Parliamentary Librarian - AMENDMENT, Library of Parliament

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Position title:
Parliamentary Librarian - AMENDMENT
Salary range:
$216,400.00 - $254,500.00/Year
National Capital Region
Application Review Date:
February 12, 2024
Opportunity number:

Holding a special place in Canadian history, the Library of Parliament serves the Parliament of Canada . It contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable, relevant and timely information and knowledge for and about Parliament.  It is a fully functioning library whose collection, branches, products and services support the activities and decisions of Canada's Senate and House of Commons.

The Library of Parliament has five key responsibilities :

  1. Provide customized research and analysis to parliamentarians and their staff

  2. Supply parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and associations with the information they need to examine the issues of the day, consider legislation and hold the government accountable

  3. Preserve Parliament's documentary heritage and ensure access to its collections

  4. Keep parliamentarians informed and up to date, and deliver relevant news and information

  5. Support parliamentarians in their outreach to the public by providing opportunities for Canadians to access, experience and learn about Parliament

Reporting to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the control and management of the Library rests with the Parliamentary Librarian.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Library of Parliament's website.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to achieve one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A graduate degree in Library and Information Science or a combination of experience and education in a related field;

  • Significant leadership experience at a senior executive level, preferably in a public sector context, including managing human and financial resources;

  • Experience in fostering and developing a leading-edge research and information management environment;

  • Experience building and sustaining effective relationships with clients and diverse stakeholders;

  • Experience working in a parliamentary or legislative environment would be an asset; and

  • Leadership experience in a library setting would be an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Library of Parliament's mandate, challenges and accountabilities as well as the legislation and the context in which the Library operates;

  • Knowledge of trends and developments in information and knowledge management in an analog and digital environment;

  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices and current trends in research and library management;

  • Knowledge of the Parliament of Canada and Canadian parliamentary democracy;

  • Ability to provide vision, leadership and strategic direction needed for the Library of Parliament to attain its mandate and objectives in a complex accountability environment;

  • Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures and controls to ensure the effective management and stewardship of human, financial and material resources;

  • Ability to engage national and international communities of interest;

  • Ability to foster a client-oriented environment for parliamentarians and diverse stakeholders; and

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with parliamentarians and diverse stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is essential.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Integrity and impartiality

  • Sound judgement

  • Interest and commitment to public outreach and education

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Tact, diplomacy and flexibility

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviors in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviors for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • If you are appointed to this position you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the indicate city or National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications (more information here) will begin on February 12, 2024. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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