Reporting to the Primary School Principal, the Primary School Librarian is responsible for incorporating the library and its program into the center of the learning experience of all students and faculty. The Primary School Librarian collaborates on school-wide instructional initiatives that make the library a central component in teaching and promoting research skills and accessing information from a range of sources.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Primary School Librarian will:
Contribute to the WIS Mission and Values.
Contribute to a climate of respect and understanding amongst faculty and staff, students, and parents.
Advocate for the library media program in support of the educational goals of the school and promotes the library program within the WIS community.
Provide leadership for evaluating and promoting best practices for information literacy and research skills.
Develop effective plans and processes to provide library programs which support the philosophy and objectives of the School.
Develop, articulate, and implement a collection development policy which enhances the School’s education program and fosters a lifelong love of reading.
Participate in relevant school wide curriculum development, facility planning, personnel staffing and budget decision making.
Manage the library staff, parent volunteers, library operations (overseeing cataloging, purchasing, processing, etc.) budgets, equipment and facilities.
Support and foster professional growth of faculty.
Collaborate with faculty, administrators and students in defining and guiding the library program and its resource.
Create a welcoming library space that invites use by faculty and students.
Manage the WIS PS library website.
Provide leadership and expertise in selecting and using information resources of all kinds.
Model for students and faculty the effective research strategies within and beyond the school library.
Select and purchase digital resources that support teachers’ and students’ inquiry and research needs.
Seek and implement effective ways to provide access to digital resources.
Ensure easy access to print collection by students, including addressing the needs of WIS’s multilingual community.
Promote ethical use of information and technology through respect for intellectual property.
Design and evaluate, in conjunction with the PS Director of Teaching and Learning, the relevant components of curriculum standards and outcomes.
Work proactively to integrate the WIS Library Curriculum (Research skills) across the entire school curriculum, in theory and in practice.
Work closely with classroom teachers in the preparation, delivery and assessment of relevant units of study through authentic learning experiences.
Bring a comprehensive understanding of literacy, literature, research skills, and the school’s curriculum to collaborations with teachers and students.
Act as a curricular leader and participate in instructional planning, which may include attending subject, grade level and division meetings.
Develop and teach Research Skills lessons to students in all grades.
Work daily with students and staff in the library to help them meet their information needs and support their reading interests.
Continually explore and update knowledge and skills in pedagogy, information literacy and technology in order to enhance and expand students’ learning and achievement.
Work collaboratively with team members to develop a shared sense of responsibility, collaboration, and support.
Supervise library team.
Execute work online when directed and needed to include deliverables: meeting and collaborating online with team members and supervisor(s), fulfilling duties and responsibilities via approved online platforms, meeting assignment goals in a timely fashion, and maintaining a positive online presence in representing the School.
Other duties as needed and directed by supervisor(s).
Previous teaching experience of 3-5 years is preferable
Experience with the IB PYP is preferable, but not required
Passion for WIS’s mission
Strong communication skills, a sense of humor, humility, and empathy
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Previous experience at an international school and/or cultural fluency derived from international experience is a plus
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.