The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Director of Library Services oversees the library operations and is responsible for setting direction and implementing library initiatives that integrate curriculum and skills that are prioritized across the school. The Director identifies and implements best practices, seeking to leverage emerging resources and technologies to improve library programs, teaching, and learning across the school. This is a full-time, 11 months per year position, with July off each year.
Essential Functions Include:
Direct library operations, including but not limited to management of the library budget and facilities, oversight of library programming and support, supervision and evaluation of library faculty.
Oversee access, instruction, and reference, encouraging departments and faculty to collaborate with the librarians to ensure that students acquire appropriate research skills and information literacy. Develop the scope and sequence of research skills for grades 6-12 and has responsibility and authority for the implementation of technology tools used for research.
Manage the library collection and actively collaborate with library faculty in the acquisition and weeding of print, non-print, and electronic resources.
Work with faculty and librarians to design and provide instruction and resources to support class projects that engage inquiry and learning experiences and incorporate multiple ways of learning while fostering critical thinking and culturally responsive practices.
Serve as a member of the Directors’, Administrative Leadership, Department Heads, Educational Technology teams, and the curriculum committee, among other committees.
Offer assistance to faculty members in the selection of both information and technological instruction materials.
Work collaboratively to design, develop, and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information.
Oversee the physical space of the library, recommend changes, and participate in the collaborative visioning/planning for an interdisciplinary Learning Commons.
Support the Assistant Head of School with the implementation of school-wide curriculum documentation efforts and the forthcoming accreditation process.
Play an integral role in the 1:1 student laptop roll out, beginning in August.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
A Masters of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of leadership experience in a library, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Experience and knowledge working with library integrated systems, educational technologies, and bibliographic instruction.
Demonstrated application of culturally responsive curriculum and instruction.
Familiarity with the concepts and goals of information literacy.
Familiarity with emerging technologies as they relate to information literacy and library services.
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience and includes all professional responsibilities of a teacher, both in the classroom and community contributions. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.