Associate University Librarian, Administration and Strategic Initiatives

The University of Waterloo Library invites applications for the position of Associate University Librarian, Administration and Strategic Initiatives to provide leadership in a collaborative and innovative organization:

Associate University Librarian, Administration and Strategic Initiatives (PDF)

The Associate University Librarian, Administration and Strategic Initiatives (AUL-A & SI) is a strategic leader and advisor, ensuring that all areas of the Library are well-positioned to achieve a cohesive vision and strategy. As a member of the Library’s senior administrative team, the AUL-A & SI is responsible for overall business operations and infrastructure, human resources and employee relations, and the design, planning, and advancement of strategic initiatives.  Reporting directly to the University Librarian, the AUL-A & SI is accountable for executive duties, initiatives and special projects that have far-reaching impact on the future success of the Library as the University’s information access partner, supporting instruction and research across the six Faculties, the Offices of the President, Provost, Research and International, employees of the University, and beyond. The AUL-A & SI works in close collaboration with the other two AULs to advance strategic initiatives in their respective portfolios, which include Learning, Research and User Services; and Collections, Technology, and Scholarly Communication.

The Library employs 129 FTE staff, across two main library buildings on the Waterloo campus (Davis Centre Library and Dana Porter Library); the Musagetes Library in Cambridge supporting the School of Architecture, as well as information services for the School of Optometry and the School of Pharmacy. The Library provides access to collections and resources of over 2.3 million titles, with an annual budget of approximately $22 million. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives holds notable primary resources in a number of areas, including Women’s Studies and regional history, and curates a steadily increasing digital collection of primary resources in the Waterloo Digital Library

The Library provides high quality, user-centered programs and resources through the development and support of outstanding, knowledgeable and empowered staff. The Library is implementing its Library Strategic Plan 2020-2025 with a focus on the following strategic commitments:

  • Equip scholars to navigate complex information
  • Re-envision spaces and programs to maximize impact
  • Empower staff to advance library services for learner success

Partnerships are the lifeblood of Library initiatives, on campus, in Ontario, nationally and internationally.  The Library is an active partner in student-focused programs, research and bibliometrics assessment, research data management and curation, and resource-sharing. Within the University, the Library collaborates with units and through participation on university committees such as Faculty Councils, Senate, Senate Undergraduate Council, and Senate Graduate & Research Council.

The Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), an academic library consortium providing premier access to digital resources and services to over half a million students and employees across 21 Ontario universities.  The Library is a partner in the Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG), which share collections storage infrastructure and jointly support information resources and academic programs of the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The Library participates in a number of professional organizations that support and strengthen access to research information and scholarship, including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Selected Qualifications:

  • Experience in operational leadership, strategic thinking and change management
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and sustaining equity, diversity, inclusion and access (EDIA) among staff (both recruitment and retention) and user-facing programs and services
  • Demonstrated experience in taking a strategic approach, tracking key performance indicators, and communicating tangible, compelling outcomes aligned with strategy, to both internal and external audiences
  • Experience with budget planning and allocation, and with aligning resource allocation with strategic directions
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in consultative and joint project management and teamwork

For more information about this position, and to see a full list of qualifications, please refer to:

Associate University Librarian, Administration and Strategic Initiatives (PDF)

Nominations, applications and additional information:

We welcome interested candidates and those nominating potential candidates to connect directly with Meredith Gillies, Talent Acquisition Specialist at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 33327 or by email at Nominations should include a brief supporting statement about the potential candidate.


The salary for these positions will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply: Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume to external opportunities at Careers at Waterloo.

Review of applications will begin on February 19, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate has been identified.

Employment equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all interested and qualified applicants.


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