OCUL Executive Director Search

  • Posted on: 20 January 2015
  • By: Anika

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) invites applications for the position of Executive Director, a rare opportunity for a leadership role with one of the most dynamic, highly successful academic library consortia in North America.

OCUL is an affiliate of the 21-member Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The position is available July 1, 2015, due to the upcoming retirement of OCUL’s current Executive Director.

Established in 1967, OCUL has a long history of being at the forefront of initiatives that leverage the creativity and resources of multiple institutions to build services greater than any could deliver on its own, for the benefit of students, faculty and other researchers. Today, OCUL collaborates in the development and delivery of enhanced, innovative, effective information services and resources for Ontario’s universities, through collective purchasing, shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications and professional development programs. An exciting new multi-year project is an in-depth investigation of future collaborative opportunities for information resources management. As one of four regional academic library consortia in Canada, OCUL engages actively in national and international dialogues and developments in scholarly communication and other matters affecting academic libraries.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, strategic, agile leader and relationship builder with significant experience in a university library, academic environment and/or relevant association. The Executive Director must be capable of exercising good judgment in a complex leadership role in a multi-stakeholder environment. As well as supporting the organization’s mission, vision and strategic directions, the Executive Director manages and engages actively in its administration and operations. The Executive Director fosters an effective working relationship with the University of Toronto Library (UTL), which provides Scholars Portal services on behalf of OCUL; this includes close coordination with the Director of Scholars Portal and the UTL Finance Department on a range of administrative and operational matters. The Executive Director supervises a small office staff located in Toronto, and is responsible for oversight of an annual operating budget of approximately $4.5 million and members’ e-resources annual expenditures of more than $21 million. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of OCUL.

This is a 5-year appointment as an employee of COU, with the opportunity for renewal. COU offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Consideration will be given to secondment from a suitable institution. Compensation will reflect qualifications and experience and be competitive with leadership roles in academic libraries.

COU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. While we thank all those who express interest, only those who most closely meet our needs will be contacted. Please note that OCUL will be assisted by The Portage Group in the evaluation of applicants.
To explore this opportunity in confidence, please send a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations to: ocul [at] portagegroup.com.

The application process will be open until the position is filled.


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