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, and 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 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 525, of which 25% are boarding students. Located in Pennington, NJ, the campus is nestled on 55 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. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements at https://pennington.
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 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.
Summer Program Opportunities
We are currently seeking enthusiastic, engaging, and dedicated instructors and counselors to join the Pennington School’s 2021 summer programs team. Are you a teacher, college student, or expert in a particular field interested in working with students ages 8 to 16?
Summers @ Pennington is a fast-growing program with innovative camp experiences. We take great care of our campers with our tailored approach and our unique summer opportunities. We have a niche in providing meaningful programs for middle school-age children, including sports, arts, theatre, and STEM programs. Our vision is to instill a life-long love of learning and provide opportunities for students to grow as artists, athletes, and scholars, all while having fun! Our counselors and instructors are committed to developing individual excellence in each of our campers.
Summer program employees gain the opportunity of real-world, hands-on experience in a collegial, dynamic, and fun work environment. All summer camp positions are seasonal and take place over the summer months, generally from June to August. Most camps are day camps that run from Monday through Friday and are a week in duration. Camp hours are typically from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with additional set up and prep time, and hours may be amended/adjusted from time to time. Specific duties, schedules, and responsibilities shall be determined by the Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manage group of up to 20 campers, ages 9 to 15, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.;
- Integrate life skills/lessons into camp experience in a fun and innovative way;
- Demonstrate good interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills;
- Work to elicit individual excellence in every camper, moving the camper toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding;
- Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with campers and colleagues;
- Create a fun and experintial experience;
- Comply with all Summers @ Pennington policies and procedures.
- Current college experience at a minimum
- Prior experience working with children
- Strong desire to work with campers in a structured setting
- Strong interest in creating a fantastic summer experience for youth
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making
- Ability to motivate and manage groups of campers
- Ability to make independent decisions
- Qualified candidates must complete the required background check with the State of New Jersey Department of Education.