Chief Executive Officer

Since its foundation in 1788, The Linnean Society of London has been dedicated to the promotion of the study of nature. Through the expertise of our wide fellowship and the heritage of our unique collections, we are a hub for the communication of science, via our lectures, tours, workshops, conferences and our ‘Linnean Learning’ educational resources. We aspire to inspire by bringing together all those enthusiastic about the natural world.

A great opportunity has come up to join the Linnean Society as we are looking for a Chief Executive Officer. This is an exciting challenge for someone with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of highly effective, strategic and inspiring leadership.

The CEO must ensure that we provide modern and effective services reflecting the needs and interests of our members, further the advancement of the science of natural history in all its forms and fulfil our charitable purposes in the most effective way possible. The CEO has responsibility for the overall management and administration of the society and the leadership and professional development of all staff, for building and sustaining relationships with key national and international stakeholders; this includes managing relationships with the society’s fellows and other members and associated societies. This will be delivered through the development and implementation of strategy and business plans.

The CEO will be a confident public speaker, with excellent presentation skills and the ability to collaborate in working groups. They will also be an excellent communicator (written and oral) and have demonstrated the ability to build meaningful and influential relationships with our key stakeholders.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity is an integral part of the Linnean Society of London’s changing culture and identity. Our global fellowship provides a forum for people from all walks of life to connect, creating a welcoming environment for all. We are committed to an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as a real value for the society and essential to achieving its mission, and a workforce that represents diverse cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.

How to apply
Please read the job description for the role which is available to download at the top of this advert. The person specification sets out the skills and experience we are looking for. Also available is additional documentation that you may find useful for your application. Please note that you will need to submit a covering statement of no more than two A4 pages outlining your suitability for the role as well as your CV to be considered for this position.

No agencies please.

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