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Associate University Librarian, Indigenous Engagement-THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA LIBRARIES


Associate University Librarian, Indigenous Engagement

The University of Manitoba Libraries invites Indigenous information professionals to apply for a full-time probationary or continuing position at the rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian, commencing with a five-year administrative term appointment as Associate University Librarian, Indigenous Engagement. The administrative term may be extended at the agreement of the University Librarian and the incumbent; otherwise, the incumbent will assume a position within the librarian ranks. The successful applicant is expected to start July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary, rank, and position type will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and can be found in the UMFA collective agreement:


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications or equivalent experience:

· A Master’s degree in library, archival or information studies from an ALA-accredited or equivalent institution;

· Experience working in a library or archives;

· Demonstrated ability to build relationships and lead teams;

· Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities and scholars;

· Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in libraries especially related to supporting reconciliation and/or resurgence of Indigenous identities and communities and/or decolonization of data and library spaces;

· Experience working with traditional cultural expression;

· Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload in a timely and effective manner;

· Effective oral and written communication skills;

· Experience cultivating collaborative working relationships with staff, library colleagues, faculty, students, campus partners, and external partners.

Additional consideration will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:

· Experience working in a post-secondary institution or similar setting;

· Experience in developing and implementing budgets and strategic and operating plans;

· Leadership, management, or supervisory experience;

· Leadership training or development from a leadership program.

Working closely with the senior management team and reporting to the University Librarian, the incumbent is responsible for working with the university librarian and associate university librarians in planning and realizing the Libraries’ strategic goals, particularly those related to Indigenous engagement, including promoting Reconciliation within the Libraries and the University and helping to address anti-Indigenous racism. A more detailed position description is available at: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

The University of Manitoba Libraries ( are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. The libraries consist of 3 main libraries and 4 faculty/college libraries units located on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. With collections of over 2 million volumes, an annual operating budget of 28 million and approximately 150 employees, the Libraries support, enhance and transform learning, teaching and research for a campus community of approximately 38,000 students, faculty, and staff. The role of Indigenous people in decision-making at our institution is one of our core principles (see and the successful applicant will be joining a team that includes more than 51 Indigenous faculty across the faculties, schools, and colleges that make up the University of Manitoba community.

The name "Winnipeg" is from a Cree word meaning muddy water. It's been a gathering place for generations, and many Indigenous people consider this place the heart of Turtle Island. Built on Treaty 1 territory, Winnipeg is the birthplace of the Métis Nation, and it's where Louis Riel established Manitoba. Today our province is nearly 20% Indigenous by population, and Winnipeg consistently remains among the Canadian cities with the highest number of Indigenous residents per capita as is demonstrated in the rich Indigenous arts and cultural festivals and programs available in our city. To learn more, please see

( The South Point of Winnipeg, the area known collectively as The Forks, is officially named Niizhoziibean, meaning two rivers in Ojibway, to honour Winnipeg’s Indigenous heritage where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers bring people from three directions to meet at the confluence (

The City of Winnipeg (, located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, is recognized for its vibrant, multicultural community and diverse culture. The city, with a growing population of more than 766,000, is home to internationally renowned festivals, galleries and museums, the historic Exchange District and The Forks, and ever-expanding research, education, and business sectors. From the Hudson Bay waters, across the farmland fields, to the pulse of the cities and towns, The Province of Manitoba’s ( people and places – its 100,000 lakes, 92 provincial parks, winding river valleys and storied prairie skies – inspire.

Librarians enjoy academic status and are appointed to one of four ranks: General, Assistant, Associate, and Librarian, with possibility of promotion.

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applicants should submit their application referring to Position #31327 & 31336, including a curriculum vitae to the address below. Candidates contacted for an interview will be asked to provide the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three references.

Lisa O’Hara

Vice-Provost (Libraries) & University Librarian

The University of Manitoba Libraries

Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2


Review of applications will begin March 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

All members of the University of Manitoba community are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please visit the University of Manitoba COVID website.