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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  • Director of the Arts and Vocal 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 arts play a major role in the educational program at The Fessenden School. Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, students are introduced to the performing and visual arts. The Fessenden School’s offerings include: singing, theater, musical theater, orchestra, world percussion, woodworking, studio arts, photography and video production. The School is actively pursuing a multi-million dollar arts facility construction and renovation project.

    The Fessenden School seeks qualified applicants for the joint position of Director of the Arts  and Vocal Music Teacher.

    Job Description
    The Director of the Arts should have an enthusiasm for the visual and performing arts and an ability to inspire students’ lifelong love and learning of the arts. The qualified applicant will possess leadership skills and demonstrate an ability to collaborate and inspire colleagues. The Director will be a member of the Headmaster’s Administrative Council and will supervise the nine member visual and performing arts faculty. The Director will collaborate with the Director of Curriculum and Learning and members of the Arts Department to develop curriculum, select repertoire, and offer an innovative program in the performing and visual arts. The ability to integrate technology when appropriate and an understanding of arts integration are desired. Additional responsibilities include:
    • Keep up-to-date knowledge of arts pedagogy, research, and resources.
    • Be an active member in professional organizations and arts teaching community.
    • Commitment to continual professional development for the arts faculty.
    The Director of the Arts Department will also be a Teacher of Vocal Music and is expected to teach Middle School (Grades 5-6) and Upper School (Grades 7-9) vocal music classes and accompany on piano musical productions and concerts. The vocal music teacher will demonstrate an understanding of musical concepts and be able to communicate those concepts effectively to students. Qualified applicants must have experience working with children and/or beginning musicians and vocalists.

    • A bachelor’s degree in music is required.
    • A  master’s degree in music or music education or equivalent professional experience is preferred.
    • Experience teaching music in an elementary level classroom environment for a minimum of five years is strongly preferred.
    • Highly effective communication skills, both interpersonal and written communication.
    • Experienced performer (either solo or group).
    Salary and benefit package are competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head (agarcia@fessenden.org). No phone calls please.
  • Substitute Registered Nurse

    The Fessenden School, an all-boys independent day and boarding school with approximately 500 students in Pre-K through Grade 9, seeks a Substitute Registered Nurse/School Nurse. This is a per diem position with both day and evening shifts available. On-Call nurse coverage with physician back-up is included with certain shifts.

    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/Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse(s), School Psychologist, Athletic Trainer, Student Support Team, and Administrative Assistant.

    Preferred Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and at least two years experience
    • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Current CPR certification
    • Experience in school-based health
    • Experience with children and adolescents
    • Desire to work with a day and residential school community
    • Experience using electronic health records
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    If interested, please submit your resume to:

    Tricia Lamb, RN
    The Fessenden School Health Center Director
  • 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
  • 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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250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 964-5350

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