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Providence Community Library is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial Director of Philanthropy, a fundraiser with a passion for people and libraries, who will grow our individual giving, lay the foundation for fundraising for capital improvements, and develop a strong program of legacy giving.  

The Providence Community Library (PCL) is a treasured community resource.  We provide a welcoming and safe physical and intellectual space for the rich diversity of Providence residents through our unique network of nine neighborhood libraries. Each library is an essential community hub, with almost ¾ million visits a year. Right in their own neighborhoods, children and adults find free and relevant educational and cultural resources, computers and other technology, engaging programs and vital community gathering spaces. Our libraries and librarians spark and fuel our patrons desire for reading, literacy, lifelong learning, exploration, discovery, and enjoyment.

Unlike libraries in many cities across the US, the Providence Community Library is a private non-profit public charity. While the City of Providence is our largest and most important funder, we have great potential and need to expand our philanthropic support. While Providence has many low-income residents, our libraries are cherished by folks from all socio-economic backgrounds. There is significant untapped capacity for giving to PCL within and beyond the City of Providence.




The annual operating budget for Providence Community Library is $5.6 million. Today, only 9% of that comes from philanthropy, most of which is from grants. We have a target of growing to three quarter to a million dollars of annual philanthropy over the next few years. We are seeking a Director of Philanthropy who will excite our community to significant new investment in our annual operations, capital needs and our future through their bequests and other legacy gifts


The Director of Philanthropy will:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic fund development plan and budget with clear benchmarks to expand philanthropic giving and ignite community enthusiasm and commitment to PCL.

  • Grow revenues from individuals, events (if warranted) and grant makers to achieve the revenue forecasts outlined in the strategic plan.

  • Lead efforts to build a culture of philanthropy throughout PCL.

  • Assess and enhance existing development infrastructure to support revenue growth, including major improvements to our donor stewardship program.

  • Lay a foundation for future capital campaigns.

  • Develop and promote a legacy giving program.

  • Review, revise and oversee the development of fund development policies and procedures.

  • Serve on the leadership team of PCL and as staff liaison to the Development Committee and to the Board of Directors on fund development.


We are seeking an experienced fund development professional with a demonstrated track record and passion for community libraries and their patrons and supporters to serve as our  Director of Philanthropy.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Demonstrated initiative and commitment to achieving and exceeding results.

  • People-focused with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with our community board, staff, donors, neighbors, government and businesses.

  • Persuasive communicator, with excellent oral and written skills.

  • Ability to translate research into informed fund development practices.

  • Flexible self-manager, team builder and project manager.

  • Creative problem solver and strategic thinker with strong future orientation.

  • A curious, lifelong learner who incorporates knowledge into strategy.   

  • Socially and politically savvy; able to work across cultures and class and with local friends of organizations.

  • Track record of success.

Technical expertise

  • Five to seven years of proven results, experience and knowledge of philanthropic fund development.

  • Proven success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and funders.

  • Proven track record of recruiting, training and motivating leadership and other volunteers as peer solicitors and stewards.

  • Proven success in partnering with program and administrative staff to enhance grant seeking and research, build funder relationships, re-conceptualizing new and existing programs to  enhance their attractiveness to funders, write successful proposals and manage.

  • Experience in implementing annual giving programs, including new donor acquisition, donor renewals, upgrades, and donor stewardship.

  • Experience in major gift program development and implementation, including prospect research, cultivation, personal solicitation, donor stewardship, and giving societies.

  • Experience in designing and promoting bequest and legacy giving.

  • Experience in identifying opportunities for and soliciting inkind giving.

  • Experience in selecting and using donor management software to build revenues and donor stewardship.

  • Experienced in budget development and management, business planning, analysis and evaluation.


  • Demonstrated passion for the work of community libraries.

  • Ability to work nights and some weekends.

  • CFRE desirable

  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Key Relationships

  • Reports to the Library Director and is a valuable member of the senior staff leadership team.

  • Oversees grant writing contractors.

  • Supervises the Communications and Marketing Manager,  working in partnership with the Program Development and Community Relations Coordinator.  

  • Works with Office Manager to ensure accurate and complete donor records.

  • Liaison and staff leader for board fund development activities.

  • Directs participation in fundraising of key volunteers, including appropriate board members and other peer givers.

Providence Community Library Assets

  • 52,000 library patrons.

  • 900+ active donors

  • Award winning programs and innovative community and government partnerships.

  • Dedicated staff (66) and volunteers (996).

  • Nine neighborhood libraries, each with a dedicated “Friends of” organization.

Providence Community Library is an equal opportunity employer.


You can learn more about Providence Community Library at

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but no later than October 4, 2018

Please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications along with your resume to: Maria Melvin, HR Manager,, 401-467-2700 x1606. Please contact Maria with any questions about this position.