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Chief Executive Officer, Kitchener Public Library.





Chief Executive Officer

Kitchener, Ontario

Posting open until filled.

Review of applications begins February 20, 2015.

With a fully renovated and expanded downtown library, four community libraries and another under discussion, Kitchener Public Library connects our community to a world of imagination, information, and discovery. Through responsive collections and popular programs and services, we provide a high level of customer and staff satisfaction. Building on strong tradition and a record of innovation, our new CEO will continue to position the Library as a critical community player. If you are that person:

You understand that urban public libraries are in the community development business. You are eager to identify changing community needs, form workable partnerships to address these needs, and keep us at the forefront of community engagement and technological change. You will develop a strong leadership team and involve our staff in new and creative ways with our communities.

Comfortable with a public presence and profile, you delight in attending community events, developing relationships with elected politicians and their senior staffs, and other community leaders, and speaking with vision and passion about the Library.

Financial constraints are everyone’s reality but with the current level of municipal investment, effective collaborations, fiscal stewardship and political acumen, progress is always possible. The Board values its constructive partnership with the CEO to ensure resources for growth.

Close to both outdoor recreational opportunities and one of the world’s outstanding cities, Kitchener offers affordable housing, exceptional arts, culture and recreation, award-winning public schools, colleges and universities and an internationally renowned tech sector. Downtown has been rejuvenated and the Library is a cornerstone. If big city amenities with a small town feel reflect your preferred setting, Kitchener would be ideal.

If this profile appeals to you, the Board offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

For further information, Library and community profiles, and detailed position description, contact:

Dr. Ken Haycock
Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.
Direct: 778.689.5938; e-mail:

Resumes, with a cover letter stating clearly the position being applied for, should be sent by e-mail to

Attachments are preferred.

Current professional references, with position title, relevance as a reference for you and contact information, must be included; references will not be contacted, however, without your express written permission.

Key Facts 2015

  • Population – 233,700
  • Total Budget – $ 10.8m
  • Branches – 5
  • Circulation – 2.64m
  • On-site Visits – 1.16m
  • Programs – 2,200
  • Website Visits – 1.25m
  • Program Attendance – 65,500
  • Registered Members – 104,600
  • Total Staff (FTE) – 119

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