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Lower School Librarian

Job Details

The Fessenden School - West Newton, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Exempt / Salaried

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA.  The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.

Position Summary

The Fessenden School’s Lower School seeks a Lower School Librarian for PreK-Grade 4 who wants to work in a joyful, collaborative environment with students who are curious, lively, engaging and kind. Must be able to communicate with young people in a way that respects their humanity while exciting their curiosity about the world. A willingness and desire to collaborate with colleagues is essential, as is a sense of humor. This person will serve with the other two librarians dealing with budget, curriculum and collection development to create, and promote a dynamic library.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cultivate a broad and deep understanding of the library collection and of children’s literature

  • Stay current with the Lower School curriculum in order to integrate and to support the curriculum. 

  • Integrate racial literacy curriculum and actively teach and model inclusion, equity, and social justice.

  • Partner with Lower School classroom teachers and specialists to coordinate curriculum and programs 

  • Integrate social emotional learning

  • Collaborate with learning resources department to provide a coordinated approach for students with learning differences

  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion 

  • Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities

  • Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the Learning Resources Department

  • Perform duties such as drop off, dismissal, recess, and lunch duty

  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students

  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:15pm

  • Attend professional development meetings after school

  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance

  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Orientation: August 21st and 22nd

  • School Year: August 28th to June 11th

  • Academic Day 7:35-2:50

  • Library Coverage (3 days per week) 2:50-4:30

  • Monday Faculty Meetings: 3:00-4:00; 4:30-5:30

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field

  • Two years of experience in instructing children in an academic program

  • Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet the learning needs of a range of students

  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom

  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization and problem solving with minimal supervision

  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse community of colleagues, students and parents

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity and equity

  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education

  • Successful criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Masters of Library and Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.

  • Experience working with elementary school-aged children.

  • Familiarity with the following technology:

    • Alexandria

    • SORA/Overdrive

    • Google Suite

    • Zoom/OWL

    • Mac/Chromebook

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear 

  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

To Apply

Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site.  A cover letter, resume and contact information for three references  are required.

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