Job Opportunities at Mechanics’ Hall


Librarian, Part-Time
Start Date: September 2020

Although this position has not yet been filled, we have received enough applications and we are not reviewing anymore at this time. Thank you.


The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA)/Mechanics’ Hall is seeking a creative, collaborative, and experienced leader to step into the role of librarian as our long term librarian prepares to retire. 

Founded in 1857, Mechanics’ Hall occupies a unique place in Portland, Maine’s history. Our historic library, the 8th oldest membership library in the country, was built to provide technical education for those working in the mechanical arts. It has evolved into a general-interest library currently offering author talks, literary programs, and youth computer coding classes. In addition to the library, the Hall boasts a historic ballroom and classroom where we host programs and events that support the interests of our members and the Greater Portland community. 

The new librarian steps into this role during an exciting and pivotal moment in the organization’s history. As we celebrate our 200th anniversary, we are making physical changes to our space that will ensure the preservation of its charm and historic nature while supporting new ways for members and the community to engage with us. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Library Committee, the Librarian will oversee updates to our collections policy as well as the development and implementation of new programs, partnerships and strategies to support increased membership and community engagement. 



  • Responsible for the overall management of all library functions and reports directly to the Executive Director.
  • Recruits, directs and leads library volunteers. 
  • Works with Library Committee Chairs to develop and implement a mission-aligned collections policy. 
  • Development and implementation of programs that will support & benefit the Greater Portland community; enhance member interests and collection use; support writers & book group formation; collaborate with Building Superintendent on planning facility use.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, prepares and administers the library budget. 
  • Engages in regular strategic planning to create short and long-term library goals as well as provide leadership accomplishing associated objectives.
  • Responds to member requests and concerns; prepares written and oral reports to the Board of Directors monthly; participates on the Library Committee and other committees as requested; works with ED to develop new marketing materials; generates and contributes regularly to Mechanics’ Hall’s external communications including a monthly newsletter and social media.
  • Is actively involved in local and national literary groups and organizations.



  • A degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, alternately: two years of library services, or related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Previous library experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated administrative capabilities in both budget and volunteer management 


Hours, Compensation, and Benefits:

  • This is a part-time salaried position to start with room to grow to full time. The salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Current library hours are Tuesday & Thursday from 10am – 3pm, Wednesday 10am – 6pm & Saturday 10a – 1pm. Due to COVID-19 we are only doing curbside pick-up/returns and we’re also currently closed on Saturdays. 
  • We offer our part-time employees generous paid time off and while we encourage use of public transportation and bike life we are able to offer a dedicated downtown parking space when necessary.


The Ideal Candidate:

Our ideal candidate has a lifelong passion for libraries and literature and will be immediately beguiled by our historic space. You will have an appreciation for our past and a clear vision for our future. You will be energized by the opportunity to help lead us into the next decade.  Additionally – 

  • You are enthusiastic about building relationships and take pride in customer service within a public service environment.
  • Experience with community programs and engagement.
  • An understanding of current and emerging trends in library operations including customer service, technology, and programming.
  • Familiarity with project management, including capital projects with associated financial aspects, and short-and long-term strategic planning in determining organizational needs, responsive to a changing environment.
  • Demonstrate collaboration with professional peers in working toward common goals and in creating, implementing, and managing joint projects such as technology improvements, building upgrades, and programming coordination.
  • Possesses fundraising, grant writing, and outreach skills.
  • Social media storytelling savvy and the skills to execute them. 
  • This person will be joining our organization during the current pandemic reality and will be expected to find creative ways to engage our community remotely for as long as we are safely required to. 
  • Tea lovers are encouraged to apply. 


Interested candidates: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to


Mechanics’ Hall is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer