Assistant Director of School Library Services

TITLE: Assistant Director of School Library Services 




The Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22-000 students. With a Head Start program- three preschools 29 elementary schools- 7 middle schools- and 5 college and career academies/high schools- the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students- the district employs approximately 3-650 staff- including more than 1-600 teachers.


The vision of the Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that -Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society- and at every level- performance is on track and on time for success.- To help our students achieve this goal- the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.



To be an integral part of the administrative team in providing instructional leadership for school library staff. To coordinate library services between Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries.



  • Develops a vision of excellence for School Libraries including personnel- resources- facilities and technology for the 21st century.
  • Continue to expand our effort to strengthen STEM education through the school libraries.
  • Prepares and administers budgets according to the needs and objectives of the program within district policies Works with KCK School District Librarians and KCK Public Library Administrative Staff to obtain subscription online resources that support the district curriculum.
  • Coordinates training and professional development opportunities making connection to the district’s guaranteed and viable curriculum for school library staff to best utilize all available resources including existing and emerging technologies.
  • Evaluates the assigned areas of responsibilities for needed improvement in communication and programs- policies-  procedures- and staff performance using the goals and objectives set by Director of Libraries and Superintendent of Schools.
  • Prepares recommendations for policy- program- procedure or staff changes to reinforce or improve performance in the area of responsibility.
  • Develops organized plans for implementing approved changes in policy- program- procedure or staff changes. Coordinates with KCK Public Library Technical and Computer Services division in the selection- acquisition- processing- and maintenance of materials and equipment for school libraries.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of online resource pages and websites for students and staff Collaborates with both school and public library staff on newsletters and monthly reports to promote services and events.
  • Promotes literacy and appreciation of reading through support of district and extra-curricular programs.
  • Lead District Content once per week and all other in-service staff development days that the district sets aside for school personnel development.
  • Attend Library Management team meetings- as well as- District Curricular team meetings.


Valid Kansas teaching certificate.

Valid Master’s Degree in Library Science or Master’s Degree in Science Educational Technology with Library Media. Licensure from an ALA accredited 4-year institution to be determined by the Director of Libraries.

Comprehensive knowledge of library service concepts- materials- techniques- procedures- and management principals.

Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage the activities of both school and technical services.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to explain and promote library services.

Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with a diversity of individuals and community groups.

Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise.

Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and solve work-related problems.

Ability to work cooperatively as part of a management team and to collaborate with all departments of the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and Kansas City Kansas Public Library.

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 a variety of 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 child’s 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-related 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:          Based on Kansas City- Kansas Public School Salary Schedule




REPORTS TO:  Director of Libraries


EVAULATION: 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 currently holding this position performs additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.  


Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  KCKPS does not discriminate on the basis of race- religion- color- national origin- sex- age- tenure- disability or any other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities as required by all applicable laws and regulations.



This job description has been approved by all levels of management:


Administrator _______________________________________________


HR _______________________________________________________


Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements- essential functions and duties of the position.


Employee _____________________________ Date ____________
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 09/20/2019

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Employer Information

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500

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.


Employer Address: 2010 N. 59th St. Kansas City, Kansas

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