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Executive Director Portland, ME

The Portland Public Library (PPL), serving the greater Portland community for over 150 years, seeks a collaborative, strategic, and innovative cultural leader and library professional to serve as its next Executive Director. As the state’s largest public library system and most visited cultural institution, PPL is a cornerstone in the community providing access to information, advancing literacy, and enriching the lives of the growing and increasingly diverse population in Portland.

PPL seeks an outstanding leader with a demonstrated commitment to leading an organization through change in a diverse community, embracing new measures to support community-wide justice and equity. The next Executive Director will have the opportunity to engage in a strategic planning process that articulates a vision for the future of the Library and its relevance among the changing population of Portland. Overseeing multiple physical locations, as well as a bookmobile and a growing virtual presence, the Executive Director will lead an organization with over 60 full-time staff that is ready for thoughtful change. This individual will be an experienced library executive who will lead in providing a direction for the vital role of Portland Public Library in an exceptional location. Portland, Maine is ranked in the top 10 best places to live in America by U.S. News and World Report for 2022-2023, offering a variety of arts and cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities in a growing city.

The ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of public library current trends and best practices. The next Executive Director will bring a pragmatic and fiscally responsible approach to public library leadership with a focus on building community engagement and investment. PPL seeks a candidate who will bring experience and success in donor cultivation and stewardship to further the mission of the organization. They will have the political savviness to foster and navigate collaborative relationships among a variety of internal and external constituents and key stakeholders.

All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed in confidence electronically below.

Becca Kennedy is leading this search with Hannah Moore.

PPL is committed to hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce of highly qualified staff to ensure broad perspectives, promote equity and inclusion, and connect to our wide community. Applicants with racially, ethnically, or culturally diverse identities or backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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