Director of Strategic Partnerships

1 month ago(12/12/2017 2:23 PM)
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Regular Full-Time
Boston Public Library
BPL Directors Office - 2
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Position Overview


The Boston Public Library is primarily a city agency but also a separately incorporated non-profit organization. The Library relies on successful strategic partnerships for the accomplishment of its educational and cultural mission and for critical financial support.  This position will focus on building strong, diversified relationships in order to advance the Library’s mission by ensuring the success of its philanthropic efforts and major organizational partnerships.  The position will also play a key role in and have responsibility for identifying and responding to grant opportunities.


Under the direction of the President, this position will coordinate activities based on the Library’s mission and philanthropic priorities, maintain and strengthen current partnerships and build new relationships to advance the Library’s strategic goals.  This includes developing and implementing policies and procedures for the effective selection, building and management of relationships with external funders, peer community and governmental organizations.


The position plays a key role in the development and execution of the Library’s philanthropic strategy and community building efforts, locally, statewide and nationally. This role provides oversight, guidance and support, as appropriate, to key library fundraising affiliates, partners-in-residence, cultural and programming partners in conjunction with the designated key liaison for each relationship. The role also assists in the maintenance of relationships in the governmental space, at the municipal, state and federal level, as assigned.


A background in development, non-profit leadership and knowledge of urban libraries are desired qualifications for this position.  An ability to understand and communication the Library’s mission and priorities is essential. Additional experience in the educational, cultural or governmental space will also be an asset.


Reports to


President of the Boston Public Library


 Scope of Responsibility


  1. Plans, develops and implements strategy for major partnership selection and management in service of the Boston Public Library’s mission, purpose, and service offerings to user communities and other stakeholders.
  1. Work with Library staff to vet and develop priorities for fundraising initiatives.
  1. Under the direction of the President, the Trustees Governance & Development Committee and Senior Leadership coordinates and supports the development and execution of the Library’s philanthropic strategy and resulting actions.
  1. Primary responsibility for all interactions and communication with external organizational partnerships and individual contributor relationships. Acts as the primary Library liaison to entities charged with leading Philanthropic efforts on behalf of the library.
  1. Identifies, evaluates plans for and executes against strategic funding opportunities.
  1. Manages institutional deadlines and reporting obligations to external entities.
  1. Leads Library’s grant development by assessing and collecting information necessary, writing the proposal and managing grant writing process.
  1. Represents the President’s office and the Library with partner and potential partner organizations.
  1. Provides financial analysis of opportunities and commitments, as well as financial modeling of programs and opportunities for external and internal consumption, in conjunction with library leadership and library finance division.
  1. Evaluates relevant policy and industry sector trends; researches and evaluates both opportunities and organizations with respect to the Library’s mission, goals, efforts and needs.
  1. Manages staff, when needed, including hiring, staff development, direction, discipline, and performance evaluations as appropriate, internally and/or in conjunction with designated affiliates.
  1. Identifies relevant portfolio capacity gaps and institutional needs.
  1. Performs related duties as assigned.
  2. Performs related work as required.




  • Knowledge of the philanthropic sector.
  • Knowledge of key fundraising activities and programs.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to articulate the mission and needs of the institution.
  • Ability to work with funders.
  • Ability to plan and to meet goals.
  • Ability to create and manage change.
  • Superior writing skills, editing skills, and attention to detail. 
  • Strong relationship-building skills, ability to work alongside colleagues at all levels of organization as well as with external partners and individuals.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:



  1. Education – BA degree in Communications, Public Administration, Management, or an appropriate related field highly preferred. MLS or MBA preferred.
  1. Experience – Requires a minimum of five (5) years broad-based experience consistent with the duties of the position. Library experience highly desirable.
  1. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  1. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.



  1. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  2. Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  3. CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.




UnionSalary Plan/Grade:  PL2/PM-7

Hours per week: 35



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