BCLA now hiring an Executive Director

The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) leads the library community in advocacy, professional development, and support of intellectual freedom. BCLA ensures that all British Columbians have equitable access to information, ideas, and works of the imagination.

Organizational Profile

The BC Library Association (BCLA) is a non-profit, cross-sectorial member association with over 800 members, furthering the interests of libraries and representing individual and institutional members. BCLA offers opportunities for discussion, debate, and activities pertinent to libraries and the Association.

In addition, BCLA offers professional development opportunities for members and advocates
for issues that support members, libraries, and the community. BCLA coordinates and leads
opportunities for membership to expand knowledge and skills, and participates in formal
liaisons with provincial, national, and international organizations to benefit the library sector.

About the Role

The Executive Director provides inspired leadership and stewardship of BCLA’s resources to
support the association’s 800 members and advance and advocate for the sector. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director embraces BCLA’s values while actively engaging the library and broader community and networks in alignment with BCLA’s mandate. Through a provincial lens, the Executive Director provides day to day oversight of strategic operations, leads the development of professional development, and builds BCLA’s capacity and membership. This is an exciting opportunity to articulate the role of libraries in society and inform policy, while providing value-added, responsive programs and services.

This is a challenging and dynamic opportunity for an innovative non-profit leader who is
committed to driving and shaping the library sector. The ideal candidate will have strong
organizational abilities with excellent interpersonal, financial, governance and strategic
planning skills, as well as a commitment to member services and policy development. The
candidate will have education, training, and/or professional development (including, but not limited to, library sciences, and/or non-profit leadership) with over five years of progressive leadership experience.


  • Library sciences
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Governance
  • Policy development
  • Budget oversight

Skills & Competencies

  • Strategic planning
  • Collaborative
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Community builder
  • Social and cultural awareness

Contact Details

Harbour West Consulting believes in equity, diversity and inclusion are essential for the organizations we serve to achieve the business goals they strive for. We believe that everyone – no matter their gender, racialized identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, political beliefs, family status, socioeconomic status, citizenship status, or Indigenous status – should have equitable access to jobs and opportunities. We strive to ensure the recruitment process unfolds in a fair, transparent, timely and open manner to include individuals previously underrepresented or discouraged from participating.

Should you be interested in learning more about this unique opportunity with BCLA, please
contact Harbour West Consulting at 604-998-4032 or forward your résumé, a letter of
introduction and the names and contact information for three references, in confidence, to

Executive Director – BCLA (HWC March 2021)

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