legislation at all times. The Director of Corporate Services and Faculties coordinates the implementation of services, policies, and programs through departmental staff as well as directly in their own work. This position is directly responsible for a budget of $3.5 million and over 26 FTE and is responsible for monitoring and leading the management of the Library’s $49.8 million expense budget.

The Director is a member of the Vancouver Public Library’s senior management team, working with the team to develop, implement, and monitor overall strategies for library service delivery through 21 locations and over 700 employees. The position acts as an advisor to the Chief Librarian, and to the Library Board via the Chief Librarian, ensuring the advice protects the organization from risk that may arise from issues arising in the portfolio’s areas of responsibility.

The Director represents the Vancouver Public Library when liaising with the community, media, and external partners. The incumbent demonstrates leadership behaviours and actions consistent with Vancouver Public Library’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

We require

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Experience: Minimum of 8-10 years of progressive management and leadership experience in an accounting environment. Knowledge of and experience in facilities development or management an asset. Working knowledge of relevant legislative regulations and acts including the Library Act, and Finance Reporting Act.  Proficient with programs including MS Office – Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Library Technology including integrated library systems, databases, internet applications and public interfaces.

Additional information and leadership competencies can be found in the job description.

Affiliation: Exempt
Employment Type: Regular Full Time 
Closing date: Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Library offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

As the Vancouver Public Library is responsible for the well-being of its patrons, a Criminal Record Check clearance is a condition of employment. Please refer to our policy for further information. Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Director, Corporate Services Vancouver Public Library (VPL) British Columbia

Expiry Date: 2017-12-21
Date Posted: 2017-11-21
Province: British Columbia
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