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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

Library Assistant

The Pennington School is seeking a Library Assistant for the Meckler Library. The responsibilities for this position involve assisting in day-to-day library activities including, but not limited to, supervising students; providing on-the-fly technology assistance and research support; checking out, processing, and shelving materials; locating missing items; 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 a bachelor’s degree and experience working with online resources (databases, online catalog, electronic books); computer literacy is a plus.  Candidates 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 and Springshare’s LibGuides is desired.

This position is part-time, ten (10) months per year, 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.

Teacher of Compensatory Skills

The Pennington School's Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning is seeking an individual to fill the position of Teacher of Compensatory Skills (CS) 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.

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

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business is required
  • 5+ 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

Teacher of Middle School Science (Leave Replacement)

The Pennington School is seeking a temporary Middle School science teacher for the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the field of science and proven success teaching students in grades six to eight.

Essential Duties:

  • Teach students in courses including, but not limited to, eighth-grade physical science
  • 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
  • Demonstrate warmth, collegiality, humor, and industry in interactions with students and colleagues

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of science
  • An advanced degree and/or independent school experience is a plus
  • Proven success in teaching students in grades six to eight
  • The ability to implement and help create a highly engaging, interactive, experiential science program is a must.
  • Ability to use technology to enhance teaching and learning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a range of learning styles
  • Experience/willingness to lead extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors

Other requirements:

  • Additional responsibilities for this position include taking on an advisory role for a small group of students, as well as teaching an elective, leading a club, or coaching a team
  • Attendance at school events that may include occasional weekends and evenings is also required, including (but not limited to) one-night annual fall Retreat, Admission Open House, chaperoning a dance, and Back to School Night.  

This position is a temporary, full-time position for the period of mid-August 2019 to late January 2020.  The position is exempt from overtime and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.

The candidate is required to be fingerprinted and receive successful approval from a criminal background check with the State of New Jersey Department of Education. 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.

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.

The Pennington School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.