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Library Assistant, Saint John's High School (Shrewsbury)

A Saint John’s Catholic education is rooted in the commitment of the Xaverian Brothers to bring Christ to life in young men. Our students develop a love of learning through a college preparatory academic and co-curricular program embracing both tradition and innovation. Saint John's fosters the formation of the whole person: spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, creative, and aesthetic.
We call our community to live out the Xaverian values of zeal, humility, simplicity, trust, and compassion. Saint John’s creates an atmosphere of interdependence, respect, inclusion, and personal responsibility in a community where we mutually help, encourage, and edify each other to develop relationships that transcend time.  We aim to send forth young men who will use their God-given talents to transform their community, their nation, and their world.
In the tradition of its Xaverian founders, Saint John's High School is committed to providing opportunities for families in need, students from a diversity of backgrounds, and the poor and marginalized.

Role of the Library Assistant
Saint John’s High School is seeking a dynamic and engaging Library Assistant to join our school community.  Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Library Assistant helps with various library tasks and aids in the supervision of the McCarthy Library at Saint John’s High School.  We value diversity in backgrounds and in experiences and look for candidates who are knowledgeable in their field, caring and compassionate, and ready to work with all of our students, teachers, and staff. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

-Greet students and help to foster a warm and welcoming library environment
-Assist in the supervision of the library space throughout the school day 
-Check materials in/out 
-Assist in the maintenance of library collections and catalog records 
-Assist students, staff, and faculty in the use of library resources (library catalog, databases, website, ebooks) to effectively meet their needs and interests
-Shelve materials, shelf read, and shift materials as needed
-Answer basic questions and refer students to the library director for assistance as appropriate
-Provide efficient and courteous service to students and faculty at the Reference Desk by answering inquiries, providing direction, assuring compliance with Library regulations
-Maintain and troubleshoot library equipment
-Operate and assist students and faculty with equipment such as photocopiers, printers, and scanners
-Maintain magazine collection
-Assist with book displays
-Maintain neatness and organization throughout the library
-Assist in collection development including processing and weeding of books
-Perform inventory tasks such as scanning materials and searching for unseen or lost materials
-Be respectful and understanding of our patrons’ rights to privacy
-An understanding of and commitment to Catholic education
-Ability to articulate effectively the values and mission of Saint John’s High School and the Xaverian Brothers
-Enthusiasm for working with middle and high school students
-Knowledge of contemporary educational issues, topics, and trends, especially those impacting boys and young men.
-A proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
-Perform other related duties as assigned 


Experience and Skills

-Bachelor’s degree
-1-3 years of experience in an educational environment 
-Prior experience working in a library setting 
-Attention to detail and ability to work accurately on tasks
-Ability to use technology to gather information
-Skilled in navigating the Google Suite of applications (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, etc.).
-Ability to troubleshoot computer and printer issues 
-Professional demeanor and presentation 
-Demonstrated initiative and independence to carry out responsibilities
-Willingness to learn the use of library databases and other systems
-Strong written and oral communications skills
-Ability to reach and support diverse learners with varied abilities 
-Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changes in library programs and services
-Excellent time management skills and ability to handle frequent interruptions

With robust interpersonal skills, the selected candidate has a real desire to contribute to the school community by sharing their passions and through additional efforts, such as joining retreats, advising students, coaching teams, directing clubs, or supervising activities.  In addition to enthusiasm, integrity, and intellectual curiosity, we seek a professional committed to an inclusive school community.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$50,000.00 - $60,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one email NO LATER THAN June 2, 2023:

-Cover letter expressing interest in this Saint John’s High School position and aligning your skills and experiences to the areas of responsibility, knowledge, skills, abilities, and to your understanding of the position;
-Current resume with all dates included;
-List of three references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission and not before a mutual interest is clearly established).

Materials should be sent to the attention of Margaret Rourke Granados, Principal of Saint John’s High School, via electronic submission to our school registrar at

Resumes will be reviewed and contact will be made with those in whom there is interest during the week of June 5th.


2023-05-24 |  Quick link to this job