The Director of Library and Information Services serves as a member of the faculty reports to the Dean of Faculty. The director is responsible for all aspects of the library programs and facilities, supervises library staff, and seeks to ensure that the library’s academic and technology resources complement, enhance, and extend the school’s educational program. The director will collaborate closely with the director of educational technology, the director of information technology, and the faculty.
Faculty at NEIA encourage collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems. Faculty invest in the life of the school by participating in weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, residential life when we include boarding students, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Ensure that the library’s academic and technical resources advance the school’s educational program;
Collaborate with classroom teachers in the curriculum design process;
Collaborate with teachers in the implementation of the curriculum
Develop policies and programming that will establish standards for and definitions of information literacy and bolster support for library services that contribute to an information-literate student body;
Collaborate with discipline-specific coordinators on specific needs and growth opportunities;
Foster an environment of creativity and innovation, and a love of reading and learning;
Research and evaluate new and emerging information technologies;
Prepare and manage the library budget;
Develop, acquire, and maintain a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the students, the instructional strategies of the school’s faculty, and the school's mission;
In coordination with the technology department, evaluate and purchase technical equipment;
Maintain an attractive, dynamic, current, and well-stocked library conducive to reading, studying, and research;
Select, process, and make readily available a variety of resources, including print, digital, and multimedia;
Maintain a circulation system that ensures the prompt return of materials and their ready availability to other borrowers;
Provide bibliographic and reference services for teachers and students;
Provide instruction for students in the use of library resources;
Promote the ethical use of information;
Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and knowledgeable researchers;
Maintain any remote or satellite libraries
Instill a love of reading and learning in students and ensure their equitable access to information;
Participate in the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of other library professionals and volunteers, as needed;
Maintain regular contact with stakeholders through school publications and online media;
Act as an advocate of the library, share expertise with faculty, serve on academic committees, and take an active role in accreditation processes;
Network with local librarians, maintain active memberships in professional associations, and promote the school in the wider community;
Facilitate personal growth through professional development opportunities;
Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school.
The ideal candidate would possess the following competencies:
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times;
Proficient knowledge of technology tools and how to find solutions;
Critical thinking skills;
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body;
Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills;
Exceptional administrative and organization skills;
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Required education and experience:
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Studies, or a similar field strongly preferred
An additional degree in Education a plus
5+ years of experience in library program management
Demonstrated experience in a supervisory role a plus
Demonstrated success collaborating with faculty in all disciplines to enable/enhance student learning
This 10-month, full-time faculty position begins in August 2021. The founding faculty will also be compensated additionally for fleshing out the curriculum and program for up to two weeks in July.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to Ayla Gavins, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, at [email protected]. Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including two or three on-demand short written responses to prompts; a recording of a lesson taught this past year or, if this is not available, teaching a sample lesson on Zoom to members of the NEIA team; and in the final stage of the process the contact information for three professional references.
About New England innovation Academy
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.