Director of School Library Services

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500 •

TITLE: Director of School Library Services


Applications will be reviewed prior to the deadline.


To be an integral part of the administrative team in providing organizational and instructional leadership for school library staff and district stakeholders. To direct and coordinate library services for all of the districts PreK-12 school libraries and support district initiatives and the guaranteed and viable curriculum.


Program Administrator

  1. Develops and leads a vision of excellence for School Libraries including personnel, resources, facilities, and technology for the 21st
  2. Prepares, allocates, and equitably administers department resources according to the goals and objectives of the program within district policies.
  3. Evaluates communication and programs, policies, procedures, and staff performance using the goals and objectives set by the Superintendent of Schools.
  4. Evaluates assigned areas of responsibilities for needed improvement, prepares recommendations and develops an organized plan for implementing policy, communication and programs, procedures, or staff changes to reinforce or improve performance.
  5. Supervises, mentors, and evaluates the professional development of library aides and district School Librarian certification program.
  6. Coordinates the annual book preview in the purchasing of school library materials.
  7. Coordinates outreach school library events and programs, such as author visits.
  8. Builds and maintains vendor relationships and the negotiation of procuring and processing of school library orders
  9. Knowledge and application of classroom and non-classroom instructional support assessments and evaluation models, i.e., Marzano in a school setting.
  10. Coordinates with KCKPS Technology Information Services (TIS) in the selection, acquisition, processing, and maintenance of equipment for school libraries.
  11. Promotes literacy, language, research skills, and appreciation of reading through the support of district initiatives and curriculum, and outreach, extra-curricular programs. 

Information Specialist

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of library service concepts, materials, techniques, procedures, and management principals.
  2. Work with KCK School District Librarians and KCK Public Library Administrative Staff to obtain subscription online resources that support the district curriculum and multilingual education services.
  3. Supports the development and maintenance of online resource pages and websites for students and staff
  4. Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage the activities of technical services, ranging from Destiny, databases, and software in a school setting.
  5. Knowledge of language and literacy pedagogy, practices, assessments, and strategies in a school setting. 


  1. Effectively represents, advocates, and navigates the professional, legislative, district initiatives, and community issues impacting school libraries and services; not limited to literacy, cultural responsiveness, banned or challenged books, the Right to Read Act, and the Library Bill of Rights.
  2. Facilitate Library Management team meetings and attend District Curricular team meetings to support research skills and literacy standards.
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, to advocate and promote library services.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with a diversity of individuals and community groups.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and solve work-related problems.

Instructional Partner

  1. Support librarians in the developing and maintaining a collection of culturally relevant resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community.
  2. Lead district content and all other in-service staff development days that the district sets aside for school professional development.
  3. Coordinates training and professional development opportunities in making connections to the districts guaranteed and viable curriculum for school library staff to best utilize all available resources including existing and emerging technologies.
  4. Continue to expand the district`s effort to strengthen STEM education, making connections with Diploma+ College and Careers Instructional Programs (districts guaranteed and viable curriculum) and multilingual education services through the school libraries.
  5. Knowledge and application of curriculum standards, board and district policies and initiatives, social emotional learning, reading, language, literacy, and educational technology in a school setting.


  1. Valid Kansas teaching certificate.
  2. Valid Masters Degree in Library Science (Licensure from an ALA accredited 4-year institution) or a Masters Degree in Educational Technology with Library Media.
  3. A minimum requirement of 3 to 5 years of work experience as a librarian in a school library.
  4. Preferred working experience as a librarian in both elementary and middle/secondary
    school library.
  5. A minimum 3 to 5 years of supervisor experience with School Libraries is preferred.
  6. Ability to manage and supervise 70+ employees and work cooperatively as part of a management team and to collaborate with departments of the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and Kansas City Kansas Public Library.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to relate and interpret new concepts and technological advances in library services.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret information in various formats. Ability to write reports, general curriculum, and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions to meet the needs of the audience. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff, parents, students, and the general public. 

COMMUNICATION: Maintains communication with school library staff, other school and library personnel about methods, programs, and procedures to provide excellent library service to school staff and students. Compiles data for statistical purposes with regards to school library services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  The employee must occasionally push items of 50 pounds such as pushing on a bike or wheelchair, or moving/rearranging furniture. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may visit a childs home. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment. Is directly responsible for students safety, work output and well-being.

ORGANIZATION: Maintains a daily log of school/staff visits and documentation. Develops work-related goals and objectives. Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties. Performs other related work as required.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Attends library and school district-related meetings, workshops, in-service programs and events. Develops job-related abilities, skills, and knowledge. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, parents, students, and community members.


SALARY: $98,116.92 - $117,258.82


REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion

EVALUATION: Procedures outlined by the USD #500 Board of Education


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  The individual holding this position performs additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.   

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  KCKPS is an equal opportunity employer and shall not discriminate in its employment practices and policies with respect to hiring, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of an individuals race, color, religion, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity, or expression), age, disability, national origin, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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District Compliance Coordinator

2010 N. 59th Street

Kansas City, KS 66104



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Benefits Information

We offer Medical Dental Vision Flexible Spending Account & Health Savings Account KPERS 403B & 457 plans and many more voluntary benefits. Additionally we offer free onsite fitness center EAP mindfulness training financial well-being seminars vacation disability days personal days and holidays.

Salary Information

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 261 days SALARY: $98 116.92 - $117 258.82

Employer Information

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is an exceptional urban system using an array of innovative teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students with a vigorous professional development program designed to support our teachers.


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