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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.

Current Openings

Upper School History Teacher

The Pennington School seeks an Upper School history teacher to teach classes in grades 9-12, collaborate with colleagues to strengthen interdisciplinary instruction (especially with English, arts departments), and facilitate other experiences for student enrichment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach core courses in ninth-grade world history and tenth-grade United States history, as well as social studies and/or history semester electives, as assigned
  • Academic advisor to a group of 6-8 students per year
  • Must be willing to embrace, or have experience with, teaching in a student-centered learning environment
  • Work to 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
  • Coach a sport and/or supervise a student club for two seasons per year

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.A. in history or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Three years of high school teaching experience; independent school experience is preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a range of learning styles
  • Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors
  • Coaching experience is a plus

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to embrace, or have experience in, teaching a skills-based curriculum, with an emphasis on historical thinking and writing
  • Interest in using the study of history as a dialogue to foster discussion about contemporary events or School-wide goals, such as social justice
  • Work with a mentor through a formal teacher development program
  • Support and promote the School’s vision and mission, including its initiatives in diversity and inclusion
  • Must be collaborative in nature, with a willingness to work closely with a cohort of educators focused on teaching core courses

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.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Cervone Center Communications Skills Teacher

The Pennington School's Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning is seeking an individual to fill the position of Communication Skills (CS) teacher for the coming academic year.

The Cervone Center for Learning is a comprehensive program for students with diagnosed learning disabilities within a traditional college preparatory setting. CS teachers work on a one-to-one basis with students both to help them build on their academic strengths and to minimize the impact of skills weaknesses associated with their specific learning difficulties. A full-time teaching position is usually composed of five to six 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.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Requirements for the position of CS teacher include a desire to work with middle- and high-school-age students with a focus on individual needs; a belief that all students can learn if given appropriate services, supports and accommodations; and a commitment to continued professional development. An understanding of the specific needs of students with learning disabilities is especially helpful, and a background in education as well as experience working with students with disabilities is desirable. The Pennington School is an independent school and, as such, does not require certification as a requisite for obtaining a faculty position. At minimum, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to Jo Prockop, director, Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning, at jprockop@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Teacher of Music

The Pennington School seeks a Teacher of Music to perform duties that include teaching music classes and directing choral groups in both the Upper and Middle Schools, as well as facilitating other music-related experiences for the School.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach current courses including, but not limited to, Chorus, Middle School Percussion and Voice, Upper School Music Composition, Drums and Marimba, and Rhythm of the Sacred
  • Serve as Musical Director for the Winter Musical, which requires strong keyboard skills
  • Build and maintain a positive, collaborative, and productive relationship with the instrumental music teacher, drama teachers, and the School chaplain
  • Spend some night and weekend time in rehearsals, directing The Pennington Singers, coaching individual musicians, co-directing two School concerts each year, and preparing students to perform choral music for the annual Lesson and Carols Service in December.
  • Organize and manage a budget shared with the instrumental music teacher

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.M. in Vocal Studies or a B.M. in Music Education with a vocal emphasis
  • Ability to speak and sing well, with confidence
  • Experience overseeing large groups of students
  • Experience in Broadway singing-style coaching
  • Experience working as a musician or musical director, with or for professional artists
  • A master’s degree and independent school experience are preferred.

Other requirements:

  • Willingness to work with other faculty members in the Arts Department and other departments to broaden the scope of music on campus
  • Ability to be flexible and creative with time and rehearsal schedules
  • Interest in using music as a vehicle to foster discussion about current news events or School-wide goals

  • Ability to make use of connections to the professional music world

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.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Upper School Science Teacher

Upper School Science Teacher

The Pennington School seeks an Upper School science teacher to teach classes in grades 9-12, collaborate with colleagues to strengthen interdisciplinary instruction, and facilitate other experiences for student enrichment in STEM-related activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach students in courses including , but not limited to, physics, astronomy, and robotics
  • Embrace student-centered teaching practices and backward design in curriculum planning
  • Work to 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 physics or related subject area, with a master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of three years of high school teaching experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a range of learning styles
  • Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors
  • Coaching experience is a plus

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 Librarian

A Pennington School librarian actively serves students and faculty members to support their information needs. The librarians work with all academic departments in a team-taught program of library research, information literacy and technology skills. The ideal candidate possesses a student-centered nature with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, curiosity, a love of learning, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Upper School Instruction and Curricular Support
  • Collaborates with teachers to design and teach, engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple ways of learning and foster critical thinking
  • Provides relevant embedded instruction in research and citation skills
  • Offers assistance to faculty members in the selection of both information and technological instruction materials
  • Assists students with the development of information literacy skills
  • Teaches basic technology skills to students and answers basic technology and digital citizenship-related inquiries

Library Outreach

  • Is a visible and active member of the School community who constantly seeks new and inventive ways to bring members of the School community to the library, and also brings the library to the community-- cultivating an environment of innovation, accessibility and advocacy
  • Promotes the library through contests, book displays, clubs, etc.
  • Introduces and familiarizes faculty members and students with the latest in information technology resources and encourages the ethical and judicious use of these resources
  • Enjoys working in a team environment and collaborating with others
  • Works with academic departments to develop the integration of technology into the curriculum
  • Provides professional development for faculty members in the use of information and digital literacy tools, offering workshops and individual guidance
  • Maintains a current awareness of young adult literature and services, as well as professional trends, methods, and ethics
  • Works collaboratively to design, develop, and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information
  • Takes an active part in the life of the School community

Supervision

  • Supervises and assists students during study halls and mid-morning breaks as well as covering Upper School classes when substitute coverage is needed
  • Implements and interprets library policy and procedures for students, faculty, and staff
  • Assists in the maintenance of a friendly environment, conducive to learning
  • In coordination with the other librarians, responsible for opening and closing the library, with a rotating schedule

Library Operations

  • Assists in collection development and management of: books, databases, periodicals, e-books, and other resources
  • Catalogs materials
  • Helps to maintain Upper School LibGuides
  • Coordinates student, faculty, and staff requests and provides access to resources within and beyond the School
  • Performs circulation desk duties, readers’ advisory, and reference services for students, faculty members, and staff
  • Maintains a library environment that is attractive, inviting, and conducive to learning; monitors and maintains acceptable student behavior
  • Promotes the principles of intellectual freedom by providing services and resources that create and sustain an atmosphere of free inquiry

Professional

  • Maintains active membership in professional associations
  • Participates in professional activities, organizations, conferences, and committees for both the library and educational communities
  • Keeps current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to the library program and the School as a whole through the development of a Professional Learning Network (PLN)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters in Library and Information Science or similar advanced degree from an accredited institution, or currently enrolled in an MLIS program
  • Demonstrated understanding of information needs of high school students
  • Familiarity with the concepts and goals of information literacy
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies as they relate to information literacy and library services
  • Experience teaching in an academic environment, preferably high school students

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

Upper School French Teacher (Leave Replacement)

The Pennington School seeks a full-time French teacher for the Upper School to join our faculty on a leave replacement basis from September of 2018 to January of 2019. This position includes teaching 4 sections of French from levels 1 to 4.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach a range of students in the Upper School French courses from level 1 to 4 following a curriculum guide
  • Ability to teach a Latin class in the Upper School (preferred but not required)
  • Embrace student-centered teaching practices
  • Favor a linguistic communicative approach where permanent interactions promote higher proficiency levels of students
  • Work to elicit individual excellence in every student, moving the student toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding
  • Commitment to working in and fostering The Pennington School community
  • Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with students and colleagues

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A degree in French or related subject area, with at least two years experience teaching French as a foreign language
  • Native or near-native fluency proficiency in French
  • Knowledge of French-speaking cultures, preferably from experience living abroad
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both French and English
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning styles
  • Experience integrating technology into the French curriculum
  • Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors

This is a 4-5 month leave replacement position, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees, subject to the terms of each plan.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.


Upper School Spanish Teacher (Leave Replacement)

The Pennington School seeks a full-time Spanish teacher for the Upper School to join our faculty on a leave replacement basis from September to December of 2018. This position includes teaching 5 sections of Spanish from levels 1 to 3.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach a range of students in the Upper School Spanish courses from level 1 to 3 following a curriculum guide.
  • Embracing student-centered teaching practices
  • Favoring a linguistic communicative approach where permanent interactions promote higher proficiency levels of students.
  • Work to elicit individual excellence in every student, moving the student toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding.
  • Commitment to working in and fostering The Pennington School community
  • Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with students and colleagues.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A degree in Spanish or related subject area, with at least two years of teaching Spanish as a foreign language experience preferred.
  • Native or near native fluency proficiency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures preferably from experience living abroad.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English.
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning styles
  • Experience integrating technology into the Spanish curriculum.
  • Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors

This is a 4-5 month leave replacement position, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees, subject to the terms of each plan.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and résumé, including compensation requirements, to employment@pennington.org or The Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534. No phone calls, please.

Facilities Manager

The Pennington School is seeking a Facilities Manager, reporting directly to the Director of Operations, to work closely with our team of maintenance, grounds, and operations employees in the supervision and management of operations including electrical, HVAC, plumbing, water treatment, and mechanical systems; general facility maintenance for corrective, emergency maintenance, and preventive maintenance work; grounds maintenance; set-ups; and other assigned maintenance operations. Other assigned operations may encompass building renovations, government compliance, HVAC control systems, chiller maintenance, space planning, and special projects.

This position also includes assisting the Director with the development and management of associated budgets as well as asset and supply inventories.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate facility maintenance work, including HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, painting, construction/renovation, grounds, and general building maintenance.
  • Perform work duties as a hands-on member of the team while supervising staff for the above-mentioned work.
  • Maintain staffing requirements and the scheduling of work.
  • Tour and inspect the facility for the purpose of coordinating quality assurance in maintenance operations to include work-order follow-up and preventive maintenance operations.
  • Assist in the preparation and management of an annual budget for building maintenance.
  • Formulate and manage preventive maintenance program for all building systems and equipment, ensuring that the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is kept operational and current to include all associated data basis and report functions.
  • Implement and keep current a cost-effective and efficient maintenance program for the facility and grounds (including vehicles), which includes but is not limited to corrective work, emergency work, and preventive maintenance.
  • Supervise the procurement and maintenance of equipment.
  • Support all campus events and activities and ensure the facility meets the required needs for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Duties

As an essential employee, the candidate must be available 24/7 for emergencies or scheduled work, including weekends and holidays, in all weather conditions. The candidate must be available for overtime and on-call hours, including weekends and holidays.

Qualification Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a technical degree and a minimum of three-plus years of supervisory experience. Essential skills and advanced knowledge in building operations, preventive maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical and fire systems is required, along with a Black Seal certification. Candidates must be able to work effectively with people and to prioritize multiple projects.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds (over 50 pounds must use the aid of a hand truck or get assistance) and move light furniture.
  • Ability to stand on one’s feet for a long period of time, bend, and do extensive walking.
  • Ability to push and pull, climb and descend ladder to 8‒10 feet or higher.

Groundskeeper

The Pennington School is seeking a Groundskeeper to work closely with our team of maintenance and operations technicians to carry out the following responsibilities: grass cutting; maintenance of shrubbery, flower beds, and trees through cutting, pruning, planting, and fertilizing; clearing walkways and parking lots of snow and ice; painting or performing minor repairs on pavements, fences, athletic fields, walls, and other exterior areas; operating and performing minor repairs on grounds equipment.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Remove snow from sidewalks and courtyards, parking lots, and roads using shovels and plows.
  • Clean sidewalks, entrances, courtyards, and roads using brooms and power sweepers.
  • When required, assist in chemical cleaning and/or pressure washing of sidewalks or building surfaces to remove stains and graffiti.
  • Weed, prune, trim, mulch, and generally maintain gardens, shrubs, and trees on the grounds of the facility.
  • Mow, fertilize, and water lawns, shrubs, and trees as required.
  • Perform seasonal grounds duties including leaf removal, mulch replacement, and snow and ice removal.
  • Maintain lawns and lining of athletic fields.
  • Remove litter on campus.
  • Perform landscaping tasks, including installation of brick pavers, repair of sidewalks, fences, signs, parking lots, roads, retaining walls, fencing, etc.
  • Prepare and maintain school buses; prepare for daily use and required state inspections.
  • Perform assorted tasks in preparation for school events, including setting up chairs and tables, moving furniture and equipment, etc.
  • Repair and maintain equipment during off-seasons and during inclement weather.
  • Perform other duties as necessary or as assigned by supervisor or management.

Status and Scope

The position reports to the Grounds Supervisor; candidates must have knowledge of groundskeeping equipment and proper horticultural techniques. The ideal candidate will have experience in operating snow plows, backhoes, and other assorted grounds-maintenance equipment. Must be a self-starter and work well in a team or alone, in all weather conditions. The candidate must be available for overtime and on-call hours, including weekends and holidays.

Qualification Requirements

  • High school education is required. Other coursework in proper horticultural techniques used in groundskeeping experience is required.
  • The candidate is required to obtain/maintain a commercial driver license (“CDL”) with the required school bus endorsements and, as such, shall be subject to drug and alcohol testing pursuant to federal law.
  • Additional desirable skills and experience include the repair and maintenance of grounds equipment and maintenance of irrigation systems. Experience with carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, electrical, A/V, etc. is desired.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Must be able to operate heavy grounds equipment, light grounds equipment, power equipment, school vehicles.
  • Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent bending, pushing, reaching, climbing, and walking.

Security Officer (Part-Time)

We are currently seeking a part-time Security Officer responsible for the safety and security of our campus. Under general supervision, the employee:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Patrols grounds, parking lots, buildings, and properties
  • Directs traffic and enforces parking regulations
  • Investigates and reports incidents that arise; observes and reports hazards and maintenance needs
  • Performs foot-patrol duties and documents patrol activities on a daily basis
  • Opens and closes buildings/facilities per hours of operation as directed
  • Must be available for overtime and on-call hours, including weekend and special events.
  • Writes complete and legible investigative reports
  • Fosters positive working relationships with all departments and students on campus
  • Works with local police/fire and EMS agencies as required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in law enforcement or related field, preferably in a school setting or environment
  • Current and valid DMV record

Hours for this part-time position are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Candidates with a desire to work a reduced work schedule as listed above may be considered.

This position is located at our 54-acre Pennington, NJ, campus. 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.