Job Opportunity: Business Development Director at Digital Public Library of America

Job Opportunity: Business Development Director at Digital Public Library of America

Job Opportunity: Business Development Director

Job Opportunity: Business Development Director
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) seeks a Business Development Director to help our organization achieve sustainability through the assessment of potential revenue models and the pursuit of one or more of those models. It is expected that the Business Development Director will forge extensive new relationships to build DPLA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. A passion for DPLA’s mission of widespread access to the contents of America’s libraries, archives, and museums is essential.

The Business Development Director will be responsible for business strategic planning, client development and relationships, and retention and growth of accounts over time. The Director will also head research initiatives to understand existing and new markets and client needs, and will use quantitative and qualitative methods to identify promising markets to enter and the best approaches to those markets. He or she must also develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with clients, and monitor and report regularly on the progress of revenue programs.

The Business Development Director will report to the Executive Director, and work with the Executive Director and DPLA’s fiscal manager and accountants on budgeting and revenue projections. The Business Development Director is expected to have an MBA or equivalent business training and experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization of similar orientation as DPLA. Ten-plus years of professional experience is desired. Existing connections to the library, archive, and museum communities is also preferred. The Director must also have strong interpersonal and marketing skills and a record of success building sustainability models.

This position is envisioned as full-time in DPLA’s Boston headquarters, located in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Expressions of interest for other configurations, including consulting and remote arrangements will be considered, although priority will be given to those who can arrange to work closely in or with the Boston office.

Like its collection, the DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of interest, a resume/cv, and contact information for three references to by May 5, 2014. Please put “Business Development Director” in the subject line. Questions about the position may also be directed to

About DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated over 5.8 million items from over 1,200 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.


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