Tracking Code 8653
Job Description Amended
Note: Reimbursable Funded Position
The New York City (NYC) school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 80,000 teachers in over 1,700 schools. In January 2003, the Department of Education (DOE) launched Children First: A New Agenda for Public Schools in New York City, a multi-year reform effort aimed at significantly improving student achievement through effective teaching and learning.
One of the central tenets of the Children First reform effort is setting clear expectations for high quality practice and then empowering schools by providing educators the tools and resources needed to meet those expectations and improve student achievement. With the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and State assessments integrating these standards by 2014-15, there is a heightened importance in capturing and disseminating effective high quality academic and instructional resources as well as practices, lessons learned and resources to support the citywide instructional expectations. To this end, the Office of School Programs and Partnerships (OSPP) facilitates the strategic engagement between New York City public schools and external programs and partners. OSPP oversees a portfolio of grants, instructional programs, professional development opportunities, and partnerships. Collaborating with both internal offices and external organizations, OSPP works closely with clusters and Children First Networks to facilitate citywide instructional coherence and communicates regularly with new and existing partners to orient them to DOE processes, policies, and priorities.
Position Summary: The Director of Library Services will be an integral member of the OSPP leadership team participating in policy decisions as the leader of the Office of Library Services and the New York City School Library System. The Director will spearhead critical initiatives in support of the alignment of library services with the citywide instructional expectations and the CCLS by steering the planning, development, and implementation of library standards, programs, instruction, and services in all schools, PreK-12. The Director provides policy guidance on the development of library standards and curriculum, fosters their implementation through library initiatives, offers ongoing opportunities for professional development, manages the delivery of library operational support to public and non-public schools throughout New York City, administers the Offices Library Services budget, and consults with schools, Children First Networks, and clusters about library program implementation.
The Director of Library Services fosters strategic partnerships throughout the DOE, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the NYC public library systems, foundations and community-based organizations, library vendors, and the library systems of institutions of higher education. As Director of the New York City School Library System, the Director is responsible for the fulfillment of NYSED requirements for library systems through the development and ongoing management of a Plan of Service, fulfillment of annual reporting requirements, and compliance with state library system regulations and procedures.
Reports to: Executive Director, Office of School Programs and Partnerships
Direct Reports: Office of Library Services Library Coordinators and Administrative Support Staff
Key Relationships: Works closely with Executive Director of OSPP, senior leadership within the Division of Academics, Performance and Support (DAPS), Senior Director of Strategic Planning of OSPP, Division of School Facilities (DSF), School Construction Authority (SCA), Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), Division of Contracts and Purchasing (DCP), NYC public library systems, library systems of institutions of higher education, key NYC Cultural Institutions.
•Direct and provide leadership for the citywide implementation of school library programs and policies that align with CCLS, state, and local standards.
•Steer the development of library initiatives that respond to school needs and DAPS priorities. ◦Provide leadership support and direction to schools, Children First Networks, and clusters in the design and implementation of new and innovative library programs that meet the differentiated learning needs of students throughout New York City.
◦Work with DAPS senior leadership to effectively support the integration of library programs into the citywide instructional expectations.
◦Evaluate the effectiveness of library services now offered.
•Oversee the Office of Library Services budget, the expenditure of reimbursable funds, and NYSED financial reporting requirements.
•Oversee the development of information skills standards, grade-level benchmarks, and assessments. ◦Facilitate the development of effective instructional strategies for teaching and assessing the development of information skills in students PreK-12.
◦Align information skills standards and instruction with standards and instruction in all content areas and with CCLS.
•Advise school leaders and staff in the development of effective library programs and the supervision of school library personnel according to professional standards. ◦Provide guidance in the development of high-quality school library collections.
◦Lead the identification and development of model Library Best Practice sites to establish a network of support to strengthen library programs throughout the DOE.
◦Provide guidance in aligning librarian responsibilities with professional standards.
•Provide leadership in the integration of technology into library instruction, resources, and services.
•Direct the implementation of library automation in individual schools and the development of citywide automation standards.
•Lead and advise, in collaboration with the public library systems, the implementation of a shared union catalog.
•Advise schools in developing plans for the revitalization of library programs and the renovation of library spaces.
•Leverage internal and external resources and professional learning experiences to strengthen instructional practice through multiple venues (print, in person, electronic) for librarians, teachers assigned to the library, classroom teachers, and administrators.
•Collaborate with institutions of higher education to provide up-to-date information about school librarianship in New York City, write and implement grants, foster the development of new librarians who will work in the DOE, and connect school library curriculum and program development with requirements for successful research and learning at the postsecondary level.
•Oversee annual strategic planning and the development of a five-year Plan of Service in compliance with NYSED regulations.
•Manage all annual NYSED reporting requirements.
•A valid New York State certificate in School District Administration (SDA) or School District Leader (SDL); OR
•A waiver granted by the State Education Department to the individual filling the position stipulating a prescribed three (3) year period in which to obtain the SDA or SDL certificate. (Any individual granted the waiver who accepts the position and fails to meet this requirement is subject to termination.)
•4 years successful, major supervisory experience at school district level.
•New York State Library Media Specialist Certification.
•Ability to build strong working relationships with diverse constituencies.
•Respected, highly skilled instructional leader with broad experience as an educator across roles.
•Successful development and implementation of multi-year, system-wide instructional programs.
•Able to organize facts and present information and figures in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
•Commitment and ability to clearly and accurately engage educators and external partners about how program materials design and implementation strengthens library services effectiveness and improves student learning.
•Demonstrate sophisticated understanding and ability to apply theories of (as related specifically to school libraries): ◦Library program standards;
◦Development of information skills;
◦Learning organizations and professional communities; and
◦Mentoring and coaching models to facilitate change.
•Commitment to outcome-based accountability, data-driven decision-making, differentiated instruction, and continuous adult learning as drivers of improved student outcomes.
•Proven record of success supporting adult learning and improving outcomes for all students by: ◦Identifying and implementing purposeful pedagogical practice;
◦Using multiple data sources to inform instructional decisions; and
◦Integrating technology into instructional practice.
•Strong service and support orientation towards schools and school communities.
Understanding and ability to apply theories of effective practices for:
◦A broad range of instructional pedagogy;
◦Student learning, growth, and development;
◦Group process, communications, and organizational planning;
◦Deeply contextualized professional development; and
◦Continuous principal, teacher, and student learning, including evaluation, self-evaluation, and evidence-driven adjustment of instruction.
•Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
•Prior school district library experience.
•Extensive experience in school and district-based project-based training of adults.
•Knowledge of state-of-the-art computer, eBook and instructional technology programs and procedures, mandates, and methodologies.
•Proven ability to promote 21st Century literacy through research-based reading and literacy development practices for students PK–12.
•Deep knowledge of children’s and adolescent literature.
Note: Reimbursable Funded Position
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary).
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2012.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO