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Executive Director, Hyannis Public Library (Barnstable)

The Hyannis Public Library, located in the heart of Cape Cod and the oldest library on the Cape, is seeking a visionary Executive Director (E.D.) with a proven track record of generating diverse engagement, creating financial support, and undertaking ambitious and innovative programming.  

As the Hyannis Public Library prepares to launch a major capital campaign to fund the construction of a new and improved library facility - a project that will leave a legacy for decades - HPL seeks a high energy, enthusiastic, innovative,  and creative executive director with vision, superb communication skills, a strong public service orientation and the ability to engage the community in committing to a project of this magnitude.

This is an exciting opportunity for somebody looking to take charge and build on HPL’s considerable reputation on the community it serves. The organization is looking for someone who can open doors of collaboration, has a passion for local community and town government connection, and can foster donor relationships to grow the organization to greatly expand and enhance its impact in the Barnstable community.

The Executive Director is responsible for promoting the mission and vision of HPL  while working in close collaboration with the organization’s ten-person Board of Trustees.  The E.D. will help in defining its strategic direction, ensuring that resources are in place to accomplish important mission goals, recruiting and retaining staff, keeping teams motivated and capable of exceeding expectations, and building the kind of nonprofit culture which supports the HPL mission.

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Library and provides strategic, visionary, and inspirational leadership.  The E.D. is responsible for every phase of operating the library, including: the cultivation of  key partnerships and donor relationships; acting as the face and voice of HPL in the community; ensuring that all activities, projects and services are produced and carried out in an effective, professional and timely manner; overseeing of staff and volunteers; and developing and managing the budget, and working closely with the Town of Barnstable. The Executive Director develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans to grow and strengthen the organization’s ability to have a positive impact. The Executive Director will set strategy and vision, build the HPL culture, lead the twelve-person (12) professional staff, and generate and allocate resources appropriately. Working with the Board, the Executive Director will set important goals for the organization and work systematically to meet them.

This position reports to the Board of Trustees and actively participates in the meetings of the Board.  The new Executive Director will make it a priority to define HPL’s priorities and direction in collaboration with the Board of Trustees. The E.D. will assess and evaluate strategies, hire staff, set budgets, forge alliances, and build partnerships to further the mission. The E.D. will actively promote HPL to build its financial reserves and goodwill and be accountable, along with the Board of Trustees, for the financial health of the organization.


The ideal candidate for this position will embody many, if not all, of the following characteristics:

·       Be enthusiastic, inspirational, and demonstrate a positive attitude and a passion for serving in our community, building relationships, and enhancing the connection between the Library and its constituents

·       Have previous non-profit management experience including familiarity with fundraising and grant management, strategic planning, budget development and oversight, administration, working with a Board of Trustees

·       Have experience leading and managing change

·       Have ability to advocate for the Library with town government

·       Demonstrate strong motivational and staff leadership abilities

·       Have the ability to work with minimal direction

Have excellent communication and presentation skills, and public speaking experience

Work well with others and has a sense of humor, integrity, and an impeccable work ethic

·       Have knowledge of state and federal grant processes

·       Have experience with grant-writing

·       Have awareness of local government procedures for Massachusetts

·       Have experience conducting public education for all age groups

·       Have awareness of emerging technologies designed for libraries


v  Bachelor's degree and master’s degree, or other advanced degree, in either, Library Science, Nonprofit Management, or Business Administration.

v  Four years of previous work experience in a library administrative supervisory capacity, or,

significant top-level supervisory responsibility in managing a successful nonprofit organization.

Full/Part Time

Full Time





Closing Date

August 28, 2020

How to Apply

HPL has retained the services of Harrington Management International (HMI), of Osterville, Massachusetts, to facilitate this executive search process.  

Complete information concerning the position can be found on the Hyannis Public Library website:  Download the Position Description from the HPL Homepage, and follow the application instructions by submitting a resume’ and a compelling cover letter demonstrating your passion and fit for HPL’s mission and  needs to:, with "Executive Director" in the subject line.


If a candidate has any questions to ask of HPL concerning this position, please contact the recruitment search firm in an attached message with your application.  You will be contacted directly by an HMI representative.  No phone calls will be accepted.


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