Established in 1848, Boston Public Library (BPL) has long been a pioneer of public library service. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States; the first public library to lend books; the first to have a branch library; and the first to have a children’s room. Today, BPL is one of the nation’s premier cultural and educational institutions and is destined to be a north star in Boston’s philanthropic universe.
With the commitment of the Mayor, a recently expanded Library Board, and a new BPL President as well as a new BPL Board Chair, there has been a recent transformation of this Boston icon at a time when libraries have never been more important or useful. BPL and its branches serve as civic hubs and catalysts for engagement and education. According to Boston Magazine, they are symbolic of the city’s “fiercely innovative, intellectual, and progressive spirit.” The newly created Boston Public Library Fund is an independent nonprofit designed to develop, cultivate, and steward philanthropic relationships and partnerships in support of the Boston Public Library for generations to come.
Leading this recently created entity, the Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Fund (ED) will be a widely visible ambassador, passionately conveying the case for supporting BPL and building a new fundraising strategy and platform for the Library. The ED will be a seasoned, broadly skilled leader with a deep appreciation for the multifaceted mission of libraries and the ever-changing and important role they play nationally, internationally, and in their local communities. The ED also will serve as Vice President of Development of the Boston Public Library, working in close partnership with BPL’s president and key stakeholders and serving as chief architect of this complex endeavor.