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Library Media Specialist, Secondary Division (Grades 6-12) - Avenues Shenzhen

Shenzhen, China

Position: Library Media Specialist , Secondary Division (Grades 6-12) 

Location: Shenzhen, China

Start Date: August 2021



Avenues | The World School  prepares students for engaged global citizenship during a time of unprecedented complexity and accelerating change, combining language immersion, interdisciplinary learning, a global curriculum, and a culture of creativity and deep collaboration. 

Avenues Shenzhen opened in August 2018, our first campus in China. Avenues Shenzhen provides a unique early childhood program, and is now expanding to serve students in all grades from grades from toddler through 12. Avenues Shenzhen furthers Avenues' longstanding commitment to developing multiple campuses in China, providing a transformative, world-focused education.


The Avenues library program equips students with 21st-century information literacy skills that empower students to be critical thinkers and ethical users of information in a global, interconnected world. The library program provides students, faculty, and community with a global collection of carefully selected books and media resources/databases, instruction, and innovative programming to support learning and inquiry at Avenues and beyond. 


The Library Media Specialist manages the library program in grades 6-12 to enrich each student’s academic programming and expose students to diverse works and authors. Inspiring a love of reading, research and information literacy, the librarian works with students and teachers to ensure that students harness their curiosity and drive their own learning. And s/he will also: 

  • Build Shenzhen’s library with a rich global collection of high-quality literature and robust digital media resources/databases to support teaching and learning
  • Ensure that students achieve key learning outcomes as documented in the Avenues Library’s Information Literacy Scope and Sequence
  • Provide instruction on how to use the Avenues library’s vast digital collection for research and inquiry
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary projects and continually deepen student learning 
  • Deeply connect with students, colleagues and parents to uphold a culture of welcome, safety and respect
  • Invoke a robust learning atmosphere that leads students to value being at school and feel part of a rigorous and joyful learning community
  • Inspire trust and confidence among parents and families
  • Participate actively in ongoing, intensive professional learning


  • A deep knowledge of middle grade, young adult, and adult literature, and strong information technology skills as it relates to library media resources - e.g. e-book collections, subject and periodical databases, literacy apps, video streaming, etc.

  • Instructional skills to teach and coach students in information literacy education - research and responsible use of information and ideas 
  • Profound commitment to ensuring and nurturing children's wellbeing
  • Highly effective collaborator, eager to listen deeply, contribute to a team and achieve goals together
  • Very resourceful and adaptive, eager to embrace constant change, growth and learning  
  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in education or related field is ideal 
  • Native-level Chinese speaker with professional fluency in English


  • Unparalleled career growth opportunities across multiple global campuses, including a well-defined career pathway 
  • The thrill of a start-up, where everyone helps to build and improve, within an organization with global reach, ample resources and proven results
  • Frequent feedback, ongoing coaching and top-notch, job-embedded professional learning
  • Competitive rewards package, wellness resources, relocation support (as needed), and other benefits to best support you and keep you healthy and happy
  • A beautiful, uplifting, student-centric school environment
  • A chance to change the world of education as part of a global community spanning three continents


Apply through the Careers section at https://www.avenues.org/en/careers. Be sure to include a letter of application, in English, in which you thoughtfully explain why you believe that this role at Avenues Shenzhen would be an excellent match for your experience, skills and passions. If you have any questions, please email Chinacareers@avenues.org.  



Avenues is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We strive to uphold a culture in which every colleague feels that they belong, are trusted, and are valued. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities or groups to apply. Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

Avenues upholds the highest standards for safeguarding the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. As an essential aspect of this commitment, all offers are contingent upon successful completion of careful reference and background checks.

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