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NWLF Job Opportunity

Updated 2018/01/18

Director, Northwest Library Federation

Position Description:

The Northwest Library Federation Director supports and facilitates the collaborative partnership activities of its seven member libraries. Reporting to the NWLF board of directors, the Director manages the organization’s operations, oversees implementation of policies, and ensures attainment of organizational strategic goals and objectives. The Director works closely with the Library Directors Advisory Group and is entrusted by the board to make decisions consistent with the organization’s vision, mission, guiding principles, and policy.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate is a demonstrated self-starter with the ability to work independently, influence and motivate a team, and provide leadership in a variety of settings. Strong communication, time management and organizational skills as well as the ability to devise, oversee and implement both short-term plans and long-term goals is required. Experience incorporating consensus decision making when facilitating or mediating discussions among stakeholders with diverse needs is critical.

The successful candidate must have:

  • deep understanding of Northwest BC communities
  • ability to travel within the region
  • experience working on or for a non-profit board
  • knowledge of the BC public library environment and legislation
  • grant writing experience
  • financial management and reporting experience
  • office and bookkeeping software skills

A background in strategic planning, government relations, event management, marketing, communications or fund development are assets.


Post-secondary education in the field of library science or equivalent knowledge and experience is preferred.

Terms of employment:

This position offers part-time employment at approximately 15 hours per week; starting salary will range from $25 – $30 per hour based on qualifications and experience, plus a percentage in lieu of vacation and benefits. The Federation operates from a subsidized home-based or virtual office.

The application deadline is February 2, 2017. To apply, send a resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the position to the selection committee at  Please put NWLF Director in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Oversees the day-to-day operations of the NWLF:

  • Assists in the development of and implements the strategic plan
  • Creates an annual work plan to achieve strategic objectives
  • Drafts policies and procedures for board approval
  • Plans workshops, author tours, speakers, shared services and special events in consultation with member libraries
  • Organizes the NWLF conference, staff and board development sessions, and NWLF meetings including the Annual General Meeting
  • Assesses the effectiveness of services and strategic directions and recommends changes to member libraries and the federation board
  • Measures program outcomes and identifies emerging issues
  • Develops and/or communicates training opportunities for board and staff
  • Hires and supervises consultants or contractors as required
  • Negotiates with vendors and seeks new service/product suppliers
  • Maintains membership information
  • Manages NWLF correspondence and files
  • Maintains and updates the NWLF website
  • Acts as a secretary to the Board; prepares agendas in consultation with the Chair and takes minutes for meetings
  • Ensures NWLF fulfillment of the accountability framework of the Libraries Branch and  compliance with the Library Act


  • Acts as a liaison to all member libraries and committees of the Board
  • Develops effective collaboration and communication strategies with the Board of Directors and Library Directors Advisory Group
  • Communicates regularly with the Chair and LDAG
  • Develops information-sharing processes to maintain a strong community between member library boards and staff
  • Represents the NWLF to other organizations and agencies such as the Libraries Branch, BC Libraries Cooperative, BCLA, BCLTA, ABCPLD and other Federations.


  • Develops and maintains an annual budget
  • Prepares the SOFI for submission to the Libraries Branch
  • Writes and submits the annual provincial grant report to the Libraries Branch
  • Manages accounts receivable and payable and issues cheques
  • Seeks out and applies for grants to support NWLF programs and services
  • Maintains the financial records and prepares monthly financial reports
  • Prepares year-end financial statements

Other duties as assigned by the Board