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Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 14357

Updated: April 10, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary invites applications for the position of Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources.

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research intensive post-secondary learning institutions, with over 34,000 students in 14 faculties, over 1,800 academic staff, and 3,300 non-academic staff across five campuses. The University of Calgary is a young, dynamic institution ranked one of the world’s top 200 universities.

Through our Eyes High vision we have fundamentally transformed our institution. We have raised our global profile, enhanced the quality of undergraduate and graduate education, promoted innovation and excellence in scholarly activity, and provided significant returns to the community and economy both locally and beyond. The Eyes High 2017-2022 vision was recently re-energized following five years of institutional transformation. The updated vision, launched in the 50th Anniversary year of the University, will continue to provide the platform from which the university can leverage its momentum and aspirations. The University continues to serve as a beacon for change, for elevating excellence, and for building a strong community around a shared future vision to be recognized as a top 5 research university in Canada, with a strong focus on student experience, campus culture and entrepreneurial thinking. 

With nearly 50 academics and 150 staff, Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is a principal division of the University of Calgary, combining seven libraries on campus and across the city; two art galleries — the Nickle Galleries and the Founders' Gallery at The Military Museums; Archives and Special Collections; the University of Calgary Copyright Office; and the University of Calgary Press. With its recognition as a member of the Association of Research Libraries in 2009 and the opening of the Taylor Family Digital Library in 2011, Libraries and Cultural Resources has established itself as an essential partner in the success of the University.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and interfacing as a collaborative member of the Provost Team, the Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the LCR unit, and for the effective use of its resources. The Vice Provost will develop and administer a vision, policies, and procedures to ensure a high level of service to the community of LCR users is achieved, in support of their research and learning needs.

The ideal candidate is a visionary and inspirational leader who builds relationships with all levels of community, including University Faculty and staff, government, corporate leaders, funding partners, agencies, and key institutions and organizations, to communicate and promote the academic and research resources of LCR, and to maintain and further LCR’s reputation and profile as one of the top research libraries in the world. Preference will be shown to candidates who possess a Masters degree in library or archival sciences, in addition to extensive practical administrative experience coupled with knowledge of current and emerging technology and evolutions in scholarly communication. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is desirable.

Ranked the 5th most liveable city in the world, 3rd most ethnically diverse city in Canada, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to the University of Calgary, world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that support healthy lifestyles. Calgary is a city of leaders—in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. With the highest concentration of entrepreneurs and Canadian head offices in Canada, Calgary ranked 2nd in Canada’s Best Places to do Business. Situated in the sunny foothills of Canada's majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment. 

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The 10th largest advanced economy in the world, relying upon its abundant natural resources and sophisticated international trade networks, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. The salary range for this position is $160,000 to $230,000 per annum and will be negotiated based on the candidate’s skills and experience. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit:

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Boyden’s Calgary office at 403-410-6700 or forward your CV and related materials in to

The University of Calgary welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified peoples, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Indigenous persons.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

 About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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