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State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia is the largest public reference library in the State, with a collection focus on South Australian information and general reference material.  An exciting opportunity has arisen out of retirement, for a Director who will lead this iconic public entity as it continues to modernise and achieve the five pillars of its Strategic Plan: to collect, maintain, connect, contribute and develop capability.

The Director is responsible for overall management of the State Library, including Public Library Services, and the provision of high level strategic and operational advice to the Board, Executive Director Arts South Australia, and the Premier on matters relating to libraries and state policy.

Additional key responsibilities include the development and management of personnel, financial resources, collections and assets, innovation in the development and delivery of information services and programs, developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders, undertaking an active role in fundraising objectives, and complying with complex requirements of relevant legislation.

The suitable candidate will be appropriately qualified, with demonstrated success in financial, operations and resource management at a senior level, along with a high capacity to provide strategic leadership and vision.  Ability to lead and influence change, sound judgement, a strong customer service ethos, business mindset, genuine passion for and commitment to the Library and broader Arts sector are essential qualities for success in the role.

This is a rare and career defining opportunity to play a pivotal role in managing one of South Australia’s proudest public entities, and to positively contribute to the lives of its hundreds of thousands of annual visitors.

For a role description, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit

Applications in Word format only should be forwarded to Justin Hinora by email to 

Telephone enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Justin or Emily Taliangis on (08) 8100 8830.

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