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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

Administrative Assistant to Dean of Faculty and Dean of Academic Affairs

Reporting directly to both the Dean of Faculty and the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Administrative Assistant provides a full range of administrative and project support to both offices. He or she works closely with the administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni in a variety of roles and capacities.

The Administrative Assistant performs for both offices duties that include planning, research, coordination, and management. The Administrative Assistant must exercise good judgment in decision-making and be willing to take initiative and anticipate needs. Many tasks will be performed independently, and the person in this position must respect and protect the confidential nature and scope of both offices and the School.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares and maintains appointment calendars, schedules appointments, and arranges meetings and special functions. Manages correspondence including emails, agendas, letters, and phone calls.
  • Gathers and compiles information for projects, reports, and presentations as necessary.
  • Maintains accurate files within budgetary guidelines, processes travel requests and vouchers for faculty, orders supplies and equipment, and maintains inventory for the office and mailroom.
  • Prepares and maintains performance evaluation documents, the School course catalog, progress reports, placement testing, and the faculty handbook.
  • Assists with the management of the recruitment process for prospective faculty, including the scheduling of interviews and related materials as needed.
  • Is responsible for planning, arranging, and coordinating a number of School events, including Back-to-School Night, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Underclassman Awards Ceremony, and Cum Laude Society inductions. Works closely with Operations, Food Services, IT, and other departments in coordination of School events.
  • Coordinates the new faculty orientation and professional development program, faculty meetings, and professional development days.
  • Manages the internal process of coordinating substitute teachers.
  • Assists with annual events, including Convocation and Commencement, and coordinates the award selection process for student and faculty awards.
  • Serves as administrative support for the office by greeting visitors, distributing mail, answering phones, and performing other duties as needed.


Educational and Skill Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree, with 5–10 years of administrative assistant experience working for a senior leadership member at an independent school or college/university, is preferred. The position requires exceptional organizational, writing, proofreading, and editing skills, along with professional judgment, discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality.

Strong technical skills and advanced proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic presentation software is required. The successful candidate will have experience with Microsoft Office Suite applications including Publisher, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. A solid level of IT literacy, the ability to troubleshoot basic technical issues, and the ability to adapt to future technology advances and changes are essential.

The candidate must have the ability to perform high-quality, measurable work with accuracy and attention to detail, as well as to work during evenings and weekends at times.


Security Officer (Part-Time)

We are currently seeking a part-time Security Officer responsible for the safety and security of our campus. Under general supervision, the employee:

  • Patrols grounds, parking lots, buildings, and properties
  • Directs traffic and enforces parking regulations
  • Investigates and reports incidents that arise; observes and reports hazards and maintenance needs
  • Performs foot-patrol duties and documents patrol activities on a daily basis
  • Opens and closes buildings/facilities per hours of operation as directed
  • Writes complete and legible investigative reports
  • Fosters positive working relationships with all departments and students on campus
  • Works with local police/fire and EMS agencies as required

The ideal candidate will have experience in law enforcement or related field, preferably in a school setting or environment. Hours for this part-time position are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The candidate must be available for overtime and on-call hours, including weekend and special events. Must be able to provide current and valid DMV record. Candidates with a desire to work a reduced work schedule as listed above may be considered.

This position is located at our 54-acre Pennington, NJ, campus. 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.