Job and Volunteer Opportunities at Mechanics’ Hall


Library Director

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA)/Mechanics’ Hall is seeking a creative, collaborative, and experienced leader to step into the new position of Library Director.  


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 and currently offers author talks, book clubs, writers groups & literary programs. We belong to the Membership Libraries Group, a consortium of 16 sister institutions across the country.  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 Library Director steps into this role during an exciting and transformational moment in the organization’s history. We are making physical changes to our space that will ensure the preservation of its charm and historic nature while supporting an inclusive welcoming environment and exploring new ways to engage our members and the community. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Library Committee, the Library Director will take a lead role in these efforts as well as the development and implementation of new programs, partnerships, and strategies to support increased membership and community engagement. 


Position: Library Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Substitute Librarians, volunteers, and interns. 

Collaborates with: Admin and Programs Coordinator, Building Superintendent 


Hours, Compensation, and Benefits:

  • This is a 30 hr a week salaried position to start with room to grow to full time. Salary range starts at $32,500 a year and is commensurate with experience.
  • The Library Director staffs all open library hours as well as programs outlined below.  Current library hours are Tues/Wed/Thurs from 10am – 6pm and every first Friday from 5-8;  we are looking to further expand open library hours and days. 
  • We offer our 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. 


  • Manages all library functions and reports directly to the Executive Director.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises library volunteers and substitute librarians. 
  • Works with the library committee to develop and support mission-aligned policies and practices.
  • Develops, supports, markets, and executes literary and humanities programs including book clubs, writers groups, community partner events and more. 
  • Grows library engagement and collection use.
  • Collaborates with Building Superintendent and Administration & Programs Coordinator on facility use.
  • Prepares and administers the library budget in collaboration with the Executive Director. 
  • Engages in regular strategic planning to create short and long-term library goals. 
  • Executes all public services and technical services duties, including circulation, reference, cataloging, statistics, and collection development. 
  • Responds to member requests and feedback. 
  • Prepares written and oral reports to the Library Committee.
  • Participates on the Library Committee and other committees as requested. 
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop marketing materials and generates and contributes regularly to Mechanics’ Hall’s external communications, including newsletters, social media, website, and community calendars.
  • Is actively involved in local and national literary and library groups and organizations.



Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • A degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution and two years of library services in a leadership position or equivalent combination of training and experience. 
  • Demonstrated administrative capabilities in both budget and team management. 

Our Ideal Candidate:

Our ideal candidate has a lifelong passion for libraries, literature and culture – both high and low.  You will be immediately beguiled by our historic space with an appreciation for our past and a clear vision for our future. You will be energized by this unique opportunity to lead us into the next decade.  Additionally you…

  • Are enthusiastic about building relationships and take pride in customer service within a public service environment.
  • Have experience with community programs and engagement.
  • Are comfortable speaking in public and being the spokesperson for the library at selected events and programs.
  • Have an understanding of current and emerging trends in library operations including customer service, cataloging, collection development, technology, and programming.
  • Are familiar with project management, including capital projects with associated financial aspects, and short-and long-term strategic planning in determining organizational needs, and are 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.
  • Possess fundraising, grant writing, and outreach skills.
  • Possess strong social media storytelling savvy and the skills to execute them. 
  • Understand that you will be joining our organization during the current pandemic reality and will be expected to find creative ways to engage our community.
  • Enjoy being part of a team that believes in the work of our organization and that has a genuine affection and respect for one another. 


The Mechanics’ Hall Work Environment:

You will be joining a current staff that consists of a full-time Executive Director, a 20hr a week Administration and Programs Coordinator, and a 20 hour a week Hall Superintendent. We also employ a bookkeeper and occasional contracted Communications and PR support. 

Individually, we have varying family needs (children, aging parents and grandparents..) and we take pride in ensuring that family needs and personal time are valued. We have a strong and supportive board of directors who volunteer significant time to committees and special projects. 

Our team is kind, collegial and respectful of one another. We are collaborative and good listeners. We are eager learners and love to talk about books, current events, movies, historic preservation, our community, making of just about any kind, and sometimes fishing. While non-profit work isn’t always pretty, we laugh a lot and feel happy to be doing what we do in a city like Portland, Maine. 

Turning a previously mostly volunteer organization into a 21st century functioning non-profit requires flexibility, a willingness to take on tasks that might not fall squarely into a standard job description, and a strong sense of humor. You’ll be stepping into this new role during an exciting and transformational moment in our history; the ability to welcome change in tandem with patience is key. We are committed to being an organization that embraces equality, inclusivity and diversity. If the work we are doing and the environment we are building sounds like one that you’d like to be a part of, we encourage you to apply! 



Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

No phone calls or visits, please. 

Mechanics’ Hall is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for library volunteers and volunteers for various Mechanics’ Hall committees. These are great ways to get connected and be the first to hear of any openings. Email to inquire about volunteer shifts in our library. Email for more information about our committee member openings.