Division for Equity and Social Justice

Director of Equity & Social Justice job posting now available.

The Board of Library Trustees and the Town of Reading are pleased to accept applications for the new Director of Equity and Social Justice position housed in the Reading Public Library.   After two years of community-wide thoughtful and thorough conversation, we are excited to post a position that has the support of a broad swath of the town, citizens, committees, the police, and clergy.

Is this the job for you?

Are you a community activator and creator of culture and learning? Are you dedicated to service and leadership? The Town of Reading seeks a passionate collaborator and educator to work across the town to build a more just and equitable community culture. The Director of Equity and Social Justice will develop relationships with people and organizations to successfully plan, manage, and coordinate high-quality programs, education, and services that focus on diversity, belonging, accessibility, and human rights.

Reporting to the Director of the Reading Public Library, the Director of Equity and Social Justice will develop effective partnerships with Reading residents, community leaders, and local organizations to further the town’s commitment to creating and sustaining a community that values and demonstrates cultural competence.

This is a full-time exempt position with benefits and requires a Master’s Degree in a related field plus at least 7 years of related work experience.

Full job description and how to apply.

Please visit readingma.gov for a full job description and to apply online. Candidates must submit a cover letter and a current resume with the application to be considered for this position.  Additional questions may be emailed to lannon@noblenet.org.

The Reading Public Library is an institution central to the town; it belongs to and welcomes all. Situating a new Division for Equity and Social Justice will ensure programming and guidance that can reach all residents regardless of age, wealth, or education status.


The library thanks the Reading community for engaging in a thoughtful and thorough conversation around this new Division and moving forward with the position.   The full press release regarding the position is here.



2020 Proposal Documents

2021 Updated and Expanded Documents

Statement of Purpose and Proposed Structure
Hiring the Director & Forming the Reading Alliance for Equity and Social Justice
Helpful Terms

The Trustees and Library Director appreciate the continued interest and curiosity about this position.   In response to a few questions and feedback.  We have provided updates and some clarifying responses.

FAQ: Why the Library
FAQ: More About the Position