The Park School is seeking a Middle School Librarian, half-time, for sixth through eighth grades beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The position includes teaching a section of 6th grade Library.
The Middle School librarian works within the combined Park School Libraries, which cover all grades K-12, collaborates on projects and special events, and serves as a resource for teachers in curricular planning.
Library classes may be scheduled and may include giving book talks, teaching research, and promoting independent reading for pleasure. The librarian provides material and instructional support for a wide range of middle school research related activities. In addition, the librarian collaborates with middle school faculty to develop and manage the middle school summer reading program.
Oversight of the MS/US Library includes both flexibly scheduled academic periods and open periods for MS and US students to work and interact.
Salary and Benefits
Park salaries and benefits are competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales. In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program
A $5.6 million endowed program, established in 1989, supports summer professional development work by faculty. This program provides full salary and benefits for work on group or individual projects. Approximately 40% of Park faculty participate in FACA projects each summer. Projects are selected through a formal, competitive review process.
Please send letter of interest, resume, personal statement, and recommendations via email or US mail.
The Park School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of age, race, color, sex/gender, national origin, citizenship status, religions, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws.
Among the qualities and skills we are looking for in a candidate:
Orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
M.L.S. Degree from an ALA accredited library school preferred, and/or
Experience (3+ years) as a librarian for Middle School children, ages 10-14 preferred
Experience (3+ years) as a classroom teacher in English and language arts preferred
Experience working with Upper School students, ages 14-18 preferred
Broad knowledge of the literature for young adults and beyond; strong belief in introducing young adults to high quality literature and promoting a life-long love of reading.
Excellent research and reference skills through a variety of online and other standard resources, and experience and ability teaching these skills to MS students
Experience in selecting high quality resources for curricular, research, and recreation reading support
Experience in selecting high quality literature that supports the school’s commitment to promoting an inclusive and diverse community
Demonstrated skill in supporting and collaborating with teachers in identifying examples of literature and other resources across a variety of disciplines
Ability to provide cross coverage in a library that serves children from kindergarten through twelfth grades
Experience in and in-depth understanding of current technologies and methodologies that support school libraries
Strong interpersonal and communication skills required, especially in developing warm, trusting relationships with middle school students, and in working collaboratively with a variety of middle school teachers
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are encouraged to apply
About The Park School of Baltimore
Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 830 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The school’s core values, rooted in progressive educational philosophy, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.