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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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 candidates are required to be fingerprinted and receive 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 55-acre campus in Pennington, New Jersey. Not all buildings on campus have elevators.
- Director of The Pennington Fund
- Director of Donor Engagement
- Assistant Director of the Pennington Fund
Reporting to the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, the Director of the Pennington Fund will assist in carrying out the designated duties and responsibilities for the development and alumni relations program. The Director facilitates the day-to-day planning, coordination, and management of all aspects of donor and volunteer relations for The Pennington the Fund, working to increase both the amount raised and the number of donors participating. The Director will work closely with the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives in executing the Pennington Fund with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
The Pennington Fund is the School’s annual fund for unrestricted gifts. The Director of the Pennington Fund manages the mailed, telephone, and electronic appeals to alumni, parents, and staff. S/he works closely with other development colleagues and with volunteers to create and implement the fundraising program to achieve the goal for unrestricted funds each year, and develops the materials required to support the program.
● Create a detailed appeal plan for the Pennington Fund, including objectives, approach (e.g. mailed, email, phone), schedule, segmentation strategy, brief for appeal materials, and roles for volunteers
● Recruit and support committees, including the Parents Committee of the Pennington Fund, the Faculty Annual Fund Committee, and in collaboration with the Director of Alumni Relations, the Class Fund Directors
● Organize mailed appeals for the Pennington Fund, including data selection, drafting of letters and brochures, arranging for production, and mailing letters
● Set up and manage telephone campaigns, including data selection, drafting of scripts, recruitment and training of student and parent callers, producing materials, and collecting pledges and gifts
● Plan and implement the use of email and web-based fundraising methods
● Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Relations and other fundraising staff to ensure integration between individual and group approaches, including class reunion appeals
● Steward annual fund donors through recognition clubs and personalized acknowledgments for leadership, first-time, matching, and tribute gifts
● In collaboration with other staff, produce annual fund and donor recognition lists to appear in the School’s annual report and other publications, as appropriate
● In collaboration with other staff, develop and implement appropriate cultivation and stewardship events for annual fund donors
● Occasional evening and weekend work, including events for Pennington alumni, parents, and donors.
● Occasional writing for Pennington Magazine and other publications.
● Other duties as needed
● A bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years' previous fundraising experience
● Knowledge of school-related fundraising databases, particularly The Raiser’s Edge
● Understanding of how to use and analyze data
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly MSWord, Excel, and PowerPoint
● Practical knowledge of annual giving operations and experience increasing donor participation
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Experience creating and distributing direct mail packs and bulk email appeals
● Ability to work with a wide range of individuals
● Ability to create and implement a demanding timetable
● Initiative and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
● Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality
● Experience in independent school settings (particularly boarding schools) is highly desirable
● Proficiency with social media is highly desirable
Reporting to the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, the Director of Donor Engagement leads the communications efforts of the Office of Advancement and is the primary person responsible for content development of Office of Advancement communication pieces. The Director of Donor Engagement crafts compelling appeals, alumni-focused communications, proposals, and in-depth profiles about Pennington to help strengthen relationships throughout the community as well as strengthen the culture of philanthropy at the School.
● With the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, create a communications strategy that considers the needs of different constituencies (alumni according to graduating year, donors, parents, prospective donors and parents, volunteers, etc.)
● Serve as the primary liaison between the School’s Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Advancement to implement and coordinate consistency of messages, branding, and design
● Provide expertise and tactical support for alumni and parent relations and donor recognition communications to help engage volunteers, alumni, parents, and prospective donors
● Collaborate with the Director of the Pennington Fund and the Director of Major Gifts to develop compelling materials, including Pennington Fund appeals and thank yous, planned giving appeals, and giving proposals
● Provide content for the School’s bi-annual magazine by identifying story opportunities that support the School’s core values and fundraising priorities
● Collaborate with the Office of Communications and Marketing on the School’s Annual Report on Giving: write editorial, create visuals, and collect photography; gather lists of donors from relevant sources (Pennington Fund, Parents for Pennington, planned giving, scholarships, and Gifts in Kind)
● Participate in ongoing department-wide efforts such as Homecoming Weekend, Alumni Weekend, regional receptions, and other special events as needed
● Create and manage a system of prospect identification for grant requests to foundations
● Serve as project leader for developing proposals to foundations in support of School fundraising objectives, providing materials required for each grant submission
● Submit and track progress on foundation proposals
● Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
● Other duties as needed
● Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or a related field is required with 5+ years of professional experience, preferably in education;
● Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills; ability to write for both general and targeted audiences; understanding of how to inspire alumni, donors, and parents through compelling storytelling;
● Command of the English language including composition and grammar; a strong understanding of both the Associated Press and University of Chicago styles;
● Exceptional interpersonal communications skills (interviewing, speaking, listening, and understanding);
● Demonstrable skills in project management, including execution within deadlines and budget;
● Fluency with office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
● Proven ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals, both internal (senior leadership, faculty, and students) and external (freelancers, designers, photographers, and printers)
Reporting to the Director of the Pennington Fund, the Assistant Director of the Pennington Fund will be responsible for developing and managing student and young alumni philanthropy programs at The Pennington School. Under the supervision of the Director of the Pennington Fund, the Assistant Director will create a comprehensive plan to engage and solicit various constituent groups.
The Assistant Director will assist in developing and implementing a major reunion giving program for all alumni and work as a key contributor of the Pennington Fund team responsible for helping to maintain a complete annual calendar of print and digital solicitation and stewardship campaigns.
- Student Phonathon
- Work with faculty members to help recruit current students for phonathon program
- With the help of Director of the Pennington Fund, create training program for student callers
- Develop incentive program to help motivate student callers and keep them engaged
- Process phonathon data daily
- Student Philanthropy
- Develop and manage a program to encourage understanding of philanthropy among students on campus
- Set achievable goals for student philanthropy
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to recruit and train student leaders to form committee
- Advise and mentor committee members on philanthropy
- Create a calendar of events on educating students about philanthropy alongside committee
- Report weekly giving statistics
- Young Alumni Philanthropy
- Develop and manage a young alumni engagement and solicitation plan
- Recruit and manage alumni volunteers to increase alumni donor participation
- Develop and manage a young alumni marketing campaign for Giving Tuesday and Pennington Giving Day
- Develop and manage a young alumni donor stewardship program
- Report on data and trends for young alumni giving
- Reunion Giving
- With assistance from colleagues in Alumni and Development, identify and recruit volunteers for the major reunion giving program
- Maintain reunion giving records for alumni classes and for quinquennial reunions
- Assist with training of reunion giving volunteers
- Provide progress updates and reports to reunion volunteers
- Occasional evening and weekend work, including events for Pennington alumni, parents, and donors
- Occasional writing for Pennington Magazine and other publications
- Other duties as requested
- A bachelor's degree with 1-3 years previous fundraising experience
- Knowledge of school-related fundraising databases, particularly The Raiser’s Edge
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Practical knowledge of annual giving operations and experience increasing donor participation
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work with a wide range of individuals
- Ability to create and implement a demanding timetable
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality
- Experience in independent school settings (particularly boarding schools) is highly desirable
- Proficiency with social media is highly desirable