Library Director

The Grande Prairie Public Library Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision to the organization and leveraging high-quality public library service to enhance community development. The Library Director plans, organizes and manages all facets of GPPL operations to meet the needs of the communities served within the strategic, policy and financial framework established by the Board. The Library Director oversees a $4.5M annual operating budget and leads a team of 58 staff in a growth and team-based environment.


Board Governance Support

  • Provides leadership, guidance and support to the Board in effective Board governance and policy setting for Library services and programs.
  • Ensures that policies are reviewed by the Board on a regular basis.
  • Keeps the Board informed of relevant developments in governance, issues, library and information services.
  • Ensures the effective implementation of Board policies and decisions.

Strategic Planning

  • Provides leadership in strategic planning with the Board to ensure that current directions are articulated with clear goals and indicators of success.
  • Establishes an operational action plan consistent with Board strategic plans for Board approval with regular reports of achievement of objectives, analysis of variances and recommendations for modifications and future considerations.

Community Engagement and Communications

  • Maintains positive working relationships with appropriate community agencies and organizations to frame community issues and GPPL’s role; establishes effective partnerships.
  • Maintains positive working relationships with appropriate municipal and provincial bodies and departments.
  • Participates in professional and community associations at the local, provincial and national level as appropriate, and is a recognizable figurehead of GPPL.
  • Organizational Leadership and Development
  • Positions GPPL as a leader in innovative library services.
  • Ensures that high quality customer service is delivered whether in person or digitally.
  • Directs, plans, organize, recruits, coordinates, controls and evaluates the operation of the Library and its impact on the community.
  • Maintains a strong and effective senior management team to support continual improvement, capacity development, and effective decision-making.

Financial Oversight and Reporting

  • Develops an annual budget consistent with strategic plans and maintains overall financial responsibility for GPPL.
  • Manages cash flow and regularly presents financial reports for Board review.
  • Ensures that sound financial structures and accurate reporting systems are in place.

Human Resources Oversight

  • Ensures that sound human resources practices are established and maintained.

Facilities Management

  • Works with City staff to ensure that physical facilities are safe and adequately maintained.


  • Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • 5 - 7 years’ experience at a senior leadership level in a public library is preferred, although those with significant experience in a post-secondary library would be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a vision, lead change and develop a dynamic team.
  • Broad awareness of library trends and best library practices.
  • A proven ability to work collaboratively and to forge strong working relationships and effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong financial, communication, human resources, and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated, strong analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience working with, and reporting to, a Board of Directors.


  • Involved in the high-level planning and the creation of a new strategic plan with the Board. As well, ability to operationalize the strategic plan.
  • Proven forward thinker with a track record of providing innovative ideas for new services and/or new processes.
  • Develop and maintain strong growth orientated & team-based culture. Ability to cultivate an inclusive environment.
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to lead and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a diverse group of individuals including teachers, staff, students and the public at large.
  • Effective socializing and networking skills; enjoys being active in the community; successful track record working with a diverse population; strong public speaking abilities.
  • Ability to coach and motivate employees and to assess work performance.


  • Leadership Skills: strong leadership and management skills; demonstrated ability to think strategically; team leader and a mentor; leads by example; shares and articulates a vision.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: a demonstrated record of success in financial management, particularly in the area of budgeting.
  • Communication Skills: excellent verbal and written communication skills; presents ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Interpersonal Skills: strong interpersonal and communication skills, including report-writing and presentation skills; ability to develop and cultivate strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Management Skills: values and promotes an open, communicative and collaborative management style; empowers staff while providing guidance and direction.
  • Customer Service Orientation: focused on providing superior customer service; understands and appreciates the effectiveness of working synergistically with others.
  • Organizational Skills: strong organization and process skills; meets deadlines; able to prioritize a diverse workload; able to assess situations objectively and make sound decisions; adept at problem-solving; decisive and accountable.
  • Professional: a high degree of integrity both personal and professional; honest, sincere, dependable and trustworthy.
  • Team Player/Team Builder: fosters a team approach; a team player but also able to work independently.
  • Technical: demonstrated ability to work with new and existing technology, i.e. new web applications / website.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Anurag Shourie or Samantha Chiu
Leaders International Executive Search
Suite 501 Fox One
10226 - 104 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B8
Phone: 780-420-9900


Library Clerk – Children’s Services (permanent part-time)

The Grande Prairie Public Library is seeking an individual with a strong customer service orientation and an interest in working with children.  The successful applicant will provide customer service to users of the Children’s Department, prepare new library materials for circulation, and perform other duties as assigned.

This position will start Tuesday, October 2, 2018.


  • Grade 12 high school diploma.
  • Good working knowledge of and keen interest in children’s literature.
  • Good knowledge of library services.
  • Good computer and Internet skills.
  • Good communication skills with children and adults.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service.
  • Completion of basic library services course is an asset.
  • Previous work experience in a library setting is an asset.

Hours of work:

Tuesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursdays 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hourly wage:        $17.74 (Library clerk, step 1)

This job posting may be downloaded here [PDF - 192 KB].

A full job description may be downloaded here. [PDF - 160 KB]

Review of applications will begin Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Applicants may submit a cover letter, resume, and up to 3 references to

Grande Prairie Public Library
101, 9839 – 103 Ave
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6M7

ATTN: Jacob Fehr

We thank all applicants for their interest in our organization; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.