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Located 10 minutes west of Boston, Fessenden is a Pre-K to Grade 9 boarding and day school for boys. We enroll more than 500 students, including 100 boarders in the upper grades from 13 countries and many U.S. states. A faculty and staff of close to 200 provide a challenging educational program with a unique level of support for maturing boys. We seek qualified and experienced faculty and staff who embody our core values of honesty, compassion, and respect, and who support the objective of educating boys to become responsible young men of character. Qualified candidates are interested in contributing to a vibrant school community, both in and out of the classroom.

Current Openings

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  • Kindergarten Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated instruction.

    The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Kindergarten Teacher. The position requires a teacher to provide an early childhood program favorable to learning and personal growth and with an understanding and appreciation of boys. The successful candidate will co-teach with another Kindergarten teacher and should be able to establish positive collaborative relationships with parents and colleagues. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Residential housing may be available. Candidates should email  a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org ). The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.
  • Lower/Middle School Music Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated instruction.

    The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Lower School (Pre-K-Grade 4) and Middle School (Grades 5 and 6) Music Teacher. We seek an individual who is passionate about music and will instill a love of music, dance, and performing in young children. The position includes teaching weekly music classes, and organizing and directing class plays,musicals, and the winter concert. The successful candidate will be able to play the piano, possess a degree in music education, and have knowledge and/or training in the Orff Approach or Kodaly Method. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head (agarcia@fessenden.org). The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.
  • Major Gifts Officer

    The Fessenden School, an all-boys, independent day and boarding school with approximately 525 students in Pre-K through Grade 9, seeks a highly motivated Major Gifts Officer to inspire parents and other constituents to participate in a significant campaign, primarily for an arts facility. The position will be responsible for building relationships with new and existing prospects and developing strategies to cultivate, solicit, and close capital gifts from donors at the $50,000+ level.

    The Major Gifts Officer will be part of a collaborative and hard-working advancement team of nine and will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement. This position will require periods of significant travel, in the Boston area as well as national and international trips. In addition, s/he will work collaboratively with the Director of Annual and Capital Programs to solicit leadership gifts to the Fessenden Fund, including young alumni leadership gifts. S/he will also work closely with the Director of Advancement Operations to manage the campaign prospect pipeline and fundraising progress reports, and assist with preparation of agendas, briefing memos, remarks, and other preparatory or follow-up materials to support the Head of School, Director of Institutional Advancement and/or campaign leadership and other key volunteers.

    The successful candidate will bring:
    • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) or more years of professional and progressive experience in development, particularly with capital campaigns
    • solid work ethic and a tremendous amount of initiative and drive with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment
    • outstanding interpersonal skills and a highly collaborative approach in work both internally and externally
    • exceptional organizational and time management skills including the ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous projects as well as excellent attention to detail and follow-through
    • experience using Raiser’s Edge or a similar database, as well as Google Drive
    • strong facility with data
    • excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • ability to work weekends and evenings and travel, as needed
    • an appreciation for elementary and middle school education, especially all-boys’ education
    The position offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and a positive, team-oriented work environment. It also offers a motivated fundraiser the opportunity to support an institution with a compelling case, a committed constituency, and a track record of success.

    To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Ki Perry at kperry@fessenden.org.

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
  • Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated instruction.

    Fessenden seeks a full-time Middle School (Grades 5-6) and Upper School (Grades 7-9) Latin Teacher. The position requires teaching two sections of Upper School Latin and two sections of Middle School Latin, collaborating with department colleagues, and serving as an advisor and/or club leader. The successful candidate must have at least three years of experience teaching Latin to students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and to engage students in appreciating the history and culture of ancient Rome. Coaching for two seasons is required and residential housing may be available. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head (agarcia@fessenden.org). The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated instruction.

    The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Pre-Kindergarten Teacher. The position requires a teacher to provide an early childhood program favorable to learning and personal growth and with an understanding of and appreciation for boys. The successful candidate will co-teach with three other Pre-Kindergarten teachers and should be able to establish positive collaborative relationships with parents and colleagues. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Residential housing may be available. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org ). The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.
  • Registered Nurse

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind.

    The Fessenden School seeks a part-time Registered Nurse/School Nurse for the 2016-2017 school year. The primary hours for this position are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3pm-9pm, and every other Sunday. The hours for this position will be approximately 18-24 per week. In addition, on-call nurse coverage with physician back-up is required with these shifts. There is also the potential for additional hours as needed.

    Reporting to the Health Center Director, the Registered Nurse assists in the development, implementation, and management of a coordinated school health program, which is consistent with The Fessenden School’s philosophy and school nursing guidelines. The Health Center Team includes the Medical Director, Health Center Director, Registered Nurses, School Psychologist, Athletic Trainer, and Administrative Assistant.

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Provide nursing care to students with acute, chronic, and emergent health care needs based on the student’s condition and when needed, in consultation with the school physician, while meeting the standards of school nursing practice.
    • Maintain confidential records of immunizations, medication administration, insurance, health findings, and other relevant health data.
    • Administer prescribed and over-the-counter medications in accordance with Fessenden’s Medication Policy.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with families regarding specific health issues
    • Review and monitor all student specific health action plans.
    • Collaborate with the Athletic Trainer in the ongoing treatment and support of injured student-athletes.
    • Provide individual and group education related to condition-specific child and adolescent health issues.
    PREFERRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and three years of experience
    • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Current CPR certification
    • Possess a strong clinical background in pediatric and adolescent health care, and knowledge regarding public health laws and regulations that are specific to school health in Massachusetts
    • Desire to work with a day and residential independent school community
    • Experience with electronic health records
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
    Candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Tricia Lamb, Health Center Director (tlamb@fessenden.org).
  • Substitute Teachers

    The Fessenden School seeks teachers with one to three years of classroom experience for its substitute teacher list. ​An individual may substitute for one or more days in any Pre-K to Grade Nine classroom and implement detailed lesson plans, while maintaining a classroom environment favorable to learning. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela Garcia, Assistant Head of School, at agarcia@fessenden.org.
  • Teaching Internships

    Each year, The Fessenden School offers several one-year teaching internships in order to enrich the educational experience for our students and provide individuals interested in pursuing teaching careers in independent schools with practical, hands-on experience. Internships are available in the Lower School (Pre-K-Grade 4), Middle School (Grades 5 and 6), Upper School (Grades 7-9), and the Visual and Performing Arts Department (Grades 5-9). Lower School interns are assigned to one grade level and work with each classroom on the grade level, assume increased teaching responsibilities as the year progresses, and teach two sections of Kindergarten science. Middle School and Upper School interns assist in any fifth through ninth grade classroom as well as teach one course within those grades. Interns in the Visual and Performing Arts Department co-teach one class and teach other classes in photography, studio arts, music, or videography.

    The Fessenden School seeks individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in education, enjoy working with young children and preadolescents, and view themselves as lifelong learners. Through this program, interns will be able to create a class environment favorable to student learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with students; and to motivate students to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge in accordance with each student’s ability. The ability to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members is strongly desirable.

    Program Responsibilities Include: 
    • Work closely with the Internship Program Coordinator, as well as the respective Division Head to ensure a successful year for both the intern and the School. Responsibilities include meeting weekly with the Internship Program Coordinator and/or Division Head, maintaining a teaching portfolio, integrating 21st Century best teaching practices into current lessons, and discussing successes or challenges in the classroom.
    • Serve as a lead teacher in a classroom. Responsibilities include observing classes, attending weekly reflection meetings with a mentor teacher, lesson planning, posting of assignments online, evaluating student progress, comment writing, and attending parent-teacher conferences.
    • Serve as a Dorm Parent and participate in residential life activities and duties. Responsibilities include creating and leading weekend trips; supervising a dorm of 15 Middle School and Upper School boarding students; and communicating with boys, faculty, parents, and the Director of Residential Life.
    • Coach three seasons of competitive athletics. Responsibilities include developing practice plans, organizing the roster, transporting athletes to and from interscholastic games, communicating with team members, parents, and the Director of Athletics.
    • Become immersed in all aspects of school life. This includes joining community service initiatives, professional development opportunities, and any applicable committee work available.
    • Spend time in a variety of administrative offices to learn about the different areas of the School, including (but not limited to) the Admissions and Advancement departments.
    Internships are paid positions and come with on-campus housing and health benefits. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org).
  • Upper School Math Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated instruction.

    Fessenden seeks an Upper School (Grades 7-9) Math Teacher. The position entails teaching Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, and Precalculus, collaborating with department colleagues, and serving as an advisor and/or club leader. The successful candidate must have at least three years of experience teaching math to students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and to engage students. Coaching for two seasons is required and residential housing may be available. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org). The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.

Core Benefits

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  • Available Insurance Programs

    Health – Tufts Health Plan: school pays 75% if full-time
    Dental – Delta Dental: 100% employee funded
    Group Life – Lincoln Financial, 2x pay up to $50,000: school pays 100% of premium
    Long Term Disability – Lincoln Financial, 60% of pay: school pays 100% of premium; Tax Saving Option
  • Retirement Pension Plan with USI Consulting Group

    Fessenden contributes 5% of an employee’s salary to USI Consulting Group one year after hire. Employees are not required to contribute to the plan. At age 25+, Fessenden will match up to 2.5% for a maximum school contribution of 7.5% and a maximum total of 10%. When an employee turns 35 years of age, Fessenden will match up to an additional 2.5% or a maximum school contribution of 10% of an employee’s salary and a maximum total of 15%.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Section 125 Plan

    Participation in these plans decreases employee’s taxable income.
    Dependent Care
    Unreimbursed Medical and Dental Expenses and Premiums
  • Paid Time Off

    Sick Leave and “Super” Sick Leave
    Holidays
    Vacation
  • Fessenden Tuition Remission for Dependent Boys

    Sons of full-time eligible employees who qualify for admission to Fessenden are eligible to receive 90% tuition aid and, if eligible, may apply for financial aid as well.
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education Reimbursement

    Fessenden encourages both faculty and staff to take advantage of professional development and may financially support in whole or part employees for approved courses of study, workshops and conferences.
  • Additional Benefits

    • All employees are welcome to enjoy a half-hour lunch on campus.
    • Campus athletic facilities (with B&G approval) and, when available, two outdoor swimming pools may be used by employees and their families.
    • Group insurance discounts are available for employees and their families (auto, homeowner’s, umbrella, and small boat harbormaster coverage)
    • Plenty of free parking
  • 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

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The school’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
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