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 Residential Life

    The Fessenden School  seeks an Assistant Director of Residential Life who is responsible for managing the administrative aspects of the Residential Life Office, communicating with parents, students and residential life faculty, and partnering with the Director of Residential life in the development and execution of the program.  For more information or to apply click here.
  • Assistant Head of Lower School

    The Assistant Head of Lower School works in full partnership with the Head of Lower School to oversee the Lower School program. The Assistant Head of Lower School will be involved in all aspects of supervision of the Lower School including recruitment and retention of faculty, daily operations of the school, professional development for faculty, and curriculum development. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2021. For more information or to apply click here
  • Band Teacher - Upper School

    The Fessenden School seeks a full time Band Teacher. The teacher will be responsible for teaching 4th grade Woodwinds, Middle School Band (5th and 6th grades), Concert Band (7th-9th grades), and Honors Band (7th-9th grades.) For more information or to apply click here.
  • Chief Financial Officer

    The Chief Financial Officer is a member of the 13-member Senior Team that oversees the development and implementation of strategic goals for the School.  The CFO works closely with the Head of School to address the financial, investment, and business objectives of the School. For more information click here.
  • Digital Media Teacher

    The Fessenden School seeks a full time Digital Media Teacher. The teacher will be a member of the Arts Department, teaching elective classes in the Upper School (grades 7-9) as well as serving as an Upper School Advisor. For more information or to apply click here.
  • Dining Room Attendant

    The Fessenden School’s Food Services department seeks a part-time Dining Room Attendant to work Monday to Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm during the school year for approximately 36 weeks. The Dining Room Service Attendant is responsible for serving food, and maintaining the dining area in sanitary condition. For more information or to apply please click here.
  • Director of Lower School Admissions

    Fessenden’s Director of Lower School Admissions reports to the Director of Admission & Enrollment Manager and oversees all aspects of Pre-K through Grade 4 admissions. For more information or to apply click here
  • Director of Teaching and Learning: Middle and Upper School

    The Director of Teaching and Learning for the Middle and Upper Schools oversees a comprehensive, well-articulated grades 5-9 curriculum and collaborates with department chairs/directors and the Lower School Assistant Head. The coordinator advocates and supports instructional practices which reinforce the School’s mission, educational philosophy, academic goals, community principles, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice and anti-bias curriculum. The coordinator works in full partnership with the Assistant Head of School. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2021.  For more information or to apply please click here.
  • Intern - Lower School

    The Fessenden School offers two, one-year teaching paid 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. For more information or to apply click here.
  • Intern - Middle School / Upper School

    The Fessenden School offers two, one-year teaching paid 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. For more information or to apply click here.
  • Second Grade Teacher

    The Fessenden School’s Lower School seeks a second grade teacher for a self-contained class of 14 to 17 boys.  The second grade teacher is responsible for teaching math, social studies, language arts, and reading and to assist in the teaching and integration of Spanish, science, library curriculum and the arts. For more information or to apply click here.
  • Skills Center Teacher

    The Fessenden School seeks a full-time Skills Center Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. The Skills Center Teacher provides one-on-one remediation and support for boys in Grades K–9 who have been identified as needing additional instruction in reading and writing. For more information or to apply please click here
  • Substitute Teachers

    The Fessenden School seeks substitute teachers. To apply click here.

Core Benefits

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  • Insurance Programs

    • Tufts Health Insurance Plan (75% of premium is covered by the school)
    • Delta Dental Insurance
    • Group Life Insurance (100% of premium is covered by the school)
    • Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% of premium covered by the school)
  • Retirement Savings Plan

    All employees are eligible to contribute. After one year of full-time employment, matching and non-elective contibutions from the school are available.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Section 125 Plan

    • Health Care Account
    • Dependent Care Account
  • Paid Time Off

    • Sick
    • Personal
    • Vacation
    • Holiday
  • 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 provided by campus dining.
    • Campus athletic facilities (with B&G approval) and, when available, two outdoor swimming pools may be used by employees and their families.
    • Plenty of free parking


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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.


    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.


    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
  • Visa Sponsorship

    We are interested in every qualified candidate, however, we are currently not able to sponsor employment visas.

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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