Associates of the Boston Public Library

Founded in 1972, the Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, and other items of historic, cultural, and literary interest. The Associates’ mission is to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition.


The Associates’ signature fundraising event, Literary Lights, is a formal dinner honoring outstanding authors from New England. The organization also hosts periodic public programming, including the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition and the Pierce Performance Series, recently launched a literary auction “Bid it! Book it!,” and annually awards a Writer-in-Residence fellowship to an emerging author. For more information, please see:  

Apr 28, 2021
$85,000 - $95,000 yearly
The Associates is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and energetic Director of Development and External Affairs to oversee fundraising and outreach on behalf of our mission. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Committee, and the Associates’ Board of Directors, the Director will play a strategic role in long-term development planning and oversee day-to-day development activities. This includes the annual appeal, membership campaign, major gift cultivation and solicitation, corporate sponsorship solicitation, grant applications and reporting, and donor stewardship. The candidate will also play a key role in planning events of varying sizes, from the annual 400-person gala to small cultivation events, and donor programs. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:   Oversee all of the Associates’ fundraising efforts, including establishing and implementing strategic plans for short and long term fundraising, with the goal of increasing...
Associates of the Boston Public Library Boston, MA, USA Full-Time