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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

Teacher of Communication Skills

The School's Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning is seeking an individual to fill the position of Communication Skills (CS) teacher for the coming academic year.

The Center for Learning is a comprehensive program for students with diagnosed learning disabilities within a traditional college preparatory setting. CS teachers work on a one-to-one basis with students both to help them build on their academic strengths and to minimize the impact of skills weaknesses associated with their specific learning difficulties. A full-time teaching position is usually composed of five to six classes as well as additional responsibilities such as supervising clubs, coaching sports, and other duties. In addition, full-time teachers are required to attend certain weekend and evening school events.

Requirements for the position of CS teacher include a desire to work with middle- and high-school-age students with a focus on individual needs; a belief that all students can learn if given appropriate services, supports and accommodations; and a commitment to continued professional development. An understanding of the specific needs of students with learning disabilities is especially helpful, and a background in education as well as experience working with students with disabilities is desirable. The Pennington School is an independent school and, as such, does not require certification as a requisite for obtaining a faculty position. At minimum, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is full-time, ten (10) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Potential candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to Jo Prockop, director, Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning, at jprockop@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Teacher of Mathematics

The Pennington School seeks a teacher of mathematics to join our team of math educators. We focus on facilitating student-centered mathematical learning and strive to deepen our students’ understanding and ability to employ mathematical approaches to modeling the world around them.

The primary responsibilities of this position include teaching Upper School mathematics (grades 9–12) at the standard, honors, and perhaps AP-level classes. Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively with colleagues, participating in the co-curricular program, and serving as an active member of the School community.

Candidates with interest or experience being an advisor of a STEM-related club or competition team in areas including robotics, AMC, math modeling, and computer science are valuable to our department. Experience teaching calculus, statistics, and/or computer program is desirable.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited institution. Two to five years of teaching experience is preferred, although not a requirement for application. Master’s degree or beyond is desirable. We seek candidates who are passionate about their desire to teach, learn, and who are eager to be a member of our School community.

This position is full-time, ten (10) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Potential candidates should send a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Teacher of English

The Pennington School seeks an Upper School English teacher to teach a variety of English classes in the Upper School, collaborate with colleagues to strengthen interdisciplinary instruction, and facilitate other experiences for student enrichment in literary study, writing, communications, and/or other areas assigned by the School.

Essential Duties:

  • Teach students in courses including , but not limited to, English I, English II, English III, and/or English IV.
  • Embrace student-centered teaching practices and backward design in curriculum planning.
  • Elicit individual excellence in every student, moving the student toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding.
  • Prize process writing and critical thinking, offering prompt and meaningful feedback to students on papers, projects, tests, seminars, and other graded assessments of learning
  • Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with students and colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in English or related subject area, with three years of teaching experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a range of learning styles
  • Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors

This position is full-time, ten (10) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Potential candidates should send a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Teacher of Middle School Spanish

The Pennington School is seeking an energetic and proactive full-time Spanish teacher for our new Middle School Spanish program, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Candidates should have a strong foundation in the teaching of Spanish as a second language, and the skills and developmental understanding to work with middle school-age students.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience teaching at the middle school level
  • Strong desire and ability to work with middle school students.
  • Native or bilingual language proficiency

Skills:

  • Knowledge of pedagogical strategies to teach languages to children and pre-teen students
  • Ability to develop curriculum to build a high level of oral proficiency for students
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Embraces a student-centered approach to learning
  • Knowledge of the use of technology in the classroom
  • Ability to work in collaborative settings.

This position is full-time, ten (10) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Potential candidates should send a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Teacher of Drama

The Pennington School seeks a Teacher of Drama to perform duties which include teaching drama and arts classes in both the Upper and Middle Schools, directing shows, and facilitating other drama-related experiences for the School.

Essential duties:

  • Teach current courses such as, but not limited to, Drama I: Scene Study; Drama I: Shakespeare; and Drama II: Acting and/or Directing, Public Speaking, as well as possible Middle School electives in theatre
  • Direct one dramatic production and assist with direction of another
  • Work equally well with actors and a design team
  • Spend night and weekend time in production, coaching individual actors, providing off-campus opportunities, and supervising Dramatic Society events
  • Oversee personnel such as music directors, choreographers, and technicians
  • Organize and manage a budget

Qualifications:

  • B.A. degree in acting, theatre, or English with a drama concentration, or a B.F.A. degree in acting or technical theatre
  • Ability to speak and write with confidence
  • Experience overseeing personnel
  • Experience staging both musicals and plays
  • Experience working at a professional theatre, with or for professional artists
  • A master’s degree in any field is preferred, as is private school experience.

Other requirements:

  • Interest in using theatre as a dialogue to foster discussion about current news events or school-wide goals, such as social justice
  • Ability to make use of connections to the professional theatre world
  • Willingness to work with other faculty members in the Arts Department and other departments to
  • broaden the scope of theatre on campus
  • Possession of specified theatrical interests that could become future courses on the Drama I or II level, such as stagecrafts, puppetry, theatre technology, or world theatre

This position is full-time, ten (10) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

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.