Start Date: Aug 26, 2019 Salary: Commensurate with experience
Bank Street College of Education is a private, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1916 and located in New York City. Bank Street is considered to be one of the leading institutions in the area of progressive education and has grown over the years to an internationally recognized leader in early childhood education, a pioneer in improving the quality of classroom education and teacher preparation, and a national advocate for children and families. The College includes a Graduate School (GSE) and an on-site independent School for Children, pre-k through grade 8.
The College Library supports the programs of the entire institution through its collections, programming, and outreach. Library collections include 50,000 volumes in the adult collection and 70,000 volumes in the children’s collection.
The Library invites applications for the position of Children’s Librarian. The Children’s Librarian is the Teacher/Librarian for the School for Children for pre-k through 8th grade. This position provides the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the School for Children. In addition, the children’s librarian provides reference service to the entire Bank Street Community- children, teachers, graduate students, instructors and alumni. Responsibilities include: Teaching and Learning • Teach library classes and work cooperatively with teachers in the design and preparation of units of study • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of children’s and young adult literature and its integration into the early childhood, elementary, and middle school library curriculum • Develop summer reading lists for lower, middle, and upper grades • Provide reference assistance to students, teachers, faculty, parents, graduate students, alumni, and staff Partnership with the Center for Children’s Literature The Center for Children’s Literature’s mission is to create, identify, and advocate for the highest quality literature for children from infancy through adolescence. Its 5 components include the Children’s Book Committee, The Writers Lab, The Irma Black Award and Cook Prize, BookFest at Bank Street, and the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program.
• Event planning & participation • Planning and coordinating author visits to the SFC • Participate on the Irma Black Award jury • Help select author and administer the annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program Additional Responsibilities • Member of the Children’s Book Committee • Create engaging library displays • Contribute content to the library research guides • Represent the Library on College committees • Attend weekly School for Children (SFC) faculty meetings • Attend 3 SFC curriculum nights in the Fall • Provide a welcoming environment to children, parents, caregivers, and visitors Education, Experience, and Qualifications • MLS from an ALA accredited institution preferred. Will accept candidates already in a program or who will pursue the degree upon hire. • At least two years’ experience in a school library media center • Must be aligned with the values of social justice and equity and have a thorough understanding of bias and stereotype in children’s literature • Ability to use social media effectively and responsibly • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Strong public speaking skills
Reports to: Director of Library Services Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
About Bank Street School for Children
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.