Vacancy for Executive Director at the Open Preservation Foundation


Job title:​ Executive Director
Hours:​ Part­ time (24 hours/week – negotiable)
Contract type:​ Fixed term for 12 months, renewable upon mutual agreement
Salary: £50,000+ a year pro rata, depending on skills and experience
Reports to:​ Board of Directors
Location:​ Remote (with potential for travel within EU and beyond)

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) is looking for an experienced, motivated and visionary Executive Director to lead the organisation into its next phase. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Leading the Foundation and setting its strategic direction
  • Running the organisation responsibly and with accountability
  • Engaging with members, partners and the digital preservation community
  • Driving the growth of the Foundation by identifying new memberships, partnerships and income streams

About you

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience working at a strategic leadership level, taking a hands-on approach to meeting the demands of this exciting role. As an engaging and enthusiastic team-player, your leadership experience will be coupled with a collaborative and inclusive approach that will empower and motivate our dedicated team.

You will need to be highly-organised, financially savvy, and possess superb business acumen. Possessing a strong work ethic and sense of integrity, you will be used to working with a high degree of autonomy and possess the drive to take on a range of tasks and develop new skills as appropriate.

Your exceptional communication skills will enable you to proactively build, maintain and influence a wide network of stakeholders including members, partners, and collaborators across world-leading memory institutions.

A good understanding of digital preservation and/or open source practice (or the ability to rapidly get up to speed in these areas) will enable you to seek out innovative opportunities that align with our strategic goals while also ensuring that our existing commitments are met. You will have the confidence to reach out to potential new members and partners to grow the organisation.

If you are excited by this role and the prospect of joining our experienced and committed team, we would love to hear from you.

Job description

Please see the job description for more details about the role.

About OPF

The OPF is an international not-for-profit membership organisation providing open source digital preservation technology and knowledge to memory institutions around the world.

We are working towards achieving our vision for open, sustainable digital preservation by leading a collaborative effort to create, develop, and sustain open-source digital preservation tools and resources.

Founded in 2010 as a collaborative initiative, working with others continues to be an essential part of our approach to developing practical solutions and best practices. We have over 30 members in 17 countries, primarily from the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sector. We choose to work on projects and initiatives that align with our member priorities and our open source philosophy, delivering benefits to the whole community.


  • Flexible working hours
  • Remote working balanced with occasional days at our head office in Leeds city centre
  • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Workplace salary pension scheme

Diversity and inclusion

OPF is committed to fostering an inclusive working culture. We welcome applications from all individuals with suitable skills and experience for this role, regardless of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We are particularly interested to hear from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people, women, disabled people and those who identify as LGBTQ+. Please contact us if you would like to discuss flexible working arrangements or access requirements.

How to apply

Please email your CV and letter of application (max. 2 pages) to Becky McGuinness (becky [at] openpreservation [dot] org) explaining why you are applying for the role and how you meet the required skills and experience in the job description.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK or EU.

We aim to confirm receipt of all applications within 2 working days. Due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Closing date

15 September at 17:00 CEST

Interview dates

First interviews will take place online w/c 4 October

If you have any enquiries or would like to arrange an informal chat about the post, please contact becky [at] openpreservation [dot] org.

No agencies please.



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