Station North Tool Library Seeks Director of Development

The Station North Tool Library (SNTL) is a community-led tool lending library with a shared woodworking shop. We host more than 35 unique classes on home repair, tool safety, woodworking, and more. SNTL envisions a world in which all people have access to the tools and skills necessary to learn and create, where all people understand their capacity to do this, and are inspired and empowered to build, repair and shape their environments.

Our paid staff are program directors who make up the Direction Team, which guides the organization’s day-to-day operations in pursuit of SNTL’s vision. The SNTL community includes our 4,000 + class participants, 1,200 library members, and 38 volunteers, all of whom have a voice in the organization. We question traditional structures and hierarchy. We promote equity, preserve safe space for all people and are an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.


The director of development leads resource development for SNTL and its programs such as the the shared workshop and class offerings. This includes establishing and maintaining donor relations, running special events to raise funds, and managing the annual fundraising campaign. This position communicates with and supports all programs within SNTL to enhance fundraising and service opportunities that contribute to the organization’s mission to empower all people through affordable access to tools, skills, and workspace.


  • Research, identify, and develop relationships with prospective donor members and those with capacity for significant gifts

  • Identify and pursue opportunities for corporate sponsorships and grants

  • Manage the organization’s budget and cash flow, and provide accurate and timely financial statements to the Direction Team, Resource Development Committee, and board

  • Maintain all aspects of relationship/contact management for key donors, including database management, recognition materials, and in-person and written communications

  • Work with the Direction Team on all marketing and media efforts, including material and message development

  • Review ways to earn more money through classes, membership, and other programs in order to keep SNTL as self-sustaining as possible

  • Recruit, coordinate, and empower volunteers to effectively and efficiently implement fundraising efforts, including annual fundraising events

  • Actively identify and recruit board and committee members to assist with fundraising and outreach

  • Oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the shared office space


  • At least two years’ experience in non-profit fundraising

  • Some experience in marketing and/or non-profit management

  • Comfort with databases, Excel, Google everything, and desktop publishing

  • Proven ability and willingness to ask directly for donations

  • Supreme communication capabilities and relationship-building skills

  • Flexibility, adaptability, and openness to change

  • Ability to work in a hectic environment and handle simultaneous tasks with interruptions

  • Valid driver’s license and access to use of a vehicle, car-share, or alternative transportation for organizational business as needed

  • Comfortable with dogs. A lot of dogs.    …. No really.


We value an equal pay structure for all program directors, which takes into account our unconventional work culture, environment, and benefits. The salary for 2018 is $52,000, and raises are granted each year based on budget allowance and individual and team performance in achieving annual goals.

Benefits include 5 weeks of paid time off (175 hours) plus some paid holidays. The library is closed during the Thanksgiving weekend, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and the weekend of the annual staff and volunteer retreat. Group health insurance is offered by our fiscal sponsor and at least 75% of premiums are covered by SNTL.


The full-time work week is 35 hours, and each staff member schedules their own work time according to the demands of their job. A shortened work week that is self-scheduled is a benefit allowing paid staff the opportunity to cultivate a balanced life. Three of those weekly hours are spent in the library as a tool librarian or in the woodworking shop as a shop monitor. This enables all Direction Team members the opportunity to remain in touch with the community, members, volunteers, and organizational needs.

This position often requires work outside of traditional hours of employment. Since library hours and events are typically held during evenings and weekends, Direction Team members should expect to work during those times as needed.

TO APPLY: Please apply by February 8th using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/6bEk3m6jLgNoum4o2 . Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please. Ideal start date is March 15, 2018.

#GivingTuesday GIVEAWAY


If we reach our $35,000 goal - the Robert W Deutsch Foundation will grant us an additional $10,000!!! So to kick this party into overdrive ::: this GIVING TUESDAY we are raffling off prizes to folks that donate between midnight and 11:59pm on November 28th !!

Your donation of: $50 = 1 raffle entry $75 = 2 raffle entries $125 = 3 raffle entries

Winners will be announced LIVE online and emailed at 12pm on Wednesday Nov. 29th!


2 - VIP Tix to Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap ::: Includes Early entrance/First dibs on all the crafty goods. Limited to 150 people, so you can avoid the big crowds.- Delicious Breakfast treats and coffee from Dooby's - A Charm City Craft Mafia shopping bag filled with swag from our vendors and sponsors. - Many of our vendors also offer coupons, discounts and specials for the early bird hour!

2 - Tix to Charm City Clue Room ::: The coolest designed escape rooms in downtown Baltimore *built with SNTL tools!!*

1 - Handmade Cutting Board ::: pics below

2 - $100 Gift Cards to SNTL ::: keep em or gift em!

2 - SNTL Hoodies ::: It's hoodie season in the shop!

1 - Heavy Paper Co. Bamboo Wine Display ::: pics below

1 - Azellaz handmade bag ::: pics below

1 - Shop Safety Class + Day Pass at Open Works

......and more prizes are being added as we speak!!!!


It's that time of year!! Need some ideas on what to get a special person in your life??


For the new homeowner:

  • How about a 1 year membership to the library?  $40
  • OR A series of Home Repair Classes? $25 - $59 each sliding scale pricing/ honor system

For the curious DIYer:

  • Shop Safety 1 is a must! $25
  • Wooden Spoons & Spatulas is like freestyle woodworking! $65

For the fledgling Furniture Maker:

  • How about our Shop Safety 1 class? $25
  • Tripod Lamp Class is awesome! $125
  • Coffee Tables is a popular favorite! $225 

OR pop in to purchase in person and receive and awesome wooden handmade gift card!!

Help us reach $25,000!

Friday, we kicked off our annual fundraiser at Union and raised $800 in cash alone at (what I initially thought to be) the very silly rubberband shoot out game that John, Kate, Chris and Arman spearheaded building with a massive team of volunteer painters.  Kids seemed obvious but I had no idea that adults would be lining up, beers in hand, to donate and play!  We'll find out next week what the beer proceeds from Union were *fingers crossed* -- but there were a LOT of people there!!  Even the Member Made Showcase was a hit - celebrating the amazing successes of our members with home repair/renovation projects, furniture building projects, several of our members have even started small businesses over the last 4 years with library tools.


I sat back and watched for a moment, all of our friends, long time members, supporters, suuuuper long time volunteers - I noted the friendships that had been forged because of the library, the way that some of our members and volunteers stood a little taller, a little happier since the first time they came in, I watched the ease with which everyone slid right into our community and felt safe, happy, at home.

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Those feelings don't arise so easily these days -- amidst the hustle bustle, political unrest, commitments, responsibilities..  But the library has always been a safe place, and a very positive place at that -- filled with possibilities, not barriers -- it is something worth fighting for, and it has been a fight for 5 years to keep it open and to make it awesome.

But right now it needs you.

Each year we have to raise $25,000 to stay open because it costs money to keep our prices within reach of the majority populace of Baltimore and to keep inspiring, talented, hard working people to run this place from the front of the house to the back. We charge what Baltimore can bear -- and that accounts for 75% of our operating costs.  Not too shabby for a 4 year old nonprofit started by a bunch of artists!  14% of our budget is funded by grants (when we can get them) to cover capital expenses like tools or renovations, or programming expenses. However, the remaining 11% needs to come from the people out there in the world that believe in what we are doing - that it's a necessary resource for everyone - and that it IS changing the face of our city.  $25K is about the cost of a car - to some it's a lot, to others not so much - either way, each year it's the difference between us remaining open or having to close.

If you have supported us in the past - we want to be sure that we grow into an organization that you want to continue to support each year, because you know I'm gonna keep asking! We would be incredibly grateful if you were able to give today, $100 now or $25 each month until the end of the year would go an incredibly long way to ensuring that the library remains a safe and happy place for everyone.  Just follow this link!!

But I also wanted to plant a seed because,  taking it one step further, how could you leverage that $$$ even more?  Could you inspire 4 other friends that would want to make a tax-deductible donation of $100?  So that your group's donation of $500 we could use as another "matching gift" to inspire our small dollar donors throughout the campaign?  Or perhaps make a collection at work so that we could use a larger "group" donation for that same kind of leverage?  Or maybe your company would match employee contributions??? If any of that sounds do-able, I'd love to hear back from you!  And if you'd like to give to today in any amount, nothing is too small because remember it will be doubled!!!  Please follow this link!!

And if you want to check out some really great statistics on where your $$ goes and why supporting the library is so meaningful, please follow us on social media here and here!!!

Thank you for being there -- because of you the library is home to a lot of folks, a place where they feel like they belong, and where they can accomplish just about anything they damn well aspire towards!!

With an abundance of gratitude,

The Tool Librarians

EPIC Fundraiser Kickoff Party

We are BEYOND humbled and excited to announce that Union Craft Brewing is hosting us for our annual fundraiser kick-off party!!

Friday October 13th from 6-10pm

@Union's Taproom - 1700 Union Ave, 21211

Union is releasing two beer collabs /// Rufus Roundtree and the B'More Brass Factory will be playing /// Clavel will be makin' tacos /// Center Cut Doughnuts will be making churros /// and we will be making fun carnival games to play!!

Kick off our annual fundraiser and the beginning of Baltimore Beer Week in style -- FREE event but you gotta pay to party and proceeds go to your beloved Tool Library!!!


Eventbrite - Tool Library Festivus - Fundraiser Kick-off Party!

1st Ever Baltimore FIXIT FAIR

We are so excited to host the (long overdue) 1st EVER Baltimore FIXIT FAIR!!!

Fixit Fair is a free event open to the public where you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, home appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields set up at various stations to assist people with their repairs.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


Saturday October 21st, 2017

11a - 3pm* (Repair Line Closes At 2:30p)

@SNTL - 417 E Oliver St. 21202