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Team Leader - Libraries and Community Spaces

Leadership role, Libraries and Community Spaces

Libraries and Community Spaces are changing the lives of Wellingtonians every day

Wellington City Council is seeking an experienced Team Leader for the Libraries and Community Spaces Leadership team. Based in the North Cluster of Libraries, the successful candidate will be responsible for a team of staff, six sites (two libraries and four community centres) as well as strategic portfolio areas within the Libraries and Community Spaces business.

About Libraries and Community Spaces

Libraries and Community Spaces are open for creativity, connection and innovation. Our work is all about people.Every day we touch the lives of thousands of Wellingtonians through our events, spaces, collections and personal interactions.

About the role

We are looking for a strategic, energetic and proactive people leader who understands how changes in society, technology, and education are changing the work that libraries and community spaces do.

The successful candidate will work with our staff and customers to help lead our vision of being open for creativity, connection and innovation.

Specific responsibilities of the role include:

  • leading, developing and empowering your team
  • working with the Library Leadership team to develop strategy, operational priorities and implement projects and work plans
  • developing strategic and operational priorities within the assigned portfolio/s and cluster team
  • owning, planning, implementing and reporting on initiatives and projects
  • working closely with the Community and wider Council to ensure that Libraries and Community Spaces are delivering our best service every day to Wellingtonians
  • fostering an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and experimentation
  • being an active, visible and trusted leader in the organisation.

A new Johnsonville library will be opening in December 2019, as part of the Waitohi precinct development.

This role will have particular responsibility for:

  • managing work across multiple project streams, to ensure that library operations in the new building meet the needs of the community
  • working with staff to implement different ways of working within the library and wider hub
  • supporting and promoting a positive shared culture across the Waitohi precinct.

About you

First and foremost, you'll be a great people leader and communicator, with a positive outlook.

You'll be skilled at empowering staff and keeping community needs at the heart of our services.

You can move easily between the strategic and the operational aspects of the job, and have a proactive and pragmatic approach to getting things done.

You will hold a relevant tertiary qualification, professional library/information qualification and/or LIANZA professional registration, and will have previous experience in libraries, information, customer service and community fields.

Applications close Monday, 20 May 2019.

To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 23264LNZ.

Want to know more?

For more information, contact Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager, Wellington City Council,


Closing date: 
Monday, May 20, 2019
Wellington City Libraries

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