First listed on: 07 October 2017

Executive Director Library and Information Services & Dixson Librarian (State Library - NSW)

  • Dynamic strategic leadership role
  • Pivotal role manages and builds the Library’s extensive, unique collections
  • Drive content delivery of online and onsite information services

Location: Sydney The State Library of New South Wales is an Executive Agency of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The State Library of New South Wales is one of Australia’s oldest and most important public institutions. Collecting actively since 1826, the Library preserves and presents the social, cultural and scientific history of our State and our Nation for the benefit of all. Its rich collections, both physical and digital, alongside partnerships with the public library network across NSW and other vibrant collaborations enable Australians to examine their past and imagine their future. In short, the Library occupies a unique position at the very heart of our civil society.

Primary purpose of the role:
The Executive Director, Library and Information Services & Dixson Librarian manages and builds the Library’s extensive, unique collections, the content delivery of online and onsite information services and provides strategic advice to the State Librarian on their development and improvement. You must read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Role description

Essential requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in an appropriate field.
  • Experience at a senior management level in leading multi-faceted services, including contemporary collection management and information services, the development, implementation and evaluation of information services and programs, and an in-depth understanding of current issues, challenges and directions of library and information management and technology.
  • Experience in business transformation and managing significant budgets and major assets.
  • Criminal records and probity checks.

Our commitment to diversity:
The State Library of New South Wales values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with disability.

Role status:
This constitutes ongoing employment under section 43 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, and the role is based in Sydney.

To be eligible to apply for ongoing employment within the State Library of New South Wales, candidates must be an Australian citizen or have the status of permanent residence in Australia.

To apply:
Complete all the questions in the online application, and submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest and suitability online. Please include in your cover letter responses to the two (2) questions shown below. These questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (half page each).

Q1. Please describe the methods you apply to ensure a culture of integrity and professionalism when dealing with internal and external stakeholders, particularly in the face of adversity?

Q2. Please describe a situation where you have had to explain a complex multi-faceted services issue to a diverse audience and explain the implications for both the organisation and the key stakeholders? What methods did you employ to articulate the organisation’s position and how did you ensure that your message was clearly understood? The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. Refer to the role description for details about the key accountabilities, capabilities and the associated behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements. Should you require additional information prior to making an application please contact in confidence: Ken Boots –

Applications close: 11.59 pm Sunday, 22nd October 2017  


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