Sunday, 6 October 2013

Job Opportunity: Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Apparently the search is still on. The position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada was advertised in the Globe and Mail recently.

I like the emphasis on being an"exceptional relationship builder and know how to engender engagement and foster collaboration among internal and external stakeholders and partners alike."
Note the second rank priority given to "professional experience relating to libraries, archives and/or documentary heritage". Also that proficiency in both official languages is not a requirement, only preferred."

Here is the position description from http://goo.gl/lTpvRl:

Librarian and Archivist of Canada
A passionate and engaging leader of libraries, archives and documentary heritage.
Library and Archives Canada was established in 2004 to bring together the collections, services and expertise of the former National Archives of Canada and National Library of Canada. As a national institution and member of the Canadian Heritage portfolio, the Agency is responsible for preserving the documentary heritage of Canada for present and future generations. To this end, it facilitates cooperation among communities in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
As head of Library and Archives Canada, you will provide strategic leadership for the management of the Agency’s resources and assets, and the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations in meeting mandated objectives. Motivated by significant challenge and transformation, you bring experience in leading the development of strategy and plans as a roadmap for implementing successful organizational change. You are an exceptional relationship builder and know how to engender engagement and foster collaboration among internal and external stakeholders and partners alike.
You bring experience at the senior executive level, ideally within a large, diversified private or public sector organization, and proven success in managing financial and human resources as well as implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices. Your professional experience relating to libraries, archives and/or documentary heritage is an asset. A superior communicator, you are able to develop and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders and act as the Agency’s spokesperson with the media and various audiences.
Knowledgeable about the legislative framework, mandate and activities of Library and Archives Canada, and the challenges and opportunities currently facing the library, archival and documentary heritage industries, you are equipped to lead and manage this public institution, and provide the vision and strategic direction it needs to carry out its mandate today and into the future. Proficiency in both official languages is preferred. A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience, is expected. You must be prepared to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance, and to travel as required across Canada and abroad.
Please reply in confidence to bac-lac@amropknightsbridge.com, with a current resume referencing the position. We appreciate your interest and will contact you if a meeting is required.
The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments are representative of Canada’s regions and official languages, as well as of women, Aboriginal peoples, disabled persons and visible minorities.
Do you measure up?


1 comment:

Barbara Tose said...

Unbelievable! Professional experience is not just given second priority (it is even lower on the list) but it is only considered an ASSET, not a necessity. And to make the laguage profile "preferred" when I know of much lower jobs, which truly have no need to be bilingual, posted as bilingual IMPERATIVE is absolutely appalling! Surely our National Librarian and Archivist needs to be bilingual!