Chief Executive recruitment

Salary: Up to £65k depending on experience

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) is seeking to appoint their first Chief Executive to lead the organisation into the next phase of its development.

SCL has 20 years of experience as the professional body representing the 151 Heads of Library Services in England. With an impressive track record of developing policy, sharing best practice, and acting as the voice of the public library sector both nationally and internationally, the organisation has now recognised that it needs to appoint a small executive team to fulfil its expanding role in delivering effective innovation to the sector. The award of £500,000 pa (2018 – 2022) in the recent round of NPO funding provides the opportunity to recruit a dynamic, entrepreneurial Chief Executive to work closely with SCL board and members to make the step change envisaged.

As the first Chief Executive, the appointed candidate will have the responsibility of transitioning SCL to become a successful Charity, building on what has been achieved to date, to deliver an even more effective, well-governed and sustainable organisation for the future. They will:

  • Work with the Board to provide strategic leadership to SCL, ensuring the organisation delivers on its potential as a Sector Support Organisation
  • Nurture relationships across the library and broader cultural sector to engage members and stakeholders in its developing agenda
  • Raise the profile of SCL and the important work its members do in key policy areas of health and well-being, digital inclusion and literacy and skills development
  • Lead the diversification of funding streams, building new partnerships and finding fresh opportunities.

The first Chief Executive of SCL will be an experienced manager, with strong strategic skills, vision and excellent stakeholder and inter-personal skills which can be deployed to consult and negotiate with SCL members. Comfortable with ensuring the good delivery of day to day operations, you will also be externally focused developing and promoting the work that libraries do within their local communities. You do not need to be a library service manager to apply, but you do need to be passionate about what the sector can deliver and have an understanding of the complex environment in which libraries operate.

If you have the hunger and energy for this new role, please request more information and an application pack from Joanna Kill of Liz Amos Associates on

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 (close of business)