Head Librarian

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Redwood Day School

Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with over 400 students and 85+ faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.

Job Description and Desired Qualifications

The Head Librarian will oversee all strategic and operational facets of maintaining and growing our K-8 Library program. This individual will manage the library collection and database, collaborate with teachers on implementing integrated library activities and applying instructional strategies, and develop and maintain a curriculum to instruct students in library skills. The Head Librarian will serve as an information specialist to the learning community in the selection of materials, online resources, media literacy, and other best practices and strategies for effective research and information gathering. This role is a hybrid of both administrative and teaching responsibilities. The Head Librarian will supervise and facilitate the professional growth of the Assistant Librarian and Library Assistant. Additional responsibilities include keeping the community informed of new resources and other areas of interest via a specialist blog; working with parent/guardian volunteers to prepare for the annual Book Fair; coordinating other library events; advisory responsibilities in the Middle School; supervisory duties; and attending staff meetings during and after school hours as required.

This is a full-time position, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays), beginning August 2020. The salary reflects the fact that this position’s responsibilities in the library may extend past the last day of June Work Week, or as requested by the Lower School and Middle School Directors. Otherwise, this position is compensated for school holidays and closure periods in a similar fashion as the teaching faculty.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minimum of three to five years as a Head Librarian
  • A natural rapport with children; understanding of developmental needs of 5-14-year-olds
  • Highly effective classroom management skills
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students

Desired Qualifications and Traits:

  • MLIS degree (preferred)
  • Experience with project-based learning and interdisciplinary teaching 
  • Experience and familiarity with comprehensible input strategies and learning activities 
  • A growth mindset and flexibility to adapt 

Redwood Day offers highly competitive compensation and benefits.

Limitations and Disclaimer:
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form electronically by April 20, 2020, to headlibrarian@rdschool.org  Attn: John Loeser and Cheryl Ting. No phone calls, please.

Non-discrimination Policy:
Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name or pronoun usage.


To apply for this job email your details to headlibrarian@rdschool.org