Manager Libraries

  • Are you ready for a challenge?
  • Want to shape our loved community spaces?
  • And lead the future development of our library service?

We need a dynamic, talented people leader who’s seeking an exciting challenge:

Transform the FIRST Public Library (1841) into the BEST Public Library by 2023.

From implementing our strategic vision to contributing to the upcoming redevelopment of our main library, and leading the operations of our Library team, this is a unique role. We want to ensure these public spaces continue to meet the needs of our community now and into the future.

You will be passionate about improving literacy and the role of libraries in delivering life-long learning opportunities. High energy, excellent communication and the ability to think strategically are important in this position.

Your leadership skills will be used to support the Team Leaders to provide the day-to-day operational management of our three public libraries. You will relish working in a bicultural environment, in a city growing rapidly in cultural diversity. You’ll also contribute as part of the wider leadership team across Council and deliver change initiatives in a library environment, aligned with our vision.

You will:

  • have an ability to lead people to a challenging vision
  • be an exemplary communicator
  • be a strategic thinker who can translate ideas into achievement 
  • have organisational brilliance
  • have a professional foundation of public librarianship and/or educational experience, preferred

Nelson is a vibrant city with a strong cultural, art and events focus, and our libraries sit centrally within the city and are widely used. We have stunning beaches, a playground of mountain bike tracks and walkways, coupled with high sunshine hours, making it a perfect city to be part of for both work and play.

Nelson City Council can offer you a flexible environment, and you will work alongside colleagues who are passionate about working together to keep our contribution to the Nelson community highly valued.

If this role excites you, please visit to view the full job description and to apply online. 

For more information about this role please contact Roger Ball, Group Manager Community Services, on 03 545 8729.

Applications close midnight on Sunday 10 February 2019.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: C63274

Location: Nelson

Closing Date: Sunday, 10 February 2019