Lower School Librarian

North Shore Country Day School, a JK-12 independent school near Chicago, seeks a dynamic, full-time Lower School Librarian for the start of the 2019-20 Academic Year.  A Master of Library and Information Science and at least three years of post-MLIS work in school libraries are required for consideration. North Shore is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
With oversight from the Director of Library and Information Literacy, our Lower School Librarian will take the lead in creating and implementing a project-based JK-5 curriculum that provides the foundation for a cumulative approach to JK-12 library and information literacy instruction. Celebrating the joys of reading, learning and discovering, this curriculum will be delivered in our newly reimagined JK-12 library and learning commons, which is set to open this fall as North Shore begins its centennial year. Our Lower School Librarian will join us in shaping a growth mindset culture that instills feelings of welcome and belonging in all North Shore community members: students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and more.

In addition to teaching regular JK-5 classes, our Lower School Librarian will share in the daily management of the library and learning commons, including reference, readers’ advisory, circulation, content curation and student supervision before, during and after the school day. Beyond daily management, the Lower School Librarian will assist the Director of Library and Information Literacy in executing a vision for a responsive library program that meets the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners.

Individuals seeking this role must be able to articulate their excitement about current school library opportunities and challenges as well as demonstrate their ability to become a respected voice among Lower School faculty and staff. Our ideal candidate:

  • champions students, teachers, libraries and learning;
  • collaborates with colleagues to deliver high-quality instruction;
  • possesses deep knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice from early childhood through the elementary school years; and
  • embraces a relationship-based professional service philosophy.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter specific to the role at North Shore Country Day School, a resume, a written statement detailing their philosophy/approach to their work, and a listing of professional references (it is helpful to know the context in which the reference worked with the candidate and have both email and phone contact information for each reference). All information should be submitted to electronically to careers@nscds.org

North Shore offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience. Additionally, North Shore provides an excellent employee benefits program, including health and retirement benefits, tuition support for children’s attendance at North Shore, and professional development funding to support summer study, attendance at conferences/workshops, travel, and advanced degree work. For more information about North Shore Country Day School and the opportunities available for members of our faculty, please go to www.nscds.org/careers.

We are fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. North Shore Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. North Shore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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