River Oaks Baptist School seeks to hire an experienced K-4 Lower School librarian for the 2018-19 academic year. The position is fundamental to the library’s core mission of creating a vibrant school reading culture. The successful candidate will have extensive library teaching experience, a track record of collaborating effectively with teachers and a student-centered approach. The Lower School librarian must have an in-depth knowledge of children’s literature, a love of children, and a forward-thinking mindset. As with all faculty openings, the School seeks Christian candidates eager to support our mission of preparing students to meet life’s challenges and lead tomorrow’s world through a superior educational program undergirded by faith in Jesus Christ and Christian principles.
This position reports to the Director of Media Services. The staff includes one Library Coordinator, one library assistant and two dozen library volunteers. The librarian’s focus is on teaching and special programs. The Lower School is made up of 400 students in grades kindergarten through grade 4. There are four classes per grade for a total of 20 classes. Opportunities for athletic coaching are also possible.
Programming and Curricular Responsibilities
Plan and conduct weekly library instruction for grades K - 4
Serve as primary library contact for lower school students, teachers, and parents
Collaborate with the other library staff to maintain all areas of the library collection
Support ongoing curriculum development for ROBS students
Collaborate with Lower School teachers to implement an Information Literacy & Research curriculum using the new AASL Standards Framework for Learners in Lower School
Manage the Lower School library space
Participate as a member of the library team
Assist students, faculty, staff, and parents in the use of library resources.
Collaborate with the Curriculum Coordinators, Head of Lower School, and other faculty to meet curricular goals
Select, catalog, and circulate library materials using Follett Destiny
Train and supervise the library volunteers
Plan and present library programs and special events, including Reading Festival, Summer Reading Sale, Visiting Authors, etc.
Implement and conduct reading programming, such as the Bluebonnet Reading Program and Raider Readers Reading Program
Participate in professional organizations including TLA and HAISLN
Master's degree from an American Library Association accredited program
Two years of experience teaching and supervising in an elementary school library
Knowledge of current children’s literature and an ability to curate a diverse, current, and relevant literature’s collection
Awareness of trends in school librarianship and current educational research
A cover letter
Contact information of five references, including one personal reference. You will be notified before references are contacted. The request to submit an employment application and a transcript will be made later in the process.