Associate Director of Library Services 2023-2024 — Trinity-Pawling School

We call ourselves The Pride: Founded in 1907, Trinity-Pawling School is an all-boys college preparatory school located in Pawling, New York (60 miles north of NYC). We’re proud of each other and the goals we are working toward, independently and collectively. Our students are from all across the nation and the world. We are a community that values and inspires leaders, friends, athletes, and global citizens.

Gardiner Library and Learning Commons supports the mission of the School by providing a resource center where students can work alone or together; learn research, digital citizenship, and critical thinking skills; and read from a collection of publications that reflects the needs and diversity of our community. The Makerspace, which is the hub of design thinking on campus, is used by classes to facilitate project-based learning and student clubs to create and ideate.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Trinity-Pawling School has an exciting opportunity for an individual who aspires to be a Library Director.  We are seeking a part-time Associate Director of Library Services (20 hours per week).

How You Will Help the School:
You will foster a space that is vibrant, welcoming, and conducive to deep thought, authentic inquiry, and collaboration. In addition, you will support the school with the administration of Advanced Placement Classes/Tests. 

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Manage library systems and inventory in an organized way including maintaining the Follett database of books and materials.
  • Assist students and faculty with  information/item needs, with circulation activities, including checking out and returning library materials, and resolving issues
  • Coordinate and audit the school’s process in the administration of Advanced Placement Classes
  • Encourage the utilization of the Learning Commons by assisting in the planning and execution of creative library programs & displays and promoting programs on social media.
  • Nurture a growth mindset by teaching transferable skills related to media studies such as  finding sources and researching information,
  • Support faculty & students with instruction on research skills.
  • Curate a collection of materials that are aligned with the School’s Material Selection Policy
  • Encourage the love of reading by making recommendations on books based on the interests of the students
  • Preserve the past and allow others to discover it by organizing, researching and managing the collection of historical records in the archives.
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues to foster interdisciplinary and innovative learning experiences and support students across all pillars of our mission
  • Develop personal mastery by participating in professional development, networking to incorporate best practices, and reading professional publications.
  • Connect with students by fully participating in campus life and engaging in extracurricular activities.
  • Promote the interest of students by being a good role model, establishing and reinforcing clear boundaries and guidelines, encouraging students’ autonomy and independence and acting in a transparent manner.
  • Performs other duties as may be required.

You will be good at your job if you love reading, have a Master of Library Science (MLS) or related field and, you can support the evolving role of a school library in the 21st century. It would be great if you have prior experience working in an independent school setting:

Also, you:

  • Have experience in, or a willingness to learn,  the processing, organization, and preservation of archival materials.
  • Have the technology skills to teach digital literacy
  • Demonstrate a vast knowledge of books and authors
  • Can nurture and champion each student’s identity, interests, talents, and skills in a responsive setting that fosters inclusivity and belonging.
  • Exhibit a spirit of professionalism with all school community members.
  • Understand copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assist users with their understanding and observance of the same
  • Can bring together different leaders and departments within an organization to work together toward a shared vision and goals;
  • Have social skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, dependability, and self-motivation, sound judgment, high ethical standards, and the ability to work effectively with a team

As well as the demonstrated ability to:

  • work collaboratively and build relationships throughout the organization
  • adhere to policies, procedures and instructions
  • report to work on-time and as scheduled
  • meet the physical demands which include travel on uneven terrain, climbing/descending stairs, standing for long periods of time and carry up to 50 pounds.

Plus you will need to be an:

  • Advocate: As an advocate, you will be responsible for encouraging and outwardly  supporting the advancement of student learning and digital literacy in education. 
  • Collaborator:  You must partner with teachers, administrations, and the community in creating a supportive learning environment to serve students best.
  • Lifelong Learner:  you remain curious and lead by example with your unrelenting, ongoing, self-motivated pursuit of knowledge.

Please visit the Career Center on our website to submit a resume & cover letter.

[posted 05.24.2023]