Position: Executive Director


Role and Scope:

Membership of The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) includes the publicly-funded

university libraries across the Province of Ontario. The Executive Director is a member of the

OCUL Executive Board and serves as chief administrative officer of OCUL, reporting directly to

its Chair. The Executive Director works within a complex environment of cooperative and

contractual arrangements, where OCUL serves a pivotal role in the vigorous sharing of services

and resources amongst its members. The Executive Director works closely with the Board and

its committees to meet the vision and goals of OCUL including the development of strategies,

management of actions, and assessment of results.

Key responsibilities:


The Executive Director:


leads and manages ongoing OCUL programs and, in conjunction with the Board,

formulates and implements new programs;


manages the staff, budget, and assets of OCUL to accomplish the programs and projects

of the organization;


provides oversight for contractual relationships established by OCUL and, in accordance

with Board guidelines, may negotiate new contracts and licenses;


is responsible for maintaining effective relationships with OCUL member libraries, the

Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and related organizations and associations.


provides leadership and in conjunction with the Board, recommends policies, plans,

budgets and strategies that provide quality services to the membership;


facilitates and coordinates specific projects undertaken within OCUL;


has overall responsibility for program and project evaluation in OCUL;


provides progress reports to stakeholders, oversees web site development and



provides support for the administration of meetings, programs, workshops, and other

events and activities as appropriate;


ensures effective communications within OCUL, with COU, with various levels of

government, and with related associations and partners, to advance and enhance

awareness, understanding and support of OCUL’s vision (missions), goals, strategies

and services;


communicates and coordinates as necessary with relevant organizations and represents

OCUL as required; and


provides leadership in advocacy activities, by designing, implementing and supporting an

OCUL advocacy program, in accordance with Board guidelines.




Knowledge of existing and emerging library standards and practices;


Knowledge of the information technology and scholarly communication context and

dimensions of libraries sufficient to coordinate projects effectively and to contribute to

program and project results;


Master’s degree;


Ability to understand, explain and reconcile diverse institutional perspectives and needs;


Significant managerial experience in libraries, higher education or technology

organizations, including budget, analytic, and statistical skills;


Demonstrated success in project or program leadership and management;


Experience with regional, national or international multi-institutional cooperation among

research libraries, higher education or technology organizations;


Ability to work collaboratively and build consensus;


Ability to work independently.


This is a contractually limited appointment to be filled at a senior level. The successful candidate

will be based at an Ontario university, and the possibility of secondment will be considered.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is available 1 October

2006. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and


Permanent Residents will be given priority.


Deadline for applications to be considered is 30 September 2006. Applications, including a

covering letter and a current curriculum vitae with the names of three referees, should be sent to:


Cynthia Archer

Chair, Ontario Council of University Libraries

York University Libraries

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

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Applications should be sent by mail or e-mail, with a mail copy following.