School Librarian REPLACEMENT, Tacoma, Washington

Created 11/25/2021
Reference 479827
Country United States
State Washington
City Tacoma
Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

FTE: 1.0

Hours per day: 7.5

Salary Level: Based on preparation level and experience per TEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

Union/Days per year: Teacher, 180 work days, 10 month elem

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: This is a REPLACEMENT contract for no longer than the 2021-22 school year or until the staff member on leave of absence returns, which ever is sooner. Replacement contract will end on the last day of school if that applies.

Elementary Librarians are District Deployed staff and assignments can change from year to year. This vacancy is for 2 days at Franklin (Mon-Tues) and 3 days at Edision (Wed-Fri).

Must hold a valid Library Media or equivalent endorsement.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information:
Press Release from WA Governor's Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
Vaccine Mandate FAQs
DOH Vaccine fact sheet

Summary:
This position performs as information specialist, teacher, and instructional consultant to the assigned building staff and students; provides learning experiences to equip staff and students with the necessary knowledge and skills.
This position establishes a stimulating, welcoming environment for the learning community; promotes intellectual freedom and critical thinking; develops a balanced, culturally relevant collection; designs innovative activities, inquiry based lessons, and library programs; inspires the intellectual curiosity essential for lifelong learning.

Responsibilities:
Maintains the library media center providing access for the maximum time allowed by staffing; facilitates use of various types of materials, equipment, and services; assists students and staff in locating and using materials for the purpose of performing as instructional consultant to assigned building staff and students.

2. Teaches proper use of library media materials for the purpose of providing learning experiences to equip staff and students with the necessary knowledge and skills.

3. Teaches students an information curriculum following the suggested library skills scope and sequence of the Tacoma Public Schools; uses a variety of materials to address individual learning differences for the purpose of providing learning experiences to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills.

4. Consults on and coordinates use of technology hardware and software in assigned buildings for the purpose of performing as instructional consultant to assigned building staff and students.

5. Oversees and directs the selection of a well-balanced materials collection for the school library working in cooperation with building staff and in conjunction with other librarians in the District for the purpose of performing as information specialist to assigned building staff and students.

6. Assists staff in using information resources; recommends and provides instructional materials for the development and support of curriculum for the purpose of performing as instructional consultant to assigned building staff.

7. Attends meetings, seminars, or conferences and studies professional journals to remain up to date on current trends and changes in the field for the purpose of performing as information specialist to the assigned building staff and students.

OTHER JOB DUTIES

1. Promotes library media services for students and teachers at the District, regional and state levels.

2. Attends staff meetings as called by administrators.

3. Performs related duties as assigned.

CONDITIONS

Experiences frequent interruptions; may be confined to work station for prolonged periods.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  1. Promotes the principles of intellectual freedom and critical thinking by providing services and resources; creates and sustains an atmosphere of free inquiry; serves as an active advocate within the assigned school(s).
  2. Collaborates with teachers and other pertinent approved individuals to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of literacy and lifelong learning.
  3. Designs and implements inquiry based, standards aligned learning activities, both individually and in collaboration with teachers that reflect the best in current research and practice.
  4. Engages learners with print and digital resources; uses a variety of materials to address individual learning differences to access, create, and share content, as well as collaborate with other learners as global citizens.
  5. Empowers students through personalized learning experiences using relevant and real world applications to develop problem solving skills and critical thinking.
  6. Develops and maintains collections that systematically adheres to District goals and standards.; promotes the ethical and responsible use of information.
  7. Ensures equitable physical access to learning resources by providing barrier free environments; curates information resources to streamline 24/7 access for the entire learning community.
  8. Provides professional development opportunities to promote best practices and technology integration; fosters intellectual curiosity by creating physical spaces that are inviting, safe, flexible, and innovative.
  9. Orchestrate collaborative partnerships with the community to create innovative opportunities for all stakeholders.


OTHER JOB DUTIES
  1. Participates in developing and implementing long-range strategic plans through advocacy and leadership roles; remains current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research.
  2. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills required for success in the position by participating in professional development activities as needed or as assigned; updates personal competencies in technology utilization, instructional support, and information access; attends staff meetings as called by administrators and serves on staff committees.
  3. Performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.
  4. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


CONDITIONS

Experiences frequent interruptions; may be confined to work station for prolonged periods; may be required to work with and defuse, if appropriate, difficult and sensitive situations and/or people; may have to be out in inclement weather to supervise students; may be exposed to high noise levels; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree with Learning Resources endorsement; Master's degree in Librarianship or in Education with Learning Resources endorsement preferred; two years experience as a classroom teacher; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of early childhood intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development.
Knowledge and skill in instructional principles, methods and techniques.
Skill in operating a variety of library media equipment and in technology.
Ability to operate a personal computer with word processing software applications.
Ability to obtain, clarify and exchange information.
Ability to organize and coordinate activities.
Ability to perform as a team member.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to bend, stoop, push, pull, reach and lift up to 15 pounds.
Ability to serve as an effective role model for social, emotional and behavior skills development, including speech and language.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Valid Washington State teaching certification in appropriate endorsement area.
Learning Resources endorsement from SPI or equivalent hours in the six endorsement areas or ability to obtain within the first six months of employment.

Job Locator Number: D40-02

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree with Library Media endorsement or related field; or ability to acquire endorsement within two years; Master's degree in Library Information Science with School Library focus, preferred, or Master's in Education with Library Media endorsement with ability to acquire endorsement within two years, preferred; two years' experience as a classroom teacher, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Valid Washington State teaching certification in appropriate endorsement area.
Library Media endorsement recognized by the state of Washington or the ability to obtain endorsement within the first two years of employment.
Completion of all District required trainings, as assigned.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/Sexual Misconduct clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of childhood intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development.
Knowledge and skill in instructional principles, methods, and techniques.
Knowledge of various assessment tools.
Skill in classroom management.
Skill in instructional technologies.
Skill in effective communication.
Skill in customer service.
Skill in operating a variety of library media equipment and the technology required.
Ability to operate a personal computer with word processing software applications.
Ability to obtain, clarify and exchange information.
Ability to organize and coordinate activities.
Ability to perform effectively as a team member.
Ability to be flexible and adaptable.
Ability to analyze data and drive instruction.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to serve as an effective role model for social, emotional and behavior skills development, including speech and language.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

D40-02

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318, cerolin@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Megan Nelson, mnelson@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

HRInfo@tacoma.k12.wa.us, (253) 571-1250
Employer TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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