Position Title:  Rural Branch Manager

Employment Terms: This is a full-time, permanent position, 37.5 hours per week; with a cost-shared benefits package.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Location: Headquarters Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Start Date: February 1, 2022 or ASAP

Job Description:

Chinook Regional Library is recruiting an experienced Manager for our 30 small rural public library branches which serve a remote, rural population of 47,000 throughout Southwest Saskatchewan.

Reporting Relationships:

The Rural Branch Manager reports to the Director of Chinook Regional Library.

Thirty part-time branch staff report to the Rural Branch Manager.

Scope of Duties:

Ideally, we are looking for a Librarian with a recent MLIS degree, who has proven managerial expertise with

  • staff recruitment, training, policy development and supervision in a non-union environment,
  • proficient with Information Technology programming including ebooks, Makerspace, mobile devices and social media,
  • maintenance of Content Management of our Website [Drupal 9.2.7] and our social media,
  • Public Library Collection Development, including selection and deselection,
  • Rural Community Development with local library boards and the public, which guides the implementation of our rural public services, and
  • willingness to serve on various library committees at local, regional and provincial levels.

Public libraries throughout Saskatchewan are

  • legislated through the Public Libraries Act, 1996,
  • required to provide evidence-based financial reporting in order to receive operational funding from both the provincial Ministry of Education and local urban and rural Municipalities,
  • belong to the province-wide Saskatchewan Integrated Library System [SILS], and
  • operate Polaris/LEAP circulation system province-wide.


  • Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited university program,
  • a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract. This position requires travel throughout the Chinook region and to meetings throughout the province.
  • a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • show a Covid-19 completed vaccination a condition to be employed.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a cover letter, convincing us why you should be the next Rural Branch Manager, and resume to Kathryn Foley, Director of Chinook Regional Library at kfoley@chinook.lib.sk.ca. For further information, please contact the Director at 1-306-773-3186 ext. 222

Position Title:                     Library Branch Manager

Location:                             Swift Current Branch

Start Date:                          February 1, 2022 or ASAP

Closing date:                      Interviews to begin the week of January 18, 2022

Rate of Pay:                        To be negotiated depending on qualifications

Term:                                    Permanent Full-time, 37.5 hours weekly

Job Description:              

Reports to the Chinook Regional Library Director and supervises all Swift Current branch staff.  The branch manager also works with the Rural Branch Manager, Business Manager, and the City of Swift Current.

Key Duties and Roles

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the library
  • Plans strategically for the future of the library
  • Acts as secretary to the local library board and works collaboratively with the board in developing and supporting the library’s goals and objectives
  • Acts as a liaison between the branch and the Chinook Regional Library to the community of Swift Current
  • A member of the Chinook Regional Library management team and provides reference and program expertise throughout Chinook Regional Library.

Key management duties:

Customer service

  • Plan and supervise programs and services that support the goals and mission of the library
  • Monitor patron satisfaction and make adjustments and improvements to programs and services where required
  • Respond to patron complaints
  • Ensure excellent customer service is provided at the branch
  • Maintain a high standard of reference service

Human resources

  • Maintain harmonious relations between staff both in the branch and the region
  • Responsible for hiring, monitoring, supervising and evaluating branch staff in consultation with the Director
  • Responsible for scheduling staff, staff timesheets and leave approval


  • Monitors branch petty cash
  • Ensures good cash-handling practices and controls are in place at the branch
  • Branch-related banking and bill paying
  • Allocate the branch capital budget from the city
  • Provide information on branch needs for the CRL budget
  • Time permitting, apply for grants
  • Time permitting, may be involved in fundraising

Regional duties

  • Works as part of the regional management team on strategic planning initiatives and regional programs
  • Provides input to policy development
  • May assist in training regional staff
  • Participates on provincial committees as assigned

Community relations duties

  • Act as a goodwill ambassador for both the local branch and CRL when dealing with the public, funders or outside agencies
  • Monitors all branch communications to ensure appropriate, professional messages
  • Maintain excellent relations with city staff and officials


  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Strong Computer skills including Microsoft Office, keyboarding speed of 35 wpm, Internet searching skills
  • Familiarity with the Chinook Regional Library website and the library circulation system is an asset
  • Understanding and appreciation of the philosophy of public library service to people of different ages and cultural backgrounds
  • Experience with customer service in a busy environment
  • Able to respond with tact, politeness and good judgement to the needs of patrons
  • Familiar with public library collections and resources; knowledge of Dewey Decimal System
  • Able to stand for periods of time, able to bend and shelve books, able to move library furniture as needed, able to lift boxes of books up to 18 kg.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Required to obtain Safe Places Certification which includes an online training program, and RCMP Criminal Record & Vulnerable Sector Check. To show Covid-19 completed vaccination a condition to be employed.

Please apply in writing outlining your qualifications, experience, and availability to Kathryn Foley, Director Chinook Regional Library, at kfoley@chinook.lib.sk.ca  For further information, please contact the Director at 1-306-773-3186 ext. 222

The review of applications will begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

We thank all those who apply, however, due to the volume of applications, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.