The Boston Public Library’s Arts Department houses hundreds of thousands of important works of art and visual materials (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs, and paintings), original music and performing arts collections, sculpture, and architectural plans and drawings. Holdings also include significant research and reference materials relating to the arts, decoration, art history, architectural history, design, and music theory including monographs, exhibition catalogs, auction records, periodicals, scores, ephemera, and catalogues raisonnes.
The Manager of the Arts is responsible for stewardship and management of the diverse collections, services, programs, and administration of the Arts Department; promoting the use, discovery, care, and servicing of these collections; oversight of specialized and complex reference services; and development of these collections in support of the library’s collecting strategy and mission.
Head of Special Collections
Professional and support staff
Scope of Responsibility
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library and information science from an accredited library school. A second master’s degree in an arts related field, or advanced coursework that would increase the knowledge of arts materials is highly preferred. Pertinent subject knowledge and/or specialized training required. In exceptional instances specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for a part or all of the educational requirements.
Seven years relevant experience from a library, museum, or other similar cultural heritage institution. Two years supervisory and/or management experience required.
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-5
Hours per week: 35