Appointment of Executive Director


Flexible, United States

ORCID is an international mission-driven virtual organization registered in the United States. Founded as a genuine coming together of the community, to solve the challenge of disambiguating researchers in scholarly communications via unique identifiers, ORCIDs is now recognized as a critical piece of research infrastructure, reaching over 8m registered iDs and over 1,200 members in 2020.

ORCID is now seeking a new Executive Director to lead the continuing development and success of the organization. The role requires a visionary strategy leader and manager who will provide thought leadership in building the research information infrastructure of the future whilst developing, leading and managing a sustainable organization. They will ensure that the organization is well managed, delivering a high-quality and high-value service to its members and to the research and scholarly community. Working with the Board, the Executive Director develops ORCID’s strategy and is charged with responsibility for implementation of that strategy through leading, managing and developing the team responsible for business and activities of the organization.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable strategic leadership skills and proven experience in the development and implementation of strategy in a relevant context. S/he will bring a breadth and depth of understanding of the global research ecosystem and the role that ORCID does, and could, play. The successful candidate will evidence a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and a vision and plans to advocate for and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization and field of work.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver in parallel with the public advertisement of the post. Perrett Laver will support the Search and Appointment Committee in the discharge of its duties, both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.

The success of ORCID depends on diverse representation from our community. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and we aim to ensure that no applicant or member of staff is disadvantaged or discriminated against either directly or indirectly.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing career and achievements, as well as a covering letter addressing the role description and person specification. All applications will be reviewed by the Search and Appointment Committee in late July. Selected candidates will be invited to meet with Perrett Laver for first-round interviews in late July / early August. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to prepare and present their vision to the Appointment Committee in mid-August, with a final group of candidates meeting with the Senior team and the Board at the end of August.

Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made in the strictest confidence to Perrett Laver through Laura Stuart. Laura can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7340 6229 or laura.stuart@perrettlaver.com. To express an interest in the post of Executive Director of ORCID, please upload your application to Perrett Laver’s website: https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4726. The deadline for applications is Sunday 19th July 2020.

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Quote Reference: 4726