Seeking Entrepreneurial Executive Director

We are looking to bring in the next Executive Director for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.  The Map Center has a historically significant collection of over 200,000 (World, European and United States) maps and 5,000 atlases. The Map Center is ranked among the top 10 in the United States for the size of its collection, the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material, and its advanced digitization program.  It is unique among the major collections because it also combines these features with exceptional educational programs to advance geographic literacy among students in grades K to 12 and enhance the teaching of subjects from history to mathematics to language arts.  The collection is also the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public.  Educational programs for students in grades K to 12 are offered to school groups on site and in the classroom. More than 100 lesson plans based on national standards are available on the website, and professional development programs for teachers are scheduled regularly throughout the year.

With the above as context, we seek an entrepreneurial and mission-driven individual to provide the intellectual leadership, vision, and inspiration to the Center.   Map domain knowledge is not required.  The ideal leader will likely have a passion for historical collections and have a commitment to education, digitization/technology, and scholarship.  Individuals could come from non-profits, academia, libraries, museums, publishing, etc.


Please email Holly Bowers at with resume if interested.

Thank you!