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Current Postings

Elementary Librarian

Prospect Sierra School

Overview of School

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become more than great students, but great people. Please visit our website,, for more information.

Overview of Position

This position is for an Elementary Librarian, beginning August 2019. This teacher will report to the Elementary Division Head and will work in close collaboration with the colab teacher and grade level teaching teams. This is a full time teaching position.


  • Teach K-4th grade weekly library skills classes which cover orientation to the collection and online catalog; digital citizenship more broadly as well as online research skills, including web search and evaluation, use of research databases, and MLA citation format, in conjunction with Humanities research projects; and literature appreciation.
  • Assist in teaching 2nd-4th grade colab classes in conjunction with research projects or projects where additional support is needed (typically 2 periods weekly)
  • Create TK library opportunities in collaboration with TK teaching team
  • Lead book talks launching independent reading assignments at the upper elementary grades
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the library, including circulation, collection development, managing overdue materials, cataloging, research assistance, and tech support
  • Collaborate with colab teacher, grade level lead teachers, and the cross campus library department
  • Provide library supervision daily at morning recess, some lunch times, and after school
  • Arrange for author and illustrator assemblies, guest speakers, or grade level presentations that will reinforce curricular learning goals as well as illuminate our identity safe DEI work throughout the year
  • Manage the annual book fair, including securing dates, managing parent volunteers, and tracking budget
  • Arrange for weekly volunteers to support K-1st grade classes and general library maintenance such as reshelving and book covering/repair
  • Maintain positive relationships with parents, assisting with book selection for students and families as needed
  • Continue to ensure the elementary library collection and displays highlight a diverse representation of authors, illustrators, characters, settings and languages so that all students and families see themselves as well as their cultural and religious traditions represented within the collection and the library itself

Required Qualifications

  • Appreciation for and desire to work with TK-4th grade students 
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices in elementary library education
  • Ability to create an inclusive library environment that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
  • Broad knowledge of children’s and young adult literature
  • Fluency in using and teaching information literacy skills
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Willingness to be a team player, show initiative, and take on leadership roles as needed
  • Knowledge of the essential role social emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in application of SEL within the educational setting
  • Knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices
  • A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and/or professional coursework or certification, indicating training applicable to the responsibilities of the position

In addition to required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:

  • MLS/MLIS or relevant coursework or certification indicating advanced knowledge in areas related to the responsibilities of the job
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
  • Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective

School-wide Duties

  • Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
  • Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of elementary school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, and recess duties weekly
  • Oversight of a "family" of mixed-grade students once a month


The salary is competitive. Benefits included.

How to Apply

Send a résumé (including contact information for three references) and one-page cover letter to:

Abby Guinn, Elementary School Head

Prospect Sierra School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process; people of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted 1/7/19

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