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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. 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

    JOB SUMMARY:
    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.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    Ice Rink Maintenance
    • Perform ice resurfacing, edging, flooding and drill test as scheduled by the Rink Manager.
    • General maintenance to electric Zamboni and edger to include blade changes & battery care.
    • 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, etc.
    • Set-up 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 to include, 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 change 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.
    OTHER DUTIES/ACTIVITIES:
    • 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.
    QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

    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 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.
  • Band Teacher (Grades 4-9)

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving more than 52o students in Pre-K through 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.

    Fessenden seeks a full-time Band Teacher (Grades 4-9). We seek a professional artist and educator who is passionate about the performing arts and will instill a love for them in pre-adolescent boys.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Teaching multiple sections of Band to children in Grades 4-9
    • Playing and teaching multiple instruments, specifically: woodwinds (flute/clarinet/saxophone) and brass (trumpet/trombone)
    • Planning and implementing a balanced music program to include music appreciation, harmony, theory, improvisation, and the historical and cultural aspects of music
    • Choosing age-appropriate music for students that includes classical, jazz, pop and rock music
    • Producing and directing winter/spring music concerts, and other performances as needed throughout the school year
    • Cultivating positive relationships with colleagues in the Arts Department and across the divisions
    • Embracing technology in the performing arts and its implementation in the classroom
    • Demonstrating an appreciation for and understanding of multicultural education
    • Establishing a differentiated classroom based on the needs of all students
    An advanced degree in Music Education (instrumental emphasis) is preferred. Three years minimum experience. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org).
  • Director of Communications

    Summary
    The Director of Communications must be a high-energy, creative individual who can develop and execute a robust and leading-edge communications strategy.

    The ideal candidate will be a communications generalist who possesses highly developed, writing, website management, social media, data analysis, design, vendor relations, and project management skills. S/he will have 5+ years related experience, ideally at an educational institution. S/he will know how to produce results in an environment in which building consensus and effectively collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders is critical.

    The position reports to the Director of Marketing and helps shape the School’s overall marketing strategy and serves as a key member of the School’s advancement team.

    Key Responsibilities
    • Work with the Director of Marketing to drive the positioning and branding of the school
    • Create annual communications strategy that targets key constituencies and promotes the School’s mission and brand
    • Work with the Head of School Office, Division Heads, and other faculty and staff to ensure timely, informative, coordinated, and customer-friendly electronic communications (blogs, online news stories, e-newsletters, social media posts, videos, etc.) related to both routine and crisis communications
    • Manage the development (writing and design), production, and distribution of the annual magazine, and assist with other advancement and admissions materials as needed
    • Assist Director of Marketing in maintaining the School’s external website (structure, design, and content), and oversee the Blackbaud CMS to effectively engage key School communities
    • Work throughout the school to leverage digital and social media to effectively communicate with known and potential stakeholders
    • Manage space and digital advertising initiatives
    • Lead all media and PR efforts
    • Manage freelancers, interns, contractors, third party vendors as appropriate
    Desired Skills & Experience
    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher and 5+ years experience in communications, marketing, public relations or related field
    • Outstanding writing, editing, and analytical skills
    • Knowledge of print production process from design through mail house
    • Highly developed organizational and project management skills and the ability to produce results under tight deadlines required
    • Ability to determine effectiveness of communications initiatives through data analytics
    • Strong content management, digital marketing, and social media skills are essential
    • Ability to manage the needs and expectations of a wide variety of constituencies
    • Experience with and understanding of the culture of independent school, and the needs of parents as constituents, is desired
    • Available to work full-time and occasional nights and weekends
    • Experience with Blackbaud content management system, Google Apps, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and WordPress a plus
    If interested, please email resume and cover letter to Director of Marketing Suzanne Murphy (smurphy@fessenden.org).
  • 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.
     
  • Lower School Science Teacher (1 year position)

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving more than 52o students in Pre-K through 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.

    Fessenden seeks a full-time Lower School Science Teacher in Grades 1-4 for a year-long position. The successful candidate should possess a bachelors in science and an advanced degree in science or education preferred. Additionally, candidates with a background in teaching and developing science curriculum or working in science museums, nature centers, or discovery centers are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should have a love of engaging students in hand-on exploration of science concepts and inspiring young minds.

    Responsibilities include:
    • Teaching 18 periods of science per week
    • Collaborating with grade-level teachers and department colleagues to develop curricula
    • Contributing to project-based learning at the department and division levels
    • Connecting positively with a diverse community of Lower School students and faculty
    • Embracing educational technology and its implementation in the classroom
    • Demonstrating an appreciation and understanding of multicultural education
    • Establishing a differentiated classroom based on the needs of all students
    • Communicating regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents
    • Writing thoughtful academic comments
    • Supervising Lower School lunches
    Salary and benefit package are very 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 (agarcia@fessenden.org).
  • 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.
  • Upper School Science Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving more than 52o students in Pre-K through 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.

    Fessenden seeks a full-time Middle School and Upper School (Grades 6 and 7) Science Teacher. The successful candidate should possess a science education degree or an advanced science degree. This position requires at least 3 years of experience leading a middle school science classroom and developing science curricula, preferably earth science.

    Responsibilities include:
    • Teaching four sections of science (2 6th grade classes and 2 7th grade classes)
    • Collaborating with grade-level and department colleagues
    • Contributing to project-based curriculum development at the department and division levels
    • Connecting positively with a diverse community of middle school students and faculty
    • Embracing educational technology and its implementation in the classroom
    • Demonstrating an appreciation and understanding of multicultural education
    • Establishing a differentiated classroom based on the needs of all students
    • Communicating regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents
    • Facilitating parent-teacher conferences twice a year
    • Writing thoughtful academic comments
    • Serving as an advisor and club leader
    • Coaching at least two seasons of sports
    • Overseeing lunch, recess, and study halls as needed
    Residential housing may be available. Salary and benefit package are very 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 (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
  • 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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