Position Title: Director of Library and Teaching and Learning Resources
Status: Full-time; Exempt
Founded in 1909 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for 800 students in grades six through twelve located on a historic campus in the heart of La Jolla, just ten miles north of downtown San Diego. With the student-teacher ratio at 9 to 1, Bishop’s is known for academic, artistic and athletic excellence while celebrating diversity and inclusion. This year’s applicant pool drew from 72 zip codes and 168 schools throughout San Diego County and beyond. Students of color make up more than 48 percent of the student population and more than $3 million is awarded in financial aid annually.
The Bishop’s School seeks a full-time director of library and teaching and learning resources to begin August 1, 2019. This new administrative-level position combines the responsibilities of a library director and the expertise of a classroom teacher and academic program supervisor.
The director will be responsible for all aspects of library operations including the design and provision of library services and facilities and programs for students, faculty and other community members. The director will help develop and implement library policies and procedures, supervise the library staff and volunteers, and manage all library resources including the acquisition, access, evaluation, storage and control of collections including technology equipment. The director will develop a strategic plan for all library programming and information literacy instruction, collection development, digital resources and technology, with regular review and evaluation for alignment with the School’s vision and goals. The director will maintain a forward-looking vision in both library science and pedagogy in order to effectively steer the future of the library.
In addition, the director will also help to oversee teaching and learning resources at the school, and will be at the imaginative forefront of the intersection of technology and learning. Specifically, the director will co-design (and ultimately help manage) a system for coordinating the various resources on campus, with the goal of putting these resources at teachers’ fingertips, fostering creative ideas for teaching and learning. Familiarity with or expertise in educational theory, curriculum design and/or learning support is an asset.
Finally, the director will teach a standalone class, the subject of which will be determined in conjunction with the academic dean, division directors and head of school.
The director will play an active role in both the middle and upper schools in a rich, student-centered learning environment. In addition to working with students and faculty, the director will work closely with the academic dean, department chairs and other academic program directors, dean of students, senior director of educational technology and information systems, and director of diversity and inclusion.
Desired Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated experience in creative and imaginative uses of library resources
Experience with forward-thinking application of emerging educational technology
Fluency with traditional information sciences and emerging information platforms, including social media, mobile applications, and online resources
Strong work ethic
Excellent leadership, project management, negotiation, budgeting, documentation, and organizational skills
Effective communication skills, including written and oral presentations to different audiences, and a presence that conveys authority, credibility and confidence
Excellent teaching skills and rapport with adolescents
Ability to embrace a collaborative work style and interact in a positive and proactive manner with all school constituencies, particularly with the administrative team
Ability to manage numerous projects and tasks simultaneously, anticipate and meet deadlines, prioritize and use time effectively, problem-solve independently as well as in a team environment
Proficiency with widely used technology and software including but not limited to Microsoft Office, Google suite, educational applications, Follett Destiny, OnCampus, email and internet
Ability to effectively and efficiently schedule and supervise staff and, if necessary, volunteers
Ability to be detail-oriented and thorough while effectively assimilating the larger picture of the organization’s needs
Ability to remain professional and composed under deadline pressure while handling a multitude of duties and situations simultaneously, and respond with appropriate judgment, tact and diplomacy
Flexibility with the special needs associated with an academic calendar, schedule and facility demands
An unequivocal passion for working with adolescents and supporting them in all facets of their lives
Irrespective of own religious orientation, ability to support the School’s mission and values as a school founded in the Episcopal tradition
Strong candidates will hold a master’s degree or higher, preferably an ALA-accredited MLS and/or an advanced degree in another subject and a technology background, and may come from secondary or higher education. A minimum of three years of professional experience is required.
Successful candidates will relish a unique opportunity to work closely with colleagues to chart a new campus-wide program that helps to support teaching and learning on campus, as well as the information sciences. We seek candidates who are highly collaborative, innovative thinkers who can co-initiate change throughout a community, and have experience in or beyond independent school settings.
The Bishop’s School offers competitive compensation including a full benefits package and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
For more information about The Bishop’s School, please visit www.bishops.com. To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references (including name, phone number, and email address) to email@example.com.