Library Services Centre (LSC) is a not-for-profit purchasing and processing centre primarily for Canadian libraries.
We are seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide innovative leadership and vision in the operation and services of LSC within the scope of the organization’s policies and bylaws.
The CEO administers, plans, and leads all aspects of LSC’s operations and services, in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors and the Bylaw of the Corporation, and is solely accountable to the Board of Directors. The CEO is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporation.
Administer, plan, organize, direct, lead and evaluate LSC’s operations along clear channels of responsibility and
Advise the Board and recommend policies for the development of LSC to ensure that goals
and objectives, along with the needs of its members and customers, are achieved.
Establish a management team and an organizational structure that consistently meets thegoals and objectives of LSC.
Manage human resources and employee relations; promote an inclusive work environment:
Create a work environment that fosters high-quality performance.
Mentor and motivate staff to achieve excellence.
Ensure that adequate and equitable policies and practices are implemented in compliance with applicable legislation.
Administer and allocate financial resources in a responsible and cost-effective manner:
Recommend financial policies and procedures for the approval of the Board.
Develop annual budget for approval of the Board.
Negotiate contracts with suppliers for the delivery of goods and services.
Develop progressive plans to ensure efficient and effective operation of LSC and to ensure the delivery
of competitive products and services that meet the needs of members and customers:
Evaluate the needs of the market and develop services and products that meet those needs.
Establish strategic relationships and valuable negotiating climate with publishers and other suppliers.
Regularly review and adjust LSC’s operations to maximize cost-efficiency and effectiveness.
Foster progressive and positive relations with members, customers and suppliers.
Promote a highly visible and innovative image of LSC and its services.
Ensure that the library community is aware of LSC’s expertise and services.
Establish and maintain contact with library and publishing industry organizations.
Represent leadership at key meetings and participate in committees, workshops and conferences.
Maintain effective communications with the Board and facilitate its effectiveness by providing critical information and recommendations in a timely manner.
Minimum of five years’ senior management experience in the library and information industry, publishing industry, and/or a related business.
Ability to lead, motivate and inspire staff.
Sales and marketing experience, ideally in a position where compensation is directly tied to sales success.
Proven track record of creating successful sales / marketing campaigns.
Experience in a distribution or manufacturing industry.
Knowledge of the trends and pressures facing libraries and the publishing industry.
Experience and understanding of automated information systems and their application.
Organizational ability, especially analytic and strategic thinking skills.
Demonstrated initiative, excellent judgement and ability to work independently.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relations with staff, Board, members, customers and suppliers.
Proven Health & Safety track record.
* Relevant post-secondary education.
* Preference will be given to candidates with an MLIS or MBA.
Although education is important, candidates with proven career success in relevant positions will be given consideration.
LSC is a not-for-profit organization celebrating over 50 years as a supplier of material, cataloguing, processing and other services to its member libraries. LSC has more than 100 member public library boards. Membership is free: LSC’s operational funding comes from the provision of material and services directly to libraries, not mandated funding.
LSC is located in Kitchener, Ontario and employs approximately 80 staff. It owns a 36,000 square foot building that acts as the hub for its services across Canada. LSC provides print and multi-media material in all physical formats and in more than 30 languages to meet the diverse needs of its libraries.
LSC offers industry-competitive salaries and reasonable benefits, including a pension and flexible work schedules in an informal environment. LSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Visit our website at
How to Apply:
Please forward resume and salary expectations via email to
Salary will be commensurate with experience, education and other qualifications.
LSC will treat all applications as confidential and will limit access to them on a need-to- know basis.
Deadline: February 26, 2021.
Current COVID-19 precautions:
Remote interview process; personal protective equipment provided; social distancing guidelines in place; virtual meetings