City of Boston

Adult Programs Supervisor

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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
BPL Office - 4
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Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Chief of Adult Library Services, the Adult Programs Supervisor oversees the delivery of adult programs system-wide.  Conceives, develops, plans, coordinates, and implements high-quality programming for adults at the Central Library in Copley Square and block and series programs for adults system-wide for the library’s neighborhood branches. Maintains the library’s programs framework and guidelines to ensure programming responsive to the communities’ needs.


Reports to

Chief of Adult Library Services



Staff in the Adult Programs department


  • Supervises and coordinates all adult programming for the Central Library and block and series programs for adults system-wide.
  • Researches, develops, coordinates, and implements innovative and high-quality programming for adults at the Central Library and block and series programs for adults system-wide designed to engage a broad and diverse public.
  • Serves as coordinator of Central Library adult programming including (but not limited to) author talks, lectures, concerts, performances, workshops, panel discussions, and films. Works with staff system-wide on the development and implementation of adult programming.
  • Works with the Chief of Adult Library Services and the Manager of Youth Services to develop and maintain the library’s programming framework and guidelines. Ensures that programming system-wide adheres to developed framework. Coordinates the regular evaluation of programming throughout the system.
  • In conjunction with branch and Central adult programming staff, performs community analysis to determine public programming needs, including identification of new and underserved populations, targeted outreach plans, and partnership opportunities.
  • Under the oversight of the Chief of Adult Library Services, collaborates with cultural institutions, community groups, city agencies, area businesses, schools, non-profits, and other organizations to develop and present new, creative, high-quality programming for adults, seniors, and general audiences.
  • Conceives, develops, and coordinates annual, thematic, and commemorative block and series programs for adults system-wide. Develops and coordinates programs to align with library initiatives, exhibitions, departmental objectives, and community events.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with internal and external partners, performers, and vendors for adult programs.
  • Works closely with Events, and Information Technology staff to identify and support program set-up needs and requirements at the Central Library.
  • Works with Chief of Adult Library Services to monitor program budgets and compiles program attendance statistics for adult programs. Facilitates payment for performers and presenters for adult programs.
  • Works with Chief of Adult Library Services to set goals and evaluate outcomes for adult and general audience programs. Performs periodic site visits system-wide to attend and evaluate those programs as needed.
  • Gathers and compiles statistics, anecdotes, photographs, and other documentation for adult programs. Prepares and delivers reports on same.
  • Assists Chief of Adult Library Services with grant-writing and funding requests as needed.
  • Works with Communications and Web Services departments to provide adult programming content for calendar/press coverage, social media tools, and targeted outreach plans.
  • Assists Central adult services staff to ensure sufficient coverage for programs at the Central Library.
  • Under the oversight of the Chief of Adult Library Services, serves as library liaison for adult programming in City, State, or other large collaborations.
  • Attends regularly scheduled meetings related to adult programming. Convenes and plans the Central Library Programming Committee.
  • As assigned, represents library at local and national conferences.
  • Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.


  • Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, Excel, and photo-editing software.  Familiarity with and interest in a broad range of social networking and online collaboration tools.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current trends in educational and programming best practices and standards.
  • Excellent initiative, tact, good judgment, and personal and professional flexibility.
  • Ability to act as team leader and work collaboratively in team environment.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, including the ability to handle multiple priorities under pressure, establish project goals and timelines, and meet inflexible deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to collaborate and communicate clearly and effectively with library staff, external partners, project stakeholders, and presenters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, editorial, and formal writing abilities.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university and a master's degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school.  In exceptional instances specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for a part or all of the educational requirements.
  • Five (5) years of professional library experience including substantial experience in public programming.
  • Experience with creative and diverse programming designed to engage adults, seniors, and general audiences preferred.
  • Knowledge of broad-based programming practices, including current trends and best practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of online communications and social networking tools.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in a second language other than English desirable.
  • Evening and weekend hours at the Central Library. Weekly schedule varies based on scheduled programs and events.  
  • Ability to travel to BPL locations as well as to off-site locations.
  • Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  • CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.



Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-4
Hours per week: 35



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