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Teacher Librarian (K-12)

Wenona

NORTH SYDNEY, NSW


Teacher Librarian

Contract Type: Contract Position Part Time (0.60 FTE)

Applications Close: 16 January 2019


Wenona is a reputable, single-sex, non-denominational school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12. We are seeking an outstanding Teacher Librarian.

<p><b>(Temporary, Part-Time)</b> </p><p>Wenona is seeking dynamic and passionate Teacher Librarian (K-12) to join our outstanding Library and Information Services team. The successful candidate will inspire our young women through dynamic practice, refined professional knowledge and a commitment to high performance. </p><p>This position has primary responsibility for supporting teaching and learning at Wenona. You will guide students on how to become information literate citizens and empower them to be enthusiastic and strategic readers, critical thinkers, skilful researchers and ethical users of information. </p><p>The Teacher Librarian will work collaboratively with Library staff and classroom teachers to identify and locate appropriate resources to complement units of study within specific subject areas and develop the Library collection. The successful applicant will guide students to become information literate individuals through the development and facilitation of a guided enquiry scope and sequence that fosters a love of inquiry and reading. The Teacher Librarian (K-12) fulfils the duties of a teacher and this role description complements the Wenona Effective Teaching Cycle. </p><p>At Wenona, we have an obligation to our profession to ensure the highest quality educational outcomes for our students. We foster a love of learning, inquiry and collaboration through our own role modelling of such practices in our work. We expect our staff to be committed to their own professional development and to want to contribute to the broader educational community. </p><p>We view classroom teaching as a clinical practice, whereby teachers refine their skills and reflect on their own performance through the annual Wenona Improvement Cycle. This includes observed practice of our teaching by our colleagues and 360-degree feedback for all teachers. </p><p>Wenona supports both academic and professional services staff to develop their expertise through initiatives such as Wenona Teaching Fellowships, Seeding Grants and ongoing outstanding professional learning that develops and supports career development into the future. </p><p>This is a temporary part-time position commencing Term 1, 2019 (0.6% FTE, Monday, Thursday and Friday). The role will work across the Junior and Senior School. </p><h4>Key responsibilities </h4><ul><li>Guide students to become information literate citizens through facilitation of a guided inquiry scope and sequence across the curriculum. </li><li>Facilitate and support the learning and teaching needs of students and staff by actively engaging with classroom teachers and departments in identifying areas of potential collaboration. </li><li>Continuously develop the Library collection and promote independent thought and a love of reading alongside academic and Library staff. </li><li>Have an innovative and enthusiastic approach to libraries, reading and information seeking. </li><li>Provide a welcoming, dynamic and flexible environment and engaging lessons that encourage reading, learning and creative thinking for students using a broad range of resources and media. </li><li>Be proactive in responding to users’ changing needs and effectively manage users’ expectations. Provide training and assistance to students and staff in the effective use of systems and information retrieval processes. </li><li>Support and implement School and Library wide policies, and undertake tasks and responsibilities as request by the Head of Library and Information Services. </li><li>Work collaboratively with Library and academic staff to identify, evaluate and select appropriate resources to complement units of study within specific subject areas. </li><li>Collaboratively with the Head of Library and Information Services regularly review the Library collection to ensure relevancy to curriculum, staff and students and weed collection as required </li><li>Proactively develop and implement strategies, programs, events and activities to foster and support reading and literacy across the curriculum, in response to internal and external events, and to develop in students and staff a love of literature and habits of lifelong reading. </li><li>Use a variety of selection tools to identify current trends in resources and literature and provide a user centred approach to information delivery and dissemination. </li><li>Working as part of the Library team, ensure the day to day operation and administration of the Library is efficient and all systems, resources and equipment are well maintained. This will also include shelving books, acquisition and processing of materials and ensuring the organisation of resources and spaces is conducive to the smooth operation of the Library as a learning space. </li><li>Maintain an awareness of contemporary practices in areas relevant to this position and critically assess processes and activities, identify opportunities for improvement in service, efficiency and effectiveness and implement as appropriate. </li></ul><h4>Teaching Responsibilities </h4><ul><li>Qualifications and experience in Teacher Librarianship/ Education </li><li>Ability to teach and aspire to the standards articulated in the Wenona Effective Teaching Cycle </li><li>A commitment to pastoral care and meeting the social and emotional wellbeing needs of students </li><li>An ongoing commitment to professional learning, including contributing to the broader education community </li><li>An understanding of and commitment to the educational needs of young women </li><li>A commitment to collaborative teaching practices and an ability to contribute to a team and faculty of professional educators </li><li>A willingness to contribute to the broader life of the school community </li><li>An ability to use ICT to facilitate and enrich student learning and engagement beyond the classroom </li></ul><p>Wenona School seeks to provide a child safe environment. Our School actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of our students, and our School staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm, in accordance with their legal and ethical obligations. Wenona’s Child Safe policies and practices and our Staff Code of Conduct are available on our website. </p><h4> Education and Experience </h4><ul><li>Tertiary qualifications in Education (Teaching) </li><li>Eligibility for professional membership to ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) or working towards eligibility. </li><li>NESA Accreditation </li><li>NSW Working with Children Check </li></ul><h4>Personal Attributes </h4><ul><li>Excellent communication skills, with an ability to engage and communicate with all stakeholders including students, parents and staff </li><li>Ability to be solutions focused and data-driven in all decision making </li><li>Desire to use flexibility and creativity in day-to-day activities </li><li>Evidence of and commitment to continuing professional development </li><li>A sense of humour </li></ul><p>Wenona is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age. </p><h4>Other duties </h4><p>In addition to teaching duties, the successful candidate will be required to participate in other areas of the School including playground duties, pastoral care, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and school camps. Some of these duties will need to be performed at times outside of normal classroom teaching hours, including weekends. These duties will be allocated on appropriate pro-rata basis. </p><h4>Selection Criteria </h4><ol><li>Outstanding qualifications and professional knowledge / experience in your teaching discipline/ area of expertise </li><li>An appreciation and understanding of the unique developmental needs of Junior / Adolescent girls and the significance of social and emotional learning to both personal growth and academic engagement </li><li>Ability to inspire all learners using differentiated practice and a range of pedagogies to create a dynamic learning environment </li><li>Commitment to your own professional learning and making a contribution to the broader educational community </li><li>Willingness to contribute to the broader Wenona community through a positive mindset and a capacity to bring a sense of humour to the rhythms of school life, both working alongside young people and colleagues </li></ol><h4>Application process </h4><p>Applicants should apply below, sending full curriculum vitae, a cover letter, addressing the selection criteria, copies of qualifications and names of two referees. Applications should be addressed to Wenona Principal Dr Briony Scott. </p><p>Please direct any questions or enquiries to Ms Michaela Malicki on (02) 9955 3000. </p><p>Wenona School is a child safe environment. Our School actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all School staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm, in accordance with their legal and ethical obligations including child safe standards. Wenona’s Code of Conduct is available on our website. The successful applicant for this position will be required to provide the school with a current Working with Children Check. (http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-With-Children-Check/New-Working-with-Children-Check). </p><h4>Closing date </h4><p>3pm Wednesday 16 January 2019 </p>
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