Chief Executive Officer 


Posting Id 2531
Department Library 
Location RHPL - Central 
Schedule Monday to Friday 
Employee Group RHPL Non Union
Rate of Pay $175,860.00 - $205,716.00 Annual
Job Type Permanent Full Time
Replacement/New Position          Replacement
Posting Type Internal and External
Posting Date 04/03/2024
Application Deadline 05/02/2024


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Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) has served the community for more than 165 years. Now, as a 21st century library, it continually progresses by creating vibrant new spaces and places for the community along with its evolving and growing digital services. With a total of 105 employees, RHPL values empowering staff through teamwork, development, and a celebration of curiosity. Serving the City of Richmond Hill and surrounding areas, RHPL is governed by the Public Libraries Act and is overseen by a Board which consists of volunteer residents and City Councillors.


This position has a dual reporting relationship to support the collaborative partnership between the City of Richmond Hill (City) and the Richmond Hill Public Library, reporting to the Board Chair of the Library with a dotted line to the Commissioner, Community Services of the City. The CEO demonstrates strategic leadership, champions the development and implementation of library strategies, services, policies and operational plans as well as ensures a positive and productive environment for all employees. They are responsible for supporting a Library System focused on responsive and innovative approaches to coordinated programming, responsive collections and digital services and content that meet evolving customer needs in a diverse, technically dynamic and customer centric environment. The incumbent will be accountable for delivering key priorities, financial expectations and productivity commitments through LEAN, along with building strong community engagement and stakeholder partnerships, fostering positive labour relations and building staff capabilities.


The mandate is supported by a collaborative working relationship with the professional staff of the City. The City ensures that Library needs are fully acknowledged and supported by professional Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities and Communications staff, as examples. Collaboration between the City and the Board provides ongoing community engagement and governance oversight at a leadership level. The CEO fosters positive relationships with the City’s Director Leadership Team as an active member to ensure Library services are considered and to continually evaluate opportunities for collaboration.


The ideal candidate will come with a university degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Sciences, or related discipline. A master’s degree in library & information studies or library science is an asset. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 7 years of progressive management experience leading and managing at the senior level, ideally within a complex, unionized, multi-location public sector organization. They will have experience working with a governance Board and Board Committees, have refined their skills in strategic planning, organizational leadership, long range fiscal planning, financial and operations management, public relations, and marketing and have knowledge of Statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the library.


Richmond Hill Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Richmond Hill Public Library throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


To explore this opportunity further, please contact Andrew Anderson at or submit your resume and letter of interest in confidence below by May 2nd, 2024.




About Richmond Hill Public Library


Richmond Hill Public Library is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation.

This position may be relocated to another location in the future to meet service needs for the community. All applicants should understand that the ability to work at any library location is a requirement of this position.


The Library will require a current Vulnerable Sector Screening from the successful applicant as a condition of employment.


Attention Internal Candidates:  All current City of Richmond Hill employees are required to apply via the ‘View Jobs for Current Employees’ link on the City’s Careers Page.