Greater Sudbury Public Library Employment Opportunity

The Greater Sudbury Public Library (GSPL) seeks a dynamic individual to become a permanent Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian to head the organization at a unique and important time in its history. The GSPL is in the early stages of design for a new $45 million main branch, and the GSPL Board is embarking on a new governance relationship with the City of Greater Sudbury that will realize the organization's goals for both innovation and diversity.

The successful candidate will report directly to the GSPL Board and will lead the delivery of library services through 13 branches across the city.

The Community

A vibrant and affordable place to live, Greater Sudbury is the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario. The city is home to over 160,000 residents and serves a much larger regional population as the centre of post-secondary education, healthcare and retail. Schools of architecture and medicine, a new Place des arts, Kivi Park, and a new state-of-the-art arena are recent and forthcoming additions to a growing family-friendly community

The Greater Sudbury Public Library serves a community located on the lands of the Anishnawbek Peoples and within the territory of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. This is this the traditional territory of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, the Wahnapitae First Nation and the Sagamok First Nation.

It is home to the third largest French-speaking population in Canada outside of Quebec and is a centre of Franco-Ontarien history and culture. The 87 flags on the city's Bridge of Nations celebrate local ethnic diversity, multiculturalism and commitment to unity and peace.

Geographically, Greater Sudbury is the largest municipality in Ontario and contains almost two dozen unique town centres of various sizes. The area is blessed with natural beauty that is easily accessed from urban and residential areas through a highly developed Rainbow Routes trail system. Four distinct seasons and 330 freshwater lakes make Greater Sudbury a haven for outdoor enthusiasts that is an easy and scenic drive from downtown Toronto.

The Opportunity

In many ways, the successful candidate for this position will be Greater Sudbury Public Library's founding CEO and Chief Librarian.

Following recommendations of the City's Auditor General in 2019, the City of Greater Sudbury and the GSPL are working together to devolve additional responsibilities and governance authority to the GSPL Board. This process is underway and several interim strategies have been adopted.

Development of a permanent operating and partnership agreement and establishment of final terms has been paused to allow the new CEO to lead the GSPL through this process.

At the same time, the City of Greater Sudbury and the GSPL are partners on an exciting new development in the City's downtown.

Known as Junction East, this new facility will house a new central branch for the library as well as a new home for the Art Gallery of Sudbury. The Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association and the Sudbury Theatre Centre are also integral partners in this effort. Together, they will bring vitality and exciting programming to the heart of the community.

The roots of this project date back to a presentation by the GSPL Board to City Council in late 2015. It has advanced to the point where an architectural team will finalize a schematic design over the next few months. The new CEO/Chief Librarian will lead the finalization of space allocation and interior space usage in this new facility, as well as operational transition and change management over the next few years.

The new CEO/Chief Librarian will assist the GSPL and its Board in developing new strategies and approaches to deliver effective and efficient services that reflect the needs and diversity of the community.

Services to the local Franco-Ontarien community require review. There is a strong desire to improve responsiveness to the needs of other citizen communities, including the Indigenous peoples of our region, Immigrants and Newcomers from around the world.

The City of Greater Sudbury covers a large geographic area and the GSPL has a presence in many of our local communities with physical branches of various sizes and staffing. The organization also has a significant online presence and many innovative services and programs that bridge the divide between libraries and patrons.

There are many opportunities for improvement and the new CEO/Chief Librarian will leverage existing and new technologies and approaches to bring the best practices in library services to our communities.

How to Apply

A detailed job description is available at www.greatersudbury.ca/city-hall/jobs-at-the-city. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online by October 18, 2021 at GSPL_CEO@greatersudbury.ca

Questions or requests for additional information can be submitted to the same address. Information about living in, or relocating to, Greater Sudbury is available at www.hitrefreshsudbury.ca

The Greater Sudbury Public Library thanks all who express an interest; however, only those chosen for further assessment will be contacted.