Manager, Library Programs – Office of Teaching and Learning: DC Public Schools – Washington, DC

Position Overview:

The Manager, Library Programs is responsible for using his/her expertise in school library program management, collection development and instruction to support the development, implementation, and assessment of the district’s school library media program to promote student learning and teacher effectiveness for the benefit of the system’s total educational program.

The Manager, Library Programs will report to the Director, LIbrary Programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops, implements, and evaluates plans for a comprehensive, system wide school library media program.
  • Coordinates the planning and design of new, renovated, and existing school library media facilities.
  • Develops and implements professional development for school library media staff and other school system personnel, especially in the areas of collection development and technology integration.
  • Oversees school system’s central catalog and supports training and implementation of cataloging and materials processing.
  • Researches, initiates, and engages in a wide range of grants and external funding opportunities for the support and enhancement of school library media programs to ensure equity in all schools.
  • Guides building level school library media specialists and principals in the selection and purchase of materials and equipment.
  • Consistently supports the district’s vision, goals, and priorities, especially regarding school library media programs, to the public.
  • Supports the Director in preparation of budgets, coordinates with other departments or agencies to assure maximum services and resources, and maintains records/reports/inventories in accordance with local/state/federal policies.
  • Develops, modifies, and revises policies, guidebooks, handbooks, etc. as needed to support implementation of the district’s school library curriculum.
  • Advocates to Principals on intellectual freedom and ethical behavior.
  • Supports school library media personnel in the day-to-day operation of the school library media program.
  • Supports Principals and/or Master Educators as they appraise the performance of school library media personnel.
  • Creates detailed timelines for each initiative; assesses and tracks project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; and drives project completion by holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.
  • Manages the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups; and incorporates their input.
  • Anticipates, identifies, and resolves complex obstacles to success of overall library programs as well as specific projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree and four to six years of related work experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Master of Library Science degree (MLS) from an accredited school library program.
  • State professional accreditation in School Library Media.
  • Four to six years of experience as a librarian in a school setting.
  • Experience providing professional development, strategies, and training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library material literature and information resources.
  • Demonstrated experience with technology, creation and presentation software and programs.
  • Creativity to develop and implement library programs and services.

Personal Qualities of Top Candidates:

  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.\
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.

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