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Job: Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter

2.24.17 –  Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter
Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  The Marshall Islands are where you should go if you want a funky, out-of-it experience.  They are 5,000 miles far anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.

This position was listed in Feb. 2015 as simply Librarian’ however, I corresponded with the person who applied and eventually secured, the position and know that she was supposed to do some grant-writing as well.  I guess it worked because it is now advertised as three positions rolled into one. A lot of work but it is a small school.

My son attended this school while we worked at the college and it was the usual scenario – well-meaning teachers trying to make a difference in a challenging place.  If you are interested in the South (really it’s North) Pacific then, with the right attitude, this could be a rewarding and unique experience despite some really irksome moments (we certainly found it so).

FYI:  An excellent book to read about life in the Marshall Islands is Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould who volunteered to teach English on one of the outer atolls for a year.

Majuro Cooperative School is a pre-K to 12th grade school located in Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands. We are seeking adventurous teachers who are looking for a professionally challenging and rewarding teaching experience. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to begin their career in the international teaching world.


  • Flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take directions as needed
  • Ability to work with students and their families in a variety of capacities
  • Passionate, organized, collaborative, and flexible.
  • Strong communication and ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers, parents, students and the Coop School community
  • Bachelor’s degree required and teaching certification preferred

Start date:  July 2017


We offer a compensation package based on a 2 year contract. Our compensation package includes: roundtrip airfare to and from your home at the beginning and end of your contract, pay based on experience, housing, and an electricity allowance. Please inquire for additional information regarding compensation.

Job: International School Librarians

11.4.16 –  Recruiting season for international school librarians is has been moving earlier and earlier each year and thus is now in full swing.  This is the area where the most international positions are listed and thus is the easiest way to break into international work. While it is still a good idea to join an agency and be vetted, the majority of schools are now advertising on TIE and accepting direct applications.

Currently, The International Educator (TIE) currently has 17 positions listed. Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.


Job: Head of Libraries (School)

10.11.16 –  Head of Libraries
British School of Jakarta, Indonesia

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was listed last year in November so I am not sure whether it was ever filled. BSJ is a well-established school but I could not find any reviews.  Also, life in Jakarta is not for everyone.

Dates:  Apply by October 21st, 2016,  Job start August 2017

BSJ is an HMC Co-educational Day School of 1,400 pupils and is recognised as a world leader in the education of children from Foundation Stage to the International Baccalaureate. With an attractive campus located on a modern green-field site in the suburbs of Jakarta, the school and Indonesia offer a diverse environment to work and live.

Candidates may offer a combination of subjects and for some positions there may be a position of responsibility available.

The British School Jakarta is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to safe guarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS/ICPC disclosure and full reference checks.

To apply, please complete the online application form by visiting: and attach a CV with a covering letter by the 21 October 2016.

Job: Secondary Librarian

10.10.16 – Secondary Librarian
International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed as ‘tentative’.  This is a practice,which some schools engage in, where they allow staff to indicate they ‘might be resigning’ and allow them to say ‘maybe’ until a later date.  I abhor this practice and, now that the recruiting season has moved so far forward, think this should end. Having said that, if you are interested in Africa here is a well-established school with a mix of reviews but trending toward the positive.  All however say that Addis Ababa can be a challenging play to live.  Please join TIE to see all 15 school library positions available and also join ISR in order to read the all-important reviews.


The International Community School of Addis Ababa is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school offering a holistic, vigorous and inclusive program. An International Baccalaureate Diploma school, accredited in the United States, ICS serves a diverse, multi-cultural student body on a beautiful, well-equipped campus. We nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.

International Community School of Addis Ababa:
950+ Students, 60+Nationalities
IB Diploma Program
Accredited by Middle States
1-to-1 Laptop Program
PYP Candidate School

Age Limit: 60

Position Description: MS/HS Librarian

ICS Addis may be recruiting an experienced, qualified and dynamic librarian to join our middle and high school teams. Dedicated to developing and enhancing both literacy and information literacy skills for a diverse range of students, the successful candidate will have experience with Follett’s Destiny system, digital and print resources, as well as Web 2.0 learning tools and social media. Experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and supervising the Extended Essay in international schools is highly desirable, while a willingness to collaborate with a variety of colleagues to enhance the school-wide library program is essential. A proven track record of commitment to community outreach, including planning author visits, Scholastic Book Fairs and other event and program planning is necessary. Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university and have teaching certification. Experience working in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) school is preferred.

Job: Upper School Librarian

10.2.16 – Upper School Librarian
International School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Sarah P’s comments: They are stating on their website that the first round of interviews will take place the week of October 24th which seems early but every year recruiting seems to be taking place earlier and earlier.  This school has okay reviews however all note that the cost of living is high and that 50% of your salary will go for accommodation.  This is often the case with European positions.  The schools get away with these low salaries because there are always candidates who want to go to Europe.

Posted: 30/09/2016 08:01
Salary: 39,367.68€-69,328.56€ / year
Location: International School of Luxembourg
Level: Faculty
Deadline: 21/10/2016 12:00
Hours: 40h/week
Benefits: School Holidays, Lunch Vouchers, Professional development
Job Type: Indefinite Duration Contract
Brief description: The Upper School Librarian / Media Specialist is responsible for all Library services to students, parents and staff
Interview Schedule: 1st round of interviews: Week of 24th of October 2016 (through Skype)

2nd round of interviews: End of November/Beginning of December 2016

To begin: 28/08/2017 To end:
We offer: Leadership, inspiration and support.  A competitive salary scale with a range of benefits and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For further information, please visit our website (
To apply Please submit your online application in English through ISL’s Careers webpage: ISL application link
Profile: (training, experience, skills and aptitudes necessary to do the job)
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferably a teaching degree or one in Library and Information Sciences.
  • Excellent skills and experience with collection maintenance and development of a modern school Library collection, in print and online, in English, but preferably also experience with French and German collections.
  • At least two years’ experience working in an international school environment as a full-time school librarian with responsibility for the teaching of information literacy;
  • An understanding of the student body in international schools, with the emphasis on diversity of culture and experience with students who are English Language Learners.
  • An international outlook, with network connections with school Librarians all over the world.
  • Experience with international school curricula, in particular the International Baccalaureate and the IGCSE;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support and work with teachers and students in their research efforts and to promote reading throughout the school.
  • Excellent ICT skills (online databases, e-books, social media) as well as experience with library information systems (preferably Follett Destiny).
  • The ability to raise the profile of the Library and promote reading throughout the school via different channels, including social media, reading events, visiting authors, etc.
  • Strong administrative skills, to efficiently manage the Library budget and conduct necessary ordering of Library resources in an organised manner.
  • Fluency in English (near-native level); preferably some knowledge of French and German;


The successful candidates must:
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about students and their education and instilling a love of reading in everyone at ISL;
  • Be innovative in library media and information literacy;
  • Be responsible for own learning and well-being: value continuous learning, collaborative work, self-reflection, and resiliency;
  • Be confident and motivated in working with students, parents and colleagues: build and maintain partnerships;
  • Be pro-active, well-organised and discrete;
  • Be adaptable to a wide range of situations, work independently as well as part of a collaborative team;
  • Be an effective communicator by reading, writing, speaking and listening confidently and reflectively as well as asking questions appropriately;
  • Be committed to the health, safety & security of children, including child protection issues;
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviour in and out of the School;
  • Be a contributor to the World, culturally sensitive, create a caring environment for students and display care, empathy and consideration for others.


Among main responsibilities:
Facility and Resources management

  • Establish and manage the Upper School library budget in collaboration with the Upper School Principal
  • Purchase, in consultation with colleagues, suitable resources, equipment, furniture and supplies for the Upper School Library.
  • Catalogue and prepare for circulation all materials received, in the school’s Library information system.
  • Manage and maintain the school’s Library information system at a whole school’s administrator level, so that circulation of all materials will run smoothly.
  • Troubleshoot any technical issues with the school’s Library information system, in close consultation with the Lower School Library staff and the IT Manager.
  • Promote all the Library resources to the staff on a regular basis to ensure maximum use and to enhance continuing professional development.
  • Ensure that the collection is kept current, up-to-date and relevant to an international school, as well as making sure that is easily accessible for all members of the community.
  • Making sure the Library is an attractive, well-organised and welcoming physical and virtual environment where every member of the ISL community feels comfortable.
  • Oversee the circulation of all the Upper School’s student textbooks, together with the Library Teaching Assistant.

Teaching and curriculum

  • Provide library induction and ongoing support for all teachers and students.
  • Work in partnership with teachers, the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and the ICT Facilitators on incorporating information fluency and technology skills throughout the curriculum.
  • In collaboration with teachers, guiding students through every aspect of the research process, from asking the right question to finding appropriate information, evaluating information and teaching academic honesty.
  • Offer professional development opportunities to the teachers to keep them up-to-date on teaching resources, best practices in teaching information fluency, technology in education, and reading.
  • Promote reading actively throughout the school in a variety of ways (for example booktalks, reading lists, reading challenges, Book Week, author visits and workshops, Summer Reading programs and other promotional activities).
  • Collaborate closely with the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and Dean of External Programmes to provide resources to support the curriculum to enhance student learning and teacher practice.
  • Teaching the IB Diploma students best research practice, in particular for Extended Essays and ToK Essays.

             Staff management and other duties

  • Willing to be an advisor or homeroom teacher.
  • Supervise and direct the work of the Library Assistant, volunteers and student assistants.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with the Upper School Principal.
  • Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Upper School Principal or the Director.

News: School Librarian Recruiting Fairs 2016-2017

9.24.16 – Upcoming Recruiting Fairs
The International Educator, Sept. 24, 2016

Sarah P’s comments: Here is TIE’s list of recruiting fair dates for this year. If you are interested in pursuing this kind of library opportunity, I recommend you join The International Educator (they post jobs) and International School Reviews as well as read my book.  Note: the fairs are moving earlier each year – the first is now in November!


To register for a recruitment fair, please contact the sponsoring agency directly. We have provided links to their websites where you will find much more information about each event. Please be aware of deadlines for registration, and prepare as far ahead as possible.

November 18-20, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand | Search Associates Leadership Fair
Tel: +902 753 6006

December 4-6, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia- USA | ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

December 9-11, 2016 Toronto, Canada | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +902 753 6006

January 3-6, 2017 Melbourne, Australia | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 5-8, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand | ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

January 8-11, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 13-16, 2017 London, U.K. | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 19-22, 2017 London, England | CIS Teacher Recruiting Fair
+31 (0) 71 524 3300

January 20-22, 2017 Hong Kong, China | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 26-29, 2017 Cambridge, MA -USA | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 27-29, 2017 Kingston, Ontario – Canada Queens University Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (613) 533-6222

February 3-5, 2017 Waterloo, IA – USA University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Recruting
Tel: +1 (319) 273-2083

February 8-10, 2017 San Francisco, CA- USA ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

February 10-13, 2017 San Francisco, CA – USA Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

February 23-25, 2017 Dubai, UAE Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

March 9-12, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

April 21-23, 2017 London, U.K. Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600



News: ISS partners with AASSA

Sarah P’s comments: I recently received the e-mail shared below. ISS (International School Services) is touting this announcement as ‘good news’ however what you need to know is that in previous years you could simply register directly with AASSA and attend their fair.  AASSA , Queens University TORF, and the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair were the only independent recruiting fairs.  All the other recruiting fairs are sponsored by ISS or Search Associates.  (For more information about the hiring process for international school librarians please refer to Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.)


In recent months ISS has been working hard on your behalf to expand the opportunities available to you. Resulting from our efforts is a new partnership we are happy to announce today. This recruiting season ISS will be collaborating with AASSA to enhance your recruiting experience.        ISS Candidates who register for the ISS IRC/Job Fair in Atlanta (Dec. 4-6) are also welcome to register and attend the AASSA Recruiting Fair in Atlanta (Dec. 1-4).

AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) was founded in 1977 to help increase understanding through international education and improve the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools.

Attending the AASSA fair is optional! You will not have to have a recruiting file with AASSA to be able to attend their fair. The only requirement is that you have an active ISS recruiting file. Your active ISS recruiting file will be shared with AASSA for the duration of their recruiting event should you decide to register and attend.

There will be no additional charge for registering and attending either event. This partnership is for the current recruiting season only, however, ISS may choose to continue it for future recruiting fairs. Please do not contact AASSA as all arrangements will come from us here at ISS. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available with regards to this partnership and the upcoming events in Atlanta.

Job: K-12 Librarian

9.20.16 – K-12 Library Media Specialist
Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Sarah Prescott’s comments:  Aramco has been around since the 1950’s and has one of the longest established international school systems. Traditionally they offered great pay and benefits and life on the compound(s) was very pleasant if a bit staid. Lately, however there are reports of cutbacks on the benefits and also rumors that the education system will soon be outsourced.  Aramco has always hired via the agencies and hiring fairs: International Schools Services (ISS); Search Associates; TIE (The International Educator); and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). However, they do now let you apply directly online…see above link.

Life in Saudi Arabia is challenging in some ways due to traffic and travel restrictions (women not driving, etc.) but as you are living on the compound, these annoyances do not usually directly affect your life. It’s a situation of can you happily live a life like this?  A lot depends on your situation.  We went to Saudi when our children were very young and it was a good lifestyle. If you are single however it might be boring (and traditionally they have tended to prefer to hire couples and/or families).

Req Number: 13390BR

Position Description:
Saudi Aramco is currently seeking a Library Media Specialist Teacher to work in the Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools Division in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools (SAES) is a well-established American curriculum school owned and operated by Saudi Aramco that opened its doors in 1944 as a one-room schoolhouse. Today, the district is comprised of six schools in four beautiful residential communities that enroll over 4,200 expatriate children who represent more than 80 nationalities. Employees of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company enjoy a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, generous vacation schedule, and a family-friendly lifestyle. SAES strives to be a preeminent school system where students achieve their maximum potential in a culture of continuous improvement. In support of this vision, SAES is seeking highly qualified, accomplished, passionate, and collaborative educators who love to work with children, aspire to learn and grow, and eager to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

Minimum Requirements:
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree with specialization in appropriate subject/grade and hold a valid North American teaching certificate/license that reflects relevant endorsement(s).

A minimum of six years of full-time experience in a preK-12 school setting is required. Candidates must have worked full-time in an educational setting within the past three years.

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent command of oral and written English. Candidates must demonstrate successful capacity to work collaboratively, as well as independently. Membership in professional organizations preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities:
SAES Library Media Specialists work collaboratively to deliver an effective library media program utilizing adopted and approved materials and resources that will support district-wide literacy learning and development. SAES librarians will maintain systems and procedures for effective, ethical, and safe use of the library’s online and physical resources, facilities, and collections. Library Media Specialists adhere to their professional organization code of conduct and research based educational practice. In addition, Library Media Specialists are responsible for nurturing positive professional relationships and for working collaboratively with students, parents, and colleagues to optimize the educational experience for the entire learning community. Library Media Specialists perform under the supervision of school principals and in frequent partnership with other educators, paraprofessionals, and parent volunteers.

Among other essential responsibilities, Library Media Specialists:

Design and deliver an effective library media program within SAES guidelines
Inspire patrons to read for pleasure and to explore literacy genres. Collaborate with teachers to integrate information literacy into instruction. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of content, pedagogy, and learning processes. Deliver effective instruction to support SAES curriculum as needed. Ensure effective operation and administration of library management system. Maintain accurate records of library usage and inventories of equipment. Exhibit and monitor safe, legal, and ethical use of media and information. Develop and maintain a collection that supports the SAES curriculum and patron needs. Uphold and enforce Company and School Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules and regulations
Engage actively in ongoing regional, district, school and independent professional learning and development to hone professional knowledge, skills, abilities.


Job: School Librarian (2)

9.15.16 – Two positions: Elementary & Secondary Librarian
American Community School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments: It’s September and here are the first of the season’s school positions for next year (2017-2018).  If you are interested in pursuing a position as an international school librarian now is the time to polish your resume and submit paperwork to a recruiting agency.  In order to apply for these positions you will need to join The International Educator (where these are listed) and/or an agency as well.  I always recommend joining International School Reviews as well, an invaluable source of inside information about various international schools.  For more on the hiring process of international school librarians please read Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Chapter 3 Resources listed.

About this school: ACS is a well-established top-tier school however has recently gone through some changes which have been discussed in the ISR reviews. Abu Dhabi is a safe, modern city but housing is an issue because the school is located on the bottom of the island near the Corniche where things are both crowded and expensive. Interesting that both positions are open and this early. I would ask about why that is so if interviewed.

Description:  PreK-12 co-ed day school serving over 60 nationalities in the residential area of Abu Dhabi.

Age Limit:  65

Other:  Please see the following web sites for openings:;;

Salary:  The Director of HR will provide salary information.

Benefits:  round trip transportation, housing, professional development, health, dental and disability insurance, annual home leave, end of service bonus, shipping.

Qualifications:  A Masters degree with minimum of 4 years experience as a librarian.

Additional materials: Letter of application, resume and contact information for references

Interviews: Interviews will be held via email and Skype

Application Deadline:  Please send the required materials by October 1

Other:  Please visit our website to learn more about our learning community


Job: IBDP Librarian & ESL Teacher

9.8.16 – IBDP Librarian & ESL Teacher
Chengdu Shude High School, Chengdu, China

Sarah P’s comments:  The season for international school librarians is about to begin however here is a position which is slated to start in January so it is being posted a little early.  If you are trying to gain international experience, this is a break-in position however I am always leery of combined positions so please ask for a precise job description if you decide to apply. This listing comes from TIE (which you should join) however read the links below for more information about this school. In a few weeks I will be posting my annual message about international school librarian recruiting however, in the meantime, to learn more, please read Chapter 3 in my book and/or check out the links on the Resources page.

Chengdu Shude High School Wikipedia article
International School Reviews Forum


Established in 1929, Chengdu Shude High School has been long reputed as one of the top three high schools in Sichuan Province. Since 2002,the school has started her exploration in international education. Up until now, over 2100 graduates have been admitted to famous universities around the globe. As one of the pioneering IB world schools in southwest China, the school was authorized to offer the DP in January 2012.Because of the highly selective screening process, the admitted students into the DP program do not only possess good academic competence but impressive working ethic to challenge the most demanding curriculum. Besides IBDP, the school also offers AP and VCE courses to the students.

The school is located in the east of Chengdu, hometown of lovely giant pandas and a city renowned for its congenial climate and relaxing life. For more details of the school, please visit:

Age Limit: 65
1. Write a teaching plan for the course at the beginning of each semester;
2. Write a detailed lesson plan for each class;
3. Communicate with the students and answer their questions;
4. Check the students’ homework;
5. Give demo classes;
6. Write progress and feedback reports about the students’ performance monthly;
7. Attend staff meeting and seminars;
8. Offer ideas about the development of the curriculum;
9. Complete other related work assigned.

Teaching condition:
Number of classes per week: 16-20 Classes/week,40 minutes/class;
Student level: high school students (15-18 years old).

In good health, no crime record;
No more than 65 years old;
Native English speaker or excellent English pronunciation and excellent command of the English language;
Integrated subject bachelor degree or higher are desired;
Teaching certificates;
At least 2 years’ teaching experience in the relevant subject;
Possessing good classroom management skills;
Good interpersonal skills and personality;
Enthusiastic, responsible, collaborative and dedicated;
Energetic, strong appeal of live performance;
An ability to work well with students and colleagues.

Salary and Benefits
Monthly Salary:
15,000–25,000 RMB (after taxes),12 months a year.
1. 2,000 RMB’s monthly accommodation allowance (enough to rent a furnished two-bedroom apartment) .
2. 8,000—10,000 RMB’s transportation allowance per year.
3. Assistance to get working visa, residence permit and reimbursement of the fees.
4. Free airport-pick up.

Interested applicants please email your documents(Resume; Photo; Visa Passport and Degree Copy ) to my’t forget to add the name of the position you are applying for.

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