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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

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:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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
  • Must be available for overtime and on-call hours, including weekend and special events.
  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in law enforcement or related field, preferably in a school setting or environment
  • Current and valid DMV record

Hours for this part-time position are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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

Upper School Librarian

A Pennington School librarian actively serves students and faculty members to support their information needs. The librarians work with all academic departments in a team-taught program of library research, information literacy and technology skills. The ideal candidate possesses a student-centered nature with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, curiosity, a love of learning, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Upper School Instruction and Curricular Support
  • Collaborates with teachers to design and teach, engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
  • Provides relevant embedded instruction in research and citation skills
  • Offers assistance to faculty members in the selection of both information and technological instruction materials
  • Assists students with the development of information literacy skills
  • Teaches basic technology skills to students and answers basic technology and digital citizenship-related inquiries

Library Outreach

  • Is a visible and active member of the School community who constantly seeks new and inventive ways to bring members of the School community to the library, and also brings the library to the community-- cultivating an environment of innovation, accessibility and advocacy
  • Promotes the library through contests, book displays, clubs, etc.
  • Introduces and familiarizes faculty members and students with the latest in information technology resources and encourages the ethical and judicious use of these resources
  • Enjoys working in a team environment and collaborating with others
  • Works with academic departments to develop the integration of technology into the curriculum
  • Provides professional development for faculty members in the use of information and digital literacy tools, offering workshops and individual guidance
  • Maintains a current awareness of young adult literature and services, as well as professional trends, methods, and ethics
  • Works collaboratively to design, develop, and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information
  • Takes an active part in the life of the School community

Supervision

  • Supervises and assists students during study halls and mid-morning breaks as well as covering Upper School classes when substitute coverage is needed
  • Implements and interprets library policy and procedures for students, faculty, and staff
  • Assists in the maintenance of a friendly environment, conducive to learning
  • In coordination with the other librarians, responsible for opening and closing the library, with a rotating schedule

Library Operations

  • Assists in collection development and management of: books, databases, periodicals, e-books, and other resources
  • Catalogs materials
  • Helps to maintain Upper School LibGuides
  • Coordinates student, faculty, and staff requests and provides access to resources within and beyond the School
  • Performs circulation desk duties, readers’ advisory, and reference services for students, faculty members, and staff
  • Maintains a library environment that is attractive, inviting, and conducive to learning; monitors and maintains acceptable student behavior
  • Promotes the principles of intellectual freedom by providing services and resources that create and sustain an atmosphere of free inquiry

Professional

  • Maintains active membership in professional associations
  • Participates in professional activities, organizations, conferences, and committees for both the library and educational communities
  • Keeps current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to the library program and the School as a whole through the development of a Professional Learning Network (PLN)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters in Library and Information Science or similar advanced degree from an accredited institution, or currently enrolled in an MLIS program
  • Demonstrated understanding of information needs of high school students
  • Familiarity with the concepts and goals of information literacy
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies as they relate to information literacy and library services
  • Experience teaching in an academic environment, preferably high school students

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.