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Library Director, The Millicent Library (Fairhaven)

The Town of Fairhaven is a historic seaside community on the southeastern coast of Massachusetts.
Fairhaven is 70 miles from Boston, 25 miles from Cape Cod, and shares a harbor with the City of New
Bedford. As of 2020, Fairhaven’s population was 16,140.

Fairhaven has a rich history that includes shipbuilding, sailmaking, whaling, scrimshaw, and a deep
connection to the Japanese city sister city of Tosashimizu, as the first Japanese-American citizen,
Manjiro Nakama, attended school and resided in Fairhaven. Being the site of the first American
Revolution naval battle, the birthplace of Joseph Bates (and his Seventh Adventist Church), and the
birthplace of Henry Huttleston Rogers (oil tycoon and benefactor) are just some of the historical claims
cherished by this quiet community.

Millicent Library is one of the Town’s most treasured assets. Built 1891-1892, and dedicated in 1893, the
library was built in the Italian Renaissance style, designed by architect Charles Brigham. It is one of
several architectural wonders that create the personality of Fairhaven Center, and its upkeep over the
years has been meticulous and thoughtful. The Millicent Library Board of Trustees seeks the next
steward who will oversee the library’s tradition of literacy, learning, community, and historical
preservation. The Millicent Library is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.


The successful candidate will have the vision and background to deliver and oversee a dynamic array of
library services to the community. The successful candidate will be passionate about lifelong learning,
historical preservation, and will keep the Millicent Library on the forefront of industry trends. There is
no residency requirement for application. A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is
required. Preference will be given to candidates who have strong supervisory experience and at least 3-
5 years in a library supervisory role. Other desirable qualities include: experience with creating and
maintaining a budget, demonstrated civic commitment, love for community engagement, and proven
record of collaborative leadership. The successful candidate will be organized, team-oriented,
innovative, and skilled at working with all stakeholders.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




The anticipated starting annual salary for the Director of Library Services will be between $75 to 80k, DOQ. The Millicent L

Closing Date

The hiring panel will begin reviewing applications on July 10, 2020, and will conclude the recruitment when it identifies the ideal candidate.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted via email. Applications should be one (1) pdf document that contains
a cover letter, resume, and three to five (3-5) professional references. Please include your last name in
the email subject line and forward application to:


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