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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have 3 current openings.  Please see below for descriptions of Riverton Branch Manager, Security Specialist and Youth Services Assistant positions.

Riverton Branch Manager

The Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine, is seeking a community-minded Branch Manager (20 hrs. weekly) for its public library branch located in the Riverton Community Center at 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland Maine.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, energetic, collaborative and mission-driven library professional who sees the value of the library branch, as part of the larger library system, in the Community Center (including social agencies and a school), and the greater community of the Riverton neighborhoods and beyond.

This position offers the opportunity to fill many roles as the manager of a branch library with circulation of 60,000 annually.  Duties include:

  • planning, supervising staff and volunteers;
  • participating in providing library services, including reader’s advisory, lending, programming and access to library resources;
  • working in collaboration with library teams and promoting collections and programming;
  • planning and coordinating repairs and maintenance for the Branch in cooperation with school personnel and on occasion the Library System’s maintenance department.

Schedule is 20 hours weekly: Monday and Wednesday, 1-6; Thursday, 1-8; Friday, 9-12.  Saturdays, 10-1, alternating with other staff.  Excellent benefits pro-rated on full time include: health benefits for individual and family members which can be purchased at the group rate; liberal sick, vacation and holiday time; disability, life and dental insurances can be purchased; fitness reimbursement if covered under the health plan; EAP (Employee Assistance Program); sick leave/ wellness conversion program; retirement options – MainePERS Retirement System; no deductions for Social Security; parking at a reduced rate; 403b option; medical/dependent care reimbursement accounts; tuition reduction from USM and Kaplan University; member Maine Employers’ Initiative (other tuition discounts); AAA group rate.  Competitive wage rates. Opportunities for more work hours often available in other positions/locations.

Requirements include:

  • a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in liberal arts; an MLS is desirable but not required, or an equivalent combination of experience, training and education that provides the following knowledge abilities and skills:
  • Solid background in adult and children’s literature, including online resources; experience with children’s programming; experience with library technology and circulation systems and training and supervision experience.
  • Strong customer service ethic, excellent communication abilities verbally and in writing.

Interested candidates please respond with a cover letter and resume detailing your education and experience as it relates to this position.  Review begins immediately and will continue until 7/18/14.  Resumes to: or mail to Human Resources, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine 04101.



Security Specialist

The Portland Public Library seeks a highly motivated, well trained, Security Specialist, 37.5 hrs.  weekly, to provide a security presence in this dynamic, customer-oriented environment at its downtown branch in Monument Square, Portland, Maine. As the largest public library in Maine and a key cultural institution, the Library serves a highly diverse range of patrons and members of the public who use the Library and attend cultural events.

This is an opportunity to provide a positive and respectful welcome to Library customers while maintaining guidelines and rules which support the best use of the resources and facilities.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Provides security services to the Main Library and promotes the Library security program.  Performs routine area security checks during duty times; communicates regularly with administrative staff and other staff as needed on security issues.  Keeps track of incidents by maintaining a security blog as necessary.  Uses security camera system to review and document issues.
  1. Performs routine library operations functions in the absence of other library maintenance staff.   Relates with members of the public in assisting them to use library conference space; able to work with the Conference Room system software program.
  1. Assists with and/or performs emergency maintenance and custodial work in the absence of other staff.  Coordinates emergency assistance for patrons and staff when needed.
  1. Works in a collaborative and customer -oriented team environment with both internal and external customers.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

Required: High school diploma, college level experience, preferred.  Training and work background in security or closely allied field necessary, especially in a non-profit, or customer-focused environment.  Experience with all ages and diversities necessary.  Excellent communication skills verbally and in writing; strong ability to communicate in highly charged, sensitive situations; ability to remain calm and focused.  Ability to perform physical tasks including lifting up to 50 lbs.; shoveling snow, climbing stairs, working on one’s feet and moving throughout the shift from place to place.  Strong service orientation.  Ability to use technology such as e-mail, writing blog postings and Conference Room software among others.

Applicants please provide a cover letter and resume to  Review begins immediately and will continue until 7/25/14.  Competitive wage rates; excellent benefits.



Youth Services Assistant, Portland Public Library

If you want to share your love of reading, commitment to early literacy, and enthusiasm for learning in the public library setting with children and teens, you may want to consider working as a Library Technical Assistant at the Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine.

This position (20 hrs. weekly), requires solid work experience serving children and teens.   Work in a library setting, broad appreciation and understanding of infant, child and teen development, knowledge of children’s and teen literature, and commitment to youth development are requirements.

Position offers working in a dynamic, creative team-oriented environment with opportunities to prepare, produce and perform a wide variety of programming for infants, children and teens throughout the Library and through Outreach; assist in collection development; provide reference and reader’s advisory services to a wide range of children and adults and use a variety of library technology to perform daily functions.

Required education and experience:   This position requires a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education, which provide the ability to work with this highly diverse population effectively in a library setting.  Necessary background: experience with children from infancy through at least teen age years, caregivers, adults working with children, English language learners of all ages, and agencies/organizations serving children.  Ability to perform in a very high energy environment moving through the areas on one’s feet for most of the day.  Ability to lift and bend easily using low shelves and lifting up to 25 lbs.  Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Strong service orientation.  Strong computer skills and knowledge of children’s and teen literature.  Schedule may change from time to time and normally includes rotation of Saturdays and Mondays.

Resumes and cover letters to:  Review begins immediately and will continue until 7/24/14.  Competitive wage rates and excellent benefits.

The Portland Public Library is a work environment that encourages and supports professional development, and is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is inspiring, collaborative, civil, supportive and ethical.





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