Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become more than great students, but great people. Please visit our website,www.prospectsierra.org, for more information.
Overview of Position
This position is for Middle School Librarian and 6th grade Advisor, beginning August 2020. This teacher will report to the Middle School Division Head and will work in close collaboration with the 6th grade team.
Help manage the day-to-day operations of the library, including circulation, overdue notices and lost book reimbursement requests, collection development, cataloging, readers’ advisory, research assistance, online services, supporting students in reading resources, and student tech support.
Teach 6th grade library skills class which includes:
Information Literacy in coordination with Humanities, Science, and Spanish research projects. Skills include online catalog searches, database usage, online search strategies, resource evaluation, MLA citation format
Coordinate and provide ongoing readers’ advisory for 6th grade Reading Buddy program.
Assist in resource gathering and teaching periodic 7th and 8th grade research skills classes in conjunction with research projects throughout the year.
Assist in book talks launching independent reading projects for 7th and 8th grade humanities classes.
Collaborate with Head Librarian to create year-round library programming, including all-school reading challenges, interactive displays, author visits, Screenfree Week activities, Edible Books Festival, and summer reading challenges.
Provide library supervision as needed and when available in support of Head Librarian (recess, lunch, and after school).
Lead a 6th grade advisory - oversee the overall well-being of approximately 12 students, lead daily morning meetings, communicate with families, and partner with a learning specialist and other teachers to support each advisee in their overall success at school.
Lead parent-teacher conferences.
Support the 6th grade team with grade wide special events, field trips, projects, and initiatives.
Run study hall for your advisees twice a week.
Co-chaperone a four-day/three-night student field trip to a working biodynamic farm.
The candidate must have: ?
MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and/or relevant librarian training
Appreciation and desire to work with middle school students
Broad knowledge of children's and young adult literature
Fluency in using and teaching information literacy skills, media literacy and digital citizenship
Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Knowledge of the essential role social-emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in application of SEL within the educational setting
Knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices and the ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, take on leadership roles as needed with a team approach and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
In addition to required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:
Familiarity with Learning Ally and Overdrive
Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of middle school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, chaperoning school trips, committee work, recess duties, etc.
How to Apply
Email a resume, a one-page cover letter, and a list of three references with contact information to: Nathan Tanaka, Middle School Division Head
Email: [email protected] (include “Librarian and 6th Grade Advisor” in the subject line)
Salary is competitive. Benefits included.
Prospect Sierra is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.
Internal Number: 03092020
About Prospect Sierra School
Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Everyday our talented teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become great people, not just great students.