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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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  • Director of Teaching and Learning

    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.

    The Director of Teaching and Learning coordinates and oversees a comprehensive, well-articulated PK-9 curriculum. The director advocates and supports instructional practices which reinforce the School’s mission, educational philosophy, academic goals, community principles, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. The director works in full partnership with the Assistant Head of School and the division heads. This administrative position is for 10 months and three additional weeks during the summer.

    Major Responsibilities:
    Curriculum

    • Oversee the continual process of developing curriculum and honing its scope and sequence, with a particular eye toward the transitions between grades and divisions
    • Oversee the curriculum and suggest recommendations for correcting overlaps/gaps
    • Help departments develop standards appropriate for the school
    • Assure uniformity of assessment, parent reporting, and academic standards
    • Facilitate five-year curriculum review process with department chairs
    • Gather materials and conduct preliminary research for curriculum review
    • Monitor and document the curriculum using Rubicon Atlas annually
    • Review all proposed changes to the curriculum and provide updates on a yearly basis
    • Coordinate curriculum and textbook reviews with department chairs on a regularly scheduled basis
    • Assess the efficacy of curricular outcomes (including analyzing standardized test data) and make appropriate recommendations for changes and revisions
    • Articulate the curriculum to various constituencies

    Teaching and Learning

    • Provide instructional coaching and feedback to classroom teachers
    • Observe classroom instruction and the implementation of curricular initiatives on regular basis
    • Advocate methods for integrating instruction and interdisciplinary studies, and advance Fessenden’s 21st Century Educational Best Practices (technology and educational resources, cultural competency, project-based learning and differentiated learning)
    • Assist teachers in matching appropriate assessment instruments to curricular objectives
    • Review standardized test data three times a year with division heads and faculty and assist faculty in using data to inform instruction
    • Review academic balance throughout the school and the level of homework and student projects
    • Collaborate with division heads regarding curriculum, instruction and staffing
    • Consult with the Assistant Head regarding professional development opportunities for the faculty related to teaching and learning
    • Conduct a minimum of two workshops per year to keep faculty informed of current trends/research in curriculum and instruction

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Serve as a member of the following administrative teams:
    • Invited guest to Academic PK-9
    • Expanded PK-9
    • Administrative Council
    • Meet weekly with each division head
    • Collaborate with the School Scheduler regarding the academic schedule
    • Stay current with educational technology, curriculum development, national learning standards, multicultural education, and 21st Century Educational Best Practices
    • Organizes and facilitates department chairs meetings
    • Oversees the PBL coach, math coach, and LS literacy coach
    • Network with curriculum directors at other independent schools
    • Teach at least one major class or the equivalent
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Headmaster or Assistant Head of School

    Desired Skills and Experience:
    The Director of Teaching and Learning should have a good understanding of curriculum development, constructionist pedagogy, and design thinking. The director should be forward thinking, organized, and collaborative.

    An advanced degree is preferred. Candidates should have more than 5 years of experience as a classroom teacher. Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, a page philosophy of teaching and learning, a resume, and contact information for three references to Angela G. Garcia, Assistant Head of School (agarcia@fessenden.org).
  • Fifth Grade English/Social Studies Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving more than 520 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 Fifth Grade English/Social Studies Teacher. The successful candidate will have experience teaching students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and to engage students in appreciating reading, writing, and social studies as they relate to their everyday lives.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Teaching four sections of 5th grade English/Social Studies
    • Collaborating with grade-level and department colleagues
    • Embracing educational technology and its implementation in the classroom
    • Contributing to project-based curriculum development at department and division levels
    • Establishing differentiated learning based on the needs of all students
    • Demonstrating an appreciation and understanding of multicultural education
    • Communicating regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents
    • Facilitating parent-teacher conferences twice a year
    • Writing thoughtful academic and advisor comments twice a year
    • Accompanying students on multi-day, grade-level trips and additional field trips
    • Serving as a homeroom teacher/advisor and a club leader
    • Coaching or covering study hall for three seasons
    • Overseeing lunch, recess, and study halls as needed
    Salary and benefit package are very competitive. Residential housing may be available. 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).
  • 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.
     
  • Middle and Upper School Visual Arts 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 (Grades 5 and 6) and Upper School (Grades 7-9) Visual Arts Teacher. We seek a professional artist and educator who is passionate about the visual arts and will instill a love for them in pre-adolescent boys.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Teaching multiple sections of Middle School and Upper School Visual Arts classes, which include different art mediums such as painting, illustration, drawing, clay, murals, mixed media and ceramics
    • Creating a scaffolded Visual Arts curriculum with the Lower School Visual Arts teacher
    • Cultivating positive relationships with colleagues in the Arts Department and across the divisions
    • Collaborating with the Center for Innovation to create cross-curricular art projects
    • Curating the Art Wing with student artwork throughout the year
    • Directing and curating the all-school and trimester-based art shows throughout school year
    • Assisting students with their art submissions to yearly portfolios
    • Selecting artwork for the literary magazine, The Albemarle
    • Embracing technology in the visual 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
    • Designing and painting sets and props for the Theater Arts program
    • Identifying venues and events to showcase students artwork throughout the Boston area
    An advanced degree is preferred but not required. 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).
  • 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.
  • Upper School Math Teacher

    The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving more than 520 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 an Upper School (Grades 7-9) Math Teacher. The successful candidate must have at least three years of experience teaching math to students of this age and should possess a passion to inspire and to engage students.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Teaching four sections of 7th, 8th or 9th grade mathematics (Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, or Precalculus)
    • Collaborating with grade-level and department colleagues
    • Embracing educational technology and its implementation in the classroom
    • Contributing to project-based curriculum development at department and division levels
    • Establishing differentiated learning based on the needs of all students
    • Demonstrating an appreciation and understanding of multicultural education
    • Communicating regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents
    • Writing thoughtful academic and advisor comments twice a year
    • Serving as an advisor and a club leader
    • Coaching at least two seasons  
    • 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).
  • 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 Upper School (Grades 7-9) 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
    • 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).
  • 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
  • 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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250 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
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