Education, Arts & Culture

Executive Director and Vice President of Development Boston Public Library, The Fund for the, Boston, Massachusetts

Libraries have never been more important or useful. In an era of ever-expanding horizons of knowledge, but with fewer opportunities for person-to-person connections, the Boston Public Library (BPL) and its branches serve as civic hubs spread across the city. Established in 1848, the BPL is a pioneer of public library service in America. 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, under the leadership of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BPL features a central library and 26 neighborhood branches and is recognized not only locally but nationally as an historic cultural institution.

The Fund for the Boston Public Library is a new and independent nonprofit designed to develop, cultivate and steward philanthropic relationships and partnerships in support of the Boston Public Library. It will ensure greater alignment and interconnection with BPL leadership and governance, as well as broaden the BPL’s base of support. With the commitment of the Mayor, an expanded Library Board and both a new BPL President and BPL Board Chair, this is a transformational moment for one of Boston’s most iconic institutions, destined to be a north star in Boston’s philanthropic universe.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director and Vice President of Development (ED) will support an impactful mission that organizes and galvanizes donors for the benefit of the Library, for the people it serves today and for generations to come. S/He will have a deep appreciation for the multifaceted mission of libraries, including the ever-important and changing role they play nationally, internationally, and in serving their own communities. As the chief architect of this new and complex endeavor, the ED must possess the entrepreneurial vision and development know-how to build a fundraising operation from the ground up.

The Executive Director of The Fund for the Boston Public Library will also serve as Vice President for Development of the Boston Public Library and will be a member of the President’s cabinet and leadership team.

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