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.

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Coach

Wooster School seeks an experienced soccer 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 soccer. 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.

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.

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Wooster School seeks an English teacher with a strong background in writing to join our forward-thinking Humanities Department. This teacher's primary course load will be upper division, 11th and 12th grade offerings, including those in our dynamic and student-centered Deep Learning Initiative (DLI). 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. They should also be lifelong learners who are curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, and model an active mind and a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition for their students and colleagues. Ability and desire to teach across grade levels and even divisions is a significant plus.

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:

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

Director of the Middle and Upper School Divisions

The Director of the Middle and Upper School Divisions reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Administrative Cabinet. The Director has responsibility for the daily operations of the middle and upper school divisions including management of personnel, programs, the student learning experience, parent partnership, and community relations. The Director collaborates closely with other senior administrators, including the Head of School, Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement, the Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Operations, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Director of Teacher Learning on developing and implementing a vision for school learning and life that is reflective of Wooster School's Purpose, Promise, and Belief statements.

Desired Skills and Dispositions

Leadership

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to lead effectively in the complex worlds of the middle and/or upper school. The ability to create relationships with students, teachers, and parents, while leading by example, making difficult decisions, and promoting a shared vision of a community of learners, will be key to the success of our next Middle and Upper School Division Director.

Love of Teenagers

The years between fifth and twelfth grades are arguably the most important in the social, emotional, intellectual, and identity development of any person. Students need adults who make them feel that they belong and are valued as individuals, and that they have responsibilities to themselves and others. The successful candidate has the ability to connect meaningfully with students, and the skills and dispositions to lead other adults in nurturing this kind of environment for all students. Finally, our successful candidate is fulfilled in doing the work, and makes it fun.

Curiosity and Passion for Teaching and Learning

At Wooster School we hire for community members who have an abiding passion for teaching and learning, an insatiable curiosity about their areas of expertise, and as Richard DuFour once wrote, "a persistent disquiet with the status quo." Our teachers and learners eagerly embrace the reality that advances in brain science are challenging us to rethink past practices and create new best practices. The successful candidate is a teacher and learner, will be eager to be in learning environments, and always thinking about these things because it is a part of her/his nature.

Team Membership and Collaboration

A successful senior leader at Wooster School loves to collaborate with colleagues and understands that when we combine our strengths around a shared vision of school we get to be a part of something very special -- every day. Team membership and collaboration also mean recognizing when being an effective follower is preferable to leading. Every leader at Wooster is the proverbial "swiss army knife" in terms of their approach to supporting each other, and the community, in getting the job done.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, twelve-month administrative position. Salary is very competitive with local independent schools. Wooster is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance benefits.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email our Assistant to the Head of School, Charlotte Wood at charlotte.wood@woosterschool.org regarding their interest and qualifications for the position.

Middle School Spanish Teacher

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

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:

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

Part-Time Upper School Spanish Teacher

Wooster School seeks a part-time Upper School Spanish teacher with a strong background and experience in teaching of Upper School students. 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.

The Role

Part-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach one or two sections
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

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 statement of philosophy to:

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

Part-Time Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School seeks a Part-Time Math teacher with a strong background in upper division mathematics, particularly geometry. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and teaching experience at the Upper School level. 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.

The Role

Part-time Wooster teachers:

  • Teach two sections
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development
  • Attend meetings and other school obligations as needed and determined by the school administration

Salary & Benefits

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

To Apply

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

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

Video Professional

Wooster School seeks a video professional for part-time work creating brief videos for our school website and potentially teaching an elective course or two in our Upper School program. Please visit our school website -- www.woosterschool.org -- to review the types of videos we have created in the past. In brief, this professional will work with a team of administrators to tell Wooster's story: its program, community, and vision. An appreciation of children, teachers, and schools is a necessary prerequisite. Familiarity and experience with several video editing softwares is a plus, as is the demonstrated ability to produce professional-looking materials on deadlines.

Salary & Benefits

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

To Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail our Associate Head of School at the information below, detailing their interest and qualifications for the position.

Chris Pannone, Associate Head of School
christopher.pannone@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

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

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 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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