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Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, 3-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 375 students. The School is located in Danbury, Connecticut and, by design, educates a diverse population of students in terms of academic ability, socioeconomic background, and ethnicity. Wooster is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

While Wooster’s traditions of self-help and relationship-building have long been recognized as strengths, our more recent commitment to innovative approaches to teaching and learning are making us a leader in the independent school world. We are committed to a learner-centered environment for our students, and to exploring the full potential of competency-based and personalized teaching and learning.

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.

Bridge Program Teacher

The Wooster School Bridge Program supports high-achieving mainstream students with language-based learning disabilities. The Bridge Program teacher will work with a student cohort to support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; collaborate with teachers and 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 ideal candidate will have a background in multi-sensory language-based instruction (ie: Orton Gillingham based approaches) as well as a knowledge of best practices in executive functioning study skills.

The Role

Full-time Wooster Bridge Program teachers:

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

Development Associate

The Development Associate will be responsible for database management and prospect research, and all aspects of the Raisers’ Edge (RE) database. S/he will also produce the annual report, provide oversight of the prospect management system, and manage other administrative areas of the Development Office as directed by the Associate Head of School.

Responsibilities Include

  • Manage the Development database, determining best strategies for coding, tracking and reporting. This includes solutions for RE database clean-up and standardization for accuracy.
  • Manage our annual database transitions (i.e. entering new parents, changing current parents to past parents, etc.).
  • Manage the gifts processing system, ensuring that gifts are entered accurately into Raiser’s Edge, promptly sent to the Business Office, and that acknowledgement letters and receipts are promptly sent to donors.
  • Oversee preparation of pledge reminders for all development programs.
  • Produce monthly financial reports, mailing lists, and other reports, as needed.
  • Prepare financial reporting for data-driven surveys to NAIS, AISGW, VAIS and peer schools.
  • Assist in managing the annual report donor lists and giving reports.
  • Manage vendor relationships, most notably with Blackbaud, and assist with RE training for Development staff.
  • Work with the Communications Office to maintain the integrity of giving pages on the website.
  • Research and identify corporate, foundation, and individual prospects.
  • Coordinate and manage areas of fundraising analytics, event logistics, and communications.

Requirements

  • Previous experience with Blackbaud’s Raisers’ Edge is required.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications.
  • Willingness and ability to keep pace with technological and software advances.
  • Knowledge of prospect management and development operations.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with appropriate discretion.
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • High personal standards, an attention to detail, and a collaborative, can-do, and positive disposition.
  • The desire to learn about and contribute to our school outside of immediate job responsibilities.

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 resume and cover letter to:
Mr. Christopher Pannone, Associate Head of School
christopher.pannone@woosterschool.org

Associate Director of College Guidance

Wooster School seeks a candidate with a can-do disposition, who is positive and flexible in the myriad ways a small independent school necessitates. A thorough understanding of selective college admissions processes and trends as they relate to financial aid, the visual and performing arts, and athletics, is a must, and experience as a classroom teacher is preferred. Candidates must be willing to be flexible with evening commitments as needed. A bachelor's degree is required, while a Master's degree is preferred.

Responsibilities

Manage Caseload of Juniors and Seniors

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 30-40 juniors and 30-40 seniors to provide individualized and comprehensive support focused on helping students enroll in a great fit college.
  • Develop college lists to meet student (and family) needs and expectations, and advise students on the best potential college fit as linked to their academic, athletic, artistic, and family outlook.
  • Review, edit and support the development and writing of resumes, college essays, and scholarship applications.
  • Write recommendation for each senior applying to college.

Educate Students and Parents about College Process and Wayfinding

  • Coordinate and co-teach our Junior College Guidance Seminar and Senior College Guidance Seminar courses.
  • Teach a section of our Senior Seminar course.
  • Co-construct and lead parent education, including evening seminars, designed to assist parents in navigating the college process, as well as opportunities to solicit parent feedback throughout the process.

Other Responsibilities

  • Coordinate standardized testing for 9th - 11th grade students, and accommodations for those with learning plans.
  • Establish and maintain lines of communication with national and international colleges and universities.
  • Coordinate college admissions visits to school.
  • Lead a student advisory group.
  • Other duties as assigned: e.g., direct or shared coordination of School Profile.

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:
Mr. Adam Kenids, Director of College Guidance
adam.kendis@woosterschool.org

Middle School History Teacher

Wooster School seeks a History teacher with a strong background in middle division history. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Middle School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and perhaps divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative history 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. Knowledge of and experience with competency-based education (CBE) and Teachers College Reading and Writing Program is a significant plus. Interest and willingness to learn about them is a must.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • 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:
Ms. Elizabeth Higgins, Humanities Coordinator
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Spanish Teacher

Wooster School seeks a full-time Spanish teacher with a strong background and experience in the teaching of Spanish. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, knowledge of and experience with ACTFL standards and competencies, teaching experience at both the Middle and Upper School levels, 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.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • 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:
Ms. Luz Palmero, Language Coordinator
luz.palmero@woosterschool.org

Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School seeks a Math teacher with a strong background in upper division mathematics. 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.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • 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:
Ms. Parvin Taraz, Assistant Director of Teacher Learning
parvin.taraz@woosterschool.org

Tutor for Specialized Therapies

Specialized therapy tutors support our Grade 3-12 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: Antoinette Fornshell, Director of Lower School & Student Learning Support at antoinette.fornshell@woosterschool.org.

Substitute Teachers

Wooster School is looking for substitute teachers with teacher training and experience with students in grades 3rd through 12th. For those interested in Grade 3 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.

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