Metairie Park Country Day School is seeking a service-oriented, nurturing, and knowledgeable individual to join the Lower School Library team. The Lower School Librarian will provide reader’s advisory, reference services, and instructional support to students and faculty from grades PreK-5. This full-time, 10-month position includes a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The Lower School Librarian reports to the Director of Libraries and the Lower School Principal.
Additional information about Country Day is available on our website: www.mpcds.com
-Oversee lower school library operations, including maintaining the Lower School Library budget and managing staff and volunteers
-Maintain an atmosphere in the library that is welcoming to students, faculty, staff, and parents
-Support the intellectual and aesthetic growth of all members of the community through informed development of library collections, programming, services, and policies
-Model and instill a love of literature through read-alouds, book talks, library programming, dynamic book displays, author/illustrator visits, and other creative techniques
-Plan and teach lessons in collaboration with faculty and library staff to support classroom learning, information literacy, and research skills
-Collaborate with divisional and departmental teams to facilitate and promote curricular alignment, interdisciplinary learning, and enrichment opportunities
-Model best practices in the use of educational technology and support students and faculty in the safe, responsible, effective, and creative use of technology applications in service of student learning
-Support faculty and staff in pursuit of their professional learning goals
-Promote the Lower School Library’s services and resources to the wider school community and be a proactive advocate for the Lower School Library program
-Be an active member of the Country Day community, which could include activities such as coaching or sponsoring extracurricular school clubs
-Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Libraries, the Lower School Principal, or Head of School
-The successful candidate must possess or be working towards completion of either the MLIS degree OR a school library certification. As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to complete either the MLIS degree or appropriate certification within a reasonable time period after starting employment
-Bachelor’s degree is required
-At least two years of experience working as an elementary or lower school librarian required.
-Classroom teaching experience preferred
-Excellent interpersonal skills with students, teachers, and parents. Ability to communicate and partner with teachers and parents in support of student learning
-An adventurous spirit, someone who is excited to experiment with new ideas and engage in conversations about teaching and learning
-Knowledge of classic and current literature for young people
-Knowledge of literature by and about people of diverse backgrounds
-Commitment to supporting the school’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion through library programming, featured literature, and collection development
-Commitment to ongoing professional learning, modeling active participation in school site learning communities and making use of external professional learning networks to explore new ideas
-Ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues
-Ability to remain open-minded and flexible while managing multiple demands
-Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Demonstrate strong classroom management skills
-Proficient in Google applications as well as a willingness and ability to learn new technologies and methodologies that support school libraries and classroom teachers
Interested parties may forward a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three to five references to email@example.com and should include “LS Library Position” in the subject line of the email. Applicants should submit documents in PDF or MS Word format and label them as follows: "Full Name-Document Type". For example, John Doe-Resume, John Doe-Cover Letter, etc.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be physically mailed to the following address:
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 760 students in Pre-K through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are a love of l...earning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.