Library Media Specialist - Lower School & Early Childhood Position begins August 2021
The Library Media Specialist will work cooperatively with staff, students, families and the community in order to address the educational needs of learners and will implement and maintain a program that supports the curriculum; provides instructional leadership for the teaching of literacy skills; develops and maintains a media center collection rich in both print and non-print materials; and manages the media center as a flexible, multi-task learning environment. The Media Specialist will integrate and embed 21st century skills through a visionary school library media program; will maintain a diverse and current media collection (electronic and print) and facilitate student and staff use of the resources in the media center program. The position emphasizes effective integration of instructional technologies with general education curriculum, communication with families and continual program evaluation and development. Pembroke Hill is committed to a culturally competent education. Key responsibilities:
Work collaboratively with colleagues and administration to establish evidence-based, measurable goals driven by the school improvement plan, and to assist with evaluating the effectiveness and quality of the school library program.
Stay abreast of curriculum content and mapping and instructional practices within the building.
Collaborate with Learning Coaches and Teachers to provide instructional strategies and resources in teaching information and technology literacy skills.
Provide accessible tools for students and staff to enhance and support the learning process, serving the interdisciplinary needs and to develop and create proficient media users.
Develop initiatives to encourage and engage learners in reading, writing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment. Aware of cultural diversity/ gender fair criteria in the selection and recommendation of materials.
Collaborate with classroom teachers and Learning coaches after collecting and analyzing data (using Pathways to Reading, Fountas & Pinnel, Dibels, etc). Demonstrate correlations between the school library programs and student achievement.
Collaborate closely with technology staff (I/T, Tech coach) and assist integration on the Wornall campus.
Partner with Tech Coach and Counselor to promote the digital citizenship and the ethical use of information.
Participate in professional growth activities that result in enhanced knowledge of best practices in school library programs. Take an active role in the accreditation process.
Library program administration.
Promote the mission, vision and values of the School.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Library Sciences. Master’s Degree preferred.
Strongly prefer min. 3-5 yrs in library program management. Must have an extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and methodologies of teaching and learning and of current practices in library media.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills – verbal and in writing.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task effectively.
Strong technology and computer skills.
About The Pembroke Hill School
The Pembroke Hill School is a private independent school with 100+ years of history located in a beautiful and historical area in Kansas City. We currently have approximately1,200 students from Early Years through grade 12 on two campuses within a mile of each other.
Pembroke Hill School has a competitive compensation and benefits package. If you would like to be considered for an employment opportunity, visit www.pembrokehill.org/about-us/employment and complete an online application.