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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  • 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.


    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.
    • 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.

    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.
    If interested, please send cover letter and resume to elapointe@fessenden.org.
  • Director of Development

    DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by The Fessenden School, located in West Newton, Massachusetts, to conduct a national search for a
    Director of Development.

    The Fessenden School, an all-boys, independent day and boarding school with approximately 525 students in Pre-K through Grade 9, seeks a motivated and experienced Director of Development to play an integral role in an upcoming capital campaign. This person will have a portfolio of up to 100 prospects which will include both alumni and parents. The new hire will be responsible for building relationships with these prospects and developing strategies to cultivate, solicit, and close capital gifts from donors at the $50,000+ level as a part of a $32-35M comprehensive campaign, of which the Advancement team has raised more than $14M to date. The current endowment is approximately $45 million dollars.

    The Director of Development will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and will help lead a collaborative and hard-working fundraising team. S/he will manage the Director of Annual and Capital Programs and the Director of Alumni Engagement and Development. In addition to managing these two direct reports, s/he will also work closely with the Headmaster, the entire 9-person Advancement Office, the senior administration, and high-level volunteers including trustees, campaign committee members, the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board, and a team of Annual Fund solicitors.

    This is a new position that was added as the School embarks upon the largest campaign in its history. The most recent campaign concluded in 2012, and raised $25M for endowment and the Annual Fund. The Advancement Office has been quietly raising funds for the next campaign for the last 2 years and, to date, has successfully funded turf fields and an innovation lab. The remaining components of this new campaign will include new squash courts, a major arts facility renovation and addition, and a $1.8M Annual Fund. Ultimately, we will seek to raise $32-35M within a 5-6 year period to achieve the priorities identified in the School’s 2013 strategic plan. There are currently 4,800 Alumni with whom the School is in contact. Please visit www.fessenden.org.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Formulate tailored strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward a targeted portfolio of donors and prospects.
    • Oversee the portfolio development and progress of the Director of Annual and Capital Programs and Director of Alumni Engagement and Development. 
    • Work with the Director of Advancement Operations to:
      - manage the campaign prospect pipeline, including a donor tracking system and fundraising progress reports;
      - assist with coordination of campaign leadership volunteer activity, and advancement subcommittee of the Board including preparation of agendas, briefing memos, remarks, and other materials;
      - assist with the development of solicitation materials (letters, proposals, etc.) to support the Headmaster, Director of Institutional Advancement and/or volunteer solicitors.
    • Working with the Director of Institutional Advancement, identify areas of opportunity and establish cultivation and solicitation plans to leverage those opportunities.
    • Guide and implement a multi-year, multi-media campaign communications plan including overseeing outside vendors and utilizing internal resources as needed. 
    • Oversee the Director of Annual and Capital Programs to ensure that we meet or exceed the Annual Fund goals set as a part of the comprehensive campaign, as well as the Director of Alumni Engagement and Development in an effort to grow giving from alumni to this campaign; Establish specific goals for the Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement programs and work with the Directors of each program to ensure effective planning and implementation. 
    • Formulate a system of metrics and strategy for measuring progress toward team and individual goals and evaluating overall performance.
    • Develop a working knowledge of all aspects of the Fessenden School, including its mission, history, vision, educational program, community, and funding priorities and strategic initiatives, in order to articulate a compelling case for support to all constituents.
    The Qualifications

    The successful candidate will bring:

    • Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of professional and progressive experience in development, including proven success soliciting and closing 5- and 6-figure gifts
    • 3+ years of management experience demonstrating the ability to lead and mentor staff, establish goals, and manage performance
    • Knowledge of “best practice” development/fundraising, particularly in building pipelines and development programs, and the ability to apply them in innovative ways
    • Strong aptitude for data, metrics/performance goals, and deliverables
    • Solid work ethic and a tremendous amount of initiative and drive with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment
    • Excellent judgement and a high level of integrity
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills including warmth, a sense of humor, and confidence, 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 with excellent attention to detail and follow-through
    • Experience using Raiser’s Edge or a similar database, as well as Google Drive
    • 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 Fessenden School’s Benefits

    The Fessenden School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan, paid vacations, medical, disability, and life insurance, and 90% tuition remission for boys who are admitted to our school and boys and girls who attend our co-ed summer camps.

    The position offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and a positive, team-oriented work environment. It also offers a development professional the opportunity to support an institution with a compelling case, a committed constituency, and a track record of success.

    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.

    Contact Information

    To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and cover letter to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: jobs@deerfieldassociates.com
  • 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.
  • 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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