Position Classification: Full Time (10 months), Faculty, Salaried Exempt
Hours: Theschool day for Memorial Library is 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. plus after school coaching/activity duty as assigned
Reports to: Head of Upper School and US Librarian
Position Summary: St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks an Assistant Librarian for our Upper School. Serving 960 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming, and prides itself on bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning. The ideal candidate is a dynamic and collaborative educator who can help students and faculty achieve the School’s academic mission through the various functions, services and opportunities provided through its Memorial Library.
Maintain the print and digital library collections, including cataloging and processing, managing circulation and annual inventories, weeding, and cross-platform digital library resource integration and troubleshooting
Manage multiple digital library services such as EBSCO Discovery service, Overdrive, Follett Library Manager, SpringShare, OpenAthens authentication, databases, streaming video, online periodicals, and other digital research interfaces to ensure consistent, seamless, and fully integrated access to digital tools and print resources
Create library programming and service in collaboration with faculty, including 9th grade research and information literacy curriculum
Design and implement library social media presence, internal and external web presence, and other means to promote an understanding and appreciation for library programs, services, and resources
Supervise and maintain the library space and provide comprehensive reference services to students and faculty
Instruct and support faculty and staff in the ethical use of information, library resources, and technology through professional development and individualized support
Actively develop a robust school reading culture through regularly scheduled and boy-friendly book clubs, book talks, engaging displays, programming, and activities, etc.
Additional Faculty Responsibilities:
Serve as an advisor (six to eight students) at the discretion of the Dean of Students and Head of the US
Coach or lead a significant co-curricular activity
Offer or assist with an X Term cohort (experiential learning program)
Execute other duties (study halls, chaperoning dances, etc.) as assigned
Participate in the life of the school through committee work and being a regular presence at major school events such as concerts, plays, athletic contests, and other events
Communicate and interact with library faculty and staff from across the school in an appropriate and effective professional manner
Communicate in a timely and efficient manner with parents, as appropriate
Stay abreast of best practices for teaching boys
Hold an MLIS or MLS from an ALA accredited program
Be experienced with library management systems and discovery services
Be proficient in HTML, CCS, and MARC 21 standards
Be curious and capable in developing and implementing cross-platform digital and print library resources in accordance to user experience best practices
Possess a love for reading and be able to engage boys in pursuing a lifelong love of reading
Possess excellent problem solving, communication, analytic, and customer service skills
Have a growth mindset, be creative and flexible, and demonstrate a sense of humor
Have a focus on collaborating effectively with members of the Upper School faculty to achieve their class and departmental goals
Enjoy working with young people, especially boys
Be able to perform light physical duties including cleaning and dusting of library spaces and moving and shelving of books
Additional Information: Candidates interested in pursuing this position who are not using a teacher placement agency should send a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information to: [email protected]. Please include “US Library” in the subject line.
Application deadline is open; the School will receive materials from candidates until the position is filled.
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.