Associate Director of Educational Engagement

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Job DetailsJob Location Tarbut V Torah - Irvine, CA The Associate Director of Educational Engagement is the chief information officer of the school. In this capacity, the Associate Director of Educational Engagement: Ensures that faculty and students in grades TK-12 develop media literacy skills Empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information Aligns the librarys programming and collection with TVTs mission and values, which includesa pluralistic/inclusive perspective Uses the schools design centers for learning and creation in effective collaboration with faculty and other members of the library staff Supervises a library staff of one or two additional employees to oversee two library spaces (one elementary and one middle/upper) Essential Job Functions: Coaches the community of learners in researching skills, information/media literacy, and maker practices Shares expertise in information literacy/ media literacy, maker/innovative practices, inclusive/multiple perspectives with faculty and the community on a regular basis Champions diverse authors, stories/perspectives, resources, and assist teachers with finding a variety of literature and resources to incorporate into the curriculum Collaborates with faculty to help students build information literacy/ media literacy, DEI and maker skills as well as become enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, critical makers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information Visits classes to support TK-12 use of information/information literacy/media literacy, and multiple perspectives Oversees the day-to-day operations of the libraries and makerspaces/ makercart; cataloging, circulation, resource recommendations, processing of new resources, research guide creation, library webpage updates, supply orders, collection development, calendar for room/makercart requests, etc. Actively cultivates inclusive, easy to use, comfortable spaces where the community of learners can work and explore new ideas Monitors library budget, tracks invoice, supply orders Selects, acquires, evaluates, and organizes the information resources and technologies of both the Lower and Middle/Upper libraries in collaboration with the Librarian Assistant/Librarian and in alignment with TVTs mission and values Establishes library policies and procedures Supervises library staff (scheduling, timecards, PD/training, evaluations, assess work and student library engagement experience) Guides conversation with Library staff about student expectations within the library and how to create an inclusive learning environment Guides library staff about teaching and engagement methods & practices Guides conversations with Library staff about collection development and providing multiple perspectives (DEI & SEL lenses) Provide ways for students/community of learners to engage and interact within the library and makerspaces (activities, clubs, maker spaces, book club, CORE, newsletter, displays, resource recommendations, Battle of Books, etc.) Develops library curriculum/programs that integrates information literacy, SEL/EQ, DEI, media literacy, and maker-practices/design thinking Oversees the teaching of TK-12 library/maker classes; May teach or co-teach TK-12 topics in library information literacy, maker/design thinking, researching, media literacy Evaluates, promotes and uses existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning and connect the school with the global learning community B.A./B.S. in a relevant field Masters Degree in Library or Information Science or Ph.D. preferred Three years of experience in an educational setting Extensive knowledge of educational technology and databases Demonstrates a strong commitment to the notion of students as critical makers Enthusiastic about the potential for learning offered by Makerspaces Skilled collaborator Strong interpersonal skills Effective written and oral communication skills Strong work ethic and high level of integrity Ability to work with and guide students in TK-12 Capacity to supervise the work of Library staff Strong understanding and ability to integrate diverse perspectives Commitment to integrating SEL skills in teaching and collection development Commitment to utilizing a DEI/multiple perspective lens in teaching, program, and collection development

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