Director, Board and Member Relations

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) seeks a Director, Board and Member Relations. This is a new leadership position at CRL, which offers an ambitious, creative, and entrepreneurial leader the chance to have a high-impact role in shaping the strategic directions of the organization. Through high levels of engagement with internal and external decision makers and field-level leaders, the Director, Board and Member Relations will play a critical role in stewarding the CRL membership base, provide pathways for identifying and growing membership, and do so while ensuring that CRL operates in alignment with its governance structure and by-laws. This position reports directly to the CRL President and serves as a key member of the CRL leadership team.  

Based in Chicago, IL, the Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries and an enduring model for cooperative collection development and community building among the research library community. From its original founding in 1949 by ten member libraries in the Midwestern United States, today CRL represents an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. 

CRL is dedicated to advancing the values and first principles of academic librarianship, including the defense of intellectual freedom, celebration of diversity, advocacy of responsible stewardship, and promotion of social responsibility and the social good. 

As a place of work, CRL places a high value on excellence, accountability, innovation, inclusivity, and teamwork. Learn more about us and our work here.  


Board Relations 

  • With the CRL President and in consultation with the CRL Board of Directors, facilitate the development of annual action plans for the Board of Directors and manage the plan delivery. 
  • Lead efforts to plan/execute the annual CRL business meeting, in close collaboration with the CRL President and CRL Board of Directors 
  • Coordinate and oversee issues that require regular Board action, such as annual conflict of interest statements, Board ethics policy, and changes to CRL Bylaws 
  • Oversee the centralization and maintenance of Board and committee materials, and maintain all official records including by-laws, approved resolutions, and minutes in a secure repository 

Member Relations 

  • With the CRL President, responsible for setting the overall communications and public relations strategy for the Center for Research Libraries. 
  • Oversee the planning, production and posting of external communications material including the CRL Annual Report, newsletter and other materials promoting CRL Member services and support 
  • Respond to inquiries from current and prospective CRL members, providing general information, fee estimates, and information on access and benefits of CRL membership 
  • Work with the Executive Assistant to plan and schedule site visits with current and prospective CRL Member Libraries 
  • Oversee the development and execution of the annual member renewal process 
  • Develop and oversee processes for member recruitment, enrollment, onboarding, and continued engagement  

Qualifications/Education and experience 

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
  • 5 years' experience of board management/governance experience 
  • Experience with parliamentary procedures (e.g., Robert’s Rules of Order, Democratic Rules of Order) 
  • Demonstrated organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills 
  • Strong attention to detail and active listening, empathic, and communication skills 
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of functions and people, and to work well as part of a team to achieve tasks 

 Strong candidates will also possess: 

  • Certification in association management (for example, CAE) 
  • Graduate degree or certificate in library and information science, higher education administration, or nonprofit management 


Compensation and benefits 
This is a full-time, permanent position with an expected starting salary of $90,000-$100,000. CRL offers competitive benefits including health, dental, life and disability insurance, and flexible PTO including vacation, sick, personal time, 2 floating and 12 paid holidays per year. In addition, CRL offers generous retirement benefits with a monthly 10% contribution after a year of employment (immediately vested). Employees will receive funding for professional development activities.  


Application process 

Expertise in each requirement listed above is not expected — instead, we encourage applications from those who demonstrate a mix of expertise in some areas and commitment to learning and experimentation in others. Skills and relevant experience outlined in your application may be paid or unpaid, and can include internships, volunteer work, and practicums. We understand that experience, education and learning, and creativity take many forms and expect that qualified applicants may bring additional skills to this position that we’ve not considered or listed here. If this role interests you, we encourage you to apply!  

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Please include ‘Director, Board and Member Relations’ in the subject line. We are keen to fill this important position on our team, and applications will be received until the position is filled. Applications received by close of business Monday, January 9, 2023 will be given priority attention. 


Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity    

CRL enthusiastically embraces the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and those who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions. CRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. CRL is committed to actively promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as key components for serving our members and advancing our global mission. As such, CRL complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding recruitment, hiring and employment and is dedicated to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at CRL are based on organization needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. CRL will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.