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Board Directors – Calgary Public Library (WR: 701)

Calgary Public Library

Alberta, Calgary
Posted 8 months ago

We are excited to partner once again with the Calgary Public Library (“the Library”) in its recruitment of three (3) Board Directors. The Calgary Public Library Board (“the Board”) is responsible for the vision of the organization and evaluation of its performance. It has the authority for full management and control of the Library and assumes with that authority, the duty to develop policies related to its framework, governance, and operations. The Board employs the Chief Executive Officer of the Library, who in turn implements the policies and manages the daily operations of the organization.


The Library seeks to develop a Board whose members possess a keen passion for the Library and the role it plays in empowering community by connecting the citizens of Calgary to ideas, experiences, inspiration and insight. Board Directors are sought who demonstrate a strategic combination of diverse personal attributes, culture and community, expertise, social capital, competencies and occupational backgrounds so that, collectively, it has access to a broad diversity of experiences, perspectives, knowledge, connections and skills to carry out its governance, planning, stewardship and advocacy functions.


The Library is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion for service delivery and governance. The Library’s Board of Directors serves the needs of Calgary’s diverse community and Board composition aims to reflect the diversity of that community. Recruitment and selection for the Library’s Board of Directors will emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion of age, race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation/LGBTQ2S, socio-economic status, and occupational livelihoods.


Based on the Library Board’s most recent skills matrix review, preference for the upcoming Board appointments in October 2023 will be given to candidates demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following areas: extensive governance experience in the public or not-for-profit sectors (ICD.D designation preferred); Indigenous/Reconciliation background and experience; finance and accounting expertise (professional accounting or finance designation required); legal expertise; and expertise in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion practices. Candidates with the capacity and required governance experience to immediately step into a Board leadership role (Chair, Vice Chair, Committee Chair), as well as those candidates with ‘lived’ and/or reconciliation experience are preferred.


Board Directors terms are for three (3) years and term limits are set at 3 terms. Please note that during a Board year, each Board Director is expected to serve on at least two of the three Board sub-committees (Governance, Strategy & Community, and Audit & Finance). During a three-year Board term, it is also expected that a Board Director serve as Committee Chair at least once. Calgary Public Library orientation and training is provided to new Board Directors.


As volunteers, Board Directors commit approximately 10-15 hours per month to Board-related activities including preparation for and participation in Board and Committee meetings as well as participation in Library and community events. Active participation and engagement by ALL Board Directors is critical. Board Directors identify and develop relationships, build alliances and networks, and leverage resources in support of the Calgary Public Library, including a variety of stakeholders. They also support the Board’s responsibility to ask critical questions and assess critical information in furtherance of its governance, planning and stewardship functions.


If you are passionate about the Library’s mission and values, committed to playing a leadership role in our community, and possess the preceding core competencies, please consider an application.


We recognize that 10-15 hours per month is a significant amount of time to commit to Board related activities, however this monthly commitment is critical to maintaining an effective Board of Directors for the Calgary Public Library. We kindly ask that only those candidates who are able to commit to these monthly requirements submit an application for the role. To be considered, please forward a cover letter relating the requirements of the foregoing description to your background and a current resume to Susie Besler at [email protected].


In order to meet the required timelines established by the Search Selection Committee of the Board, the closing date for applications will be Friday, July 7th.



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