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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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  • Advancement Associate

    The Fessenden School seeks a motivated individual to serve as the primary support staff to the Advancement Office, which includes both Development and Communications. The Advancement Associate will serve as an integral part of a small, hard­working team of 8, and will provide administrative support for officers, projects, and programs. This position will report to the Director of Advancement Operations who is responsible for coordinating his or her work priorities/flow with a direct working relationship with the Director of Institutional Advancement.

    The Advancement Associate will have three main areas of responsibility:
    ● Database Support
    ● Communications & Marketing Assistant
    ● General Administrative Duties

    Specific responsibilities are as follows:

    Database Support

    Under direction of the Advancement Operations Manager:
    ● Maintain the accuracy of all data and financial records in both Raiser’s Edge and
    Whipple Hill databases
    ● Support the daily gift input and gift acknowledgment processes
    ● Generate daily and monthly financial reports
    ● Complete data entry changes and additions
    ● As needed, handle requests for reports, labels, phonathon forms, pledge reminders, and other information made by the advancement and other campus offices

    Communications & Marketing Assistant
    Assist the Directors of Marketing & Communications with the implementation of Fessenden’s marketing and communications plan as well as other school­wide projects as needed, such as:
    ● Support design and creation of school magazine, and other printed and online materials, including writing articles, proofreading, selecting images, etc.
    ● Work effectively with vendors and/or off­site designers on various print projects and marketing specialty items
    ● Generate content for and help to maintain website including calendar, news stories, etc.
    ● Create and coordinate press releases, advertisements, etc.
    ● Assist with development and execution of social media strategy

    General Administrative Duties
    ● Support all aspects of the advancement office to ensure efficiency and alleviate peak workloads (mail merges, mailings, filing, copying, etc.)
    ● Greet Advancement Office visitors and receive general calls to the Advancement Office.
    ● Draft, edit and produce reports, queries, acknowledgement letters, and other
    communications and documentation for directors
    ● Assist the office with the planning and execution of all Advancement and School events as necessary:
    ○ Coordinate invitations, including design and/or supervision of invitations
    ○ Compile and track event RSVPs
    ○ Gather event materials prior to event including generating nametags and
    assembling gifts
    ○ Attend events as needed
    ○ Execute data gathering and follow up
    ● Take minutes at staff and committee meetings
    ● Maintain donor files and prospect materials and information
    ● Work with Parents’ Association and other parent and alumni volunteers to help with events, meetings, communications, signage, etc.
    ● Other miscellaneous duties, such as making travel arrangements and scheduling
    appointments on occasion, maintaining and ordering supplies, reconciling credit card bills and receipts, and producing and distributing meeting minutes

    Qualifications include:
    ● Strong computer knowledge and skills (Google Drive, Word and Excel; Raiser’s Edge or other database experience) and a willingness to learn more
    ● Excellent interpersonal skills and a cheerful demeanor in the office and in interactions with parents, alumni and friends in person and on the telephone
    ● Deadline­oriented and ability to thrive in a fast­paced, sometimes unpredictable,
    environment
    ● Flexibility and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at once and follow through
    ● Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
    ● Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
    ● Self­starter with lots of initiative, enthusiasm, and pride in his/her work
    ● High level of discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential information
    ● A good sense of humor and an eagerness to be part of a team as well as the ability to work independently
    ● Ability to work full­time and occasional evenings and weekends
    ● A college degree and experience in an academic environment are preferred but not required
     
    This full­time position offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and a positive, team­-oriented work environment. Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Dori Barclay, Advancement Operations Manager, at dbarclay@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 anti­discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
  • Assistant Rink Manager

    The Fessenden School seeks an Assistant Rink Manager to join its staff. Under direct supervision of the Rink Manager, the Assistant Rink Manager both assists and supervises part time rink staff during shifts when the Rink Manager is not present. Responsibilities include monitoring and managing the building systems and ice surfacing equipment; maintaining the overall interior and exterior of the facility, including the overall safety and security of the rink; preparing for school teams and rental groups; and overseeing and assisting in skate shop operations.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    Ice Rink Maintenance
    • Perform ice resurfacing, edging, flooding and drill tests as scheduled by the Rink Manager.
    • General maintenance to Zamboni and edger to include blade changes, oil and filter changes, etc.
    • Monitoring and recording of daily refrigeration plant levels.
    • Monitoring and recording of daily air quality readings. Be familiar with Massachusetts state law and perform corrections measures as necessary.
    General Facility Maintenance
    • Building maintenance, including painting, bulb replacement, trash removal, etc.
    • Setup and cleanup for rink events; it is a key component of this position that the building interior and exterior areas be kept clean and attractive – public areas as well as locker rooms, bathrooms etc.
    • Responsible for security of the rink building including, but not limited to, locking and closing all doors at the end of each night.
    • Be familiar with all emergency and security procedures, including fire drills.
    The Skate Shop
    • Oversee and assist part time staff with shop operations, including skate sharpening, general sales of merchandise and maintenance to Blackstone sharpening machine.
    • Maintain positive relationships with customers.
    • Responsible for daily receipts and accountable for register sales. Ensure security of payments at end of shift and make changes as needed.
    Rink Rental Groups
    • Maintain positive relationships with rink rental groups.
    • Prepare facility for rental groups, including locker rooms and ice rink configuration.
    • Ensure rentals remain on time.
    • Monitor locker room assignments and cleanliness through shift.
    OTHER DUTIES/ACTIVITIES:
    • Respond to injuries or incidents as they occur. Contact proper authorities as needed.
    • Must be willing to work nights and weekends.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

    Preferred Qualifications
    • 1–3 years work experience.
    • Basic understanding of building mechanical systems.
    • Ability to work well with others as well as independently.
    • Ice-making experience preferred.
    Work Schedule
    • Hours vary. Must be willing to work nights, weekends, and some holidays.
    • Be on call when the Rink Manager is on vacation or on a rotating basis.
    Physical Demands and Requirements
    • Majority of days spent standing or walking.
    • Work conditions include exposure to cold and noise.
    • Some lifting and carrying required of objects up to 100 lbs.
    • Climbing stairs, ladders, and other objects is often required, along with the need to bend, kneel, and reach.
  • Full-Time Prep Cook - Food Service Department

    The Fessenden School seeks a full time Prep Cook to join its Food Service Department. This position is for the school year only (approximately 35 weeks) and begins in September. The qualified candidate will be required to work weekends and some holidays. This position will be eligible for benefits on a prorated basis. Please contact Ken Miller at kmiller@fessenden.org or 617-630-2380 if interested.
     
  • Part-Time Dining Service Employee

    The Fessenden School seeks a part time employee to join its Food Service Department. This position is for weekend dining service and begins in September. Hours will be Saturdays from 10 AM- 7 PM and Sundays from 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM. Job includes serving food, cleaning, stocking the dining room, and other duties as needed. Please contact Ken Miller at kmiller@fessenden.org or 617-630-2380 if 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.
  • 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.

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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