Fund for the Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
September 19, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Patron Programs



Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is a pioneer of public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States; the first public library to lend books; the first to have a branch library; and the first to have a children’s room. Today, under the leadership of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BPL features a central library and 25 neighborhood branches and is recognized not only locally but nationally as an historic cultural institution.

The BPL’s mission is focused on four core areas: reading and literacy; spaces and programs; reference and instruction; and special collections and cultural heritage. Within this mission, the BPL remains committed its 123-year-old charge to remain “free to all” – a charge that runs so deep through the BPL’s history that it is etched in stone on the Library’s façade. To that end, the Library is proud to welcome everyone equally, regardless of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, faith, or economic status.

The Creation of the Fund for the Boston Public Library

The Fund for the Boston Public Library is an exciting new and independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit designed to develop, cultivate and steward philanthropic relationships and partnerships in support of the Boston Public Library. The vision is to ensure alignment and interconnection with BPL leadership and governance, as well as broaden the BPL’s base of support by building relationships and investments tied to the Library’s vision and priorities, in terms of profile, programs and philanthropy. The Fund, guided by the Library’s mission and priorities, is a model for leadership and partnership with existing affiliates, including shared strategies, resources and services.

The Fund is led by Mary Flynn Myers, who has over 35 years of development experience in Greater Boston. Mary oversees the governance, leadership and start-up of the Fund. As she builds a small, high-level team, she is seeking an experienced development leader with a demonstrated track record in managing and growing a high-level annual membership society.

The Director of Patron Programs will be a lead member of the new Fund team.

To demonstrate the commitment of the Board of the new Fund for the Boston Public Library, salary and benefits for this position are highly competitive.

Special Opportunity

The Director of Patron Programs will be responsible for creating and executing a robust and engaging leadership annual giving group in support of the BPL. It is expected that Patron members will support the Library with annual gifts in the magnitude of $2,000-25,000.

The Director will establish goals, strategies, and programming that aim to build and engage the donor base and attract new supporters. A key element of the Patron Director’s job will be the organization of one to three creative engagement opportunities for Patron members, from the Library’s many wonderful offerings.

Through personal visits and management of an engaged and motivated volunteer committee, the Director will identify, cultivate, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors, seeking and securing gifts in the $2,000-25,000 range. The FBPL Patron Program will be a signature program of FBPL fundraising.

The Director will also work to ensure effective administration of annual fund gifts through acknowledgment letters, recognition of donors in the Annual Report, and the delivery of any necessary reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Organize a new membership society to attract unrestricted gifts of $2,000 to $25,000

• Recruit, with assistance from the Board and Executive Director, and manage a volunteer solicitation committee which will recruit new members at leadership annual gift levels

• Create and implement interesting and engaging member events

• Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward an assigned pool of managed prospects

• Work collaboratively with database manager to reconcile monthly reports, develop custom reports, and add appeal codes to Raiser’s Edge. Utilize Raiser’s Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate and timely constituent follow-up

• Work with Communications to create appeals and marketing materials

  • · Bachelor’s degree required

    · Three to five years of development experience, especially with a track record of success in annual giving and managing membership groups. If you have created a successful giving club from scratch, do apply!

    · Demonstrable and successful experience performing personal solicitations of annual fund gifts.

    · A creative thinker and builder of programs, with the ability to create fun and memorable donor experiences

    · A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, communications, problem-solving, and time-management skills. Sense of humor and positive outlook a plus

    · Energized by the excitement and opportunity of a start-up organization, and appreciative of the ambiguity that comes with building a new organization

    · Knowledge of fundraising and financial best practices; experience with Raisers Edge or other fundraising software advised

    · Computer literacy and fluency in Microsoft Office applications, relational databases and internet and research skills

    · An appreciation of the valuable role that libraries play in our society

How To Apply:

We look forward to hearing from qualified applicants who are looking to make a positive impact on the future of the BPL! To apply, please send cover letter and resume to

Apply by:
October 01, 2019
About this Organization:
The mission of the Fund is to provide financial support to the Boston Public Library, ensuring that it remains viable, engaging, accessible, and free to all. The Fund fulfills this mission by working in partnership with the Library, donors and other funders in supporting BPL programs and special initiatives. Support from the Fund supplements, but does not supplant, other BPL resources, including the City of Boston funding..