Chief Librarian / Chief Executive Officer

Employment Opportunity Notice

The Greater Sudbury Public Library

requires a

Chief Librarian / Chief Executive Officer
Reporting Location: Main Library

Permanent position

Start Date to Follow Selection Process

The Greater Sudbury Public Library requires a Chief Librarian/Chief Executive Officer.  The successful candidate must possess the qualifications and perform the duties, as set out below. The current range of pay for this position is $133,115.22 to $156,720.06 per annum.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online by October 18, 2021 at Questions or requests for additional information can be submitted to the same address. Information on living in, or relocating to, Greater Sudbury is available at
The Greater Sudbury Public Library thanks all those who express an interest, however, only those chosen for further assessment will be contacted.

Main Function:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is accountable to the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board for the success of the Greater Sudbury Public Library system through strategic leadership and operational planning, executing plans, monitoring variance of plans, and evaluating effectiveness.  The CEO represents the library to its various stakeholders which includes users, the broader community, the media, municipal council, and other funders. The CEO also functions as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board.
The CEO reports to the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board.  The Manager of Libraries and Heritage Resources reports to the Chief Librarian/CEO.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Anticipates community needs for library services in a rapidly changing environment (e.g. demographics, technology). Initiates and leads the strategic planning process on behalf of the board; prepares annual operating plans to ensure an effective library which is responsive to community needs and emerging trends (e.g. the increasing use of new technologies).  Monitors implementation of operating plans, variances, and amends plans.
  2. Develops standards and performance measurements and regularly reviews programs and services to ensure that they continue to meet demonstrated needs (effectiveness) and are provided in the most cost-effective manner (efficiency).
  3. Develops annual operating and capital budgets; presents budget to funders as required; seeks out additional sources of funding, especially for capital projects.  Monitors variances and amends operating budget accordingly.
  4. Plans for capital renewal and expansion, develops implementation plans for new projects; oversees the ongoing operation and maintenance of the library’s physical facilities and capital equipment.
  5. Directs the personnel function by maintaining personnel practices; hiring, training, and developing staff; appraising performance; discipline and dismissal of staff; acts as liaison between Staff and the Board.
  6. Develops and strengthens the library’s relationship with the municipality, the community, the media, other libraries, government ministries and agencies, professional organizations, and potential funders.
  7. Promote the Library and Board efforts in the community and represent the Library in the broader library community, including participating in professional library organizations
  8. Ensure the development, implementation and maintenance of policies that reflect the service philosophy of the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
  9. Acts as Secretary and Treasurer to the Board; coordinates Board and Committee meetings and preparation of agendas, minutes and official records.
  10. As Chief Executive Officer, responsible for ensuring that the library maintains all appropriate records, produces all appropriate reports and government filings, and adheres to all relevant legislation (e.g. Public Libraries Act, Ontario Human Rights, Code, etc.)
  11. Exercises supervisory and personal responsibilities as legislated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation.
  12. Perform other related duties as required.


Education and Training:

Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program.


Minimum of five (5) years of related experience including demonstrated administrative and financial expertise.

Knowledge of:

Library technologies and the overall impact of new technology on library service.

Municipal government operations and intergovernmental relations.

Statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the Library.

Community and management development relevant to public library service.

Best practices within areas of responsibility.

Abilities and Personal Suitability:

Political acumen and ability to adapt to changing political circumstances

Articulate a vision to lead and inspire others

Develop, maintain and expand successful community relationships

Demonstrated analytical skills, problem solving, results orientation and creativity.

Demonstrated leadership competencies

Communicate effectively with all audiences; facilitation, presentation, interpersonal and presentations skills. 

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.

Requires day, evening and weekend hours at Library locations and community events.

Occasional local and long-distance travel is required.

Leadership Competencies - Strategic Implementation (III)


Competency Definition


Level Definition

Shaping the Future

Business Acumen

Understand the business implications of opportunities and decisions, and implement successful business strategies to improve organizational performance.


Applies broader business metrics

Judgment and Decision Making

Make sound decisions involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk.


Formulates a “big picture” understanding of the near-term impact of decisions

Strategic Orientation

Understand the business implications of decisions on one’s role, and link daily work to the organization’s strategy.


Understands external impact on internal strategy

Delivering Business Results


Work and communicate collaboratively within City of Greater Sudbury to create alignment within and across teams and groups.


Enables organizational collaboration

Customer/Citizen Focus

The desire to work closely with internal and external customers to meet and exceed their expectations.


Uses a long-term perspective; acts as a trusted advisor

Driving for Results

The personal drive to achieve results, and focus one’s attention on accomplishing key objectives and positive outcomes for oneself, one’s team and the business.


Makes cost-benefit analyses

Impact & Influence

Persuade, convince, influence or gain the commitment of others to get them to accept a point of view, adopt a specific direction, commit to an idea, or take a course of action.


Uses customized influence strategies

Organizational Awareness

Learn and understand the key relationships, diverse interest groups and power bases within one’s own and other organizations.


Understands organizational politics

Aligning People & Teams

Developing Others

The genuine intent to foster the long-term learning or development of others by recognizing and supporting their developmental interests and needs, and encouraging opportunities for learning.


Provides in-depth coaching, mentoring or training

Holding Self & Others Accountable

Hold others accountable to execute to high standards of excellence and hold themselves accountable to the same or higher standard.


Acts to address performance issues


Inspire others to work toward common goals by engaging and empowering them, and providing clarity and direction.


Acts as a credible leader

Enhancing Personal Effectiveness

Managerial Courage/Integrity

Acting with integrity, ensuring one’s actions are consistent with City of Greater Sudbury’s values and expectations.


Applies strong personal moral compass to strategic decisions and actions