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Executive Director, Nantucket Atheneum (Nantucket)

The Executive Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer of the Atheneum and ensures the mission of the Atheneum is realized (outstanding library services, public programming, and preservation of the history and uniqueness of the institution).  The prestigious position reports to the Board of Trustees through the Chair.

There are three broad areas of responsibility:

Provide leadership through directing and coordinating day-to-day operational
      management of the Atheneum

Provide intellectual leadership within the Atheneum (organization and Board) and in the
      Nantucket community

Provide leadership in the external affairs of the Atheneum including fundraising, community
            relations, and outreach

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Library Science
5 years of experience in overseeing public library operations 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Principles and practices of public library system administration
Public library policies, procedures and standards of service
Federal, State and Local regulations governing library operations
Current and willing to try new trends in library services, programming and technology
Manage the development and implementation of Atheneum goals, objectives, priorities, policies and procedures ensuring that the Board and Strategic Plan goals and objectives are integrated into Atheneum policies and goals.
Oversee and direct library operations including public services, current and historic collections management, technology, administration and facilities management.
Oversee the writing, distribution and filing of annual reports including Atheneum Annual Report and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners ARIS and State Aid Reports
Serve as the representative of the Atheneum to the library consortium known as CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing).
Using needed technology including integrated library systems, business software applications, presentation software and the ability to learn the use of new technology.
Physical Requirements typical of library duties.
Develop annual operating budget in collaboration with Board Treasurer
Expend funds based on approved budget.
Financial acumen to ensure accounting/forecasting system is accurate and timely through monthly reports.
Maintain complete and accurate financial records.
Developing and administering budgets and monitoring expenditures
Ensure appropriate corrective action is taken in response to Annual Audit in collaboration with the Board Audit Committee and Finance Committee.
Recruit, hire, on-board, train, and annually evaluate library staff based upon well-defined job descriptions and expectations.
Manage Leadership Team comprised of department heads who supervise daily staff operations.
Ensure appropriate policies and work practices are in place and well understood by the    organization.
Recommend annual salary plan and merit increases to the Board.
Participate in continuing education activities and professional organizations and encourage continuing educations for library staff.
Ensure the delivery of high-quality library programs and services to the community.
Direct and participate in long-range planning to improve internal functions and delivery of services to the community.
Work closely with Development Director and Board Development Committee on the development of strategies for future fundraising initiatives and processes of effective donor management including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and potential donors.
Oversee grant proposals and ensure all requirements are met, or exceeded, for any restricted grants and comply with all reporting requirements.
Participate in Board orientation which includes attending all Full Board meetings with written reports on library activities and as required meeting of individual Board Committees, participating in Executive Director’s annual performance review with Board Chair.
Candidate and their family should be attracted to relocating and living year-round in Nantucket and become a part of the new community
Effective spokesperson and communicator
Political savvy to understand and deal with the political realities of small island life, and the ability to operate independently in a small island environment as well as wit the Board of Trustees
A Visionary leader able to problem solve, make decisions, create strategy, and build alignment and support for proceeding
Resilient, resourceful, optimistic and energetic


Master’s Degree in Library Science
5 years of experience in overseeing public library operations

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Outstanding compensation and benefits program

Closing Date

until qualified candidate found

How to Apply

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