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Secondary Librarian

Inter-Community School Zurich


Job Details

Role Start Date

1 August 2024

Applications Close

29 February 2024

Min. Qualification

Bachelor Degree

Min. Experience

4 Years

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Secondary School Teachers hold an important role at ICS as they guide our older students on their path to IB exams, university, and future career choices. They have the unique ability to promote learning and personal growth by building on students’ natural talents as they mature through the years and gradually recognize their strengths.

Our Secondary Teachers must demonstrate a strong commitment to maintaining a collaborative culture and a supportive environment within the school. They need to have a thorough understanding of the social and emotional dimensions of learning and encourage students to share their joys and concerns knowing they will always be supported. Naturally, all our teachers need to ensure their practice inside and outside the classroom is in harmony with the educational philosophy of the school.

As a Librarian, you serve as a gatekeeper to the world of knowledge, fostering a culture of exploration and lifelong learning. Your dedication to providing access to information and creating a welcoming and resourceful environment helps our students achieve their educational and personal goals.

Specific Responsibilities

Teaching and Learning

- Teaching as appropriate and required
- Planning and preparing the daily library activities and providing the appropriate degree of challenge for each student
- Promoting the library resources; inviting authors; supporting students, teachers and parents with resources; and arranging library events
- Constructing learning activities that challenge students and demonstrate an understanding of the diverse needs of the students in their classes
- Demonstrating effective library/classroom management that shows an understanding of the academic, social and emotional dimensions of learning
- Using technology to enhance learning and supporting e-learning initiatives within the school

Assessment and Reporting

- Pro-actively communicating with parents to raise the profile of reading and the role of the library in supporting information and digital literacy
- Recording and reporting student progress following the procedures established by the school

Curriculum Development

- Supporting the teaching of information literacy from Grades 6 to 12 and the development of curriculum plans across the subject disciplines
- Liaising with Heads of Department and IB Coordinators to support the development of approaches to learning skills
- Research, develop, purchase and adapt learning materials and make imaginative use of resources

Social and emotional aspects of learning as a teacher and tutor

- Teaching the Personal Development Programme to the class for which he/she is a tutor/homeroom teacher
-Informing, in a timely manner that allows for early intervention, tutors and the Secondary Pastoral
- Oversight Team (SPOT) about issues of concern related to student welfare, achievement and behaviour
- Celebrating the cultural diversity of the school population and exploring possible links with home countries through the Internet and other activities

Supporting the collaborative culture at ICS

- Supervising Personal Projects and Extended Essays as required
- Supporting and helping lead the implementation of the Personal Project and Extended Essay
- Participating in student recognition processes including assemblies, academic and extracurricular awards ceremonies
- Contributing to the field trip and co-curricular programmes
- Adhering to Secondary School deadlines
- Assisting, as requested, with cover of classes for absent colleagues
- Assisting, as requested, with the administration of exams
- Contributing positively to the collaborative culture of the School by being an engaged participant in team and secondary meetings


- Ensuring the library is a warm and welcoming place for all students
- Ensuring the library catalogue and resources are up-to-date, relevant to the needs of students and engaging
- Lead the implementation of academic honesty initiatives within the school
- Assisting students and staff to become ethical and discerning users of information
- Supporting the creation of the library budget
- Training library users to effectively search

The successful candidate will have:

* Bachelor’s degree
* Current librarian qualification
* Minimum 4 years recent and relevant Senior School classroom experience
* Knowledge and experience of the IB DP and MYP programmes
* Excellent communication skills in English
* IT competence
* Strong organisational skills

Soft Skills

* Adaptive
* Imaginative
* Ambitious
* Collaborative
* Student-centred
* Motivated
* Research focused
* Confident Communicator
* Resilient
* Empathetic
* Mission-driven

Terms and Conditions

The initial contract is for two years and is renewable. The generous salary and range of benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, with the overall package reflecting the importance of the position.

Applications should be addressed to:

Interested candidates should email a full letter of application, a statement of personal educational philosophy, a detailed resume/curriculum vitae, and three referees. The Head of School reserves the right to apply directly to the writers of open testimonials for confidential statements.

Applications should be addressed in PDF format to:

Ms. Lucy Gowdie,
Head of School

We are looking forward to receiving your online application.

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