Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Parliamentary Librarian, Library of Parliament

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada uses an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following position:

Parliamentary Librarian (full-time position)

Library of Parliament

Holding a special place in Canadian history, the Library of Parliament is the last remaining part of the original Parliament building, the Centre Block, on Parliament Hill. It is a fully functioning library whose collection and services support the activities and decisions of Canada’s democratic Parliament.

The Library of Parliament has six 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. Help parliamentarians inform Canadians about Parliament, its role and traditions, and the people and events that have shaped the institution since 1867
  4. Preserve Parliament’s documentary heritage and ensure access to its collections
  5. Keep parliamentarians informed and up to date, and deliver relevant news and information and
  6. Manages the Parliamentary Tours Program, which offers year-round tours of Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, home to the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the Library of Parliament.

The control and management of the Library rests with the Parliamentary Librarian. He or she is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of extensive and pertinent collections to support Parliamentarians in their functions as law-makers, overseers and representatives. The Parliamentary Librarian must also ensure that information concerning the Parliament of Canada is available to the public.

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

Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2018. Candidates must 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 Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Salary Range: $171,200 to $201,300

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, disabled persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for this position, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

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

If you are selected for an interview, 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 would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • 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

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.

If you are appointed to this position:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

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

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

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