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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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  • Director of Teaching and Learning

    The Fessenden School seeks a Director of Teaching and Learning.  For more information click here.
  • Food Services Director

    The Fessenden School is seeking an experienced and forward-thinking food service professional to be its next Food Services Director. The Fessenden food services program operates 12 months a year and during the school-year, feeds a diverse school-day community of 700 people and a boarding community of 150 people as well as caters various functions throughout the year. The Food Services Director has oversight of a staff of fourteen full and part-time employees, including, chefs, cooks, general service, and dining room attendants. For more information and to apply, please click here.
  • Grade 3 Classroom Teacher

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

    The Fessenden School offers four 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. Internships are available in the Lower School (Pre-K-Grade 4), Middle and/or Upper School (Grades 5-9), and Visual or Performing Arts (Grades Pre-K-9).  For more information click here
     
  • Math Teacher (Grades 6-9)

    The Fessenden School’s Upper School seeks an Upper School math teacher for grades 6-9 to teach a range of courses and levels.  The Upper School Math teacher is responsible for teaching 4 to 5 classes of 12-15 boys, being a member of one of the grade teams and supervising study halls as assigned.  For more information click here
  • Upper School Science Teacher (Grades 7-9)

    The Fessenden School’s Upper School seeks an Upper School Science teacher for Grades 7-9.  The Science Teacher is responsible for teaching 4 to 5 classes of 12-18 boys, being a member of an Upper School grade team and supervising study halls as assigned.  Most teachers in the Upper School teach two different grade levels which could also include an honors level class.  For more information please click here.
  • Bookstore Manager

    The Fessenden School is seeking a self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and community-minded individual to manage the school bookstore. For more information and to apply, please click here.
     
  • English Language Learner Teacher (Grades 5-9)

    The Fessenden School’s Upper School seeks an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for students who typically have intermediate proficiency in English for Grades 5-9.  The ELL teacher is responsible for teaching 3 classes of 8-10 boys in English, history and language, being a member of one of the Upper School grade teams, and teaching small group ELL tutorials as assigned.  For more information please click here
  • English Teacher (Grades 7-9)

    The Fessenden School’s Upper School seeks an Upper School English teacher for Grades 7-9.  The English Teacher is responsible for teaching 4 to 5 classes of 12-15 boys, being a member of an Upper School grade team and supervising study halls as assigned.  Most teachers in the Upper School teach two different grade levels which could also include an honors level class.  For more information please click here.
  • Ice Rink Operator

    The Fessenden School Ice Rink is looking for an Ice Rink Operator during the fall and winter months that will transition into the Building & Grounds department for the spring and summer months. For more information click here
  • 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 Cindy Metsch, Assistant Head of School.

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

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
  • 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
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