Colorado Academy seeks candidates for the position of Upper School Librarian for Raether Library. This is a 10-month, full-time position. This position reports to the Director of Libraries and the Upper School Principal. The Upper School Librarian works collaboratively with the Middle School Librarian and the Raether Library Assistant to support the students, faculty, and staff primarily in the Middle and Upper Schools. This is a one-year appointment, the start date will be determined upon hire.
Empowers all members of the learning community to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, curators, and ethical users of information
Plans cooperatively with teachers to incorporate digital and print resources into classroom curriculum and to embed research skills into lessons and projects
Works in partnership with Upper School leadership and faculty members to provide expertise for students and colleagues around inquiry-based learning and best practices in research
Collaborates with the Pre-K-12 Library Team to promote and grow library services within the library community and scaffold research skills that foster smooth transitions for students through all three divisions
Partners with the Educational Technology team to leverage existing and emerging technologies to foster innovation, creativity, and curiosity among students
Informs teachers and students of new materials and resources that meet their information needs and invites them to request materials for purchase that will support curriculum and learning
Participates in grade level, department, and school curriculum development
Maintains a current awareness of young adult literature and services, as well as professional trends, methods, and ethics
Promotes relationships with local public libraries and university libraries
Creates and maintains a welcoming library environment that is attractive, inviting and conducive to learning
Fosters an interest in books and a love of reading through readers’ advisory, book talks, book clubs, author visits, and related activities
Selects and maintains a collection that is diverse in format and content to support the learning needs of the students; keeps the collection in good physical condition
Performs circulation desk duties, reader’s advisory, and reference services while supervising students within the library
Demonstrates a commitment to the principles of the library profession regarding confidentiality, the rights of the users, and other intellectual property concerns
Implements and interprets library policies and procedures for students and staff
Other responsibilities and opportunities
Supports and collaborates with the Raether Library Assistant
Serves as advisor to Upper School student advisees
Coordinates and supervises an Upper School spring Interim trip/program
Attends and contributes to ongoing internal professional development
Key Skills and Values
Enthusiasm for working with Upper School students and teachers
Self-starter, flexible, collaborative
Welcoming to all members of the community
Experience using library management systems and catalogs and maintaining a digital library presence
MLIS from an ALA accredited institution
3+ years experience working in a school library, preferably supporting grades 9-12
Candidates should be eager to join a team where collaboration is valued and where openness to growth is the norm.
Demonstrated intercultural competence: the ability to understand and bridge diverse perspectives, identities, and lived experiences is a must.
Candidates are expected to carry out the mission of CA, "Creating Curious, Kind, Courageous, and Adventurous Learners and Leaders," to support the vision of the Upper School, and to contribute to the life of the school outside of the classroom.
Colorado Academy is a coed, independent, Pre-K -12, country day school located on 95 acres in SW Denver. Founded in 1906, we offer a college prep, liberal arts and sciences curriculum for our 965 students. The school emphasizes 21st century skills. Visit www.coloradoacademy.org to learn more.