Title: Library Media Specialist Grades K4-6th
Contract/Agreement Period: 10 months
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Lower School Principal
- Must be a mature evangelical Christian who agrees with the school’s Statement of Faith and whose lifestyle is consistent with the school’s Declaration of Moral Integrity.
- Must be a member in good standing of a local evangelical church.
- Must be able to articulate a deep understanding of a biblically informed philosophy of Christian education.
- Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Must have a degree in School Library Media from an accredited college/university with a Professional Educator’s License. Experience in School Library Media and/or Master’s degree in Library Media from an accredited college/university preferred.
- Should have demonstrated experience in working effectively on teams of Christian professionals in meeting high academic and spiritual standards and goals.
Scope of Responsibilities:
Administration and organization
- Prepares and administers the media budget as required.
- Evaluates, selects, and acquires media center materials and equipment to support the curriculum, mission message and ministry.
- Evaluates, selects and acquired media center materials and equipment to support and meet the varied interests, abilities, and needs of students and faculty.
- Re-evaluates materials and equipment regularly, weeding those which are obsolete or worn.
- Administers and maintains all information and circulation technology within the Library Media Program.
- Organizes and maintains media center records, statistics, and inventories.
- Creates an appropriate climate in the Media Center for critical thinkers, engaged readers, and enthusiastic researchers.
- Provides and maintains an appropriate atmosphere in the Media Center which defines expected behavior, enforces disciplinary policies in a consistent manner, and works to develop within each student a sense of self-discipline.
- Informs school community about library media center programs, materials, and services.
- Coordinates the school library media program with school-wide goals.
- Helps to provide for the maintenance and repair of all media center equipment and materials.
- Organizes and maintains the media center as a functional, attractive, safe, and orderly environment for optimal use by students and faculty.
- Trains and supervises all media center staff, student aides, and volunteers in the performance of their duties.
- Provides programs and services which encourage lifelong reading and learning.
- Assists students in developing listening, viewing, reading comprehension, and information processing skills.
- Provides and integrates hands-on-training in the use of up-to-date and emerging technologies for creative and effective learning in support of the 5thand 6thgrade iLab which meets STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) criteria.
- Provides staff development opportunities in the use of information resources and in the utilization of information and instructional technologies.
- Collaborates with teachers to incorporate information skills into all areas of the curriculum.
- Works in cooperation with teachers to design activities, materials, and instruction which promote curriculum integration.
- Provides student instruction in the operation of hardware and software necessary to use information in any format.
- Informs school community of laws and policies pertaining to the use and communication of ideas, such as copyright and acceptable use.
- Participates in curriculum design; integrates curriculum needs into the library media program.
- Assists teachers in the selection of books, other instructional materials, and equipment.
- Maintains a professional collection.
- Maintains a current file of selection resources which staff may use for ordering supplemental curriculum needs.
- Works with other libraries’ personnel (i.e. church and school libraries, public libraries, and university libraries) to coordinate efforts of common interest.
- Remains current in the library media profession through conferences, workshops, professional reading, and classes.
- Attends and participates in faculty meetings and works with other staff members in planning school activities, instructional goals, and objectives.
- Participates in extracurricular activities as mutually agreed upon by faculty and administration.
- Maintains proper professional relationship with students and other employees.
- Assumes other appropriate responsibilities as required of faculty members.
- Performs other reasonable duties during school necessary to the effective operation of the school when requested by the principal.
Spiritual and Lifestyle Requirements:
Briarwood Christian employees are to conduct themselves in private and in public consistent with the doctrinal and lifestyle standards of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Briarwood Christian School and as stated in church and school contracts, agreements, and handbooks and manuals.
Briarwood Christian School is a Christian ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church representing Jesus Christ throughout the local community. As a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, BCS employees are called to minister to students and parents. Because every subject is integrated with biblical truth, there is no secular/sacred division in the work that teachers and school staff perform. Consequently, Briarwood Christian School requires its employees to be born-again Christians who live their lives as Christian role models and to integrate biblical truth in everything they teach and do. Employees will conduct themselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding their Christian testimonies. A Christian lifestyle should reflect the biblical perspective of integrity and of appropriate personal and family relationships, business conduct, and moral behavior. An employee is expected to demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, and a willingness to live contentedly under authority.
Briarwood Christian School expects all of its employees and volunteers to model the same Christian values and lifestyle that it seeks to inculcate in its students. Employees must be able to declare (a) that they have not engaged in, (b) that they are not engaging in, (c) that they will not engage in, and d) that they will not condone or advocate in personal, teaching or professional standards during the term of their employment or volunteering: any marriage relationship, civil union, or other union replicating marriage, other than between one man and one woman, or inappropriate sexual conduct. Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (one’s gender or sexual orientation), other aberrant sexual activity or other sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law. They must understand and agree that this position is firmly rooted in the inerrant and infallible Word of God as expressed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Example applicable verses include but are not limited to Hebrews 13:4; Luke 6:40; Romans 1:21–27; Romans 10:9–10; I Timothy 4:12, and 1 Corinthians 6:9–20.