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West Nottingham Academy is an incredible place to work and live. Situated in the rolling countryside of northern Maryland, our 100-acre campus is a short driving distance to Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Located on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, our surroundings are a nature lover’s paradise, but in close reach to major metropolitan cities.

Our school takes pride in and is committed to the diversity of our community as a whole, including those who work here. We support equal opportunity and encourage all to apply.

Things to Know

  • More than 70 percent of faculty and their families live on campus, which includes utilities and all regular meals on campus. Resident and non-resident employees are expected to participate in the life of the school, from academic-day activities to after-school opportunities, athletics, and student life events.
  • Faculty members carry, on average, a load of five classes, two co-curricular seasons, and residential dorm duty. All positions offer a competitive salary comparable with peer schools and commensurate with experience and education, as well as benefits (major medical insurance, dental and vision, Aspire Financial Services, disability insurance, and life insurance). 
  • West Nottingham Academy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
  • West Nottingham Academy offers fellowship, internship, and full-time job opportunities.

Potential candidates are encouraged to email their resumes and cover letters to employment@wna.org. See our available employment opportunities listed below.

Current Openings

Student Life Fellow

The student life office encompasses dean of students, residential life, transportation, athletics, all after-school activities, clubs, weekend activities, student leadership for boarding and day students, and evening programming for students.

Responsibilities

  • Assist and/or coach 3 seasons of after school clubs/sports
  • Participating in the weekend team duty (one weekend every four weeks being the norm)
  • Supervising student dorm rooms and/or study hall one to two evenings a week
  • Other duties as assigned (Vacation Driver, Testing Site Administrator…)
  • Planning and executing various student life events (i.e. Spartans/Athenians competitions, athletic contest preparation, Nottingham Open, Prom, community service opportunities)

General Requirements

  • Responsible for regular attendance at all school meetings, faculty meetings and department meetings unless prior arrangements are made.
  • Sharing main meals with students on duty nights.
  • Act as a co-advisor for 6-8 students.
  • Attending certain programmatic school events such as Convocation, Nottingham Open, Parent’s Weekend, Christmas at Nottingham, Annual Fundraiser, Commencement, test preparation, etc. whether these are held during the week or on weekends
  • Bachelor’s Degree/4 year Degree
  • Communication Skills at all levels
  • Ability to be flexible week and weekends

Preferred Requirements

  • Preferred- Boarding School Experience and/or summer camp experience
  • Preferred – Athletic Background in playing/coaching a sport(s)

Upper Levels Math Teacher

The teaching faculty are the strength of community of West Nottingham Academy, striving to provide the support, care, and attention necessary to meet the students where they are to develop understanding and mastery across the curriculum.   The teaching faculty play an important role in the life of the school and are in almost constant collaboration with other staff members, administrators, parents, students, and the Head of School.  All faculty work closely with the Academic Dean and their Department Chairs to maintain congruency between the school’s mission and each department’s curriculum.

DUTIES EXPECTED:

  • Teach five courses in Math (Algebra 2, PreCalc, Calculus, varies each year)
  • Employ creative curriculum strategies to enhance student interest in Math
  • Employ a variety of classroom techniques to deliver information including student-centered project-based learning.
  • Serve as an advisor up to 5 students.
  • Attend departmental and faculty meetings, as well as all school events.
  • Coach/Assist 2 seasons of after school sports and/or activities
  • Duty Team Responsibilities – 1 weekend every 4 to 5 weekends, and 1 night during the school week.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education/Math or related field required,
  • At least three years of teaching experience in upper-level Math), preferred
  • Boarding School experience preferred.
  • Former high school/college athlete preferred.
  • Understanding of and desire to work with students.
  • Proven ability to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues to build community and support student learning.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity – willingness to be a fellow learner with students.
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and to work independently.
  • Interest in and aptitude for building new programs/classes/learning experiences.
  • A high degree of cultural competency

Sustainability Fellow

WNA is offering a paid full-year fellowship to support our sustainability program, specifically the Student Environmental Council (SEC). The SEC is composed of student members of the WNA community interested in participating in projects that have an ecological relationship with and impact on WNA’s campus community and the environment beyond our campus. The SEC is for students interested in environmentalism, fieldwork, scientific, legal, and humanities research, and creating the paths for the WNA community to connect to and care for the earth that sustains us. 

The Sustainability Fellow, under the direction of the Director of Sustainability Programs and Curriculum, will work directly with students of SEC to develop, guide, and complete a major research project that results in a substantial environmental initiative and potentially a publishable paper and/or a viable piece of legislation to present to local and state representatives.   

WNA is willing to support the final candidate in using this endeavor as a Master’s or Doctoral thesis project in applicable fields.   

Through this position, the Fellow will develop professional skill sets and leadership traits as well as play an integral role in the leadership and development of a vital learning experience for engaged high school students. In addition to co-leading the SEC in research, design, and implementation of the SEC yearly project, the Sustainability Fellow will work with the campus community on specific sustainability initiatives.  The Sustainability Fellow will also be responsible for participating on a rotating dorm duty team.  

The qualified candidate will: 

  • Be an enthusiastic proponent of sustainability  
  • Enjoy working with students in an educational setting 
  • Have experience in organizing and developing research for specifically stated research goals 
  • Be an excellent writer 
  • Have excellent organizational and communication skills 
  • Be willing to lead, to take direction, and to work collaboratively with teachers and students. 
  • Ability to be a self-starter 
  • Initiate new ideas/plans/options  
  • Have at least a 3.0GPA in your major  
  • Have strong letters of reference from two professors and one employer  

In addition to a fellowship stipend of $15,000, WNA will provide housing and board. Fellowship term is August 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022.  

West Nottingham Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and letters of reference electronically to Virginia Kennedy, Director of Sustainability Programs and Curriculum, vkennedy@wna.org (no phone calls or snail mail submissions, please). 

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students will assist in fostering a positive, structured, consistent, caring, and disciplined culture. The successful candidate will be a passionate educator who is committed to the West Nottingham Academy mission and core values. The Dean of Students is senior member of the leadership team and will report directly to the Associate Head of School.  The Dean of Students is a 12-month position. 

  • Make mission-aligned decisions that reinforce West Nottingham Academy values and culture within the community 
  • Build strong relationships with students and collaborate with faculty to cultivate a safe, healthy and respectful environment 
  • Supervise the safety, wellness, and discipline of the student body 
  • Support faculty in progressive and mission-driven classroom management, formation of students and discipline  
  • Undertake all behavioral meetings for students which may include involvement of parents and faculty 
  • Serve as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues 
  • Promotes a culture to ensure that all students have excellent attendance and arrive at school on time 
  • Assist with student orientations 
  • Assist in student meetings for the purpose of building school community and mission-driven leadership among students 
  • Supervise student council and develop leadership programs for students with a lens of inclusivity 
  • Ensure chaperone supervision for all student events 
  • Oversee the review, editing and publication of the Student Handbook with special attention to policies that may contribute to inequity in our school community 
  • Attend administrative meetings 
  • Assume all duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School 
  • Coach or Assist 1 season of afterschool activity 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree Preferred 
  • 3-5 years of experience as a dean of students or in a position of a similar nature 

Required Skills and Experiences: 

  • Approachability and the ability to connect well with adolescents   
  • Strong skills in supporting and promoting accountability in students 
  • Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal skills, including a sense of humor 
  • Experience with diverse student populations 
  • Ability to communicate well with parents and families in both positive and difficult situations 
  • Demonstrated experience implementing principles of diversity and inclusion into student life and leadership 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form 
  • Ability to be available for evening events, weekend supervision and school trips 

Preferred Experiences: 

  • Boarding School Experience as a Dean of Students 
  • Coaching experience 

Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator

The Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator at West Nottingham Academy directly supports the Head of School and the Associate Head of School to advance the mission of West Nottingham Academy. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Development, this individual manages special events, operates the school store, and supports development initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Executive Assistant Support

  • Manage weekly calendars for the Head of School and Associate Head of School in Outlook (Microsoft Office Suite) with keen attention to detail and proactivity.
  • Plan and manage campus-wide events like Student Registration, Nottingham Open, Board Meetings, Banquets, HOS sponsored Faculty & Staff gatherings, Convocation, Commencement, and other School Events as scheduled on an annual basis.
    • Work with maintenance/facilities and third-party vendors during the planning process
    • Coordinate events and strategies based on the advancement calendar.
    • Work alongside marketing and development to communicate event details.
  • Manage the School Store merchandise, shopping block for students, and merchandise shipping (when necessary).
    • Create the new online store with the Director of Marketing and Development.
  • Create the Academic Calendar on an annual basis and coordinate dates and times across staff/faculty constituents.
  • Apply creativity and initiative in recommending solutions to administrative challenges in an entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven, and team-oriented.
  • Exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communications, administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities while striving for precision and accuracy in all endeavors.

Admissions and Enrollment Support

  • Knowledge of an enrollment management system tool to support enrollment initiatives and function.
  • Organize, complete, and send admissions files for the Admissions Committee’s candidate review on an ongoing, rolling basis.
  • Manage enrollment contracts for re-enrollment and new students.
  • Assist in data management for consultants and enrollment relationships.

Development and Marketing Support

  • Complete gift receipting and data process for fundraising function.
  • Assist with receptions, dinners, community activities and small events to support stewardship and cultivation for advancement purposes.
  • Pull data from Raiser’s Edge for donor communications, solicitations, and stewardship material.
    • Update Raiser’s Edge (CRM) data to support advancement initiatives.
    • Support data management in Raiser’s Edge (CRM) and enrollment management tool.
  • Support data management in Constant Contact (email client).
  • Proof marketing, fundraising, and admissions material before publishing.

Qualifications

  • Associates Degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of experience in nonprofit setting directly supporting leadership and advancement highly preferred.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge (CRM fundraising tool) and MySchoolApp/SchoolAdmin preferred – or a willingness to learn.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Highly organized, flexible, self-motivated; ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in small teams with staff and volunteers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility in schedule, with some weekend & evening hours required for event-based assignments.
  • An enthusiastic attitude for education, advancement, and learning required.

West Nottingham Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and letters of reference electronically to Lauren Grow, Director of Marketing and Development, at lgrow@wna.org. 

Learning Specialist 

Responsibilities:
• Work with students individually or in small groups to develop academic skills taught in the context of a student’s coursework, addressing each student’s unique learning needs and leading to independence and successful self-advocacy
• Interpret psychoeducational evaluations and formalized educational plans, write learning profiles, and oversee the implementation of recommended accommodations and modifications for students with diagnosed learning differences and/or mental health challenges
• Collaborate with teachers, coaches, and residential staff to ensure continuity of student support in multiple contexts
• Closely monitor student progress and communicate with advisors, teachers, and families; comprehensive communication with all parents/guardians occurs on a weekly basis
• Educate and guide students and their parents/guardians through the process of re-evaluation, nonstandard testing, and the college transition
• Work collaboratively with Admissions staff to determine applicants’ fitness for the learning support program
• Serve as Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator for College Board testing accommodations
• Serve as a member of the Academic Council
• Lead the Students of Concern Committee
• Manage the Assisted Study Hall
• Possibility of teaching one course (Psychology, for example) in our academic program
Residential Life
• 1 weeknight and an average of one weekend duty a month.
• Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the additional responsibilities involved in residential life and a willingness to enforce the school policies and rules governing student behavior
• Faculty are expected to participate for two seasons of after school activities/sports with flexibility.
• Faculty serve as mentors to their student advisees. Advisors meet with student in small groups and in morning meeting.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• A degree in special education, reading, educational psychology, or related discipline is preferred.
• Experience working individually with high school students and collaborating with teachers on differentiation strategies
• Possess a math/science aptitude
• 3-5 years of previous experience in the Learning Specialist role.
• Proven track record of successful leadership, collaboration, and innovation.
• Experience developing and implementing effective processes and systems to ensure goals are met.
• Understands the educational landscape and can speak compellingly to the value of independent school education.
• Aligned philosophically with West Nottingham Academy’s mission and commitments to students, families, and the community.
• Previous boarding school experience preferred.

NOTES:

Additional Salary Information: Housing and dining included.

West Nottingham Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and letters of reference electronically to employment@wna.org






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