Library Assistant at Sandy Spring Friends School- Sandy Spring, MD

Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School’s teachers help students internalize a process we call “QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.

Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.

Part-time, 10-month, non-exempt (hourly)

The School seeks a knowledgeable and organized person to support multiple aspects of the all-school library program. The position involves approximately 18 hours per week in the afternoon. This position is not benefit eligible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare books and other media for addition to the library collection
  • Participate in servicing and maintaining the library collection, including retrieving, shelving, and checking books in and out
  • Assist and supervise students who are using the library in the afternoons, including closing the library at the end of the day
  • Work with librarians on the creation of library displays, executing library inventories, creating library curriculum materials, and supporting other library program facets

Qualifications and Skills: Fluency in written and spoken English; ideally, experience with library work in a school setting working with elementary, middle, and high school children; high school degree required (bachelor’s degree in library science or related field preferred); ability to work afternoons; good interpersonal and problem-solving skills; basic computer literacy with applications, circulation software, internet searches, and email; detail-oriented, self-organizing, and self-motivated.

Physical Requirements: Some desk work including computer time, the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required.

Sandy Spring Friends School is eager to accept applications from underrepresented groups. Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person’s status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.

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