Librarian/Digital Literacy Specialist – The Branson School

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The Branson School

About The Branson School

The Branson School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 320 students, grades 9-12, located in Marin County, California. Branson prides itself on fostering nurturing relationships with students while maintaining high academic standards. The faculty values collaboration, professional development, reflection, and continual exploration of good teaching. Branson teachers work in a beautiful, well-resourced environment with dedicated students. The faculty is widely regarded as outstanding and there exists in the faculty an admirable ​esprit de corps and a positive attitude about their work and their relationship with students.

 

Mission Statement

Branson develops students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy.

 

Diversity Mission Statement

Branson believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community.  We aspire to have every member of the Branson community feel a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.

 

Job Summary

The Librarian/Digital Literacy Specialist has Faculty and Department Chair status, participates actively in curriculum development, and provides educational leadership in all aspects of school life. The Librarian/DLS is responsible for the daily operations of the Library and its services including circulation, reference and information services, collection development, library orientation and research classes.  The Librarian is also responsible for the development of a far reaching library program which teaches students to be lifelong learners.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

This person will manage the day-to-day operations of the school library, such as:

  • Use standard library procedures to research, develop, acquire, organize, maintain and make available a balanced and diverse collection of current information, resources, and technology tools for teachers and students for an enhanced and engaging learning environment which are aligned with relevant information literacy and educational technology standards.
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats.
  • Ensure the equitable and ethical use of information.
  • Teach students to follow an inquiry process as they ask questions, evaluate, and collect information from multiple sources to construct understanding by thinking critically. Encourage the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning.
  • Assume a leadership role in modeling and teaching the skills necessary to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively and responsibly for students, faculty and staff.
  • Work with faculty to ensure that information literacy skills are embedded systematically throughout the school and the library program.
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date, culturally diverse collection of print and non-print resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, the teaching styles, the instructional strategies used, and reflect students’ interests.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to develop assignments that are instructionally sound and include key critical thinking, literacy and social skills, and instructional technology.
  • Ensure flexible and equitable access to resources that support the student’s academic and personal learning needs.

 

 

 

Key Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Masters Degree in Library/Information Science (or the equivalent) is required along with advanced understanding of technology and digital literacy programming.
  • Previous library and teaching experience, particularly at the upper school level is desirable.
  • The candidate must have the ability to relate well with students and collaborate with the faculty.
  • Must love working with teenagers, and be understanding and compassionate about the realities of being an adolescent.
  • Must have a high level of integrity as well as strong communication and organizational skills. A sense of humor is a plus.
  • Must be interested and conversant in creating a culturally inclusive library.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with or understanding adolescent development.
  • Able to pass state and federal background check, fingerprinting, and provide a recent negative TB test or screening.
  • Able to perform all of the physical requirements of being a teacher at Branson.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Branson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers and interns, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. Branson prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.

 

For Consideration

To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and resume via email to:

Michelle Jones, Director of Human Resources, resume@branson.org.

To apply for this job email your details to michelle_jones@branson.org