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Everyone who works at The Pennington School demonstrates a strong commitment to our School’s mission: developing individual excellence in every student. Working with students in grades six through twelve offers you the opportunity to have a strong impact on our community and upon the lives of young people. We invite you to explore our website to discover if working at Pennington is the right fit for you.

The Pennington School is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on individual excellence, fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts. Pennington is dedicated to providing our students with a global perspective, an emphasis on character, an appreciation for diversity and inclusion of all types.

Teaching Qualifications

The role of a faculty member encompasses a number of facets both in and outside of the classroom. These include, but are not limited to, serving as a student advisor, coach, activity advisor, or faculty supervisor. We believe that student achievement can be enhanced in an environment that provides tools for teachers to develop a comprehensive approach to address every student’s needs. The academic program includes daily time for students to seek extra help from teachers which also further develops and strengthens the bond between teachers and students.

While teacher certification is not required, all of our teachers must have, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree in the teaching subject area or a related field. Advanced degrees and prior experience at an independent school are preferred. Teachers are expected to have the ability to use technology in appropriate and meaningful ways throughout the curriculum. Class size averages thirteen students.

Teaching Environment

Full-time teaching assignments are generally four or five classes during the academic day with a rotating class schedule. As The Pennington School has both day and residential students, some faculty members reside on our campus and assist in the supervision of students in the dormitories and the related residential activities. Non-residential faculty members are expected to participate in certain aspects of the residential life program, including evening study hall rotation and other activities. The school year runs from early September through mid-June, with generous breaks in December and March for teaching faculty. Faculty members are required to attend a week of meetings during the month of August to prepare for the upcoming year.

All faculty members are expected to support their students outside of the classroom by attending school activities such as weekly Chapel, athletic events, dramatic productions, and alumni events. The Pennington School has a strong commitment to community service and global studies. Faculty members are encouraged to provide opportunities that support these programs and lead by example.

Physically qualified residential faculty members and certain day faculty members are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license in order to transport students in our 16-passenger School vehicles.

Faculty members are encouraged to seek ongoing professional development and growth, and to continually collaborate with colleagues. The School supports attendance at workshops, conferences, and webinars.

Background Checks

The Pennington School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions as required by The New Jersey Department of Education. This includes fingerprinting, a criminal background check, and verifying work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Benefits

Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes lunch in our dining hall, options for health, dental, and vision insurance coverage, health and wellness programs, life insurance, long-term disability, tuition remission, paid leave, retirement plan options, and many other valuable programs.Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12. Total student enrollment is approximately 510, of which 25% are boarding students. Located in Pennington, NJ, the campus is nestled on 54 green acres with a warm and welcoming community. About half of our faculty live on campus and have residential responsibilities.

Please click on the positions listed below to see a complete job description for each.

Current Openings

Director of Operations

We are seeking a Director of Operations and Maintenance, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, to lead our team of twenty maintenance and operations employees and to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee all facility services for a multi-building campus with classrooms, dormitories, faculty residences, grounds, and athletic facilities including gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts and an artificial turf field.
  • Lead the operation of a central heating plant, building and grounds maintenance, campus safety and security, and custodial services. In addition, effectively manage maintenance activities, housekeeping, event set-ups, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair, small-scale renovations and oversight of regulatory compliance.
  • Develop and control an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million, conduct an annual facilities assessment study, develop a project timetable, design a variety of alteration and renovation projects, and manage projects accomplished by contracted and in-house personnel. In addition, must develop and manage conservation initiatives.
  • Lead and direct safety initiatives and programs, work with all employees and faculty to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, families, alumni and visitors.
  • Attend meetings of senior School administrators and of the Board of Trustees’ Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of and significant experience with all aspects of facilities management, maintenance and housekeeping, as well as experience with managing a diverse set of employees, developing job descriptions, evaluating employee performance, and overseeing compliance with federal and state labor laws and school policies and procedures.

Additionally, the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to develop plans and specifications for bidding for small- to medium-sized projects, award contracts, obtain all necessary approvals thereon, and manage the projects to a successful conclusion while ensuring that they are completed in a style that is sympathetic to the School’s overall design.

Necessary qualifications include:

  • A degree in an engineering discipline, facilities management or a related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current registration as a professional engineer is a plus. Ten (10) years’ experience in facilities plant and/or facilities maintenance operations, including five (5) years’ experience supervising skilled tradespersons and design professionals and five (5) years’ experience in plant and/or maintenance leadership on a school or college campus is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal electrical, mechanical, building standards, codes, designs and regulations pertinent to the school environment is required.
  • Proficient knowledge of local, state, federal codes, building codes, industry standards in mechanical, electrical, life safety and fire protection engineering fields.
  • General knowledge of computer -automated maintenance management applications, word processing, and spreadsheets is preferred.

The School offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive medical and retirement benefit package.he Pennington School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military service in its employment practices.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé and salary requirements by email to: employment@pennington.org.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The Pennington School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, military service, or any other characteristics or activity protected by law.

The job descriptions listed above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, activities, and skills required of a person in this position. Responsibilities, duties, activities, work hours and skills may change at any time with or without notice.

Successful candidate are required to be fingerprinted and receive successful approval from a criminal background check with the State of New Jersey Department of Education before beginning work.

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Pennington School is located on a 54-acre campus in Pennington, New Jersey. Not all buildings on campus have elevators.