Cambridge Friends School is seeking a 70% Librarian for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Cambridge Friends School is dedicated to providing an outstanding education guided by Quaker principles. We engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. CFS is embarking upon the second implementation year of its ambitious five-year strategic plan. The school’s strength is its Quaker inspired mission and the tremendous passion the educators, students, parents, friends, and trustees have for the school. We seek candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community.
The librarian is responsible for all aspects of the library program and facilities, works with and supervises an experienced, part-time library assistant and several volunteers, and ensures that the library’s collection and technology resources complement, enhance, and extend the school’s mission and educational program. The librarian teaches many classes each week and works closely with the students, faculty, and families.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The librarian will:
Ensure that the library’s collection and technical resources support and advance the school’s Quaker philosophy, social justice mission, educational program, and the diverse needs and interests of the community.
Design and teach weekly classes for students in many grades, with an engaging and challenging curriculum that supports and/or complements the classroom teaching and which includes instruction in literature, reference, and library skills.
Provide additional library classes as requested by faculty in the areas of literature and research for all grades.
Create a welcoming environment for all members of the community, including students, faculty, families, and guests.
Support and encourage an appreciation of literature and a love of reading and learning.
Develop and maintain a collection of resources appropriate to the school’s mission, curriculum, the students, the families, and the instructional strategies of the school’s faculty.
Participate in programming and activities that involve collaboration with specialists, faculty, families, guest authors/illustrators and that enhance the library’s role in the life of the school and wider community.
Collaborate with classroom teachers in the curriculum design process.
Respond to the community’s specific needs and requests for books and other resources.
Maintain an attractive, dynamic, current, and well-stocked library conducive to reading, studying, and research.
Develop policies and programming that will support information literacy.
Provide bibliographic and reference services for teachers and students.
Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and knowledgeable researchers.
Working with the library assistant, help to maintain the online library catalog and circulation system.
In coordination with the technology department, evaluate and purchase technical equipment.
Maintain regular contact with the school community through publications and online media.
Act as an advocate of the library, share expertise, and participate in community events.
Oversee the school’s annual Used-Books Book Sale, a community event, with the help of the book sale coordinator and parent volunteers.
Network with local librarians, maintain active memberships in professional associations, and promote the school in the wider community.
Facilitate personal growth through professional development opportunities.
Common Qualification Requirements
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Studies, or a similar field strongly preferred
Additional degree in Education a plus
Significant experience with children’s libraries and programming
Significant experience in teaching
Strong interpersonal skills
Committed to diversity and the school’s mission
Passionate about working with and inspiring students and their families
Demonstrated success collaborating with faculty to enable/enhance student learning
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and references, with the position in the subject line to: Cambridge Friends School, Human Resources, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge, MA 02140 FAX 617.876.1815 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: Salaries are determined by a step scale based on experience
Cambridge Friends School (CFS), is a Quaker elementary school (grades pre-K – 8), located in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the leading independent schools in Greater Boston, CFS offers an outstanding education guided by Quaker principles and a deep commitment to social justice.
We seek candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the school community.