Germantown Friends School is seeking a Lower School Teacher Librarian for the Friends Free Library (FFL), which was founded in 1845 and serves as both the school library and a resource for the wider Germantown community, offering library resources and programming for both populations. Friends Free Library supports our students in their growth as readers and as seekers and evaluators of information. This is a full-time, 12-month professional position requiring a graduate degree in Library Science from an accredited American Library Association program. This position has teaching and class preparation responsibilities, as well as responsibilities for budget management, collection development, and circulation management. This position reports jointly to the Director of the Friends Free Library and the Director of Lower School.
The person in this position will possess strong interpersonal communication skills with patrons of all ages and backgrounds, with a particular passion for working with elementary-aged children and children’s literature. They will possess an understanding and vision of a library program within the context of 21st-century learning. Additionally, they will be an innovative and enthusiastic collaborator and team member, both within the library department and the school at large. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a dedication to Quaker values, academic excellence, and social justice.
In addition to serving as the Lower School Librarian, this person is a Lower School “specials” teacher. Major duties and responsibilities are detailed below.
Develop GFS Lower School library and research curriculum for grades K-5 and teach regularly scheduled classes, including prep time and setup/cleanup for each class (eighteen 40-minute classes per 8-day cycle).
Provide curriculum-related and instructional support for Lower School faculty, including collaborative planning and co-teaching.
Provide reader’s advisory services for students, faculty, and parents.
Develop and maintain the FFL children’s print and electronic materials collection, including ordering, weeding, organization, and shelving scheme.
Plan and implement FFL summer reading program for Lower School students.
Plan and implement additional programming for Germantown community children and summer camps.
Manage the children’s collection budget.
Oversee processing and processing revision of children’s books.
Manage overdue inquiries and collection of book replacement fees for Lower School students and faculty.
Assist with staffing reference desk and performing general circulation, reference, and research tasks.
Create and maintain book displays for the Children’s Room.
Assist in the development and maintenance of the FFL catalog and website, including development, maintenance, and revision of specialized resource lists.
Fulfill responsibilities of Lower School specialist teacher, including attending Lower School Meeting for Worship, faculty meetings, assemblies, performing bus duty, and other duties as required under the supervision of the Lower School Director.
Participate in Lower School committee work.
Assume responsibility for library operation and supervision of staff in the Library Director’s absence.
Perform additional programming and school responsibilities under the direction and supervision of the Library Director and Lower School Director.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “LS Librarian” in the subject line.
Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school serving 900 students in grades K-12. Located in an historic, urban setting in northwest Philadelphia, the school takes its identity from a constellation of four distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community, an historic urban setting, a diverse school community and a grounding in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.
TITLE IX AND SECTION 504 NOTICE OF POLICY Consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including respecting employees, and is required by Title IX and applicable federal regulations to refrain from such discrimination. In addition, GFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in matters of admissions, access, employment, services, or in educational programs or activities it operates in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or its implementing regulations. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX or Section 504 may be referred to the following: Ted Oxholm History Teacher, Assistant General Counsel Germantown Friends School 31 West Coulter Street Philadelphia, PA 19144 215-951-2300 TOxholm@germantownfriends.org
About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood through 12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org