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Library Media Specialist- Middle School (Probationary)
Scarsdale Middle School is seeking talented, experienced, and innovative candidates for a probationary Library Media Specialist position starting August 31, 2020. The school spans grades 6-8, and offers a rich and varied educational program to the high-achieving student population of approximately 1100 students. The school community boasts an accomplished faculty and staff, along with an active, supportive parent body. Scarsdale Middle School focuses on the developmental needs of early adolescents, and fosters a highly challenging, nurturing, and supportive intellectual environment. Candidates must hold appropriate NYS certification as a Librarian or Library/Media Specialist and have a demonstrated ability to:
- Create a welcoming library environment that functions as a hub of literacy and learning in the school
- Nurture students’ passion for reading and discovery of ideas
- Collaborate strategically with educators across departments and disciplines to foster the students’ information fluency capacities
- Generate innovative and engaging learning experiences for middle grades students
Scarsdale Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.
Under the general supervision of the Principal, to assist students, and teaching staff with an enriching library/media center environment with a wide range of reading and other educational materials; maintains library collection at school site; develops appropriate programs for students utilizing library resources; and instructs students and others on the proper use of the library resources.
- Operates and supervises the media center.
- Evaluates, selects and requisitions appropriate books, aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
- Assists students in evaluating their aptitudes and abilities through the interpretation of individual standardized test scores and other pertinent data, and works with students in developing education and occupation plans consistent with such evaluation.
- Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to assist in the selection of books and other instructional materials; keeps students and teaching staff informed regarding new acquisitions for use in the media center.
- Serves as ready resource to students to provide research assistance.
- Maintains a comprehensive and efficient system for cataloguing all media center materials; assists students and teachers with the use of the system.
- Coordinates system of lending library material to students and teachers.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping.
- Encourages parental involvement in students’ education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
- Ensures that student conduct conforms to the school’s standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the media center.
- Participates in lessons with classroom teachers.
- Develops and arranges media center displays.
- Assists with the preparation and administration of the media center budget.
- Trains and supervises media center support employees.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.
- New York State Initial, Professional, or Permanent Certification as a Librarian or Library/Media Specialist
- Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or ability to provide own transportation.
- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
- Masters Degree preferred.
Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.