Executive Director

Executive Director

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15 Mar 17 Apr Den Haag

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Are you a natural networker who thrives in an international environment? Is your mission to advance the Open Science Agenda? Then we invite you to apply to be LIBER’s next Executive Director.

Job description

As the Executive Director of LIBER, you will be responsible for: 

  • Coordinating and implementing LIBER’s Strategy.
  • Management of the LIBER Office, including finances and supervision of the LIBER Office staff (8 direct reports).
  • Contacts between LIBER and the European Commission, stakeholders and LIBER’s strategic partners.
  • LIBER’s advocacy and policy campaigns at the European level.
  • Development of the LIBER Network of Participants.
  • Programming and (co-)organising of LIBER events.
  • Development of sponsorships The Executive Director will report directly to the President of LIBER and will work closely with the LIBER Executive Board.




  • A master degree or equivalent qualification
  • A thorough knowledge of current developments in the European research library field, including Open Science
  • Demonstrable staff management skills and budget responsibility 
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and networking skills
  • Experience with different types of governance, including working with a Board
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English, knowledge of Dutch is desirable 
  • Project management experience (desirable)

This position requires a valid EU work permit. In addition, a residential address in the Netherlands is required.

We work partly from the office and partly from home. Occasional out-of-hours work is expected (including on some weekends i.e., in association with conferences, meetings and other events).

We offer a flexible working environment in a small team.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: with a possible extension.

  • Working at the forefront of the landscape of research libraries.
  • A broad scope of responsibilities, and a flexible and friendly working environment;
  • You will be part of a young and ambitious international team with a passion for research libraries.
  • Salary scale 13, between €5,657 and €6,890, based on the Collective Labour Agreement WVOI (CAO-OI). Scale adjustable, depending on seniority, qualifications, and expertise.
  • Excellent secondary benefits: an excellent pension scheme, an allowance for travel and mobile expenses, a holiday allowance (8%), 42 holidays, and a year-end bonus (8,33%).
  • An informal and creative working environment.
  • A 12-months contract will be offered initially with a possible extension, depending on performance and funding.


LIBER is Europe’s largest research library network. We help our university, national, and special libraries to support world-class research.

Founded in 1971 and based in The Hague, LIBER is a partner in many European projects that address barriers on the path towards Open Science. LIBER is seeking an Executive Director to coordinate and implement our strategic actions, manage the LIBER Office, and advocate for our research library members at the European level.


  • Research, development, innovation; Management
  • Agriculture; Natural sciences; Engineering; Health; Economics; Food; Language and culture; Behaviour and society; Law
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €5657—€6890 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT LI 20230305


Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE, Den Haag

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