Brooks School seeks a full-time Director of Library Services starting July 1, 2022, or earlier.
The school seeks a Director with an ALA-accredited MLIS degree and 3-5 years experience as an independent school or college librarian. Candidates should be prepared to manage all aspects of library services and programming including but not limited to the daily operation of the facility, creating and implementing all library policies, procedures, and planning initiatives. Knowledge and experience working with online research resources, integrated library systems and developing libguides is expected, as is proficiency in teaching information literacy.
Candidates should also have proven ability in supervising a small staff and in managing budgets, vendor relationships and database subscriptions. Additional responsibilities include collection development, oversight of the cataloging process, community outreach and library web/social media-presence management. Brooks School’s ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution necessitates a focus on culturally responsive education and the integration of critical consciousness in the curriculum. This should be reflected in the curation of the library collection, creation of featured displays, lesson planning and resource collation.
Experience working with high school or undergraduate students on research projects is essential, as is demonstrated success in collaborating with faculty across the disciplines in the integration of information literacy and citation practices into the curriculum. Other duties include overseeing and participating in staffing evening study halls, supervising student library prefects, serving as a student advisor, sharing a rotating Saturday library schedule, and participating in the broader life of a boarding school. This includes the possibility of teaching a course in an academic department.
The Director is an appointed member of the faculty and serves on faculty advisories including the Curriculum, All Community Read, and Prize Committees. In addition, the Director has the opportunity to start a library prefect program, to work closely with the Learning Center and peer tutors, to partner with IT and academic administration on technology education, and to be an integral voice in creating a programmatic vision for the library moving forward. This position reports to the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs.
ALA-accredited MLIS degree preferred
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are normally performed in an indoor environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ability to lift 40 pounds.
Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
Ability to move throughout a large building regularly.
Ability to use a keyboard for extended periods of time.
TRAVEL: This role does not require travel.
APPLICATION AND POSITION INFORMATION:
Brooks School believes that realizing a mission aimed at providing the most meaningful educational experience its students will have in their lives requires intentional work to build and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of our predominantly residential school. As such, we seek a diverse candidate pool that includes those who are traditionally underrepresented and less familiar with boarding school life.
All interested candidates should submit the following materials by email with attachments to Associate Head for Academic Affairs Susanna Waters at [email protected] by December 17, 2021:
Cover letter expressing why you are interested in Brooks and this opportunity
A current resume
Three professional references and their contact information
The school will make any offer of employment contingent upon a candidate being authorized to work in the United States, and successfully completing criminal offender record (CORI) and sexual offender record (SORI) background checks.
Brooks School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, disability or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid and loan programs, athletic programs and other school administered programs and activities.
COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY:
Brooks School is a COVID-19 vaccinated community. Unvaccinated visitors to campus are asked to refrain from entering any school buildings unless the school has granted an exemption. In all cases, unvaccinated people who have been granted an exemption must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times when in a school building.
Established in 1926 in the town of North Andover, Brooks School provides a co-educational, college preparatory program for 360 students on a 270-acre campus overlooking Lake Cochichewick. Small classes allow students to work closely with teachers, fostering a relationship that is at the core of the warm, close-knit community. With a challenging academic curriculum that includes 20 advanced placement courses, Brooks also offers opportunities to study abroad in Africa, Europe and South America. The school’s exceptional athletic program has earned numerous league and New England championships.