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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.

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. 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 Director of Admission and Athletic Coach

    The Fessenden School seeks an Assistant Director of Admission and Athletic Coach. To learn more, please click here.
  • Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment

    The Fessenden School seeks an Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment. To learn more, please click here.
  • Associate Director of Secondary School Counseling

    Job Summary
    Fessenden seeks a full-time Associate Director of Secondary School Counseling. The primary role of the Associate Director is to assist Upper School (Grades 7-9) students and parents in the application process to secondary schools that are most appropriate to the abilities, interests, and educational needs of each student. Occasional travel to visit secondary schools and attend conferences and meetings is also expected.

    Essential Functions
    • Meet regularly with parents and students throughout the placement process, beginning in the spring preceding the year of application.
    • Assist the Director of Secondary School Counseling with coordinating a placement curriculum for eighth and ninth graders, including panels and visits from secondary school admission officers.
    • Assist with SSAT prep classes, administration of the SSAT on campus, school visits when parents are not available, and the collection and distribution of school records and recommendations.
    • Write the official “school recommendation” for each student he/she works with directly, as well as advocate for those students at the schools to which he has chosen to apply.
    • Become acquainted with each student as he applies out of Fessenden.
    • Serve as a coach, an advisor, or a class dean.
    Qualifications
    The successful applicant must have a bachelor’s degree; graduate study is a plus. A minimum of three years of experience in independent secondary school admission is preferred. Also required:
    • An open and collaborative work style
    • A high level of integrity and a strong work ethic
    • Discretion and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately
    • Facility with Google applications including Google Docs, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Slides, Google Sheets; facility working with databases, such as WhippleHill/Blackbaud
    Salary and benefits package is very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Tim Murphy, Director of Secondary School Counseling.

    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.
  • Internship Program

    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 (LS) interns are assigned to one grade level and work with each classroom in the grade level, and they assume increased teaching responsibilities as the year progresses. Middle School and Upper School interns assist in any classroom within Grades 5-9, as well as teach one course within those grades. Interns in the Visual and Performing Arts Department will teach a class in either 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 pre-adolescents, 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 each student to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge in accordance with his ability. We strongly desire candidates who value and work to establish positive relationships with parents and other staff members.

    Goals of the Fessenden Internship Program
    To mentor aspiring teachers by helping them learn how to:
    • Plan and deliver lessons and organize content.
    • Build individual lessons into units of instruction.
    • Develop curriculum and utilize interdisciplinary teaching and project-based learning.
    • Incorporate a range of resources into lessons.
    • Be reflective about teaching and learning.
    • Employ a variety of classroom management techniques.
    • Incorporate technology and multimedia into teaching and learning.
    • Develop an understanding of cultural competency and differentiated learning.
    • Respect and appreciate the needs and interests of young and pre-adolescent boys.
    Additional Components of the Program
    • Work closely with the Internship Program Coordinators, 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 Coordinators 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, planning lessons, posting assignments online, evaluating student progress, writing comments, 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, and 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 Offices.
    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.

    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.
  • Learning Resources Teacher

    Job Summary
    The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Learning Resources Teacher. The Learning Resources Teacher provides one-on-one remedial reading and writing support to boys in Grades 2-9. Qualifications include training in a multisensory, systematic reading approach, such as Orton Gillingham or the Wilson Reading System. Familiarity with administering standardized achievement testing as well as with reading, understanding, and applying recommendations from a student's neuropsychological evaluation is critical. Specialized training in a process approach to writing, such as EmPOWER or the Landmark Writing Program, and experience with strategies that support students with executive functioning difficulties is also critical.
     
    Essential Functions
    • Meet with individual students in a tutorial setting for remedial reading, writing, and/or curriculum and organizational support.
    • Administer standardized assessments such as the CTOPP, Woodcock-Johnson, and WIST; write testing reports that include an analysis of results and recommendations for remediation.
    • Design individualized lessons using a systematic, multisensory approach to teaching reading and writing, such as Orton Gillingham or Wilson.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents, both orally and in writing.
    • Attend parent-teacher conferences for both individual students and any conferences deemed appropriate in grade-level classrooms.
    • Serve as an advocate within the school community for individual students by regularly communicating with each student's teachers.
    • Incorporate educational technology in tutorial lessons.
    • Demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of multicultural education.
    • Provide supervision at family-style lunch for both Middle School (Grades 5 and 6) and Lower School (Pre-K through Grade 4) on designated days.
    Salary and benefits package is competitive. A master’s degree in special education or language and literacy development or certification in Orton Gillingham and/or the Wilson Language System is preferred. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School. The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.


    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.
  • Part-Time Athletic Trainer

    Job Summary
    The Fessenden School is seeking a part-time Athletic Trainer. The successful candidate is responsible for implementing and overseeing an athletic health care program (e.g., injury prevention, recognition, treatment, evaluation, and rehabilitation; referral of athletic injuries; follow-up evaluation and reconditioning; and education and counseling) for boys in Grades 5-9. The Athletic Trainer is responsible for managing the school's athletic training facility under the guidance of the Athletic Director.

    Essential Functions
    • Provide on-site injury assessment/treatment/rehabilitation/reconditioning for all Fessenden student-athletes in Grades 5-9. The Athletic Trainer is also responsible for making appropriate physician referrals.
    • Oversee all aspects of treatment and rehabilitation of our student-athletes.
    • Maintain a line of communication with the Health Center regarding athletic health care and recommended treatment/rehabilitation for all athletic injuries.
    • Oversee and coordinate the training in the fitness/weight room.
    • Assist the Athletic Department with various administrative tasks as needed.
    • Coordinate trainer coverage and communication plans for all home athletic games and tournaments.
    • Coordinate and institute concussion training and testing for all athletes and determine their return to play based on established protocol.
    • Coordinate CPR and concussion awareness training for all faculty and staff.
    • Oversee, maintain, and organize athletes’ medical forms and permission to treat forms in team medical kits.
    • Purchase and maintain medical supplies for the training room and first aid kits.
    • Maintain and adhere to a budget in relation to athletic training supplies.
    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in athletic training
    • ATC certification in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (required)
    • Experience in all facets of overseeing an athletic training program in a school setting
    Salary and benefits package is 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. The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.

    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.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Job Summary
    Fessenden seeks a full-time Pre-Kindergarten Teacher who will provide an early childhood program favorable to learning and personal growth and with an understanding and appreciation of boys.

    Essential Functions
    • Work in concert with another Pre-Kindergarten Teacher in one classroom.
    • Collaborate and plan with co-teacher and the other Pre-Kindergarten classroom teachers.
    • Establish a positive and effective rapport with students.
    • Motivate students to develop skills in accordance with each of their abilities.
    • Establish good relationships with parents and other staff members.
    • Provide effective classroom management and supervision.
    • Demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of multicultural education.
    • Implement engaging and differentiated lessons to meet the educational needs of the boys.
    • Create project-based learning experiences throughout the year.
    • Incorporate current educational technologies in the classroom.
    An advanced degree in early childhood or elementary education and experience teaching young children is preferred. Salary and benefits package is very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School.

    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.
  • School Psychologist (Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 9)

    Job Summary
    Fessenden seeks a School Psychologist for 20-40 hours a week. Candidates will have experience working in counseling and/or school settings with elementary and middle school-aged children. Candidates should have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and comprehensive knowledge of child development, tests and measurements, and crisis management.

    Qualifications
    • Must possess a doctorate (Psy.D./Ph.D.) and/or master’s-level degree in clinical and/or school psychology
    • Must be licensed as a clinical psychologist or school psychologist in Massachusetts
    • Must possess the ability to synthesize and interpret diagnostic and assessment data
    Skills
    • Must possess the ability to practically apply assessment, counseling, interviewing, and crisis intervention skills
    • Must possess the ability to work cooperatively as an interdisciplinary team member
    • Must possess excellent communication and time management skills
    • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community agencies, students, families, team members, and others
    Essential Functions
    • Collaborate and facilitate team meetings with the Assistant Head of School, the School Counselor, the Director of Residential Life, the Director of Learning Resources, and division heads
    • Serve as a member of the Threat Assessment Team
    • Observe classrooms to assist teachers in planning effective educational strategies for all students
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding all school and health-related issues
    • Work with students and their families to: identify and address learning and behavior issues that interfere with school success, in consultation with the Director of Learning Resources; make referrals and help coordinate support services
    • Work with teachers to: iIdentify and resolve academic barriers to learning; design and implement student progress monitoring systems and academic and behavioral interventions
    • Work with administrators to: promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment; respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services; make appropriate assessments and referrals for suspected abuse/neglect as a mandated reporter; facilitate workshops and training for parents and teachers
    Salary and benefits package is very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Steve Armstrong, Head of School.

    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.
  • Sixth Grade Math Teacher – Maternity Leave

    Fessenden seeks a Sixth Grade Math Teacher for a maternity leave (September-November). The position requires teaching four sections of math and serving as a Middle School advisor/homeroom teacher and supervising lunch and recess. The Fessenden School uses Math in Focus in K-Grade 6. The successful candidate will have experience teaching students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and engage students in appreciating math as it relates to their everyday lives.

    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. The email must include your name and the position in which you are interested.

    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

Other

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  • Professional Standards

    Serving our Inclusive Global Community

    Inclusive practices advance the School and make it more welcoming for students, families, faculty and staff.

    Fessenden Employees:
    • Treat others with honesty, compassion, and respect.
    • Honor diversity; promote a healthy respect for individual differences and affirm commonalities.
    • Seek to learn from those who have differing opinions.
    • Promote a community that rejects prejudice, bullying, and elitism, renouncing behavior that excludes others.
    • Demonstrate a sensitivity and openness to different cultures, values, and beliefs.
    • Center decisions around the safety, well-being, and growth of students.

    Communication

    Mindful communication cultivates caring and trusting relationships that support the community.

    Fessenden Employees:
    • Strive for clear, supportive communication that engenders trust, respect, and understanding.
    • Communicate with students in a way that is developmentally appropriate in regard to cognitive, moral, and social emotional development of boys 5-14 years old.
    • Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues through regular and open dialogue.
    • Communicate effectively, and in a timely manner, to parents with regard to students’ growth, behavior, and well-being.

    Professionalism

    Responsibility for personal conduct fosters a respectful, collaborative community.

    Fessenden Employees:
    • Together, further the school’s mission of inclusivity by treating all members of the community with kindness and respect.
    • Exhibit moral and ethical behavior in all community interactions.
    • Approach all situations, especially those of confidential nature, with discretion, respect, and sensitivity.
    • Conduct themselves conscientiously:
      • punctually and mindfully performing assigned duties and responsibilities
      • supporting and implementing school policies
      • maintaining an open line of dialogue with direct supervisors
      • demonstrating adherence to published reporting timelines
      • attending all required meetings
      • dressing professionally and appropriately
      • maintaining open and inviting workspaces

    Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Students

    As employees of this learning and teaching community, we understand that we have special duties of care for our students, and we must act in their best interests.

    Fessenden Employees:
    • Commit to establishing and maintaining relationships that reflect our professional roles and to acting as role models.
    • Commit, in our relationships with students, to maintaining clear and appropriate boundaries.
    • Recognize the power we, as adults, have in our relationship with students, and seek to use such influence to promote autonomy and healthy childhood development.
    • Accept accountability for the impact of our actions and words on the children in our care.
    • Seek advice and share concerns about any issues of student safety or well-being.

    21st Century Learning

    Ongoing professional development enriches the school community and promotes personal growth.

    Fessenden Employees:
    • Commit to best practices through ongoing professional development and through setting and meeting goals.
    • Reflect on practice, and learn from experience.
    • Share knowledge and resources with other members of the community to advance the school.
    • Evaluate and effectively utilize information, media, and technology, to enhance growth.

    21st Century Teaching

    Thoughtful, deliberate, and research based instruction and guidance enable boys to construct and express their understanding of themselves and the world.

    Fessenden Teachers:
    • Utilize project based learning, educational resources and technology, cultural competence, and character education to help build student understanding.
    • Create authentic and meaningful learning experiences for boys that value creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, connectivity, communication, and character.  
    • Nurture a positive classroom culture; ensure a safe, responsive, and productive learning environment to inspire, motivate, and challenge boys.
    • Design, implement, and map curriculum that clearly defines essential questions, content, skills, assessment, and resources.
    • Meet the range of educational needs in the classroom by designing and implementing well-structured and differentiated learning experiences with clear learning objectives.
    • Assess student growth regularly, in a variety of ways, providing timely and meaningful feedback.
  • 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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