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Campaign Director, Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill)

Campaign Director | Haverhill Public Library | Haverhill, MA

About the Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library represents the best in public-private partnerships. In 1873, a local philanthropist, E.J.M. Hale, donated land and half the money necessary to build the library, while the people of Haverhill donated the other half. To make it a shared, three-party agreement, a board assumed responsibility for the facilities, with the City of Haverhill committing to provide staff and building maintenance. The original library building opened on November 18, 1875. In 1969 and again in 1997, major library construction projects were made possible with public and private funds.

Today, the Library serves as a focal point of the Haverhill community, committed to providing a range of services and programs from the traditional to the cutting edge, always innovating in ways that best serve diverse patrons and their needs. The Library offers essential services for Greater Haverhill with 2023’s attendance topping 150,000 visitors, more than 300,000 circulating items, and 32,615 cardholders in a city of 67,000. The building was open to the public 3,249 hours last year, making it the most accessible resource in the city.

More description about the Library can be found here:, and more timely information can be found on the Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

About Philanthropy at Haverhill Public Library

Due to the nature of the agreement between the City and Hale, the Trustees are responsible for actively raising funds for Library books, materials, and infrastructure.

The Library is governed by a seven-member self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The City is responsible for funding the maintenance of library facilities and staff salaries, and the Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the City fulfills its obligations, as well as providing an annual appropriation of funds for the purchase of library materials and other services. Since the Library’s inception, a priority of the Board of Trustees has been the development of a Library Endowment, the interest from which is used to purchase materials and to supplement the City of Haverhill’s budget for the Library. The Library’s current endowment is now approximately $12M.

Founded in 1956, the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library has as its mission to raise funds for the library. The Friends carry out their mission through the Gift Shop established in 1989, as well as through the sponsoring of book sales to further support the Library, including an online sale that began in 2010.

The Library’s Upcoming Capital Campaign

Looking ahead, the Library is eager to embark on a capital campaign for much needed renovations. With an unprecedented, sizable bequest, as well as other private donations, the Trustees have committed $12M, 45% of a construction project estimated at $27M. The project’s priorities have been shaped by an extensive public process involving more than 1,000 community members, and work with an architect on building plans. The plan calls for four main areas of focus. First, the Library requires expanded patron-focused services with greater access to technology. Second, the community seeks enriched support for families, children, tweens, teens, and underserved populations. Next, the building requires improved spaces for community cultural activities, and finally, the updating of systems as well an ambitious vision for a sustainable future of the building.

About the Position

The Campaign Director (the “Director”) will be the person responsible for preparation, planning, goal setting, management, and implementation of the Library’s $5-7M campaign. The Campaign Director will lead the Trustees in Campaign Chair recruitment and will report to the identified Chair. Development Guild Campaign Counsel will be available to the Director for their first 90 days to support initial planning and campaign set up.

In the first three months, the Director will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the organization, and the campaign at hand, presenting recommendations for new goal setting, budgets, and milestones, as well as conducting Foundation research and developing a calendar for grant submissions. At the three-month mark, the Director and Campaign leadership will review and revise the goals for the position as needed, to be agreed upon jointly.

The successful Director will be comfortable leading in a start-up environment, bring “soup to nuts” experience in campaign development and implementation, and have experience educating and supporting Board members and volunteers. They will bring experience building new foundation prospects, as well as an individual pipeline of donors for the Campaign. While the Trustees will serve as primary faces and solicitors for the Campaign, the Director should also be prepared and interested in engaging with the community and soliciting donors as needed.

Key Responsibilities

Campaign Planning

• Conduct comprehensive assessment of the organization and upcoming campaign, presenting recommendations for new goal setting, budgets, and milestones

• Lead the Trustees in identifying and recruiting campaign Chair (or co-chairs), as well as campaign committee members

• Serve as the strategic leader in development for the campaign

• Create and oversee the overarching campaign plan for the Library’s 5-7M capital campaign, pending the Director’s input

• Develop case for support, campaign materials, and proposals as needed for campaign

• Identify and build a pool of prospects for a 5M campaign, including individual and foundation opportunities

• Utilize campaign counsel as needed

• Provide Trustee preparation and education related to the campaign

Campaign Implementation

• Set up and support Board with direct asks to potential donors

• Cultivate and solicit donors as appropriate

• Oversee foundation and grant processes, including research, cultivation, writing and submission of proposals, and managing the submission schedule

• Serve as a community ambassador and communicator about the campaign

Preferred Qualifications

• 7+ years of professional fundraising experience, with experience soliciting at least 5-figure gifts

• Authentic alignment and interest in the Library’s values and mission, with experience working in a community-based non-profit preferred

• Relevant campaign planning and execution experience

• Expertise working with and coaching a Board, and setting them up for solicitations

• Experience with foundations and grant writing

• Entrepreneurial spirit and strength as leader of development activities

• Ability to prioritize and balance strategic issues with day-to-day execution

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Interest and experience engaging with diverse populations

• Familiarity with Merrimack Valley region

• Ability to be on site 2-3 days per week

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Compensation: This is a consulting position, with the potential for a 3-year commitment. Annual salary for this position ranges from $110,000 – $125,000, commensurate with experience, with the option for annual bonuses based on performance.

To express interest, please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence

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Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$110,000.00 - $125,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

To express interest, please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence


2024-03-13 |  Quick link to this job