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Chief Executive Officer

Linnean Society
Piccadilly, London (currently working remotely due to COVID-19)
c£75,000 to £85,000 per annum (negotiable based on skills and experience)
Closing date
7 Feb 2021
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A great opportunity has come up to join the Linnean Society as we are looking for a Chief Executive Officer.

Role: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: c£75,000 to £85,000 per annum (negotiable based on skills and experience)
Location: Piccadilly, London (currently working remotely due to COVID-19)
Contract: Permanent, full time

About us

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.

About the role

This is an exciting challenge for someone with excellent communication skills and 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 ability to build meaningful and influential relationships with our key stakeholders.

Diversity & 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 real value for the Society and essential to achieving its mission, and a workforce thar represents diverse cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.

Closing Date: 5.30pm Sunday 7 February 2021
Initial Interviews: Tuesday 23 February 2021 (to be held virtually)


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The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society's own rich library which provides key resources for research.

As it moves into its third century the Society provides a continuous forum for the discussion and advancement of the life sciences. It was at a meeting of the Society in 1858 that papers from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace outlining the theory of evolution by natural selection were first presented.

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