The Rye Country Day School Library Director is responsible for overseeing the library program for grades PreK through 12. The Director is an administrator, teacher, and instructional specialist. Grades PreK through 6 have regularly scheduled classes to learn basic information skills: how information is stored, arranged, accessed, and used. In addition, an understanding of how libraries work and the proper handling of materials are covered, as well as the access and use of information for academic and personal needs. Library instruction in grades 7 through 12 is most often provided within the context of classroom work or special projects. Digital citizenship is woven through the entire curriculum, through scheduled classes and special project instruction. Maintenance of a diverse, up-to-date collection of resources in print and digital formats for many styles of teaching and learning at many levels is critical and is overseen by the Director.
The Library Director shall have at least three to five years of school library experience and an ALA accredited MLIS or its equivalent. Experience with Middle School is preferred.
Formulates short and long-range goals related to programming and collection maintenance, including proposed implementation and evaluation
Creates and maintains the school libraries as safe, inviting, and flexible and conducive to student learning
Arranges for flexible scheduling of the library to provide student accessibility to staff and resources at the point of need
Manages and administers budget allocations from the school and state agencies to support program goals
Maintains a manual that delineates processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing etc. that assure appropriate resources are available when needed
Is a member of the Curriculum Council
Takes an active role in accreditation activities including cyclical Peer Reviews
Demonstrates a commitment to Intellectual Freedom
Promotes professional development for all members of the department, including membership in professional organizations
Encourages the use of emerging instructional technologies to engage students and improve learning
Provides professional development for other faculty by offering workshops or tutorials on use of instructional resources, and by sharing policies especially regarding copyright
Evaluates lessons presented by other members of the department
Supervises the Library Assistant who maintains the Library office and oversees circulation and book processing and supervises volunteers.
Oversees all library facilities
Empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information
Encourages a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
Provides age appropriate lessons in information literacy and digital citizenship
Promotes a culture of avid reading and life-long learning
Collaborates with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement instructional units developing inquiry and critical thinking skills
With other members of the department develops strategies for instruction and assesses student learning and instructional effectiveness
With other members of the department develops a scope and sequence of curriculum that covers instruction for effective and ethical use of information and digital citizenship
Shares expertise from workshops and conferences by presenting at faculty meetings
RCDS is committed to providing invigorating and supportive work experiences for its diverse community of employees. Faculty and staff are offered meaningful opportunities for professional development, growth, and leadership; highly competitive salaries; and extensive benefits. RCDS is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the community and curriculum. Please visit our website - www.ryecountryday.org - to learn more about the school's rigorous curriculum, values, and strategic initiatives.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, and in the subject line of the message include the words “Library Director.”
About Rye Country Day School
Rye Country Day School in New York is a coeducational, PreK-12, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all members can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Rye Country Day seeks faculty who support our mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world, and who share our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive multicultural learning community.