Employment Opportunities

Development Coordinator

The Library Company of Philadelphia seeks a self-starting, full-time Development Coordinator for our administrative team. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, the Library Company is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within its care. We serve a diverse regional, national, and international constituency, offering comprehensive reader services, a renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, regular exhibitions, and public programs.


  • Manage development database (Salesforce) and update records and reports
  • Maintain documentation of database procedures
  • Liaise with the finance department to ensure proper coding and accounting of gifts and donations
  • Produce member mailings, including solicitations, renewals, and acknowledgments
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Assist with writing and production of member and donor communications
  • Support grant research, grant reporting, writing, and related tasks
  • Ensure accurate external reporting to donors
  • Work closely with the Program Coordinator on public events, member programs and development functions
  • Favorably represent the Library Company in donor and public interactions
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer to:
    • Create innovative projects and programs to engage donors
    • Steward donors and help develop cultivation strategies
    • Manage and maintain all grant budgets and complete all grant reporting in a timely fashion
  • Support visitor services  as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 1-2 years’ experience in a membership or development role
  • Experience with database software required, experience with Salesforce preferred
  • High degree of organization and attentiveness to detail
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Constant Contact
  • Team attitude
  • Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. of material

To apply, send cover letter and resume to employment@librarycompany.org.  EOE

African American History Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian

The Library Company of Philadelphia, an independent research library whose collections document all aspects of pre-20th century American history and culture, seeks a reference librarian/subject specialist in African American history. Duties include reference assistance to our Reading Room patrons and inquiring public, shared curatorial responsibilities for the Library Company’s African Americana, coordination of activities for the Program in African American History (PAAH), including assisting the PAAH Director with administering all aspects of the Mellon Scholars Program; and other duties as assigned. Requirements include advanced degrees or strong background in library science and African American history; familiarity with automated library cataloging systems; excellent computer and communications skills; and a demonstrated ability to work with the public. Salary range: 45-55k. Comprehensive benefit package. EOE. Visit www.librarycompany.org.

For more information, visit the Library Company’s Program in African American History.

Applicants should send a single pdf document comprising a cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of three references to: employment@librarycompany.org

Applications accepted until the position is filled.