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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. 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 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 54-acre campus in Pennington, New Jersey. Not all buildings on campus have elevators.

Opportunities

Director of Summer Programs

The Pennington School seeks a Director of Summer Programs for the development, implementation, and execution of a comprehensive summer program for continued sustained growth. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the director of this revenue-producing program should lead with an entrepreneurial spirit and be part of our School’s strategic initiative to provide individuals with opportunities to explore their passions and interests outside of the classroom. We strive to provide programming for our current students while also creating an opportunity to introduce prospective families and the community to the breadth of our offerings.

Dedicated to educating a diverse student population for nearly two centuries, we are one of America’s oldest private schools. Our 54-acre suburban campus is located in the heart of Pennington, NJ, midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Our campus consists of academic buildings with classrooms that have been updated as of 2016 with state-of-the-art learning and technology tools; three student residential buildings with eighty dormitory rooms; sports facilities that include an aquatic center with an indoor pool, wellness center, numerous sports fields, artificial turf field, track, and outdoor tennis courts; a campus center with a snack bar and school store; and a full health center. In addition, our arts and academic spaces are home to a “black box” theater, a Makerspace fully equipped with tools for engineering, and more.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement, and manage a long-term strategic plan for summer programs that aligns with Pennington’s mission and strategic priorities
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders (including administration and faculty) to ensure that key programs include Pennington faculty as well as outside groups and that all programs are aligned with TPS strategic priorities
  • Explore new opportunities to expand on current programs in order to achieve institutional objectives for revenue-producing auxiliary programs
  • Oversee and manage all summer programs and employees
  • Oversee use of the campus and all facilities for summer programs and collaborate with key School administrators on prioritization
  • Develop and oversee a clearly defined risk-management plan that summer programs follow
  • Collaborate with internal and external constituents to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy that is aligned with admission objectives and goals, including proper School branding
  • Work in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure proper compliance, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and development of summer program staff
  • Ensure knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory policies, rules, and guidelines for summer programs

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and 5‒7 years of previous and related experience in an educational setting; advanced degree preferred
  • Prior success with creating innovative ideas for summer programming
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Strong leadership abilities, management and organizational skills
  • Familiarity/experience working in an independent school setting preferred
  • Coursework in/knowledge of risk management required
  • CPR/First Aid certification required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word

Other Duties:

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive operating budget for the program, including fee schedules and expenditure controls
  • Collaborate with appropriate staff on the scheduling of classroom, fields, facilities, dorms, dining, and activities
  • Establish procedures for handling all student and parent inquiries and information, including health and behavioral issues, keeping in close communication with School administration
  • Continually assess the overall program to see if there are any changes that need to be made for optimum functioning
  • Attend programs and events best aligned to promote The Pennington School’s summer programs and camps

This position is full-time, twelve (12) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements by email to: employment@pennington.org.


College Guidance Counselor for Cervone Center for Learning

The Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning is seeking a full-time College Guidance Counselor. The Cervone Center College Guidance Counselor is responsible for all aspects of the college guidance process for students with documented learning disabilities. At The Pennington School, the college guidance process begins in ninth grade with various activities that culminate in the official guidance counselor assignment in winter of the junior year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help students develop individualized college lists that take into account their own interests and talents, as well as accommodations needs and possible support needs
  • Support students and their families in completing all aspects of the college application process with the goal of helping students to gain acceptance to a college or university that well suits the individual’s various interests, attributes, needs, and goals
  • Meet one-on-one with students and parents during college guidance process
  • Make presentations about the college guidance process to groups of parents, with specific focus on applying to college with documented learning disabilities

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s level certification preferred
  • 3 or more years of experience in either a college/university admissions office, high school college guidance office or related placement office strongly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills
  • Candidates must possess an understanding of and appreciation for the needs of students with learning disabilities.
  • Candidates with experience working in or who have attended an independent school are recommended to apply.

Other Duties:

  • The position may also include teaching responsibilities and/or after school coaching or activities.


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.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements by email to: jprockop@pennington.org.