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Employment Opportunities
Located ten minutes west of Boston, Fessenden is a Pre-K - Grade 9 day and boarding school for boys. Enrollment at the School is 491 including 100 boarders in the upper grades from thirteen countries and many states in the U.S. A faculty and staff of over 100 provide a challenging educational program with a unique level of support for maturing boys. The school motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit” (work conquers all), reflects the objective of the School: boys are challenged to do their best, to take risks as learners, and to reach their full potential. In addition to intellectual diligence, a Fessenden education is based on high standards for personal behavior. The core values of the School underscore a strong academic, athletic and arts program designed specifically for boys. We seek qualified and experienced faculty and staff who support the objective of educating boys to become responsible young men of character and who are interested in contributing to a vibrant school community both in and outside of the classroom.
Current Openings
Director of Annual and Leadership Giving
The Fessenden School, an all-boys, independent day and boarding school with approximately 500 students in Pre-K through Grade 9, seeks a Director of Annual and Leadership Giving. This fundraising professional who will play a key role in advancing the School’s development efforts by leading the Annual Fund and other special campaigns. The Director of Annual Giving will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and be the primary strategist, manager and fundraiser for Fessenden’s Annual Fund, and other special gifts to the school. This pivotal position will develop, manage and execute programs, activities, and communications in support of a comprehensive Annual Giving program. He/she will manage each phase of the Annual Fund Campaign and coordinate strategies to achieve increasing levels of unrestricted support among all key constituencies.

The 2013-14 Annual Fund is expected to raise $1.5M and the School typically achieves 85% parent participation and 12% alumni participation. There are currently 4,700 living Fessenden alumni and the School’s endowment was approximately $40M as of June 30, 2013. A strategic plan was approved by the Board in May 2013, which is expected to result in the launch of a major capital campaign within the next 2-3 years.

Candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Ki Perry ( For a full job description, click "read more".
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Upper School Spanish Teacher
The Fessenden School seeks a full time Upper School (Grades 7-9) Spanish teacher beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The position includes teaching introductory Spanish through Spanish III. The successful candidate must have three or more years of experience teaching Spanish to students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and to engage students in appreciating Hispanic history and culture. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Spanish. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Coaching for two seasons is required and residential housing may be available. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Scott L. Smith, Assistant Head (  Please indicate your name and the position in which you are applying for in the email.
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Fessenden Inclusion Statement
At Fessenden inclusion means building a community whose spirit and purpose is based on mutual respect and care. It is vital that each member feels recognized and valued. Inclusion is an essential part of our mission to cultivate each student’s potential and develop each boy’s mind, character, and heart. We believe that differences of backgrounds, perspectives and cultures are integral to preparing boys to be successful young men in a global community. Ongoing, mindful practice of inclusion requires both individual and institutional commitment to self-examination and learning. We further our mission to be a joyfully inclusive community by aligning policies, curriculum, and decision-making to support diversity and inclusion. Inclusion is at the heart of how we treat each other in our daily interactions.

We are guided by and are committed to the following community principles:
  • Treat others with honesty and respect
  • Practice compassion; make an effort to understand and care for others
  • Honor diversity; promote a healthy respect for individual differences and affirm commonalities
  • Celebrate individual potential; nurture the many ways boys learn
  • Reject prejudice, bullying, and elitism; renounce behavior that excludes others
  • Engage in open, trusting dialogue; seek to learn from those who have differing opinions
  • Serve to strengthen our inclusive community
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The Fessenden School

250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465

(617) 964-5350

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