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

Opportunities

Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will perform a variety of routine and non-routine accounting functions with a focus on the School’s general ledger, preparing and processing semi-monthly and bi-weekly payrolls, and preparing bank reconciliations. As a member of the Business Office, reporting to the Controller, the Staff Accountant is also expected to support other members of the department, assisting them where needed, and be willing to undertake unexpected or unplanned projects.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Accounting:

  • Prepare month-end and quarter-end journal entries

  • Ensure accurate recording of fund, accounts, and project numbers

  • Create new project codes as directed and maintain current record-keeping

  • Monitor student spending and petty cash accounts on a weekly basis

  • Monitor temporarily restricted assets, ensuring that gifts are recorded and disbursed in accordance with donor stipulations

Reconciliations:

  • Prepare bank reconciliations on a monthly basis for all of the School’s bank accounts except the payroll and accounts payable accounts

  • Prepare monthly reconciliation on the School’s FSA/HSA accounts and perform transaction journals in the GL

  • Resolve any reconciliation differences on a timely basis

Audit and Reporting:

  • Prepare work papers and reconciliations for the School’s annual audit;

  • Prepare Summer Programs analysis on a yearly basis

  • Prepare reports requested by the Board of Trustees or as required for regulatory filings

Payroll:

  • Prepare and process the semi-monthly and biweekly payrolls and associated journal entries, resolving discrepancies and addressing employee questions

  • Prepare analyses of changes to semi-monthly and biweekly payrolls

  • Works with Director of Human Resources and the Director of Summer Programs to coordinate payroll items including new hires, changes, and terminations

  • Process and approve the submission of payroll hours; work with department managers on time and attendance issues and procedures to verify for accuracy

  • Prepare and distribute year-end W2s and payroll updates

  • Reconcile payroll deductions against invoices

  • Prepare payroll reports for the Controller and CFO as required

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business is required

  • 2+ years of accounting experience

  • Strong computer skills including solid experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products. Must have intermediate-advanced level Excel skills

  • Extensive experience with accounting and payroll systems and processes

  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail

  • Ability to handle confidential financial and organizational information with integrity

  • Willingness to advance the technology of the scope of work and learn new concepts

  • Ability to provide service in a pleasant, helpful, and effective manner

  • Ability to prioritize and use time efficiently

  • Ability to identify and resolve issues in a timely manner

  • Service-oriented problem-solver who is able to successfully communicate and work with a diverse group of individuals in an educational environment with a strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Other Duties:

  • Become familiar with other areas of the Business Office, such as Accounts Receivable or Accounts Payable, in order to be able to support other members of the department

  • Attend some School functions as required by the Headmaster or CFO

  • Undertake professional development opportunities as approved by the Controller

  • Be prepared to work extra hours, including occasional evening or weekend hours, in order to prepare for the School’s annual audit, attend School events, and as otherwise required

  • Maintain historical records, while generating suggestions for improving current processes

This position is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position working daily, Monday through Friday. The employee must be available for overtime as needed for School events and projects.

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


 

Director of Donor Engagement

Reporting to the Director of Development, 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.  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

●      With the Director of Development, 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

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

●      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)

                  

Assistant Director of the Pennington Fund

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.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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