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British International School Riyadh

Library Manager

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Important dates

Closing date of applications
12 September 2019
Start date
1 October 2019

Job details

Ages 4-18 / Whole School
English National
Positions available
Contract type
Vacancy type
Full Time
Admin Scale 14 ED


1 or more years experience

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We are seeking to appoint a Library Manager who will oversee and manage the organisation and operation of the school libraries. Supervising two other librarians, the Library manager will be responsible for the efficient, reliable and well-functioning learning resource facility for all users.

The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18, providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The school follows the English curriculum, greatly enriched by the local and international context. Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, student leadership, service learning and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being.


We are seeking to appoint a Library Manager who will oversee and manage the organisation and operation of the school libraries. Supervising two other Librarians, the Library Manager will be responsible for the efficient, reliable and well-functioning learning resource facility for all users; assist users in the use of equipment and/or services provided by the libraries and acquire, organise and provide access to a wide range of library resources to all members of the school community. We are specifically looking for an experienced Librarian who will develop and promote the school libraries including support all learning needs and personal interests, development of enjoyment of reading, knowledge building and curiosity.


The role includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities:


  • Manage the school libraries, budget, staffing and electronic and hard copy resources, including the creation, implementation and review regularly the school library policy which supports the schools Mission Statement
  • Liaise with all academic departments to make sure the libraries provide curricular support to teachers and ensure appropriate access to learning resources, including support for literacy, reader development initiatives, activities and games within the school
  • Acquire current, relevant and appropriate resources for the school library which includes keeping up to date with newly released publications and anticipating and seeking out the needs of the users
  • Monitor student use of the Library during class hours and lunch break
  • Perform duties such as issuing, returning and renewing books, shelving, processing, maintaining book order on the shelves, maintaining records of late books/ lost books/ fines, mending damaged books and conducting periodic stock check including weeding old resources
  • Promote the use of the Library and reading through visiting authors, displays and by providing advisory and information services to all users
  • Instruct all users of the Library in the use of the current library software and to assist them in finding information using this resource
  • Develop and maintain constructive and co-operative relationships with colleagues and students
  • Train and direct parent and student volunteers
  • Respond to complaints, taking action as necessary
  • Prepare and implement a strategic plan for the library
  • Have responsibility for the health and safety of the students in the library at all times between 07:30 and 16:00
  • Support staff members and ensure that the library is available for use and well organized.


Please be aware that the school is not in a position to sponsor or transfer sponsorship


(Please note: As this is a non-teacher position, and in order to use our application tracking system (InTeachers), you will need to register yourself as a qualified teacher to complete the application form).


To apply, please follow the link and provide a supporting statement of application following our Guidelines  

Closing date for all applications: Thursday 12th September 2019

 BISR believes very strongly in the role of the school in safeguarding children and young people.  All staff, whatever their role in the school, will require to undergo rigorous background checks before commencing employment.

The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is identified

For more information about the school please visit our website:


How to apply for a position at BISR

To apply and for additional information, please follow the ‘inteachers’ link on the vacancy.

When applying via this link, please provide the following in support of your application:

All Applications must include:

  • An up to date two-page Curriculum Vitae, including a photograph
  • A statement in support of your application, which must include answers to the following questions:
    • How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?

Teacher Applications must include:

  • How do you demonstrate that you are a lifelong learner and how does current pedagogical practice have an impact in your classroom?
  • How do you create a positive classroom climate and support student well-being in your current school?
  • What strategies do you use to ensure that all learners in your classroom make good progress?
  • What is your contribution to your current school community?


BISR is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. We complete rigorous background checks for all staff, whatever their role in the school, prior to them commencing employment.

The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is


For more information about the school please visit our website


We very much look forward to receiving your application. 

Teachers who work at BISR should have


  • Qualified Teacher status.
  • Certificate of Education, First degree or equivalent.
  • Training or qualification relevant to the post.


  • An appreciation of the demands of a British school in an international context.
  • Recognise the vital importance of a positive commitment to the co-curricular life of the school.
  • An appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding and cultural sensitivity.
  • Recognise the responsibility each individual staff member has in supporting the holistic growth and well-being of students.


  • Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.
  • Experience of teaching within a Key Stage or subject.
  • Experience of positive behaviour management strategies.
  • Experience of planning for children with a range of learning needs, including extremely able students.
  • Experience of curriculum development, monitoring and assessment.
  • Experience of working with second language students or prepared to undertake training.

Skills and Abilities

  • A detailed knowledge of the English national curriculum.
  • Ability to organise a stimulating learning environment and demonstrate excellent creative teaching skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues in preparing for learning and teaching.
  • Good organisation of recording and evaluating progress.
  • Show good communication skills when working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Effective skills in managing and organising own time and directing deployment of teaching assistants.
  • Good ICT skills to be effective in your job.
  • An understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies and use of this to inform future planning.
  • The desire to develop knowledge of the curriculum above and below the preferred key stage or in a cross-curricular context.

Personal Qualities

  • Warmth and sense of humour.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Willingness to be involved in co-curricular activities and events and engage in all aspects of school life.
  • High expectations of yourself and of children.
  • First class communication skills.
  • Empathy with pupils, colleagues, parents and visitors.
  • You must be a glass half-full person!

Equal Opportunities

  • Ability to promote equal opportunities with respect to race, gender and disability

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