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Director, Westfield Athenaeum (Westfield)

The Westfield Athenaeum, incorporated in 1864, is a treasured community resource prominently located in the heart of Westfield, MA on the “Green.” We are seeking a Director to lead our much-loved Athenaeum into its 3rd century of outstanding service.  This is a high visibility position reporting to the Board of Directors.

The Athenaeum offers a wide range of services for children, seniors, teens and the homebound both virtually and in an ‘accessible to all’ facility.  The Director will build on our multi-phase facility renovation, technology upgrades and expansion of patron services.  

General Responsibilities

Oversee all library operations including:
25 employees (both full and part time) and volunteers.  
an annual budget of ~$1.6M, monitor and approve expenditures, and maintain up-to-date records and reports including those required by the Athenaeum Board of Trustees, the state of MA, and annual audits.
meeting or adjusting the long-range plan initiatives to meet Athenaeum goals of being a community hub
maintenance of the historic buildings and grounds; repairs and renovation.
Work collaboratively with the Athenaeum Board of Directors on long-range and strategic planning, policy development, and budgetary planning.
Engage in community outreach support fund raising/capital campaign efforts, attend Board meetings and participate in the C/WMARS network.  
Foster a collaborative, high performance team and a positive work environment. 
Develop and lead dynamic programming supporting the needs of the community. Continuously improve offerings; increase access for all patrons.
Actively market and promote the Athenaeum’s services, programs, and resources.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Library Science.
7+ years of administrative leadership within a comparable organization.  
Significant fiscal management experience with demonstrated effectiveness in securing external funding preferred.
Experience maintaining an historic building, grounds and restoration initiatives.

The Director role is a salaried position. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Compensation is commensurate with experience, qualifications.

Closing Date

How to Apply

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume and samples of applicable work products, results, accomplishments.

Send application materials to: Director Search, Attn: Board of Directors, Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St., Westfield MA 01085


2020-09-21 |  Quick link to this job