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.

Director of Facilities

The Director of Facilities (DOF) is responsible for ensuring that building and grounds maintenance, repair and cleaning related tasks and activities in the school are performed. The DOF is typically responsible for supervision of the maintenance team and may also work alongside team members in carrying out and overseeing work details. The DOF also performs manual labor and operates equipment related to the work. The work is performed according to established policies and procedures and in accordance with applicable State, local, and federal laws, rules and regulations which apply to school facility operations and maintenance. The work may occur indoors or outdoors, possibly under adverse working conditions. The DOF reports to the Chief Financial Officer. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities

  • Supervise staff and participates in daily preventive maintenance and custodial activities, which may include replacing locks, painting, carpeting/floor/tile/window/drywall replacement and or repair;
  • Directs, assigns, and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel and performs on-the-job training of custodial, maintenance and transportation staff as needed;
  • Monitors a preventive maintenance program designed to retain buildings, grounds and equipment in a safe operating condition;
  • Creates and maintains basic records and reports relative to the work performed and schedules repairs when necessary;
  • Discusses maintenance, repair and operational needs with school administrators;
  • Performs basic preventive maintenance and/or repairs equipment, including plumbing and heating systems;
  • Performs minor electrical repairs, including replacement of electrical outlets;
  • Trouble-shoots problems with equipment, including HVAC and electrical systems and when a non-routine issue is found, may contact contractor to perform repairs;
  • Performs visual inspections of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and other mechanical maintenance and construction work performed by private contractors, custodial, or maintenance employees to ensure work is conducted and completed in a satisfactory manner;
  • Monitors expenses to ensure budgetary limits as established by the CFO are not exceeded;
  • Tracks inventory and when necessary, orders cleaning supplies, fuel and parts for equipment and buildings;
  • Responsible for mowing grass, hedge trimming, maintenance of playgrounds, parking areas and other school grounds, including athletic fields;
  • Removes snow and ice from sidewalks and roadways;
  • Loads and unloads materials and supplies and records goods received and shipped;
  • Cleans classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, cafeterias, and offices;
  • Uses a variety of tools and operates a variety of motor and other equipment related to building and grounds maintenance and repair including snow blowers, lawn mowers, tractors, plows trucks, pick-up trucks, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, drills, reciprocating saws, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, hammers, and plungers;
  • Swimming pool maintenance, if applicable, limited to maintaining pool's cleanliness and the addition of chemicals to ensure a safe swimming environment for students/public;
  • Plan and manage renovations and other construction projects, including the vetting and supervision of private subcontractors, under the supervision of the CFO.

Full Performancee Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

  • Good knowledge of modern buildings and grounds maintenance and repair practices and procedures;
  • Good knowledge of safety precautions and practices associated with modern buildings and grounds maintenance and repair work;
  • Good knowledge of the practices and techniques of one or more of the skilled trades* (defined in minimum qualifications below);
  • Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision;
  • Ability to plan and schedule work, including determining staff, equipment, and supplies needed;
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinates;
  • Ability to create, organize and maintain accurate records and files;
  • Ability to effectively, efficiently and safely use tools and operate equipment related to buildings and grounds maintenance and repair;
  • Ability to visually inspect the work of building tradespersons and contractors.

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 personal statement to: Charlotte Wood, Assistant to the Head of School at charlotte.wood@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:

  • 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 at antoinette.fornshell@woosterschool.org.

Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach

Wooster School seeks an experienced volleyball coach to join our Athletics Department for the fall 2019 season, who possesses strong leadership skills, a positive, education-based approach to athletics, and a deep understanding of the sport of volleyball. For our Junior Varsity Coach, we need a person who can collaborate with our varsity coach in all aspects of the program and in concert with Wooster’s mission and values. Key responsibilities include planning and running daily practices, game day coaching, travel to and from away games, attending athletic department meetings, responding to requests from the Varsity Coach, 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 Athletics and Student Activities.

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.
  • 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 a valid driver’s license and successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

Salary & Benefits

This is a part-time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: our Assistant to the Head of School, Charlotte Wood at charlotte.wood@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.

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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