Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an independent coeducational, college preparatory day school serving Pre-Kindergarten (including 2 year olds) through grade 12. Founded in 1966, the school has a current enrollment of approximately 879 students and 180 employees located on our 100 acre Main campus or our three acre Harbour View campus, both in Suffolk, Virginia. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
Under the supervision of the Head of the Upper School, the Media Specialist is responsible for oversight and administration of the Hawks Library. The individual will maintain all print, non-print and electronic collections as well as manage curricular support materials and equipment. This individual will provide instructional leadership and encourage the use of educational technology to engage students and improve learning, and manage the Hawks Library as a flexible, multi-tasking learning environment. The Media Specialist will collaborate with school faculty and administrators to develop a program that supports the instructional curriculum. The Media Specialist will also serve as the Yearbook Advisor supporting the students in the creation of The Scroll, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Yearbook. This individual will embrace the vision, mission and core values of the school.
Media Specialist Essential Functions:
Teach the skills of information retrieval, effective evaluation of information and ethical use of information as they relate to the program of instruction to both students and teachers;
Collaborate with teachers in planning assignments and supporting the development of library, literacy and research skills;
Perform collection development by selecting, ordering, and adding new items to replace and/or update media center resources;
Introduce new instructional materials and technologies to staff;
Supervise library assistants and volunteers in the media center;
Plan and direct special projects involving literacy and library promotion;
Demonstrate commitment to improving professional competence;
Assess student learning on an ongoing basis and alters instruction to meet group/individual needs;
Use NSA curriculum to plan daily instructional activities; and
May perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School.
Yearbook Advisor Essential Functions:
Develop yearbook program including recruiting students, raising awareness of The Scroll, encouraging the documentation of the community activities and managing the process to select the next year’s staff;
Mentor the editor as a student leader and participates in student leadership activities;
Train the staff to create the yearbook;
Complete a final review of the content of each deadline prior to submission, including photo and copy editing;
Communicate clearly and often with the yearbook staff, puts communications in writing;
Meet the day after each deadline to review what worked well and what could be improved;
Manage the senior pages including setting deadlines, coordinating with senior parents, reviewing material and drafting communications for distribution to the parents and seniors;
Manage the distribution of the completed yearbook;
Manage the storage for yearbook supplies including managing the inventory of cameras and computers; and
Coordinate with Lower School and Middle School to source photos and content to represent those divisions.
Bachelor’s degree in education or library sciences with a focus on media
Current Virginia Collegiate Professional Licensure, with endorsement in Library Media, preferred
1 – 5 years of relevant teaching experience in library science in an independent school preferred, with student-centered pedagogy
Technology proficiency is essential including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the use of SmartBoards and digital projectors preferably in an Apple environment. Proficiency with G. Suite for Education and Blackbaud preferred, but not required
Familiar with 21st Century Skills, possesses a student-centered outlook, effective in integrating technology into the classroom.
Familiarity with teaching 21st Century and possesses a student centered outlook
Understand the needs of students in a challenging academic independent school environment
Ability to collaborate effectively with teachers and ensure cohesion of the program across divisions
Understand the mission of the school and the need to focus on the education of the whole child
Demonstrate initiative and self-motivation
Value parents as a vital resource in educating a child
Represent the school positively in the community
Excellent organizational skills and communication skills, both written and oral
Understand the critical nature of building positive working relationships with students, parents and colleagues
Work collaboratively not only with teachers within the Upper School but also school-wide
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, current resume and completed NSA application (application form is posted online) to Amy Morrell, Executive Administrator, Office of the Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, students are engaged in personal growth, inspired to discover their passion
and empowered to make a difference in the world.
About Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, founded in 1966, is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, which offers an academic program to approximately 750 students encompassing pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Academy seeks to admit students who are prepared to enter an academically challenging educational environment. To prepare students for success in a pluralistic society, the Academy pursues diversity as a component of a selective enrollment process.
The city of Suffolk, Virginia, located twenty miles from Norfolk and thirty-five miles from Virginia Beach, retains the charm of tidewater community living while offering easy access to urban and ocean-resort attractions.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer