The award-winning Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Inspired by our vision of being “an informed, engaged, and connected city” and our mission as a “free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information”, VPL is proud of its reputation of being the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.
Located in a city often cited as one of the best places in the world to live, Vancouver, with a population of 630,000, includes dynamic and diverse communities in a metropolitan region of 2 million. The next few years promise to be an exciting time for VPL with the 2018 opening of the top two floors of our iconic Central Library and the recent launch of our new strategic plan, VPL 2020, which will guide our services, programs, amenities, and resources.
With over 43,000 square feet of public space, levels 8 and 9 will offer library users a unique suite of service areas including a publicly accessible garden, an auditorium, community rooms and an engaging, interactive learning and exhibit space called Vancouver Stories. Vancouver Stories will be one of the highlights of the Central library. With its innovative exhibits, hands on activities, and thought provoking displays, it will showcase the stories and culture of the Vancouver Community.
The development of the two new floors demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, robust public service, and innovation. We are continually evolving our services and asking our users to rethink their old notions of what a library is and imagine what a library could be.
About the opportunity
VPL is seeking a creative, innovative and strategic leader to join its management team on a 2 year contract. As part of a team of enthusiastic Managers and reporting to the Director, Library Experience, the Manager Exhibits and Partnerships will be responsible for turning the vision for Vancouver Stories into an unexpected, engaging, interactive experience for our users. You will envision, plan and curate dynamic, one of a kind exhibits and experiences that command attention and encourage repeat visits. Your goal will be to create an experience that will be one of many highlights for users of VPL. You have the necessary skills and experience to utilize new media to reach new audiences in unexpected ways. Your vision will be achieved by working with VPL staff and through partnerships and license agreements with other agencies.
We are seeking a leader with outstanding communication, inter-personal and facilitation skills. You possess demonstrated ability to envision and create museum quality exhibits and experiences. You will serve as an ambassador of public library service in Vancouver and will work to build strong relationships with the library, archive, museum and gallery communities.
You possess a thorough knowledge of museum and exhibit operations, industry best practices, collegial decision-making and project management skills, and are flexible and adaptable in a changing environment.
Vancouver Public Library offers a competitive and comprehensive salary and benefits package. This is a management position, exempt from the bargaining unit. Additional information and leadership competencies can be found in the job description.
Does this sound like you?
- Creative, imaginative and innovative
- Skilled curator of museum quality exhibits
- Community focused and committed to public service
- Skilled project manager
- Experienced manager of a successful team
- Experienced in staff development and recruiting
- Creative problem solver
- Experienced change agent
- Evidence based decision maker
- Understanding of cross cultural competencies
- Strong evaluation and impact assessment skills
- Committed to the success of the organization as a whole
- Curious to explore challenges and to find solutions
- A lover of libraries
- A Master’s Degree in Museum Studies or a bachelor’s degree in a related field and significant recent relevant experience
- Post-secondary courses in management studies
- Knowledge of the issues, trends and best practices applicable to the museum and cultural fields
- Five years recent relevant experience, including a minimum of three years experience in a leadership role; demonstrated leadership and managerial skills; demonstrated written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated experience curating museum quality exhibit
Note: This is a two year temporary full-time position from 2017 until 2019.
Expressions of interest accompanied by a résumé should be submitted by:
Mail: Human Resources Department
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
OR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application review process will begin April 19, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.
Please quote the competition # in the subject line when applying electronically and upload your cover letter and resume / CV as one attachment. Ensure your application has one of the following file extensions: .pdf .doc .rtf .txt
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 is a condition of employment. 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.
Closes: 2 July, 2017
Vancouver , BC