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 Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.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:
Mr. Paul Casadaban
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
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.