Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

Library Director Position OPEN

November 27, 2017

The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library seeks a dynamic, visionary, and community-minded leader with proven administrative and fiscal experience as its next Library Director. This unique opportunity is available due to the current Library Director's retirement after 17 years of service.

The Hobbs Library is located in the mountains of Western Maine and serves the communities of Lovell, Sweden, Stoneham, Stow, Chatham, NH and beyond.

The CHML Library has 7 part time staff members and is privately governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. In 2016 we served 22,190 visitors and circulated 27,655 items and held 497 public programs. For more information about our history, services and programs visit


Minimum requirements include a Master's Degree in Library Science or equivalent professional library experience.

Essential Skills

·       knowledge of library principles and practices;

·       initiative, awareness and vision in developing library services;

·       current on technology and trends;

·       sound business and financial judgment;

·       experience with seeking and administering outside funding;

·       understanding of common personnel management methods to lead our staff;

·       skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff and community leaders;

·       public library experience;

·       comfortable using telephones, computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, and other office and telecommunication equipment;

·       must pass a background check.

This full time position (35 hours a week) has a starting salary range of $30,000 - $35,500, plus paid vacation and sick time, retirement contribution, and assistance with health insurance.

Application deadline is December 15 and the position is available per January 3, 2018. Apply by December 15, via email, with a meaningful cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to


Current Library Director’s job description:

General Responsibilities

The Director serves as the chief executive officer of the CHML under the supervision of the Board of Trustees. The Director is responsible for the functioning of the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial (CHML) as a whole, with specific responsibilities including staffing, budgeting and budget control, collection development, programming, recommending policy adjustments to the Board, and working cooperatively within the community to further the CHML’s programs and services and to meet community needs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manages and supervises CHML operations to achieve goals stated in the strategic plan within available resources including budgetary and personnel resources.
  • Serves ex-officio on all Board Committees.
  • Provides professional advice on CHML matters to the Board.
  • Affiliates with state and national professional organizations and utilizes their services and materials.
  • Oversees the budget.
  • Prepares reports and related information for internal and external decision-making, and for regulatory and fiscal purposes.


  • Consistent with applicable laws, regulations and policies, exercises control over the hiring, firing, discipline and scheduling of employees of the CHML, and makes salary recommendations to the Board.
  • Exercises administrative direction over CHML employees and other support staff including volunteers, contract and seasonal personnel, providing effective direction to staff to assure the quality of public service.


  • Assures the fiscal soundness of CHML operations.
  • Works with the Board to prepare the annual budget and administers the budget including cost control activities.
  • Supports CHML development and fund raising activities.

Plant Management

  • Directs the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the CHML’s physical facilities and equipment.


  • Performs effective collection management to provide materials appropriate for the needs and interests of CHML patrons and the community.

Community and Collaboration

  •  Maintains effective community relations and promotes library programs and services.
  • Coordinates CHML programs with area educational, recreational, and work programs, and with outside organizations such as schools, historical societies and other community-based groups.
  • Works with other non-profit organizations, as well as with Federal, state, and local officials.


  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range CHML plans.