Employment

Founded in 1926, Wooster School is a co-educational, 4-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 350 students, and a regional leader in student-centered education. The School is located in Danbury, Connecticut. By design and mission, it educates a student population diverse in academic ability, socioeconomic background, religious affinity, and race 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.

Maintenance Position

Position Description

Working closely with our Director of Facilities this person is responsible for general maintenance, cleaning, grounds keeping and other related work.

Responsibilities

  • Perform cleaning activities such as dusting, mopping etc.
  • Perform minor fixes such as repairing broken locks, filling gaps on walls etc.
  • Install appliances such as window air conditioners and equipment
  • Do garden/yard upkeep by mowing lawn, collecting trash, raking leaves, cutting up trees, removing snow, etc.
  • Conduct maintenance tasks such as replacing light bulbs
  • Check functionality of safety systems (e.g. fire alarm)
  • Collaborate with workers and other professionals during renovations
  • Report to a facilities or maintenance manager for issues
  • Move furniture
  • Painting
  • Change Filters in HVAC systems
  • Set up and break down tables for different events
  • Operate machinery such as small excavators or backhoes
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous experience with a “trade” is necessary (plumbing, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, custodial experience)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Physical stamina and dexterity is necessary
  • Experience using hand tools
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team: ability to lead and to follow
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, weekends and overtime
  • High personal standards, 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, non-exempt hourly position. Hourly wages and benefits are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

Interested candidates should submit submit a letter of interest which includes prior experience and references (or a letter of interest and resume) to:
Michael Jumper, Chief Financial Officer
mike.jumper@woosterschool.org

Director of Annual Giving and Community Relations

Position Description

Working closely with our Development, Marketing, and Communications team, the Director of Annual Giving and Community Relations is responsible for our Annual Appeal and community events, in addition to acting as the primary liaison with our Parents’ Association.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee Wooster’s Annual Appeal, collaborating on strategy, messaging, and content development for all constituencies and channels.
  • Manage the event planning of our community events. (e.g., New Family Orientation, New Family Picnic, Giving Day, and the annual Gala)
  • Steward existing donors and develop new ways to acknowledge giving, celebrate the community, foster relationships, and cultivate new donors.
  • Contribute to the creation of a bi-weekly Advancement Report to be shared with Senior Leadership.
  • Oversee and manage the creation of the Annual Report, working with the Advancement Associate to publicly acknowledge previous year’s giving.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Previous experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser's Edge is required.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and computer applications. Facility with the Google suite, especially Spreadsheets and Slides, is a significant plus.
  • 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: to lead and to follow.
  • 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.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Christopher Pannone, Associate Head of School
christopher.pannone@woosterschool.org

School Chaplain

Position Description

Reporting directly to the Head of School, the School Chaplain is a key member of Wooster’s faculty and administration, a member of the Head of School’s Cabinet, and plays a prominent role in all aspects of school life. Working across all grade levels and all school constituencies, the School Chaplain is a chief articulator of Wooster’s foundational values, a central connector and builder of community, a source of pastoral care, and a leader of the spiritual life of the school. Our ideal candidate is a learner-centered teacher with a deep appreciation of schools and children of all ages. The Chaplain should also be a life-long learner and relationship and consensus-builder. As the spiritual guide for the community, the Chaplain is also a person of faith who can help young people understand and navigate the complexities of religion and spirituality, both historically and in the modern context. Finally, the Chaplain is committed to individual and collective service to our local community and world.

Responsibilities

Chapel
  • Oversees our weekly Chapel meetings and works with faculty, administration, and students to create accessible, interesting, and learner-centered programming.
  • Mentors our James Marshall Chapel Society Prefect and society members, and helps them find their voice and role in community service and engagement.
  • Manages and supervises Wooster School’s “Hours for Others” community service program.
Community Stewardship & Pastoral Care
  • Acts as a visible, positive, and affirming presence in the school community, throughout the day and at school events, and with all community constituents.
  • Creatively brainstorms ideas for collaborative service and enrichment opportunities with faculty, students, parents, and administration, and our broader Danbury community.
  • Takes the lead in providing care for community members who are experiencing hardship or tragedy in their lives, while also working closely with the Parents’ Association to organize additional support as needed.
Teaching & Advising
  • Open to developing and teaching courses in world religions, history of religions, ethics and morality, philosophy, faith and spirituality, and other personal areas of academic interest, including in our Deep Learning Initiative.
  • Leads a section in our Senior Seminar program, collaborating with our Dean of Students and Director of College Guidance to develop and deliver an engaging college and life preparatory curriculum.
  • Advises a cohort of students in either or both our Middle and Upper Schools.

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.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Christopher Pannone, Associate Head of School
christopher.pannone@woosterschool.org

Upper School Math Teacher

Position Description

Wooster School seeks an Upper School Math Teacher. 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. This teacher will primarily focus on Geometry and Algebra 2. 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, can-do disposition and should be interested in innovative math teaching and the use of technology. As part of a school-wide instructional focus, the ideal candidate has experience with or an interest in learning about offering personalized instruction, rooted in offering multiple pathways, to address the jagged profiles of learners.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach five (5) course sections
  • Participate in various student-focused programs such as: advisory, chapel, community meals, and clubs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development
  • Commit to designing culturally responsive curricula and experiences in collaboration with our Center for Equity and Justice

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.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Dr. Brian Sullivan, STEM Department Coordinator
brian.sullivan@woosterschool.org

Bridge Program Teacher

Position Description

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:

  • Teach five (5) course sections
  • Participate in various student-focused programs such as: advisory, chapel, community meals, and clubs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development
  • Commit to designing culturally responsive curricula and experiences in collaboration with our Center for Equity and Justice

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.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Dr. Diane Martin, Director of Divisions
diane.martin@woosterschool.org

Substitute Teachers

Wooster School is looking for substitute teachers with teacher training and experience with students in grades 4th through 12th. Please send resumes and letter of interest to Mary Beth Brady at mary.beth.brady@woosterschool.org.

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