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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

Compensation:

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: Librarian (School)

2.9.16 –  Librarian (School)
Kwajalein School System, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  If you want a laid-back, out-of-the-way experience in a small, well-established school, this is the place to go.  It’s a military base so you are teaching American students and it’d small but, having lived in the Marshalls, I can tell you it doesn’t get better than this.  Traditionally, this school has always recruited via the Iowa Fair but now they have a direct link for applying.  They do not say but I believe this is a K-12 position. Read International School Reviews for more info.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for the administration of a library program which includes archival functions and a periodical and subscription program.
  • Plans the acquisition, organization, maintenance, utilization, and retention of materials and equipment in the Library.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of, builds, and arranges, specialized information resources and works with users in obtaining required information for the library.
  • Administers and performs duties associated with periodicals and books for all students.
  • Researches, acquires, assembles, catalogs, restores if necessary, exhibits if required, maintains, and stores items of historical/archival importance to the school or its development.
  • Other duties as assigned such as Yearbook advisor.

JOB SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:
Required: 

  • Knowledge of library administration, its policies and procedures, and the proper resources to meet student needs.
  • Must be able to work well with staff members, administrators, and parents.
  • Must be flexible and have good communication skills.

Desired: 

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma program tools and methodologies and/or Six Sigma Certification.
  • Human relation skills are needed to work effectively with students and teachers.

EXPERIENCE (Years):
Required: 

  • 3 years of experience in related field.
  • Teaching experience/experience with libraries and children.

Desired:

  • 5 or more years experience in related field.
  • Yearbook Advisor experience.

EDUCATION:
Required: 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Teaching certificate and/or Librarian certificate from one of the 50 States.

Desired: 

  • Librarian or Media Specialist certification.
OTHER SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be able to relocate to the Marshall Islands
  • You must have a valid passport in your possession prior to departure and must maintain a current passport during stay on island.
  • This position is unaccompanied.
  • Common Access Card (CAC) not required to perform job duties.
  • This is a position of Public Trust.

 

 

News: Librarian in the Marshall Islands…???

4/16/15 – Would the librarian who contacted me about working and living in the Marshall Islands please write me again?!  Sorry, but I read your message on my phone and now it has disappeared…I am glad to respond as yes, we did work and live there however need your e-mail address…

General news for anyone interested in the Marshall Islands: the main atoll is Majuro and there are generally two librarian opportunities which become periodically available:  the College of the Marshall Islands (they posted this position in 2014, see blog) and the Majuro Cooperative School (job posted 2/15, now filled), a small private school.  Life there is funky, challenging, and interesting all at the same time.

If you want to learn more about this area read Surviving Paradise by  Peter Rudiak-Gould. This is an entertaining as well as enlightening story about life there from an American who spent a year as a volunteer teacher.

 

Job: School Librarian

2/7/15 – School Librarian
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 far from anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and things like the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.

This is the first time I have seen a librarian position listed for this private 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).

Note: I find it interesting that the position description does not included qualifications needed s0 here perhaps is an opportunity where you could apply without a school media certification.  Nice, simple application process as well…

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, Republic of the Marshall Islands International School, is looking for a school librarian/media specialist. This is an exciting opportunity for school librarian who loves adventure, is self-motivated and a self-starter.

The School Librarian/Media Specialist will:

  1. Instill a love of learning and literature in all students and ensure equitable access to information and leisure reading materials.
  1. Ensure that all students are effective users of ideas and information.
  1. Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.
  1. Collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction and help assess student learning and instructional effectiveness.
  1. Provide leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program is aligned with the mission, goals and objectives of the school and is viewed as an integral part of the learning/instructional program.

School Librarian/Media Specialist Duties include:

  • Provide a library media program and resources that meet and support the informational, curricular and leisure reading interests of students and faculty.
  • Promote literacy and the enjoyment of reading and listening to printed and spoken word.
  • Provide for the organization, circulation and maintenance of resources for effective use.
  • Consult with students and faculty regarding their needs and interests in relation to the selection and utilization of materials and equipment.
  • Plan with teachers as cooperative partners to integrate curriculum content with resource use and informational literacy skills.
  • Use direct, formal instruction and indirect, informal instruction to teach specific skills needed for use of the library/media center and technology with students and staff.
  • Coordinate information retrieval for students and faculty through print, audiovisual and online sources.
  • Implement policies for effective use of technology through the organization of facilities and equipment.
  • Maintain an inventory of books, computers, equipment, audiovisual materials and computer software.
  • Prepare past due notices for outstanding items.
  • Manage the library/media budget.

Network Administrator duties include:

  • Serve as technology liaison for the school and facilitator of the school technology committee.
  • Support network maintenance (firewall, routers, switches, cables, etc.)
  • Support personal device management and computer and hardware maintenance.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, send your cover letter and resume to Kristin Olson Hogan at principal_pk-5@majurocooperativeschool.org