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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

Dean of Faculty

The Pennington School is seeking applications for the position of Dean of Faculty to take effect July 1, 2019.

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.

Reporting directly to the Headmaster, the Dean of Faculty oversees and supervises approximately 90 full- and part-time faculty members to maintain congruency between the School’s 6-12 vision and all academic and non-academic activities. The Dean of Faculty, along with other members of the administrative leadership team, helps to lead the consistent operation of the Upper School and oversees the success and wellness of students by working closely with teachers and administration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Establish and maintain programs for the orientation of new teachers, for professional development training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers throughout the organization
• Work closely with Human Resources on the overall recruitment strategy for the School, ensure the program is aligned for specific needs of the faculty and School vision, make recommendations regarding the recruitment, hiring, retention, and the assignment of faculty
• Ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to School policies in all areas of the School’s operation; work in conjunction with HR to assure compliance with all state and federal laws and requirements
• Oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs in their roles as faculty supervisors, evaluators, and coordinators of professional development
• Oversee the faculty advisors of various student organizations and activities
• Conduct regular meetings with faculty and with the department chairs (in collaboration with the Dean of Academic Affairs) to address both routine School matters and to allow the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern
• Help coordinate the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the School (in collaboration with the Assistant Head for Community Life)
• Serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general School procedures
• Actively engage with NJAIS/NAIS and other professional organizations devoted to instruction and evaluation
• Attend and present at on-campus events, especially events directed at prospective families
• Teach an academic class and/or coach
• Support the School and its leadership

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in education or related field is required.
  • 7-10 years of experience in an educational administrative position is strongly preferred.
  • Strong peer leadership and mentoring skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Familiarity with independent school administrative systems, procedures, and practices
  • 5-10 years of experience working with or teaching students, particularly in independent, day/ boarding, college, or college preparatory settings
  • Occasional travel to meet with various School constituents and occasional work during evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals, both students and adults
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively

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.

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.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements by email to: employment@pennington.org.The Pennington School is an equal opportunity employer.

Head of Middle School

The Pennington School seeks a Head of Middle School who is responsible for the creation, evaluation, and strategic planning of the middle school experience for students and faculty in a way that meets the mission and vision of the School. Reporting to the Headmaster as a member of the Administrative Leadership Team, the Head of Middle School is responsible for setting the proper tone, establishing a middle school culture, and providing meaningful pathways in which faculty and students alike are able and willing to become their better selves and pursue individual excellence.

The Head of Middle School acts in a supervisory role to the Middle School faculty to ensure individual student growth in academic and non-academic programs. The Head of Middle School works with the Middle School Dean of Students and grade-level Class Deans, as well as the rest of the Middle School faculty, to ensure the academic curriculum is one that best meets student needs and prepares them for high school. The Head of Middle School is also responsible for encouraging teachers to seek professional development opportunities that meet their needs and professional goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for oversight of the Middle School’s academic program
  • Supervise and evaluate the Middle School faculty and staff and provide constructive feedback as well as professional growth opportunities
  • Maintain a healthy, welcoming, open, collaborative School environment for students, faculty, staff, and families
  • Reviews and creates Middle School curriculum and programming
  • Develops and manages Middle School budget; responsible for the business of Middle School
  • In collaboration with the Dean of Faculty, responsible for hiring Middle School faculty
  • Assists with academic and non-academic Middle School faculty assignments
  • Advises the Middle School Dean of Students on major discipline cases
  • Facilitates Middle School faculty meetings
  • Constructs and implements annual Middle School schedule to meet faculty and student needs
  • Oversees the Middle School Class Deans
  • Serves as the link to the administrative team and Upper School and departmental leadership
  • Maintains Middle School text contained in the annual Student/Parent Handbook
  • Provides annual summary to the Board of Trustees
  • Participates in the Middle School admission process: conducts information sessions; makes admission decisions; attends all admission events
  • Works closely with fellow administrators to coordinate efforts with regard to events, programs, and experiences
  • Ensures facilities are conducive to learning
  • Administers and evaluates math placement tests for incoming students
  • Performs other duties as assigned by and in support of the Headmaster
  • Responsible for facilitating communication on behalf of the Middle School to the parent community; specific items include but are not limited to hosting parent coffees and webinars, a weekly email publication, and Pennington Postings
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders (including administration and faculty) to ensure that key programs are aligned with TPS strategic priorities
  • Oversee use of the campus and all facilities for Middle School programs and collaborate with key School administrators on prioritization
  • Develop and oversee a clearly defined risk-management plan for Middle School
  • Work in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure proper compliance, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and development of the Middle School faculty and staff
  • Ensure knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory policies, rules, and guidelines for Middle School programs
  • Support the School’s mission and culture

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree is required with a preference in school leadership or education
  • Minimum of 5-plus years of independent school teaching experience
  • Possess an appreciation and understanding for the developmental age and stage of middle school development
  • Have the ability to evaluate and support faculty professional development
  • Familiarity with Veracross, Schoology
  • Attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good sense of humor
  • Strong leadership abilities, management experience, and organizational skills
  • Coursework in/knowledge of risk management required

Other Duties:

  • Teach one or two classes and/or coach a MS sport
  • Advise students as needed
  • Speak at public events (especially community, parent association, and prospective family meetings)

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.

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.

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


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.


Teacher of Cervone Center Spanish

The Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning is seeking an individual to fill the position of Cervone Center Spanish teacher. The Cervone Center is a comprehensive program for students with diagnosed learning disabilities within a traditional college preparatory setting. Cervone Center Spanish I and Spanish II classes are adapted to provide access to language learning for students whose needs cannot be appropriately met in traditional world language classes. The focus of these courses is meaning-centered and instructional approaches must be multi-modal. Preferred candidates have experience teaching level I and level II Spanish, experience working with students with learning disabilities, and a background and experience that could form the foundation for additionally teaching study skills/learning support classes.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or Special Education; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience teaching students with learning disabilities
  • Native or bilingual language proficiency
  • Experience teaching study skills/learning strategies to middle and/or high school students
  • Knowledge of pedagogical strategies to teach languages to students with learning disabilities
  • Ability to adapt curricula to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities
  • 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

A full-time Cervone Center Spanish teaching position is usually composed of five 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.

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 Jo Prockop, director, Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning, at jprockop@pennington.org.

Upper School Teacher of English

The Pennington School seeks an Upper School teacher of English 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 a range of students in Upper School English courses that may include Introduction to Literary Forms and Critical Writing, American Identities, Perspectives in World Literature, AP English: Language and Composition, AP English: Literature and Composition, and English electives.
  • 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 at least three years of teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a variety 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. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements by email to employment@pennington.org.


Upper School Teacher of ESL/Mandarin

Upper School Teacher of ESL/Mandarin

The Pennington School seeks an Upper School Teacher of Mandarin and English as a Second Language to teach Mandarin and ESL classes in the Upper School and to collaborate with colleagues to strengthen English language instruction.

Essential Duties:

  • Teach Grade 11 and Grade 12 students first- and second-year Mandarin.
  • Support first- and second-year Pennington ESL students to manage course expectations, especially in language-rich courses.
  • Embrace student-centered teaching practices and backward design in curriculum planning.
  • Favor a linguistic communicative approach where permanent interactions promote higher proficiency levels of students.
  • Elicit individual excellence in every student, moving the student toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding.
  • Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with students and colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in education, either in language instruction or ESL instruction, with at least three years of teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; near-native fluency in Mandarin
  • Knowledge of Chinese-speaking cultures, preferably from experience living abroad
  • Ability to work with a variety 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.

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