Executive Director-- Orbis Cascade Alliance

Post date: July 19, 2019

Location: Eugene, OR

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The Position:

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive officer of the Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation. The ED is guided by the mission and strategic goals of the corporation, is responsible for the implementation of the policies, objectives, and overall financial and administrative management of the organization, and supervises a staff of nine. The Executive Director exhibits a high level of energy, creativity, and affinity for productive ambiguity. The ED is an ex officio non-voting member of the Board and Council and an officer of the corporation. The position reports to the Chair of the Orbis Cascade Alliance Board of Directors.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Employment Conditions

This is a full-time 12-month position.


Leadership & Supervision of Alliance Staff (75%)

  • Administers overall operation of the organization
  • Leads, supports, and mentors Alliance Staff
  • Allocates resources for greater program efficiency and effectiveness
  • Documents policies and plans of committee and working groups
  • Manages grants and contracts, ensuring fulfillment of continuing contractual obligations and organizational governance
  • Procures legal advice as necessary
  • Collaborates closely with the Treasurer to prepare and monitor the annual budget and handles financial matters key to maintaining the overall financial health and sustainability of the organization
  • Serves as primary representative of the corporation to partners, allied organizations, vendors, and granting agencies

Collaboration with the Officers and the Board of Directors in conducting the affairs of the Alliance (25%)

  • Provides information, advice, and counsel to the Board, Council, and committees in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic directions of the Alliance
  • Guides the development of current and long-range goals and strategies and their implementation
  • Supports Alliance committees, teams, and working groups, monitors their work, and facilitates strong communication within and among various groups
  • Fosters collaborative relationships among members and with staff
  • Works with the higher education community to address issues and initiatives of common interest
  • Other duties as required



  • Leadership experience within higher education or related sector that demonstrates knowledge of current issues in higher education and the successful application of strategies to address both challenges and opportunities in the sector
  • Superior communication skills, with the ability to be an articulate, engaging, and persuasive advocate
  • Commitment to diversity and understanding of the contribution a diverse workforce brings to the workplace
  • Understanding of the multi-faceted roles libraries play in higher education and the broader community
  • Knowledge of information technology trends and appreciation of the importance and impact of technology in academic libraries
  • Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment and to function effectively as a member of a strong leadership team and/or governing board
  • Experience with budget and project management
  • Experience leading, supporting, and mentoring staff
  • Ability to work remotely within the Portland, Oregon or Eugene, Oregon metro areas, or work from our Eugene, Oregon office


  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree, or a graduate degree in a relevant field
  • Ability to engender partnerships and represent the Alliance in a variety of venues and with a diverse stakeholder community
  • Knowledge of current issues and opportunities in multi-institutional collaborations and library consortia
  • Experience articulating, leading, implementing, and sustaining a strategic vision for an organization
  • Evidence of success managing complex budgets and large-scale projects
  • Record of success in grants and fundraising, including public and private grants and stewardship
  • Experience serving as CEO of a nonprofit corporation
  • Record of research, publication, and/or professional contributions
  • Success in leading or significantly contributing to a library or higher education consortium
  • Experience with assessment and evaluation methods

About Orbis Cascade Alliance:

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of 38 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance, one of the nation’s premier library consortia, is governed by an elected Board of Directors and 38-member council of library deans and directors. In addition to its members, the Alliance extends services to more than 280 libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in seven western states. The Alliance employs ten staff members.

The current operating budget of the Orbis Cascade Alliance is $20.6 million. Core operations of the Alliance are supported almost entirely by membership dues with smaller amounts of income from administrative fees paid by non-members, grants, new member fees, and interest income.

The original Orbis consortium was established in Oregon in 1993, building on the state’s long tradition of substantive library cooperation. By the end of 1993, two private colleges with complementary systems became part of the union catalog project. Membership continued to grow in Oregon with nearly all of the private colleges and universities joining the organization by the end of the decade. In 2003, two existing academic library consortia in the Pacific Northwest, Orbis and Cascade, merged to establish the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The Alliance, through its members, serves over 275,000 FTE students.

To learn more, visit: https://www.orbiscascade.org/


Orbis Cascade Alliance pushes the boundaries of what is possible in libraries through strategic collaboration in the Pacific Northwest. To advance member institutions, we create and deliver innovative, sustainable, and essential library programs and resources.


The employee may work remotely within the Portland, Oregon or Eugene, Oregon metro areas, or work from our Eugene, Oregon office. The Executive Director spends time traveling to member libraries and participating in conferences and workshops related to Alliance programs.

Strategic Plan and Priorities:

The Alliance has a Strategic Agenda to advance its mission and vision. There are four areas of emphasis:

  1. Strengthen Member Institutions
    • Build member staff capacity to address challenges through innovative practices
    • Maximize return on member investment through shared systems and resource purchase/licensing programs
    • Coordinate and leverage expertise within individual member institutions for shared benefit
  2. Improve Access to Information
    • Implement programs to increase access to physical and digital collections across member institutions
    • Enhance equitable access to information by curating, disseminating, and improving discoverability of both unique and existing content
    • Catalyze a more open and sustainable scholarly communication system that prioritizes high-quality resources that are open, free, or low-cost
  3. Inspire Knowledge Creation
    • Partner in the creation of high-quality research, scholarship, and curricula
    • Develop infrastructure and expertise to support the dissemination of newly created or adapted information resources
    • Curate physical and digital collections that foster diversity and inclusiveness in research, scholarship, and teaching
  4. Equip Students for Success
    • Contribute to students’ ability to navigate an information-rich environment as literate information users and creators
    • Create, disseminate, and preserve the information resources needed to enhance student learning, scholarship, and creative activities
    • Reduce student financial pressures by promoting and supporting open and affordable resources

The Alliance Board of Directors has identified several key strategic initiatives, opportunities, and challenges for the next Executive Director. These are outlined in the full Position Profile.

To Apply:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by August 27, 2019 will be given first consideration. Applicants should submit PDF versions of a CV/resume and cover letter describing their interest and professional qualifications, as well as how they have successfully supported and advanced the values and principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in their prior professional experiences and places of work.

To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su159

For nominations or further information:

Kristen Farha

Senior Consultant

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.

Direct: 316-650-0069


Orbis Cascade Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity in the workplace.