St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a diverse and thriving PK3-12 independent school in Mississippi's capital city with exciting academic and global studies programs, invites applications for a Lower School Librarian.
Spanning seven grade levels (PK3 through fourth grade) and housed on its own campus with approximately 500 students and 50 faculty, St. Andrew’s Lower School is a lively center for learning through development of the whole child. The curriculum builds on skills developed in pre-K and kindergarten, and uses an active, hands-on approach that makes learning exciting and fun. Instruction by specialists in world languages, science, art, music, physical education, technology, and “making” complements a strong core of language arts, social studies, and mathematics. Lower School classes are kept purposefully small, ensuring thorough attention for every child.
The Lower School Librarian will collaborate with the Technology Integrationist, faculty, and staff in coordinating STEAM and Project Based Learning (PBL) initiatives. The librarian will explore different subject areas with elementary-aged students, collaborate effectively across grade-levels and departments, and inspire students to read, question, research, and learn. S/he will promote a culture of reading and create a warm and inviting library space for all. The librarian also will cultivate critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through student-centered, differentiated instruction and help prepare students to function in our increasingly dynamic, interconnected world.
In keeping with the characteristics of excellence for all St. Andrew's faculty and staff, strong candidates for this position will be professional, self-driven, team-oriented, life-long learners who pursue excellence and contribute positively to the life of the school. They will embrace fully the school's mission and will be able to communicate effectively with varied constituencies. Exhibiting flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor, they also will be growth-oriented, passionate about teaching, technologically savvy, and enthusiastic about working with young children.
Preferred qualifications for this position include the following:
a graduate degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program;
background in education and teaching or school library experience;
knowledge of current children's literature and an ability to curate a diverse, current, extensive, and relevant children’s collection;
awareness of trends in school librarianship and current educational research;
a history of collaboration, teamwork, and empathy with students, families, teachers, and staff.
Reporting to the Director of Libraries, this position includes the following responsibilities:
manage the two Lower School library spaces, including a new Early Childhood library and a state of the art Discovery Center;
select, catalog, and circulate library materials using Follett Destiny;
work with the Head of the Lower School and other staff to meet curricular and program goals;
collaborate with the Director of Libraries to plan strategies for reaching library objectives and to administer the library budget;
plan and implement meaningful experiences for PK3 through 4th grade that will promote a life-long love of reading, inquiry, and learning;
serve on the Lower School STEAM Team and take a prominent role in coordinating PBL across all seven grade levels.
This is a full-time, twelve-month position scheduled to begin in July 2018. As both an Equal Opportunity Employer and an institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities.
To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the characteristics and responsibilities specified above, a current CV or résumé, a copy of higher education transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice initially), and a list of at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs and emailed to email@example.com, specifying "Lower School Librarian" in the subject line.