- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Studies, or a similar field preferred.
- Additional degree in Education a plus.
- 5+ years of experience in library program management required.
- Demonstrated experience in a supervisory role a plus.
New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is the school the world needs next. A new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA is preparing young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate Next Generation Innovators who leave NEIA with a unique PIN and become the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. Set on a beautiful 26-acre campus in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the school offers a custom curriculum informed by research at MIT’s Integrated Design and Management program. Students engage in relevant, project-based learning that directly supports their academic success. NEIA’s learning experience will encourage students to build empathy, take risks, and engage in hands-on community, environment, and industry projects.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.
The Director of Library and Learning Commons is responsible for all aspects of the library programs and facilities and seeks to ensure that the library’s academic and technology resources complement and enhance/extend the school’s educational program. The position requires serving as an advisor to a small cohort of students and actively supporting various student and residential life activities. The Director of Library and Learning Commons works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. NEIA encourages collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems.
The Director of Library and Learning Commons invests in the life of the school by participating in the advising program, social and emotional learning, weekly team meetings, anti-bias training, student and residential life, and any aspects that support the student experience.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING COMPETENCIES:
- Embodies NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and
collaboration in all work activities and actions.
- Ensures that the library’s academic and technical resources advance the school’s educational program.
- Collaborates with classroom teachers in the curriculum design process and the implementation of curriculum.
- Develops policies and programming that will establish standards for and definitions of information.
- Bolsters literacy support for library services that contribute to an information-literate student body.
- Collaborates with discipline-specific coordinators on specific needs and growth opportunities.
- Fosters an environment of creativity, innovation, and a love of reading and learning.
- Researches and evaluates new and emerging information technologies.
- Prepares and manages the library budget.
- Develops, acquires, and maintains a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the students, the instructional strategies of the school’s faculty, and the school’s mission.
- Evaluates and purchases technical equipment in coordination with the Technology Department.
- Maintains an attractive, dynamic, current, and well-stocked library conducive to reading,
studying, and research.
- Selects, processes, and makes readily available a variety of resources, including print,
digital, and multimedia.
- Maintains a circulation system that ensures the prompt return of materials and their
ready availability to other borrowers.
- Provides bibliographic and reference services for teachers and students.
- Provides instruction for students in the use of library resources.
- Promotes the ethical use of information.
- Empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and knowledgeable researchers.
- Maintains any remote or satellite libraries.
- Maintains regular contact with stakeholders through school publications and online
- Acts as an advocate of the library, shares expertise with faculty, serves on academic committees, and takes an active role in accreditation processes.
- Networks with local librarians, maintains active memberships in professional associations, and promotes the school in the wider community.
- Engages in ongoing professional learning and development per the school’s professional
- Supports the work of School Leadership in reaching strategic goals.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required by the position and the school.
- Responsible for assisting the residential life team with weekend programming on occasional weekends over the course of the year (approximately 3-4 times per year). Weekend duty includes attending, leading, and supervising students during trips off-campus or on-site activities.
Hours of Work
- The expected teaching load for Teaching staff members is 4 classes (every season).
- Teaching staff members are expected to be on campus during the workday which generally begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Teachers should be available from 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM for office hours, most days,
unless fulfilling other NEIA commitments.
- Teaching staff members are expected to attend all scheduled Teaching staff members
- Teaching staff members are required to attend training(s) or professional development
sessions, typically held on days when school is not in session.
- This is a 10-month full-time exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Health Insurance (employer/employee share the cost)
- Dental and Vision Insurance (employer pays 100% of the cost)
- Employer-paid Life Insurance
- Voluntary Disability Plans (employee-paid)
- 401K Plan
- Generous PTO package that includes 10 paid holidays and additional time-off between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including a portfolio, a writing sample, teaching a sample lesson to NEIA students, and, in the final stage of the process, the contact information for three professional references.
NEIA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law. NEIA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities or pregnancy-related conditions, in accordance with applicable law.