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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have 3 current openings.  Please see below for description of  Executive Director, Research and Information Librarian/Health Team Leader and Teen Librarian Positions.


The Portland Public Library (“PPL” or “the Library”) is seeking an experienced library professional to replace its current Executive Director, who will retire in July 2015.

Chartered in 1867, PPL is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Maine’s largest city, which is also home to a working waterfront and a vibrant arts and cultural scene.

The Library consists of a main location downtown, three branches, a mobile library, and a unique Shared Collections Management Center, developed in partnership with the Maine Historical Society.  The main downtown branch underwent a significant renovation in 2010.  PPL houses an extensive collection including electronic media, access to shared media, and important city historical archives.  In addition to providing computing and Internet access service to the public, the Library stages educational, political, and cultural events, and hosted 675,000 patron visits in 2013.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and provides strategic, visionary, and inspirational leadership for the organization. Working with the senior management team, the Executive Director directs all fundraising, services, programs, and operations and fosters a culture of continuous improvement to achieve the Library’s vision, mission, goals, and strategic initiatives. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include recommending, designing, implementing, directing, supervising, and evaluating an active program of information services, educational opportunities, and cultural activities for the citizens of Portland and surrounding communities.  The Executive Director will lead multiple capital improvement projects, including the completion of the renovation of the main branch of the Library.

Key Skills and Attributes

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience and proven success with fundraising and advancement;
  • Thorough knowledge of library principles, practices, techniques, materials, and technologies, as well as current trends and best practices for nonprofit library management;
  • Exceptionally strong communication skills including writing, presentation, public speaking and relationship management with the ability to connect and relate at multiple levels;
  • Political acumen and collaborative and consensus-building skills, particularly the ability to work effectively with members of the Library staff, representatives of the staff association, the Library Board of Trustees, the City of Portland, county and state officials, the Friends of the Library, donors, foundations, professional and community organizations, and members of the general public;
  • A strong commitment to intellectual freedom;
  • A strong commitment to public service.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

As the chief executive officer of the Library, the Executive Director:

  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing a strategic framework in partnership with the Board of Trustees.
  • Directs strategic planning and annual plans for services, facilities, staffing, development and technology.
  • Serves as lead major gifts officer and works with the Development and External Relations Director to seek out and secure funding for Library infrastructure, programs, and services.
  • Oversees the preparation, submission to the City of Portland, and advocacy of budgets before City of Portland officials for the Library in cooperation with the Finance Director and executes those budgets in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Strengthens formal and informal collaborative relationships with City of Portland officials.
  • Actively engages in representing and promoting the Library in a variety of venues and activities within the community.
  • Recognizes and preserves the unique attributes of the Library and its role in greater Portland, while meeting the current community needs.

Job Qualifications and Requirements

At a minimum, the successful candidate will have:

  1. A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited library school.
  2. At least seven years of progressively responsible work experience in public library management and supervision, including managerial experience with a high level of financial responsibility.
  3. The ability to travel both around Maine and out of state for Library business.

In addition, experience working with staff organizations and collective bargaining is strongly preferred.

Salary Range $85,000 – $110,000 depending on qualifications.

Letters of interest, including salary requirements, a resume, a writing sample and any other materials that will support your application should be addressed to Beth Bordowitz, Chair, Search Committee and emailed to  .

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 on December 5, 2014. 

(posted 11/6/2014)


Research and Information Librarian, Health Team Leader

We are a library that embraces change and experimentation.  If you thrive in a learning-focused work culture with colleagues who support teamwork and collaboration, the Portland Public Library may be the place you’ve been seeking.

Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine is searching for a librarian who will deliver professional reference and information services to the public.  This person also leads the Health Team for the Library.  This position is located in the Research and Information Services Department, a major public service component of the Library.

Major responsibilities include providing reference and information services to the public of all ages, in person, over the phone or by using electronic formats.  The person in this position leads the Health Team to create outreach, protocols, programs, and coordinates material selection in the Health area of the Collection.

Requirements include: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree from an accredited graduate library school or equivalent professional training and experience, which prepares you to:

-   -Provide reference and information services to a diverse public in a busy urban library stetting;

-   -Lead a Health Team of colleagues and community partners using highly developed communication and collaboration skills to build and maintain a healthy community by promoting personal health literacy;

-   -Contribute a positive and energetic presence to the workplace;

-   -Have a command of technology in order to provide a high level of service, and to promote new and better ways to deliver and promote services

In addition, demonstrated interest or experience in health programming and community health partnerships is strongly preferred.

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Review begins until 12/12/14, and will continue until position is filled. EEO. Competitive rates, excellent benefits.


Teen Librarian

We are a library environment that embraces change and experimentation.  If you thrive in a learning-focused work culture with colleagues who support teamwork, the Portland Public Library may be the place you’ve been seeking.

We are searching for a well-rounded Teen Librarian to contribute to our Youth Services program at the Library, Maine’s largest public library, in the heart of downtown Portland near a major high school.  This Teen Program requires a person with urban sensibilities in a highly interactive, dynamic multi-cultural environment.

A high energy, flexible, creative, and collaborative style is necessary to lead, develop and coordinate effective teen services and programming across the Library system.  You would supervise staff and volunteers; select teen materials; assist patrons with research/reference needs.  Serve as Leader of the Teen Team and work other library Service Teams.  You must be highly organized and comfortable in a complex library system.  A communication style which encourages teen learning and participation is essential.  Brings enthusiasm for role modeling and teaching positive behavioral skills is highly preferred.

Required: Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent training and experience; two years experience as a librarian, hands on experience with young adults; demonstrated advanced technology skills including social networking; knowledge of young adult literature, including graphic novels; experience using integrated library systems, the Internet and online computer databases.

Environment is fast-paced and demanding, especially during peak hours.  Preferred: experience with ESL students and preschool children; facility in other language(s) helpful.

37.5 hr position with evening and Saturday work required; excellent benefits; competitive pay scale; supportive and collegial work environment.  Resumes and cover letters to Human Resources, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine 0101, or  Review begins 10/6/14 and will continue until position is filled.


(posted 9/27/2014)


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