JOB LISTING: Learning Commons Specialist (San Rafael)


Learning Commons Specialist


Full-time position beginning August 2021


Mark Day School seeks a school library assistant for the full-time position of Learning Commons
Specialist to begin August 2021. The Learning Commons opened in 2018 as an innovative,
two-story, 4,100-square-foot space that houses the school’s digital and print collections. The
Learning Commons includes adaptable, indoor-outdoor learning spaces as well as a storytelling
area, a digital media lab, and quiet study rooms. The Learning Commons Specialist will report to
the Director of the Learning Commons who leads the development and implementation of
Learning Commons programs. The ideal candidate should have a passion for fostering a love of
reading in K-8 students, an enthusiasm for media and information literacy education, comfort
learning new digital tools, and experience working with young students.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Administrative:

The Learning Commons Specialist is responsible for consistently maintaining tasks that support the Learning Commons, including cataloging and processing new books, reshelving books, managing
reservations and use of the Upper Learning Commons facility, updating and creating book
displays, creating instructional materials for Learning Commons programs, etc. The Learning Commons Specialist is also responsible for executing the efficient management of circulation services.


Programmatic:


The Learning Commons Specialist is responsible for implementing select Learning Commons
programs such as book clubs, the Bizjack Reading Program, etc. The ideal candidate will also
assist in planning and conducting Learning Commons classes, in coordination with the Director
of Learning Commons.


Education and Experience


● Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution preferred
● Relevant experience in a school or library environment preferred

Employment at Mark Day School


Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to
work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal
opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day
School’s salary and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For
more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume in PDF format via email to
Bonnie Nishihara, Assistant Head and Director of Educational Design & Innovation, at
bnishihara@markdayschool.org.


About Mark Day School


Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, co-educational K-8 school located in the
Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of
heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and
inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and
development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the
intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and
opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit
of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged
citizens.


Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular
program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-disciplinary
literacies: cross-cultural literacy, media and information literacy, ecoliteracy, and social,
emotional, and ethical literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning media
literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships with the Canal Alliance of San
Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2
Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others;
iPads in the third and fourth grades; laptops beginning in fifth grade; Mandarin and Spanish
language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and
more.


In spring 2018 the school completed a transformative campus project that includes renovation of
the quad and amphitheater at the heart of the campus and the construction of a new Learning
Commons, Digital Media Lab, and Creativity Lab. The new learning spaces are designed to
support student-centered inquiry, hands-on discovery and tinkering, collaboration, and design
thinking.