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Librarian


Position Type Staff
Start 02/03/2020
School Name Valley School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 01/21/2020

The Valley School is a co-educational day elementary school, serving students in grades pre-k through the fifth grade. Founded in 1985, The Valley School offers a high-quality academic foundation in a small school setting, rich with opportunities for creativity, exploration, and play. We celebrate childhood. Our learning program is a mixture of playful work and purposeful play and is designed to be developmentally appropriate at each grade. Social emotional learning and skill development form an important pillar of our program, in addition to academics, specialist classes, and dynamic playground spaces designed to offer myriad opportunities for students to learn and grow.


Our Mission

At The Valley School, we ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community. Our school values include celebration of childhood, collaboration, creativity, equity and inclusion, kindness, and respect for individuality.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Statement

The Valley School honors diversity, practices inclusion, and invites courageous conversations. We strive to create a community where each individual is valued, respected, and included. Though the journey can be muddy—much like our playground—we aim to give every child the tools necessary to flourish.


Position Summary

The Valley School is seeking to fill a Part Time Librarian position reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning.


Essential Functions

  • To develop an engaging, standards -based, library curriculum for: Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade and teach seven classes per week
  • To collaborate with teachers to coordinate the library program with classroom curriculum and to communicate library program in newsletters and other school publications
  • To create a warm, respectful, and productive learning environment in the library for students; to implement successful classroom management
  • To maintain ongoing relationships with local librarians and professional organizations such and WLMA, NWAIS librarians
  • To promote a friendly, positive attitude in the library for all students, faculty and families
  • To plan, organize, and implement annual events such as The Valley School Book Award
  • To maintain a library collection that serves the curricular and personal needs of a diverse school population of students and faculty and to continually manage all aspects of the library collection including appropriate weeding of dated, worn, damaged, or non-circulating items
  • To incorporate reading motivation projects into the library curriculum, whenever possible, such as the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Awards and the Sasquatch Awards
  • To plan and incorporate occasional visits from children’s book authors, other children’s librarians, storytellers, and illustrators
  • To maintain the cleanliness of the library and to create attractive and informative library displays
  • To present ongoing ideas for improvements to the library program
  • To incorporate information literacy skills and digital citizenship lessons into the library curriculum
  • To assess students learning and complete individual student progress reports each term
  • To update faculty and students regarding new acquisitions
  • To work with the Business Office in maintaining computer hardware, software and databases
  • To maintain the circulation system for all library materials, including check-out, card maintenance, and an accurate system of overdue notices
  • To order, catalog, and process all materials and supplies
  • To monitor the library’s annual budget
  • To process orders and bills for library and media center purchases
  • To organize and maintain periodical subscriptions
  • To train, monitor, and schedule library volunteers
  • To be willing to learn and be open to challenging new projects
  • To maintain the ability to accomplish tasks and remain flexible in spite of interruptions
  • Support the school and The Valley School leadership
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
  • To attend all faculty meetings
  • To provide recess coverage and conference day coverage in the library


Qualifications & Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree, emphasis on early childhood and/or elementary education expertise preferred
• Librarian Certification or License

• Minimum three years of combined teaching experience in an early childhood or elementary setting

• Clear fingerprint background check


Compensation & Benefits

The Valley School offers a salary that is competitive with comparable schools in the Seattle area and is commensurate with experience and credentials. This position is not eligible for benefits.


Start Date: Immediate or August 19, 2020


To Apply:

Please email a copy of current resume, a cover letter, and three references to Alan Braun, Head of School at alanb@thevalleyschool.org.

Subject Line: The Valley School Librarian


The Valley School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.


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