Director of Libraries, Hangzhou, China
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Category : Senior Leadership Jobs, Secondary / High Schools, Early Years / Primary Schools, Non-teaching Jobs
Location : Zhejiang, China , 311231
Posted : 25 days ago
Start Date : August 26, 2024
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Director of Libraries, Hangzhou, China

Ignite Young Minds and Shape Futures: Lead a Thriving Library in Dynamic Hangzhou

West Lake

Imagine a vibrant heart pulsating within a diverse school community, a place where young minds embark on adventures of inquiry and stories whisper from every shelf. This is your stage, the Director of Libraries at a prestigious international school in Hangzhou, China, where East meets West in a symphony of learning.

Our client’s tapestry is woven from three distinct schools, each nurturing young minds from age 2 to 18:

Front of School with Xmas tree and FC

Nursery: Providing a bilingual Early Years learning environment, a playful haven where early explorers build bilingual skills through joyful discovery via internationally proven play-based activities.

Two nursery aged pupils HZ

International School: consisting of a Primary and Senior School offering a renowned British curriculum that delivers world-class education for children of expatriate families.

Pupil in classroom literacy Day

Bilingual School: Comprising a Primary and Junior High School bringing together the very best of Chinese and British education delivered through a bespoke bilingual learning environment.

International Day HZ

And at the heart of this thriving landscape stands your libraries,  beacons of knowledge and a catalyst for intellectual growth:

Craft a World of Wonder: Curate a diverse collection of physical and digital resources, a vibrant tapestry catering to every curiosity and igniting cross-cultural understanding.

Empower Informed Explorers: Develop innovative information literacy programs that equip students to navigate the complexities of today's interconnected world, preparing them for global citizenship.

Forge Collaborative Partnerships: Partner with passionate educators to integrate your library resources seamlessly into the curriculum, creating engaging learning experiences that transcend borders.

Spark a Lifelong Love of Reading: Ignite imaginations through captivating story times, vibrant book clubs, and inspiring author visits, fostering a passion for literature that knows no bounds.

Nurture a Dedicated Team: Lead and inspire your library staff, building a dynamic hub of expertise and support that empowers both staff and students to thrive.

Living in Hangzhou:

West Lake HZ

Nestled amidst picturesque mountains and the historic West Lake, Hangzhou is a vibrant city that blends ancient charm with modern energy. Experience the bustling markets, savour the delectable local cuisine, and explore the stunning natural scenery. Hangzhou offers a unique blend of cultural experiences, perfect for exploring on your weekends and holidays.

If you dream of shaping young minds, building bridges of knowledge, and championing student curiosity in a dynamic and culturally rich city, then join our client's award-winning team!

Summer festival sports field HZ

The Ideal Candidate:
  • Bachelor's degree or above.
  • Library Science (essential) and Teaching certificate e.g. PGCE (desirable)
  • Strong communication skills in English.
  • An experienced library professional with a passion for education, ideally in international school settings.
  • Proven leadership skills with a collaborative spirit, fostering teamwork and open communication.
  • An architect of engaging library experiences and information literacy programs, adept at weaving technology and creativity into every learning journey.
  • A champion of student curiosity, dedicated to nurturing a love of learning in every young mind.
  • A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent qualification.
  • Significant experience working in a school library, ideally in an international setting.
  • Expertise in managing digital library software and services, including LibGuides, Follett Destiny, EBSCO, Gale, JSTOR, and others.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret circulation data and plan strategically for future development.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Mandarin a significant advantage.
Ready to make your mark on a dynamic school community and leave an indelible mark on young lives? They're waiting for you!

Apply here or alternatively, email your CV to with ref. no. ZR126 in the subject line for the full job description.

Education Recruitment Experts are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service or local national equivalent. 
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Minimum number of years’ experience

Years’ : <8 | Experience : Leadership(Board C-Level)
Years’ : <8 | Experience : Other(Teaching experience)

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Zhejiang, China , 311231