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Librarian, HOPE Academy, Providence, RI

Summary of Main Duties

Provides the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program, including technology education, is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school, and is an integral component of the learning and instruction program.

 

Essential Functions

  • Develops and implements grade level and/or developmentally appropriate library curriculum, including technology education

  • Supports students' success by guiding them in:

    1. Reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure

    2. Using information for defined and self-defined purposes

    3. Building on prior knowledge and constructing new knowledge

    4. Working with peers in successful collaborative learning

  • Collaborates with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and fosters critical thinking

  • Participates in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction, assessing student progress, and evaluating activities

  • Joins with educators and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning

  • Develops and maintains a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community

  • Cooperates and networks with other libraries, librarians and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school

  • Models effective strategies for developing multiple literacies

  • Provides guidance in software and hardware evaluation

  • Ensures that the school library program goals and objectives are aligned with the school's strategic plans

  • Understands copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property regulations, and assists others with their understanding and observance of the same

  • Organizes and maintains the collection of resources for maximum and effective use

  • Supervises and evaluates support staff, which may include educational assistants, volunteers and student interns

  • Prepares, justifies and administers the library program budget to support specific program goals

  • Arranges for flexible scheduling of the school library to provide student and staff accessibility
  • Ensures equitable physical access to school library by providing a barrier-free, universally designed environment

 

Non-Essential Functions

  • Actively seek and participate in ongoing professional development

  • Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, and school-wide activities and events

  • Assist in the evacuation of children during fire drills and other emergencies

 

Qualifications

Skills

  • Classroom and behavior management skills

  • Strong expertise in the use of technology for teaching and learning

  • Ability to relate and communicate sensitively to children & their families

  • Ability to provide effective supervision and feedback to teacher assistants and others

  • Flexibility

  • Organizational skills including developing effective classroom schedule for learning, etc.

  • Professionalism inside/outside school

  • Ability to work as a member of a team

  • Communication skills

  • Computer skills

  • Physical ability to lift and transfer children as required

Experience

  • Documented experience working in school library

  • Experience with automated library system (Follett)

  • Instruction and training in the use of computerized library systems

Professional and Legal Standards

  • Access to all Hope Academy student records

  • Use and disclose PHI only as authorized, as necessary to carry out job duties

  • Complete and maintain privacy and security training

  • Report suspected violations, including those of a business associate or contractor

  • Professionalism in/outside of the school

Training and Education

  • A master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a master's level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country)

  • State of Rhode Island certification as a School Librarian and the completion of a teacher preparation program and/or educational degree

  • Bilingual, Spanish/English preferred

 

Work Environment and Physical Requirements

  • Work environment and physical requirements consistent with those of a typical school environment

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk continuously throughout the workday

  • Able to follow/run 25 yards to secure students for safety reasons such as elopement, as needed

  • Bend, stoop, squat, push and pull (10-15% of the time)

  • Kneel and reach above shoulder level occasionally (1-33% of the time)

  • Utilize the Computer (20%) of the time and other office equipment

  • Lift and carry students as well as transfer students from wheelchairs to equipment as required. Usually requires the ability to lift up to 100 pounds frequently with the assistance of another staff member or adaptive equipment; 50 pounds independently (67-100% of the time)

  • Ability to participate in physical restraints of students, as needed and trained

  • Physically able to position physical/occupational therapy equipment, splints, etc. Ability to use various equipment (switches, cooking equipment, etc.)

 

To view the full description and apply for this position, please follow this link. Applicants nearing the end of their graduate studies would also be considered.  



Equal Opportunity Employer

The Hope Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

 

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