Past Competitions

Director of Public Services

Nov 3, 2017, 14:53 PM
Competition Number:
Nov 17, 2017, 15:00 PM

Career Opportunity
Director of Public Services
Okanagan Regional Library

The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is seeking a senior leader to help shape the continuing transformation of public library services and the development of the library’s role as a learning organization, in alignment with the directions outlined in our current strategic plan (

Located in beautiful British Columbia, the ORL stretches from Golden in the Rocky Mountains through the wine and fruit producing lands of the Okanagan Valley to the semi-desert Osoyoos at the US border.  It is the 16th largest library system in Canada, with 29 branches, over 250 employees, and a service population of over 370,000 people.

Two Directors of Public Service (DPS) share the responsibility of directing the public facing programs and services of the library. Both DPS incumbents report directly to the CEO, and are a key part of the senior management team, along with members from finance, technology, HR, and Administrative services. Each DPS takes on a portfolio of focus (currently these are ‘partnerships and programs’ and ‘the customer experience’) in addition to directly supervising managers in either the Southern or Northern ORL branches.  The current vacancy will be assigned the Southern branches and the ‘customer experience’ portfolio to start, though assignments can change over time and through collaborative strategy developed at the senior management table.

We are seeking a candidate who has a true vision for ensuring that library service creates a positive impact on both our communities and our users, and is proven effective in sharing and realizing such a vision.  The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment and be skilled in creating meaningful collaborations with outside groups. The DPS is highly skilled in staff development using a combination of engagement, coaching, directing and evaluation techniques to ensure staff are empowered and effectively deployed.

A person of integrity and self-direction, the DPS will be open, respectful, focused and possesses strong communication, problem-solving, decision-making and organizational skills.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited library science program, supplemented with a minimum of seven years’ experience in a public library, including three years in senior administrative and management.

This position is permanent full-time 35 hours weekly.  Salary range for this position is $90,000- $110,000.   If you meet all of the requirements, then we would like to hear from you.  Please forward a covering letter, a resume and references via mail, fax, or e-mail to:

 Director of Human Resources
Okanagan Regional Library
1430 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, BC   V1W 3P6
Fax: (250) 861-8696

Competition #: 17-114
Closing Date:  November 17, 2017

Expressions of interest, including an up-to-date resume and covering letter, should be forwarded to indicating the individual’s date of availability to undertake the position as Director of Public Services.


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Status definitions

  • Screening: Posting has closed and applications are being shortlisted.
  • Interviewing: Short listed candidates have been contacted for an interview.
  • Final Process: Reference checking and/or testing is being conducted. A job offer is pending. 
  • Filled:  The competition has been closed.
  • On-Hold:  For a variety of reasons, recruitment activity has been suspended. 
  • Cancelled:  Cancelled.