Librarian, The Netherlands

Closing date:Expiring soon

The International School of the HagueThe Netherlands

Date posted:
Start date: 01 October 2019 or sooner if possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The position is based on the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement (CAO VO) for Secondary Education, Scale 7 based on 1.0 FTE = €1972- €2896 p.m. (gross) - the exact step depends on your relevant background and experience.
Contract term: Permanent

The International School of The Hague is a highly successful, innovative and energetic semi-public school located in a state-of-the-art building in an area of natural beauty on the edge of the city of The Hague  , near Kijkduin  . 

The school is made up of a Primary and a Secondary school, receiving government funding as well as private fees as a Dutch International Schools. The two schools work together as one school with one vision and mission, as part of the Rijnlands Lyceum foundation . The whole school currently has 2,000 students with over 100 nationalities, taught by teachers from around the world.

Currently, we have a vacancy for a Librarian (1.0 FTE)

Start date: 1 October 2019 or sooner if possible

The librarian will be responsible for looking after the daily routine, management and development of the Library Resource Center, providing educational and pedagogical leadership with teachers and students , developing the values of academic honesty and citation skills. 


  • Demonstrates success in working as a school librarian;
  • Experience in liaising with teachers to deliver information skills and research instructions for all year groups;
  • English language knowledge at native or near-native level;
  • An excellent team player willing to work collaboratively to support the development of the IB Programmes;
  • Flexibility and the desire to be a part of a dynamic school community.

Preferred qualifications

  • A qualified librarian 
  • Prior work experience in an educational/academic environment;
  • Confidence in administering the library management system (for instance Softlink Oliver) and other online library resources;
  • Knowledge of current library developments and strong enthusiasm to keep up-to-date with them;
  • Excellent knowledge of teen and young adult literature;
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and being highly proactive in working with staff and students;
  • Excellent organizational and delegation skills demonstrating a clear understanding of priorities;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal;
  • Excellent ICT skills with a desire to integrate new technologies into the libraries;
  • Service-oriented, collaborative, and internationally minded personality;
  • Knowledge of Dutch.

Key Tasks

  • Promote effective student inquiry and concept-based learning by providing a supportive and proactive library service;
  • Work closely with Teachers, Subject Coordinators, Subject Area Leaders and Deputy Heads, to ensure the library actively supports the students inquiries for all subjects through all year groups;
  • Coordinate the activities of the library assistants;
  • Manage the annual library budget;
  • Manage the textbook resources for all Secondary school departments.

Other tasks include

  • Work closely with the library staff in providing excellent library services to the  whole school;
  • Ensure the physical and online library spaces are safe, welcoming, user-friendly and stimulating;
  • Promote the library and reading to all students and school staff;
  • Work with teaching staff to raise information literacy and research skill levels across the school;
  • Compile policies regarding the circulation and collection development of the library;
  • Together with Secondary School Subject Area Leaders manages the textbook orders, catalogue and distribute the textbooks.

Application Process

All applicants must either be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in The Netherlands. For any further information, please visit the Government website

Applicants are required to complete an online profile, provide a supporting statement, and upload a CV. Applicants must provide details of three referees, of which one must be their most recent supervisor. If shortlisted, we will contact referees prior to interview.  Once shortlisted, interviews will be conducted by Skype or in person, depending on the nature of the position and the applicant's location.

Deadline for applications is Monday, 26 August 2019. Short listed candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible. Please note that the school reserves the right to interview suitable applicants early and make an appointment prior to the deadline.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks after the deadline, then please assume that, on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.

The International School of the Hague is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

What we offer

We offer a unique opportunity at an exciting time in the development of this highly-regarded international school. The temporary appointment will initially be for one year, with a view to a permanent contract if all the conditions are met. The position is based on the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement (CAO VO) for Secondary Education, scale 7. The exact step depends on your relevant background and experience. 

Other benefits include the 8% holiday allowance, a year-end bonus of 7,4% an extra year-end bonus for educational support staff, a contribution towards travel expenses and the ABP pension scheme.

In addition staff are given a number of options for tax benefits regarding trade union dues, the costs of sports (fitness) membership fees, the purchase of a bicycle (for commuting purposes) and a travel allowance (cafeteria scheme). In addition, Rijnlands staff receive discounts on various insurance policies.

Because you work in a school environment, you will enjoy the school holidays as well!

Child Safeguarding

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

To this end, the leadership team is required to conduct an oral reference check by directly contacting the current or previous employer. 

Furthermore, those who are appointed at The International School of The Hague are required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (in Dutch: VOG). Your appointment with The Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation takes place on condition that you obtain a VOG. Needless to say, Rijnlands will reimburse all costs in relation thereto.

Note: The International School of The Hague does not permit for this job advert to be shared via any other recruitment site.

More about The International School of the Hague
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Secondary Campus, Wijndaelerduin 1, 2554 BX Den Haag, Netherlands. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +31 70 328 1450
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