An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings — their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.
Position: Upper School assistant librarian (full-time)
Reporting to the director of the Upper School, the successful candidate will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional success of students.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Empower and instruct students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, informed consumers, and ethical users of information;
Instruct students in how to use the library and its materials effectively for research and information purposes providing assistance to and in-depth conferences with students and faculty as needed;
Collaborate with and instruct teachers on developing information and media literacy and research lessons associated with classroom projects;
Supervise and mentor students so their behavior supports the library’s academic and social emotional purpose;
In conjunction with the other librarians, develop policies and programming to establish standards for and definitions of information literacy and contribute to an information-literate student body;
Collaborate with academic departments/discipline specific coordinators on specific needs;
Maintain an attractive, dynamic, and current library conducive to reading, studying, and instruction;
Evaluate, catalogue, classify, and weed all print and non-print material in support of the school’s programs;
Independently research professional practices, developments, and information technologies applicable to the library program and the school as a whole;
Network with local librarians, maintain active memberships in professional associations, and promote the school in the wider community;
Serve as a grade-level advisor;
Enthusiastic participation in the greater life of the school, particularly Outdoor Education experiences and extracurricular activities as an advisor, spectator, and/or chaperon;
Interest in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote a healthy learning environment;
Willingness to teach a class in an area of expertise;
Willingness to take on other duties as needed;
Maintain the library with operating hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
Qualifications and requirements
Master's degree in library science and three or more years of experience in the field or five or more years of high school teaching experience;
Ability to collaborate with teachers, as well as teach and supervise students;
Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with students, parents, faculty, and staff on a regular basis;
Strong computer skills, including previous use of an integrated library system, use of various databases and other electronic resources, and internet searching expertise;
Love of reading, information, and working with students and teachers;
Superb organizational skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a team member;
Ability to manage competing demands and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes.
Physical requirements and work environment
Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts;
Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time;
Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds;
Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment;
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
Salary Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.
Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience. A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan.
Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Cheryl Flores via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
Equal Opportunity Employer
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.