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University School of Nashville

Director of Library Services

University School of Nashville


Job Summary

University School of Nashville invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Director of Library Services to begin in August 2022.

University School of Nashville is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with enrollment of 1,088 students kindergarten through twelfth grade.  In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as University School of Nashville.

USN’s midtown location adjacent to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us each day of our beginnings 107 years ago in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.

In the USN community, students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their work and we offer many opportunities for professional growth. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.

Job Responsibilities

Ideal candidates will have a visionary and forward-thinking approach to leading a library program, space, and curriculum for the school. The next Director of Library Services will prioritize programmatic alignment of the library as well as creative and innovative partnership with faculty, students, and the USN community.

The Hassenfeld Library – USN’s primary library space – is designed to be a hub of activity for all 1,088 students K-12 and the Director of Library Science will champion our vision for best utilizing that space. Colleagues at USN are asked to actively participate in the life of the school in ways that showcase their talents, gifts, and identities – given the physical space the library occupies, prioritizing this engagement will be critically important.



Qualifications include at least a master’s degree in library science or another related field, experience working with a wide age-range of students, a love for partnering with students and faculty, and experience in a diverse school community. Experience in contemporary understandings and innovative practices within libraries is useful.

USN has a deep commitment to equitable and just community spaces. Candidates should be knowledgeable of research on how implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic class can shape curricula and pedagogy, classroom culture, and student outcomes. Candidates should be able to translate that knowledge into demonstrable actions that promote equitable and just teaching and learning cultures.


Additional Information


In addition to competitive salaries, University School of Nashville offers a full range of benefits including:

  • health, dental, vision insurance, and HSA contributions
  • 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% match
  • paid time off and school breaks
  • professional growth opportunities
  • educational assistance program
  • public transportation passes

How to Apply

Those interested in being considered for this position must complete the required online application available at . To learn more about University School of Nashville, please visit the school’s website at .

To safeguard the health and well-being of the USN community from the risks associated with COVID-19, USN requires all employees of USN to test weekly for Covid-19 or to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against the virus. This policy is based upon guidance provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 97% of employees and more than 85% of USN students have been fully vaccinated, and the school strongly encourages all families to pursue vaccination.


  • Date Posted: January 10, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 08/01/2022