Position Description: The Hockaday School is seeking a head librarian for the Lower/Middle School Library (grades Prekindergarten-8th grade) who will play an integral role in ensuring a positive, welcoming atmosphere in the Library. This full-time position involves a great deal of activity and requires strong public-relations skills, enthusiasm, and a welcoming demeanor. Maintaining a friendly, cooperative atmosphere for students, teachers, staff, and parents is essential. The Lower/Middle School Head Librarian must be interested and well-acquainted with children’s literature and able to work among a variety of patrons with a wide-ranging array of academic and pleasure-reading needs.
Essential Functions: • Developing, acquiring, and maintaining a diverse library collection • Teaching weekly Library classes for grades Prekindergarten-3rd grades • Working with and supporting classroom teachers with needed resources • Coordinating and implementing requests from patrons
• Creating and updating patron accounts • Supervising circulation desk activities which includes checking in/out and sorting/shelving library materials • Cataloging and processing new library materials and repairing books as needed • Communicating overdue materials information to patrons via email • Serving as grade-level advisor to a group of Middle School students • Attending weekly grade-level advisor meetings • Abiding by Hockaday’s Code of Ethics and Conduct • Committing to the ideals expressed in Hockaday’s Tenets of Faculty Excellence • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications/Experience: • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree and experience preferred • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment • Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices for teaching information literacy and collaborating with faculty to develop and lead inquiry-based research projects • Proficient in technology applications, including integrated library systems (ILS), Microsoft Office, and digital student creation tools • A high level of attention to detail and accuracy • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills • A high level of professionalism and commitment to professional growth • Must successfully complete background screening and verification
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: • Regularly works in standard library conditions and climate • Regularly uses close and distance vision, including working at a computer screen for extended periods of time; ability to observe students from various distances • Frequently required to move around the Library; occasionally works at a desk for extended periods of time; occasionally positions oneself to work with small children on the floor; occasionally moves around campus • Ability to occasionally move items weighing up to 30lbs. across the Library • Sometimes works in an occasionally stressful environment, effectively dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts with stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions • Ability to periodically work flexible hours to support before and after-school or weekend events
About The Hockaday School
The Hockaday School is an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. With an enrollment of almost 1,100 students, The Hockaday School is the nation’s largest prekindergarten through grade 12 independent girls’ school. Ranked among the country’s finest college preparatory schools, it was founded over a century ago and continues today to build on its original Four Cornerstones: Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics.
Hockaday’s faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field and students in every grade benefit from outstanding faculty and access to unmatched resources. Families who choose Hockaday care deeply about providing their daughters with a comprehensive and rigorous education, both inside and outside the classroom. Hockaday’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the School. While most Hockaday families come from across the great Dallas-Fort Worth area, Hockaday students also come from across the United States and around the world.
The Hockaday School is an ...extraordinary place to work, with bright and engaged students and unparalleled professional development opportunities and support.
Mission Statement: Believing in the limitless potential of girls, Hockaday develops resilient, confident women who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.