Executive Director

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Created: October 4, 2013


The Open Planets Foundation is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will ideally be in post from December 2013. A job description and requirements are detailed in the link. Please send your letter of application and CV to Rebecca McGuinness (rebecca@openplanetsfoundation.org) by no later than 12:00 noon GMT on Monday October 21, 2013

Top-ranked candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview in London on 28th October and 29th October. (the OPF cannot provide travel expenses for this interview).

Job purpose
  • To lead, manage and develop the OPF and build an international community of practitioners working in in the field of digital preservation.
  • To develop and enhance the membership of the OPF and ensure that member organisations benefit from their association with the organisation
  • To promote and advocate open digital preservation solutions and services
  • To provide leadership and management of OPF staff and to run the organisation responsibly and accountably
Job summary
The post-holder will need to engage with the digital preservation community and build trust to
position the OPF as an international community leader in the provision of technical advice and guidance for digital preservation. It will require an understanding of other organisations that are operating in this space and a facility to work with those organisations to position the OPF correctly. It therefore requires some level of comfort with technical issues but also an ability to work politically, strategically and tactically.

The post-holder will also need to work closely with the OPF Board to provide strategic leadership of the OPF and advise the Board on the development and implementation of the OPF’s strategic
agenda. He/she will have an influential role, both nationally and internationally in raising awareness of the OPF, building and maintaining key relationships that will help to further the OPF’s work, and managing and developing services to maintain its position as a leading player in digital preservation.

The post-holder will be pivotal in communications with member institutions and will be the primary conduit between the Board and the membership. The Executive Director will be expected to take primary ownership of how satisfied the wider membership is with the direction of travel of the organisation and provide the Board with regular updates and recommendations for refreshing and renewing the value of the organisation. The post-holder will therefore be responsible for the upkeep and delivery of the OPF’s b

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