Employment

Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, grades 3 through 12, college preparatory day school, is located in Danbury, Connecticut. Wooster School stands on a firm foundation of teaching, learning, and community values. While our strong community traditions of self‐help and relationship building have long been recognized as strengths, our more recent commitment to innovative approaches to thinking, skill‐building, and the development of dispositions have the potential to push us into position as a regional school of choice for families who recognize that learning how to think, to learn, and to create relationships will be key to the success and fulfillment of our students in the 21st Century and beyond. We are a school of thinkers, learners, and creators. By combining tradition, innovation, and the power of relationships, Wooster produces curious, capable and compassionate young people with the skills and dispositions to be successful and fulfilled in college, and in life.

Controller

Wooster School seeks a full-time Controller for its Business Office. The Business Office consists of three full time professionals: a Bursar, Controller, and CFO. The office utilizes Blackbaud Accounting software. The office administers an operating budget of approximately $10.5 million and works on a broad range of operational issues that expands the scope of the department’s responsibilities broadly beyond the general ledger, A/P, A/R, payroll and benefits. A sampling of these includes:

  • Responsibility for managing the daily activities of the Maintenance Department
  • Planning and managing all capital and construction projects.
  • Administering Faculty and Staff safety and best practices training.
  • Strategic Modeling and Planning for the Head of School and Board of Trustees.

In addition to possessing a strong accounting background, the successful candidate will be an individual that wishes to grow their career in independent school operations and business affairs. They will have the curiosity and motivation to expand their duties into leadership areas. They will also have a desire to leverage technology to help Wooster’s Business Office to be more efficient and seamlessly integrated into the school.

The Controller is a salaried position and reports directly to the CFO. The primary duty of this position is to be responsible for the school’s financial reporting system to ensure that Wooster’s general ledger is accurate, current and maintained in accordance with GAAP and best practice. Secondary duties include administration of accounts payable and payroll.

It should be noted that in a Business Office of this size where the professionals work closely, and cross support and train, the office is dynamic in responding to changes in structure to accommodate the needs of the school and the interests and talents of team members.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reconciliations, Journal Entries, Audits and Financial Reports
  • Record all the school’s financial transactions in a timely manner for accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash receipts, payroll, cash, gift entry, release from restriction entries and transfers.
  • Reconcile all bank and investment accounts monthly
  • Reconcile all giving monthly
  • Responsible for all journal entries
  • Support CFO in preparation of monthly and quarterly reports
  • Support Auditor and Audit Committee in annual audit, Form 990 and 5500 filing
  • Maintain Investment Summary, Unitization of Endowment and Quasi Endowment Funds, G&A Allocation and temporary restricted giving/net asset schedules
Accounts Payable and Budgets
  • Manage Accounts payable process.
  • Manage departmental budgets and reporting to departments and the Head of School.
Payroll, Benefits, and Training
  • On a biweekly basis input payroll. Enter hourly employees, coach’s stipends, substitutes, tutoring and other misc. payroll checks into the system and administer benefit deductions as necessary.
  • Maintain employee paid benefit time records
  • Work with Business Office team to document compliance with mandatory training requirements.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration
  • CPA or Masters in Accounting
  • Not-for-profit fund accounting experience
  • Experience with accounting software and a demonstrated ability to customize and generate reports and statements
  • The ability and willingness to cover a broad range of Business Office duties and the flexibility to respond to the challenges of being an integral part of a small and busy office
  • A commitment to learning the entire scope of Business Office duties
  • Ability to handle confidential information with total discretion
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • A love of children and school environments
  • The wisdom, experience, and sensitivity to effectively communicate with and support all of the school’s constituencies: parents, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the Board of Trustees
  • Patience, flexibility, creativity, integrity, and a profound sense of humor

Other Related Requirements

  • A resume and personal statement.
  • Three professional references must be provided upon request.

Compensation & Benefits

Wooster School salaries are based on years of experience and special expertise. Wooster additionally compensates faculty for various afternoon activities based on the time commitment required.

Wooster offers its full time employees access to its TIAA-CREF Retirement Programs and its group Health Insurance. Wooster provides modest life insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

To Apply

Send Letter of Application, Resume, and Personal Statement to:

Andrew Gray, Chief Financial Officer
andrew.gray@woosterschool.org
Or
Wooster School
91 Miry Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810

Director of Development

Wooster School seeks a Director of Development, to start July 1, 2019. This newly added position will report to the Associate Head of School. The Director of Development will focus on building the donor community through the creation of meaningful opportunities to identify, engage and retain donors at all levels of giving. This is a year-round, full-time position.

The ideal candidate will be innovative and forward-thinking -- just like Wooster School. A creative problem-solver and deep thinker, the new Director of Development will also be highly organized and focused on implementation. A passion for education, affinity for young people, and desire to be an active member of a thriving school community are requisite for any viable candidate.

Responsibilities

  • Generate creative solutions to enhance, strengthen and maintain the school’s close relationship with individual donors
  • Participate in the development and execution of an advancement program that meets the needs of the growing school
  • Plan, implement and manage fundraising programs to secure individual, foundation, and corporate philanthropic support for capital, endowment, and planned giving campaigns
  • Develop and manage long-term major gift and planned giving initiatives to build and maintain relationships with prospective donors; includes identification, cultivation, and face-to-face solicitation of donors
  • Monitor annual, major gift and campaign progress, and provide periodic reporting
  • Work with Associate Head of School to prepare reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Support Trustees in the articulation of annual fund gifts, major gifts and planned giving fundraising needs
  • Facilitate interaction of Trustees, Head of School, and Associate Head of School with major and planned giving prospects, top annual fund contributors and key volunteers
  • Assist in all aspects of the school’s development program, including solicitation of alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school
  • Stay current with industry trends, innovations, and best practices

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3-5+ years of administrative leadership experience in an independent school or similar setting
  • Proficiency using Raiser’s Edge events module to track event budgets, generate reports, and benchmark results
  • Ability to think strategically about donor engagement
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to comfortably, warmly, and effectively engage with large groups in social settings
  • Ability to work well both as a team and independently to accomplish departmental and individual goals
  • Positive energy and a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality and the integrity of the advancement process, and exercise good judgement and tactfulness in all situations
  • Commitment to being part of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community
  • Cultural competency skills to successfully collaborate across difference
  • Understanding and support of the mission of the school

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Charlotte Wood, Assistant to the Head of School
charlotte.wood@woosterschool.org

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

Wooster School seeks an experienced basketball coach to join our Athletics Department for the winter 2019-20 season, who possesses strong leadership skills, a positive, education-based approach to athletics, and deep understanding of the sport of Basketball. For our Varsity Head Coach we need a program builder who can coordinate all aspects of the girls’ basketball program in concert with Wooster’s mission and values. Key responsibilities include oversight and mentorship of assistant coaches, planning and running daily practices, game day coaching, travel to and from away games, attending meetings, responding to requests from prospective student-athletes, overseeing care and maintenance of all equipment, and handling administrative tasks as needed. The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, and motivated, and committed to working with high school students within the context of a day school committed to promoting health and wellness, teamwork, good citizenship, and sportsmanship. This position reports to the Director of Student Life.

Qualifications and skills required for the position

  • Adhere to the Athletics philosophy of Wooster School.
  • Attend all preseason and postseason meetings scheduled by the Athletics Department and NEPSAC.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the sport and experience leading/organizing a team.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for working with high school students.
  • Commitment to working collegially in a diverse community and communicating effectively with a diverse population.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

Salary & Benefits

This is a part-time position. Salary is commensurate with work experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Charlotte Wood, Assistant to the Head of School
charlotte.wood@woosterschool.org

Upper School Bridge Program Teacher

The Wooster School Bridge Program supports high-achieving mainstream students with language-based learning disabilities. The Bridge teacher will work with an Upper School student cohort to support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; support students in a mainstream classroom setting in an effort to advance students with different learning needs; partner with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students with special needs, and collaborate with colleagues to support students’ learning. Communication with colleagues and parents is essential.

The Role

Full-time Wooster Bridge Program teachers:

  • Teach five sections, providing academic support and pushing into classes
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our extracurricular programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Antoinette Fornshell, Director of Lower School & Student Learning Support
antoinette.fornshell@woosterschool.org

College Guidance Counselor

Wooster School is currently seeking a full-time College Guidance counselor. This innovative and highly energetic individual will work within all aspects of the College Guidance Office and ensure a comprehensive college guidance process for grades 8 through 12.

Potential Responsibilities

  • Manage a caseload of juniors and seniors to provide individualized, deliberate and comprehensive support focused on helping students enroll in a great fit college.
  • Coordinate testing including PSAT for students in grades 9 - 11 as well as SAT and ACT testing for students with accommodations.
  • Coordinate and team-teach the College Guidance Seminar course.
  • Prepare extensive summary reports analyzing college admissions results for Wooster students.
  • Write and coordinate student profile/recommendation for each senior applying to college.
  • Establish and maintain lines of communication with national and international colleges and universities.
  • Travel to national and regional conferences and visit colleges in order to stay current in the field.

Candidate should have a/an

  • Thorough understanding of selective college admissions processes and trends as they relate to financial aid, the visual and performing arts, and athletics.
  • Ability to connect with students, parents, colleagues, and college admissions officers.
  • Excellent attention to detail and communication skills, both written and oral.

Candidate should have at least a/an

  • Minimum two years experience as a college counselor and/or a college admissions officer.
  • Experience managing others in an educational setting preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:

Adam Kendis, Co-Director of College Guidance
adam.kendis@wooosterschool.org

Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School seeks a Math teacher with a strong background in upper division mathematics (precalculus, calculus, discrete math). The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, particularly in the context of mathematics. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative math teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position. Ability to teach statistics and an interest in math electives is also a plus.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach four to five sections
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Dr. Brian Sullivan, STEM Coordinator
brian.sullivan@woosterschool.org

Middle School Bridge Program Teacher

The Wooster School Bridge Program supports high-achieving mainstream students with language-based learning disabilities. The Bridge teacher will work with a Middle School student cohort to: support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; support students in a mainstream classroom setting in an effort to advance students with different learning needs; partner with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students with special needs, and collaborate with colleagues to support students’ learning. The Bridge teacher will teach a Bridge-specific English class aligned with the students’ needs and the mainstream curriculum. S/he may teach a Bridge-specific Math class as well. S/he will push into History and Science classes and academic support to students in all areas. Communication with colleagues and parents is essential.

The Role

Full-time Wooster Bridge Program teachers:

  • Teach five sections, providing academic support and pushing into classes
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our extracurricular programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Antoinette Fornshell, Director of Lower School and Student Learning Support
antoinette.fornshell@woosterschool.org

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Wooster School seeks an Upper School Spanish teacher and Department Chair with a strong background in primarily upper (through levels 4, 5, and beyond) but also, as a plus, middle division Spanish instruction. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, knowledge of and experience with ACTFL standards and competencies, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, particularly in the context of competency-based education and personalized instruction. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach four to five sections
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Victoria Mazzarelli, Spanish Coordinator
victoria.mazzarelli@woosterschool.org

Upper School Science Teacher

Wooster School seeks a Science teacher with a strong background in multiple upper division core sciences, particularly biology and chemistry, to join an outstanding and capable team of teachers. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, particularly in the context of competency-based education and personalized instruction. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative science teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach four to five sections
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Dr. Brian Sullivan, STEM Coordinator
brian.sullivan@woosterschool.org

Chief Financial Officer

Deerfield Associates has been retained by Wooster School, located in Danbury, Connecticut, to conduct a national search for a Chief Financial Officer. Wooster School, founded in 1926 by Rev. Dr. Aaron C. Coburn is located in Danbury, Connecticut. The Head of School is Matt Byrnes. The religious affiliation is Episcopalian heritage, although Wooster serves students from many faiths and religious traditions. The School is located on a scenic 127 acre campus with 15 buildings. Wooster School is primarily a day school though there are some boarders who live with host families in the area. The annual operating budget is $10.4 million dollars. Enrollment is comprised of 366 boys and girls in grades K – 12. Lower School (K-5): 60, Middle School (6-8): 101, Upper School (9-12): 205. Twenty (20) Connecticut towns and twenty-two (22) New York State towns are represented. Number of full-time faculty: 54; number of full-time faculty with advanced degrees: (95%). In Lower School (K through Grade 5), the individual class size ranges from 8-16, with an average of 11 students per class. In Middle and Upper School, a faculty member typically teaches 4-5 sections per day, and the class size ranges from 4-18 students, with an average of 12 students per class. For more background on Wooster School please visit www.woosterschool.org.

Wooster School seeks a strategically-oriented and experienced financial and business leader to fill the key position of Chief Financial Officer. This opportunity is available in July 2019. The CFO will work closely with the Head of School in support of the school’s mission and strategic plan. The CFO is responsible for the organization, management and implementation of comprehensive business, financial, facilities and investment initiatives for the school. The new CFO will be a key member of the senior leadership team that oversees the day-to-day operation of the school as well as the “big picture” issues and ambitious plans that outline the school’s future. The ideal candidate for this high-profile position is a strategic thinker who has exceptional leadership and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to recruit a seasoned professional who will build on the significant accomplishments of the outgoing CFO (who is retiring in July 2019) and determine what policies, technologies and programs need to be adapted to respond to the needs of the school and its strategic priorities. The candidate will be proficient with accounting systems and in effective data management and analysis to support innovation and efficiency across the organization. For a full search description of the opportunity, responsibilities and academic and business credentials required please view: https://deerfieldassociates.com/wooster-school/

Wooster School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. Wooster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume, letter of interest and list of references (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc., 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: jobs@deerfieldassociates.com

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Wooster School seeks an English teacher with a strong background in writing to join a 9th and 10th Grade Humanities team as a collaborative co-teacher. The ideal candidate will be a voracious reader with an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a deep understanding of the writing process. Applicants should be familiar with the workshop model of reading and writing and/or interested to learn about and implement it. Applicants should also be lifelong learners who are curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition. Ability and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions is a significant plus. Depending on the instructor’s background, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach four to five sections
  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Elizabeth Higgins, Director of Teacher Learning and Humanities Coordinator
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Tutor for Specialized Therapies

Specialized therapy tutors support our K-12 students with language based learning differences by providing interventions and remediation while working with parents, teachers, and outside professionals on best practices. Specialized therapy tutors should have training and experience using the Orton Gillingham method and programs like the Wilson Reading System and the Just Words Program. In addition, tutors should be well versed in teaching comprehension strategies, specifically using Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program.

Wooster believes that students with language based learning differences can achieve at high levels if they receive specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs, support that builds on their strengths and mitigate their challenges, and an environment that is engaging and sparks their desire to learn. Wooster believes that students’ learning experiences must be tailored to their individual needs, skills, and interests, and enable them to take ownership of their learning. Students at Wooster also develop deep connections to each other, their teachers, and other adults.

The work of the specialized tutor focuses on students with language based learning differences.

Specialized tutor responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Prepares and implements a strategic plan for ongoing intervention and remediation.
  • Supports efforts to ensure that the planning and implementation of services seamlessly meet the needs of students with disabilities, reduce the stigma of special education, and maximize accessibility to enable students with disabilities to meet high standards.
  • Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional practice and research. This includes engaging in regular and strategic professional development.
  • Uses formative, interim, and summative assessments to document student progress and achievement; assesses and analyzes student strengths and needs; designs and implements appropriate instruction to facilitate learning and growth.
  • Gives input to teachers regarding student Progress Reports as deemed appropriate and necessary.
  • Be available and committed to ongoing verbal dialogue and conversations with the parents and the Wooster community.

Experience/Qualifications

  • Training in the Wilson Reading Program (certification preferred) or Orton-Gillingham certification
  • Training in Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience as an educator or reading tutor
  • Valid Teacher Certification (preferred)
  • Reading certification or working toward the successful completion of literacy certification (preferred)
  • Understanding of Wooster’s Vision: Purpose, Promise and Belief
  • Ability to model for, work with, plan with, and coach others.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with work experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:

Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teacher Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Substitute Teachers

Wooster School is looking for substitute teachers with teacher training and experience with students in grades K through 12th. For those interested in K through Grade 5, please send resumes and letter of interest to Mary Beth Brady at mary.beth.brady@woosterschool.org. For those interested in Grades 6 through Grade 12, please send resumes and letter of interest to Missy Munk at melissa.munk@woosterschool.org.

Wooster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we provide a work environment that welcomes diversity. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long term disability and life insurance benefits.

All employees are subject to a criminal background check before any contractual offer is final.

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