The Boston Public Library operates as both a city agency and a separately incorporated non-profit organization, with multiple streams of funding, key partnerships and a variety of associated stakeholders, all for whom interaction with the President’s office is a matter of course. The Library is a complex organization, organized today around collections, services, programs, operations, technology, communications, administration and finance; with offerings delivered across its central library, branches and online platforms. It serves the residents of Boston, Massachusetts and beyond, in person, online and in the community, always with a view to equitable access as captured in the phrase ‘free to all’. It is an over 170-year old institution blending the best of a legacy institution and government entity with an agile, entrepreneurial digitally-connected twenty-first century spirit, responding to community need.
In 2020 the Library developed a formal Racial Equity Statement and action plan, approved by its Board of Trustees. The statement and plan were developed partially in response to and with staff at all levels, and in response to greater societal awareness of the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, especially Racial Equity. The library has a role to play in this work in society as well as evaluate and improve itself as a 170+ year cultural institution. The principal tasks of the Equity and Outreach Coordinator position are to work with the President of the Library (as well as other leaders, staff and stakeholders) to ensure this agenda, plan and resulting initiatives are executed, while continuing to also coordinate efforts to grow and improve plans and identify future initiatives and opportunities. While the work’s initial focus is internal, it is envisioned that internal work is in service of the library’s mission and will also include opportunities for outreach work with specific communities. In this work the role’s primary approach will be to support and enhance the work of other staff members and the organization as a whole.
Brief Job Description:
The successful applicant should bring experience in library services or a related field and experience with organizational development and/project management. Equally important, the successful applicant will bring experience working in the diversity equity and inclusion space in either a primary or secondary supporting role. Demonstrated experience working with specific communities that experience systemic barriers or ability to leverage relevant personal lived experience is preferred.
The work of this role is expected to apply to all areas of the organization, but with particular awareness of collections, services, programs, partnerships, procurement, recruiting and staff culture and development as well as issues of access - physical and digital. The position thus also works in close collaboration with the Director of Library Services, Chief of Collections, the Director of Strategic Partnerships and President’s office, as well as many others.
President of the Library.
Scope of Responsibility
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Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/PM-3
Hours per week: 35