Calgary Public Library is an award-winning network of 21 locations. It is one of the largest library systems in North America, receiving more than 7 million visits annually. The Library offers library services, community space, outreach, and access to technology and programs for every age, ability, ethno-cultural group, and socio-economic status. The strategic vision of the Library is potentials realized and the Library seeks to achieve that vision by connecting people to ideas and experiences, inspiration, and insight. In operation for over a century, the Library now has over 720,000 active members, with an annual circulation over 15 million.

In 2019, Calgary Public Library unveiled a new four-year strategic plan. Potentials Realized is the unifying vision of this plan, which promotes the values of inclusion, curiosity, and collaboration and strives to improve the quality of life for Library members. Each strategy contains three priorities that shape the Strategic Initiatives for each year of the plan.

We recognize that the place we now know as Calgary has a deep history. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nation, the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. Calgary Public Library serves the community on this traditional land and we honor all people who share, celebrate, and steward the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta.

Calgary Public Library is seeking an inspiring leader to execute and enhance upon the Library’s achievements and to ensure the continued delivery of its mission. The CEO will understand the values and direction of the Library as defined in the strategic plan and will lead the organization in delivering on these objectives. The CEO is a people builder and leader, community and socially minded with an ability to connect with not for profit and private sectors, donors, and government partners equally. Reporting to the Library Board; the successful candidate will continue to attract and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and continue to build upon the Library’s stability and strengths.

The role of CEO is demanding and rewarding, requiring an exceptional combination of leadership, a demonstrated track record of achievement, and a variety of personal and professional attributes equal to the challenge of this role. Key accountabilities include enhancing and evolving the Library’s image, reputation, and value within the diverse communities the Library serves, oversee a budget exceeding $60 million annually and be accountable for the long-term operating and capital budgets and financial plans and inspire, challenge, and lead a staff of over 700 employees (full and part time) and over 3,000 volunteers. The CEO has a deep passion for libraries and their place in society, which continues to evolve. They will demonstrate a personal and organizational commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, and actively promote equity, diversity and inclusion.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please submit your resume via the blue “Apply” button by visiting the Boyden Canada Opportunities website at  We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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