Job Advertisement for COUNTER Project Director Bev Acreman 16 Sep 2021 12:31 UTC

Released on 15th September 2021
Application deadline: 15th October 2021

As a result of the forthcoming retirement of the current holder of the position, we are seeking an experienced information professional to fill the role of COUNTER Project Director. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to continue taking COUNTER forward at a time when the mission of the organization is expanding and taking new directions.

Founded in 2003, Counter Online Metrics is a not-for-profit company based in the United Kingdom, but it is thoroughly international in its scope and global in its reach. For almost two decades, COUNTER has set the standards for vendor reporting of online usage of journals, databases, books, and other publications and formats.

This is achieved through the development of the Code of Practice, and the Project Director plays a key role in the development and implementation of this. In recent years, COUNTER has focussed on supporting its members and users through the development of report validation tools, tools for consortia, a streamlined audit process, and more support for Open Access requirements.  It has also produced a range of training and educational materials.  For more information see

The Project Director is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the organization and is a key member of and works closely with the COUNTER Executive Committee.  The Project Director reports to the COUNTER Board of Directors and takes part in board meetings.

The scope of the position includes the management of the development and implementation of the COUNTER Code of Practice; leading strategic planning to ensure that COUNTER meets the needs of its members and the wider community; financial management; marketing and communication; general support and understanding of the data and information management technologies and systems that support the Code of Practice; liaising with vendors, librarians, library consortia, publishers, standards organizations and other industry bodies; supervising staff; administration; and reporting to the Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee.

The position is currently based in the UK, but is not an office-based role, so can, within reason, be based in any country so long as time-zones allow for easy communication with the majority of our members and volunteers who are based in US, UK and Europe.

The successful candidate will have:
	• Experience at a senior level in the information industry, from either a vendor or a customer perspective
	• Knowledge of online publishing and the methods used to measure the value and impact of publications
	• Leadership, communication and presentation skills
	• General and financial management skills
	• Comfort with a variety of systems and services and a general understanding of data and information management
	• Diplomacy and the ability to work with different groups globally
	• Ability to inspire groups of volunteers to serve on our committees
	• The ability to work independently and organize work efficiently

The Project Director is around 50% FTE, and is contracted to Counter Online Metrics. The Project Director annual contract fee is expected to be in the range of £55k to £60k depending on experience.  The successful contractor may also engage in other paid work, provided that there is no conflict of interest with COUNTER.  The Role Description and Person Specification are available on the COUNTER web site at:

To apply for this position please submit a Curriculum Vitae /resumé, together with the names of two referees/references by 15th October 2021 to David Sommer at

The aim is to confirm the new Project Director in early 2022 with a proposed start date of March or April 2022 to allow time for a handover from the incumbent. The COUNTER Board of Directors strongly encourages the nomination of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.