Work with The Friends

Position Openings

We’d love to work with you!
Currently we are seeking the following position:

Marketing & Social Media Intern

Duration: 3 months, starting September (with option for 3 month term in early 2018 as well)

About The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library exists to help libraries, and the communities they serve, thrive. An independent, nonprofit organization established in 1945, The Friends invests in the Library through fundraising, advocacy, and programming; as a result, the Saint Paul Public Library is a nationally-recognized leader in philanthropy. The Friends also serves libraries across the country and internationally through its consulting services, Library Strategies, and promotes literacy, reading, and libraries statewide as the Minnesota Center for the Book.

About the position

The Friends is seeking an energetic individual who will support our marketing team in creating and implementing social media and marketing content for The Friends and two of its brands: the Minnesota Book Awards, and Library Strategies Consulting Group. This individual will gain experience supporting a nationally-recognized, dynamic nonprofit; a statewide, year-round awards program; and an internationally known consulting group.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assist in developing new social media campaigns
  • Create editorial content calendar and schedule using social media software
  • Write, edit, and post content for each brand on various social media channels, website, and e-newsletters
  • Research and write blog posts
  • Connect with audiences and engage with similar organizations on social media
  • Compile analytics reports for various campaigns and provide summary of results
  • Update calendar events on website and Facebook as necessary
  • Assist with creation of program marketing pieces including flyers and other collateral as necessary


  • Ability to work some evenings and events as necessary


  • One to two years work or school experience in communications, marketing, public relations or related work, educational, or volunteer experience
  • Experience working with various social media channels
  • Experience with MailChimp and WordPress preferred
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred

Additional Info:

  • Position reports directly to the Director of Marketing and Communications
  • The position is part-time at approximately 20-24 hours per week, some evenings and weekends may apply
  • Compensation is a $500 honorarium
  • Please send resume and cover letter to


Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to volunteer occasionally without making a long-term commitment?

The Friends welcomes supporters to participate in our library support community a number of ways. What are your strengths, skills or passions? There’s probably a job for you! To learn more about opportunities with The Friends, please contact Liz Boyd at 651-366-6490 or

The following is a brief list of some of the ways we can use your help:

Opus & Olives (October)

  • Registration – at the event
  • Raffle ticket sales – before and during the event
  • Seating – directing guests to their seats
  • Author handling – before and after the event
  • Event volunteers may enjoy the dinner and author presentations

Minnesota Book Awards

  • Judging – Books begin shipping to judges in Nov. or Dec. There is an annual application process
  • Plots & Pints – help during the event (November)
  • Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony (April) – registration, author handling, seating
  • Event volunteers may enjoy the refreshments and awards presentation
  • Judges receive tickets to the Awards Ceremony

Loud at the Library (last Thursday of January, February and March)

  • Set up and take down seating and tables
  • Ticket sales and welcome guests

Crossword Tournament (June)

  • Registration
  • Timers
  • Runners
  • Checkers and Scorers

Other opportunities

  • Friends ambassador at programs and events
  • Buddies of the Saint Paul Public Library – sign-ups at Saturday Live and other family events
  • Research, mailings and other administrative work
  • Marketing and Public Relations
    • Writing announcements or web copy
    • Updating online event calendars
    • Social media
    • Distributing posters at public venues
    • Dropping fliers at homes
    • Shooting photos at events and programs
    • Video storytelling

If you are interested in volunteering at the Saint Paul Public Library, please contact Wendy Neurer, Saint Paul Public Library Volunteer Coordinator, at 651-266-7420 or

Thank you for your support!