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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

Director of Health Services

The Pennington School seeks a Director of Health Services to oversee and deliver a complete school health program to our students and faculty in order to enhance the health and wellness of the day and boarding school community. Reporting to the Assistant Headmaster for Community Life, the health services director provides general and emergency medical treatments to students and employees, and makes referrals accordingly.

Responsibility includes the development and revision of Health Center policies and procedures in accordance to the mandates issued by NJDOH and/or NJ Department of Education. Decisions made by this employee require discretionary judgment and analysis. This position has 24-hour on-call availability while school is in session. Residential campus housing is available to the employee.

Essential job functions:

  • Supervise direct reports who support the day-to-day provision of clinical medical care and services
  • Provide medical care, minor or emergency, to students staff and visitors according to policy and serve as a health mentor for students
  • Administer student medications and medical tests as needed and issue health screenings as required
  • Maintain student health records and review records of students for immunizations to ensure all components of school health entrance requirements forms are completed
  • Collaborate with the athletic trainers and counselors for effective patient management
  • Communicate with parents, consultants, and faculty and staff when appropriate
  • Maintain monitoring of patient clinical areas and approve ordering of medical supplies and equipment
  • Manage the Health Center’s annual budget by monitoring its operational costs and medical inventory fees
  • Oversee the maintenance of the School’s medical emergency equipment including AEDs and Epipens and controlled substances
  • Oversee the approval of students’ health form requirements and other medical concerns
  • Perform annual evaluation of Health Center nursing staff, identifying areas for individual improvement as well as ways to improve the overall quality of health care for the community
  • Hold staff meetings and nurses’ competency training; manage payroll; and communicate regularly with staff nurses
  • Adjust scope of medical services to meet needs of students; review budget and suggest methods to enhance efficiency
  • Make appropriate referrals to counseling services
  • Work closely with employees in leadership positions at the School
  • Meet all federal and state reporting requirements for the health center and the school’s students
  • Maintain the School’s health services and reporting in accordance with the law
  • Faculty and staff training for blood pathogens etc.
  • Maintain School’s relationship with independent doctor.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a valid Registered Nurse (RN) license in New Jersey are required
  • Nurse Practitioner with a valid APN license in New Jersey is preferred
  • Certified in CPR, first aid, and AEDs
  • Experience as a school nurse in a public or private school setting is preferred
  • State licensing requirements must be met and maintained (e.g., child abuse and infection control)
  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with all constituents
  • Considerable knowledge of child growth and development
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting the delivery of school health services
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate services between the School, local health agency, and other community resources
  • Demonstration of genuine interest in the student population and its health needs
  • Comfort with communication and record-keeping via computer, including knowledge of software tools
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment and maintain confidentiality
  • Successful completion of a required background check with the State of New Jersey Department of Education

Exceptional organization, communication, and interpersonal skills are required for this position. The candidate must be capable of implementing and following standards, policies, and procedures. Must have a strong desire to work with adolescents and the ability to make independent decisions.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and current New Jersey Licenses by email to employment@pennington.org.

The Pennington School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Digital Media Marketing Associate

The Pennington School seeks an experienced Digital Media Marketing Associate, reporting to the School’s Director of Communications and Marketing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with all publications and media relations needs, including website content creation and updates, press releases, writing for printed magazines and brochures
  • Produce video for website, social media, and special events and projects
  • Photograph School daily life and all special events (some evenings and weekends are required)
  • Enthusiastically promote The Pennington School to prospective families and help to develop community and institutional support by advancing both the mission and the goals of the School
  • Source promotional items as needed

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications or a related subject area
  • Minimum 3–5 years of experience within an agency, a multimedia setting, or a school
  • Strong videography and photography skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong editing and proofreading ability
  • Fluency in social media content production and analytics, including Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and more
  • Website skills, including knowledge of HTML
  • Self-starter with a willingness to pitch in where needed
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent skills in PhotoShop, FinalCut Pro; proficiency in InDesign, Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work on a wide range of projects simultaneously
  • Good sense of humor
  • Graphic design experience is a plus

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.

Library Assistant

The Pennington School is seeking a part-time (10-month) Library Assistant for the Meckler Library. The responsibilities for this position involve assisting in day-to-day library activities including, but not limited to, checking out, processing, and shelving materials; locating missing items; supervising students visiting the space; handling circulation duties such as reports and overdue notices; managing periodical subscriptions; and creating displays.

The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with students and adults; excellent oral and written communication skills; organizational aptitude, with attention to detail; capacity to encourage an atmosphere that is welcoming to students and conducive to study; commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community; good customer-service skills; and willingness to keep up with changing technologies.

Candidates must have experience working with online resources (databases, online catalog, electronic books), and computer literacy is a plus. Candidate must be able to handle physical tasks associated with maintaining books and equipment, carrying boxes of paper, carrying and shelving books, and pushing book carts. School library experience is preferable, and experience with Follett’s Destiny is desired.

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. The Pennington School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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.


Administrative Assistant, College Guidance

The Pennington School is seeking applications for the position of Administrative Assistant to College Guidance. The Administrative Assistant will provide a full range of administrative support to students, families and faculty with the college guidance process.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with college/university admission representatives to develop the college/university visitation schedule.
  • Assists with correspondence to parents, students, and other constituencies.
  • Attends and assists with all College Guidance–related programs for parents and students.
  • Supports faculty with the electronic or written submission of student recommendations.
  • Reviews secondary school reports and assists with the organizing and mailing of completed applications to colleges and universities.
  • Assists with administration of the PSAT and AP exams.
  • Maintains the college catalog, college information, summer opportunity, and scholarship files.
  • Serves as the primary contact for all college admission representatives in preparation for the Princeton Independent College Fair held during the month of April. Handles all administrative duties for the fair, including invitations and event details.
  • Schedules student and parent appointments to meet with the Director of College Guidance and his/her staff as needed.
  • Maintains/updates junior and senior files stored in the College Guidance office and is responsible for purging those files as needed.
  • Assists the Registrar and Dean of Academic Affairs as needed; supports the coordinator of the School’s Horizon Program.
  • Provides phone coverage for the main School phone line and for overflow backup.
  • Maintains College Guidance bulletin board.
  • Maintains Calendar of Director and Associate Director of College Guidance, mainly scheduling student and parent appointments.
  • Announces college visits on Twitter, daily, during the fall.
  • Works with the Communications Department to have College Guidance parent events announced in Pennington Postings.
  • Coordinates and executes mass mailings throughout the year, including grades sent to colleges and letters and postcards sent to Pennington families.
  • Assists AP coordinator, including securing rooms and proctors for testing and tracking hours for proctors.
  • Supports the coordinator of the School’s Horizon Program as needed, including mapping out layout of fair, maintaining internship information for each senior, securing seminar leaders and presentation group facilitators, working with Registrar to secure locations for presentations, and working with Operations for fair set-up, and with outside vendors for decorations for the fair.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, along with three or more years of administrative assistant experience, preferably at an independent school or college/university. The position requires exceptional interpersonal and organizational ability, along with professional judgment, discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality

Strong technical skills and advanced proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software are required. The successful candidate will be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications and preferably with Veracross and Naviance software. A solid level of IT literacy and the ability to troubleshoot basic technical issues and adapt to future technology advances and changes are essential.

Initiative and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are necessary skills. Work on evenings and weekends may be required, at times. The ideal candidate will support the administrative offices with phone, mail, and administrative coverage as needed, and will represent The Pennington School in a positive manner to all constituents.

This position, located at our 54-acre Pennington, NJ, campus, and is full-time with benefits, working ten months from mid-August through mid-June annually. 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.

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.