Meet Kim & Amber
It was an honor to interview these passionate educators Kim Williams & Amber Barr who job share at Pease Elementary School in Austin, Texas.
Kim and Amber took the time to invest in their job share partnership up front
prior to entering the arrangement to make sure that they were the right fit. Kim worked in the library learning hands-on from Amber prior to job sharing and was able to seamlessly take the helm 100% when Amber went on maternity leave. Their supportive principal Donna Martinez told Kim there was no need for her to interview, she had proven how dedicated she was to both Amber and the position. Kim’s flexible and willing attitude was key to the job share team success.
Successful job sharers often demonstrate a flexible and willing attitude
Piloting your job share arrangement is a way to prove your commitment to the role and your job share partnership while reducing the risk of trying an unfamiliar flexible work arrangement for your manager.
Both Kim & Amber feel an important part of their job share team’s success has been the support of management. First, their principal, Donna Martinez, helped them create their job share for work-life balance prior to her retirement. Then, new principal Matthew Nelson took the helm through Kim & Amber’s second school year job sharing. He was open-minded and excited at the prospect of having not just one, but two librarians for his students, parents, and staff.
Why job sharing is an A+ work practice for school librarians
It was Amber who pointed out that being a librarian can often be isolating, as there is only one at each school. Having a partner gives them a great way to brainstorm ideas, have a support system, geek over great books together, and discover ways to light up their kids on reading. Job sharing gives both teachers the work-life balance that makes them A+ moms and librarians!
Why job share stories matter. We’d love to hear yours!
A core mission at Work Muse is to spread adoption of job sharing for working moms, dads, caregivers and any person seeking a way to separate and prioritize work and life. Part of this initiative includes sharing stories and insights from real-life job shares in practice as well as those of managers and those who have worked with job sharers.
If you or someone you know has job shared or currently job shares or if you have worked with a job sharer, share your story here. We’d love to hear from you!
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Melissa Nicholson is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse, a job share solutions firm. Job sharing is a partnership between two people to share the responsibilities of one full-time position. Work Muse drives adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here –– events, resources, and relevant content to empower you in work and life! For more info, firstname.lastname@example.org.