The Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) invites applications for the position of Manager. CFLA-FCAB is the national voice of Canada’s library associations. Our purpose is to advance library excellence in Canada, champion library values and the value of libraries, and influence national and international public policy impacting libraries and their communities.  Over twenty member associations work collaboratively to advocate on behalf of public and academic libraries, library workers, library trustees, and archives from coast to coast to coast.

Position Description

CFLA-FCAB seeks a senior manager to perform the day-to-day tasks to keep the Federation running and to support the execution of our vision and mission. This is a 12-month renewable full-time contract position, reporting to the CFLA-FCAB Executive of the Board of Directors, normally through the Chair of the organization.

The Manager, as the principal representative of the Federation, works under the direction of the Executive Committee of the Board to meet the vision and goals of CFLA-FCAB, including the development of strategies, performance and management of actions, and assessment of results. This is a hands on-position—while the Manager will oversee work performed by external vendors, the Manager has no direct reports and will be expected to execute most work as an individual. Broad areas that require development and attention for CFLA-FCAB to fully benefit member associations include: participating in the development of a successful vision of CFLA-FCAB, and facilitating the development and fulfilment of CFLA-FCAB’s strategic plan.

The Manager oversees the budget and assets to accomplish CFLA-FCAB programs and projects. The incumbent ensures effective communication within CFLA-FCAB, with related associations, and with government at the federal and provincial levels. The Manager is responsible for maintaining and developing the CFLA-FCAB website, writing and editing content, developing meeting agendas for the Board and Executive, managing the financial records of the Federation, and other responsibilities as required. This work is carried out within an environment of cooperative and contractual arrangements.

The Manager interacts with senior association executives, government representatives, elected officials, and members of the library and archives community, and must be able to adapt to a wide range of leadership styles and to diverse opinions, while moving the Federation’s goals and projects forward.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working effectively with the Board in the formation and implementation of plans and policies to Influence national and international public policy impacting libraries and their communities.
  • Recommending policies, plans, budgets, and strategies that demonstrate value to the member associations.
  • Working with the Board of Directors to establish an annual budget for CFLA-FCAB, and tracking revenues and expenses to ensure that the Federation meets its revenue and spending targets.
  • Managing the CFLA-FCAB website, Google Apps, social media, and other technology used by the Federation.
  • Supporting Federation committees with volunteer management, scheduling, development of agendas, and determining deliverables and timeframes.
  • Researching and working with financial models and funding bodies, to develop a multi-year business plan. Experience in grant applications is desirable.
  • Working with government relations firms to ensure that CFLA-FCAB effectively influences federal policy and budget allocation on key issues including Copyright, Indigenous Matters, Accessibility, and Intellectual Freedom
  • Establishing procedures for in‐kind contributions from libraries (service level agreements, etc.)
  • Contributing to the development and renewal of the CFLA-FCAB Strategic Plan, monitoring the Plan and ensuring completion of the various action items.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, including filing reports and managing policies and procedures.
  • Managing CFLA-FCAB events such as AGM, National Forums, and special events.
  • Working in close cooperation with the Executive, keeping the Chair informed of developments as they occur.
  • Recommending strategic initiatives to support the future success of CFLA-FCAB.
  • Maintaining effective relationships and communicating information and news to members.
  • Promoting CFLA-FCAB, and presenting a positive image to other library and archival associations and professional organizations.
  • Managing the overall operation of CFLA-FCAB.
  • Organizing Board meetings and serving as Recording Secretary for the Board; and
  • Deploying an effective and thorough communication strategy to stakeholders, libraries, end-users, and government, including maintaining the CFLA-FCAB website and social media presence.

Candidates should possess a suite of senior leadership attributes, with demonstrated success in delivery of organizational projects, preferably in the library or archival environment. Some of the most important attributes include:

  • Strong communication skills, oral and written;
  • Experience in website content management (WordPress preferred) and with Google Apps;
  • Bookkeeping and financial literacy;
  • Strong collaborative leadership skills;
  • Proven diplomacy and consensus building skills;
  • A spirit of entrepreneurship and understanding of organizational development;
  • Solid negotiation and partnership / service agreement experience;
  • Proven effective project management skills;
  • Government Relations experience and knowledge of relevant legislation;
  • Experience working with volunteers, association / non-profit operations and management;
  • Preferably bilingual.

The successful candidate may work either from home anywhere in Canada, or, if available and preferable, from an office location of a CFLA-FCAB member organization or affiliation.

To apply, please email a cover letter, current resume, and the names of three references to PDF or MSWord format is preferred for the application materials. The position is open until filled; the review of applications will begin April 3, 2017.