Maret School seeks a dynamic library teacher, curriculum leader and innovator to serve as Director of Libraries and Center for Inquiry. The Director is a librarian, teacher, academic leader, student advisor, and faculty supervisor. The Director is based out of and teaches primarily in the Fateh Library & Center for Inquiry, which serves the middle and upper schools (grades 5-12), and supervises instruction and curriculum implementation across both on-site libraries—a K-4 library serving the lower school and the Fateh Library & Center for Inquiry. The Director works closely with division directors and the technology department while collaborating with department chairs and school administrators. The Director reports to the Assistant Head: Curriculum Development.
As a school leader, the successful candidate will:
Lead the Lower School Librarian and the Middle and Upper School Librarian in the establishment and implementation of departmental goals, course objectives, and instructional strategies that are consistent with the overall mission of the school, the strategic plan, and the annual operating budget.
Serve as a member of the D2 committee (Department Heads/Division Heads), a decision-making group overseeing the school's educational program and graduation requirements.
Demonstrate knowledge of new trends in education through attendance at conferences and seminars, membership in organizations, and subscriptions to appropriate journals.
Serve as an energetic team leader who models respect for others and an ability to embrace and lead positive change.
As department chair, the successful candidate will:
Establish and maintain, in collaboration with department members and a broader circle of administrators, the departmental philosophy and standards for the development of current and new curriculum.
Facilitate a clear scope and sequence in grades K-12 that is developmentally appropriate, innovative, and integrated with Maret's Essential Skills and curricular offerings.
Lead the department in creating a library program that is equitable and inclusive.
Chair regular department meetings to discuss programmatic topics and offer support to teacher librarians within the department.
Manage the library's K-12 budget, including working with vendors and negotiating annual subscriptions for resources such as the library catalog, NoodleTools, periodicals, comic books, online databases, e-books, and university lending.
Organize school-wide summer and winter reading activities, in collaboration with department members and teachers.
Manage the library's online presence and promote the library within the school community.
Allot teaching assignments and library duties within department while balancing individual teacher-librarian talents and interests with overall school needs, and arrange coverage for classes in case of departmental faculty absences.
Observe each librarian's classes on a regular basis and provide evaluation, constructive feedback, praise, and mentorship for effective teaching. Communicate teacher effectiveness and related personnel matters as appropriate.
Analyze, assess, and report on the library's annual progress on department-wide goals, as well as regular use and operations.
Exhibit excellent collaboration, communication, leadership and managerial skills.
As a teacher, the successful candidate will:
Teach weekly library classes in the middle school (grades 5-8), and collaborate with teachers to teach project-based information-literacy skills in the middle and upper schools (grades 5-12), along with the Middle and Upper School Librarian.
Have a demonstrated track record of excellent teaching in an academic environment comparable to Maret.
Demonstrate expertise in information-literacy skills, and exhibit a deep passion for working with students of all ages and differing strengths.
Display excellent classroom management skills.
Enjoy and be committed to professional development and collaboration with colleagues.
Serve as a student advisor in either the middle or upper school.
As a librarian, the successful candidate will:
Promote a lifelong love of reading across all grade levels in the school through library clubs and interest groups, special events, author visits, and other activities.
Maintain a high level of knowledge about literature for children and young adults.
Act as a go-to resource for students and faculty members seeking reader's advisory and reference questions in the middle and upper schools, including sharing circulation-desk duties with the Middle and Upper School Librarian.
Lead and participate in library technical services, including collection development, materials processing, and repair.
Take part in regular library administrative duties such as opening and closing the library, sending overdue notices, reshelving, creating displays, managing equipment, conducting inventories, and weeding.
Have a Master's of Library and Information Science (preferred).
To learn more about our community, please visit www.maret.org. Our historic campus is in the heart of Washington, D.C. and offers a unique setting, where students and faculty alike demonstrate a sense of energy, imagination, and entrepreneurial spirit. At Maret, everyone seeks a broader perspective – an expanded understanding of each other, our community, and the larger world. Equity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do.
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