The Hague, 29 March 2023

Exciting role as Chair for the OAPEN Supervisory Board

The role as Chair of OAPEN will soon become vacant as the current Chair will be stepping down. This opening comes at an exciting time when a momentum for open access to academic books is growing and OAPEN’s role in this landscape is expanding. Interested candidates should announce their interest before 6 May 2023. There is no remuneration for the position. We also encourage and welcome named suggestions of possibly suited candidates.

Profile for the Chair of the OAPEN Supervisory Board

General requirements for any board member, incl the chair
• Affinity with and knowledge of Open Access publishing
• Capable of judging relevant developments
• Capable of maintaining an equilibrium between involvement and administrative distance
• Capable of maintaining an equilibrium between advisory role and supervision
• Open eye for human aspects of an organization
• Capable of judging the financial situation
• Capable of acting within a team
• Experience as member of a (supervisory) board
• Relevant network

Additional requirements for the chair
• Generalist, helicopter view
• Proactive attitude, knowledge of decision-making processes
• Capable of leading a meeting
• Capable of being a representative of the board
• Experienced in performance evaluation
• Diplomatic, negotiation qualities

Application deadline: 6 May 2023. Questions and applications should be sent to director Niels Stern,

About the OAPEN Foundation

OAPEN is a not-for-profit Dutch Foundation (‘Stichting’) founded in 2010 with its offices in The Hague, NL. The foundation is supervised by an international Board (7 seats) and managed by a team of ten people. More information at OAPEN promotes and supports the transition to open access (OA) for academic books by providing open infrastructure services to stakeholders in scholarly communication.

OAPEN operates three platforms: 1) the OAPEN Library - a central repository for hosting and distribution of over 25,000 peer-reviewed OA books, 2) OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit - a public information resource, and 3) the Directory of Open Access Books - a discovery service indexing over 65,000 peer-reviewed OA books, governed in partnership with OpenEdition.