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The Chestnut Hill School reaffirms its long-standing non-discriminatory policy of employment. CHS hires faculty and staff of any race, color, religion, gender, family structure, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally afforded or made available to employees at the school. The School does not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration of its policies or programs. CHS is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to promote diversity through its hiring.

Institutional Background
The Chestnut Hill School, founded in 1860 and located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a co-educational, independent school educating students from Beginners (age 3) through Grade 6. The School lives its mission of academic excellence, diversity and community, believing strongly that all must be in place in order for graduates to have a deep sense of themselves as thoughtful students, skilled learners, and confident leaders who will become responsible, contributing members of the world. CHS prides itself on graduates who stand up for their beliefs, express their thoughts, and care about the rights and feelings of others. Most of all, CHS is seeking individuals willing to join a strong, warm and deeply committed diverse school community.


Current Job Openings

Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty

Supervisor: Head of School

Position Summary: The Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty oversees all aspects of the academic program including Chestnut Hill’s curriculum, professional development, and teaching staff feedback programs.

The Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty will:

  • Oversee all aspects of the school’s academic program and work with all constituencies (including teachers, students, families, administrators, board members, and a curriculum team)
  • Promote and facilitate achievement of high instructional standards aligned with the school’s mission and educational philosophy.
  • Schedule and oversee curriculum review cycle that reflects the mission of the school.
  • Plan and implement professional development initiatives, both individual and collective.
  • Finalize and oversee faculty feedback and evaluation system.
  • Plan and facilitate staff meetings, in conjunction with other administrators, specialists and teachers.
  • Collaborate with Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to enhance students’ character education through relevant programs, affinity groups, and workshops.
  • Participate in recruitment efforts to attract, develop, and retain a diverse teaching staff and oversee hiring policies, protocols and faculty hiring process, working with Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, teachers and administrators.
  • Serve as a resource for staff and administrative team with respect to student support; specifically, provide leadership on curriculum as it affects the growth and development of all students.
  • Partner with the admission team to help communicate the value of a CHS curriculum.
  • Partner with teaching teams to help communicate the CHS curriculum and student growth to internal constituencies.
  • Oversee Intern Program Coordinator(s). 
  • Engage with families and teachers seeking guidance, support, and connection.
  • Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Significant experience creating, implementing, managing and assessing curriculum
  • Experience working with children, experience in early childhood and elementary education preferred
  • Deep knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, and child development
  • Love of children, and nuanced understanding of their developmental and differentiated needs
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and to listen to, understand and synthesize ideas from a committed staff
  • Desire to work as a leader, manager and team player
  • Authentic engaged approach to being part of the internal and external community
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Master’s degree in education or related field

Core competencies:

  • Equity and inclusion​
    Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity and inclusion in work with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Collaboration
    In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met.
  • Communication
    Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication.
  • Critical observation and problem-solving
    Employee shows ability to not only gather information but also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents the following materials to employment@tchs.org by January 17, 2020:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this particular position;
  • A current resumé;
  • A one-page statement of educational and leadership philosophy and practice;
  • A list of at least three professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission)
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Supervisor: Head of School

The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Chestnut Hill School offers a unique opportunity to provide leadership and collaboration that is central to the School’s mission and lived experience of all in the CHS community. The School seeks a new Director who can further develop established DEI curriculum and pedagogy, that prepares students to develop and demonstrate empathy, respect and leadership now and in the future and who can expand this core vision for strengthening the community. The School’s commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and community, as outlined in its mission, leads it to infuse the curriculum with opportunities for students to explore multiple dimensions of identity and the interplay between social identity, social bias, and social justice. The next Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is vital to the dynamic evolution of this work.

Key responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Academic Dean to create, implement and evaluate the DEI curriculum
  • Coordinate faculty, family, and Board DEI training
  • Provide thought leadership for Head of School for strategic direction of DEI work
  • Participate in faculty/staff recruitment, support, and retention processes to further promote a diverse and inclusive school community
  • Serve as a member of the Student Support Team
  • Foster school-family partnership and community building
  • Serve as a liaison to Families of Color United for Success (FOCUS)
  • Coordinate adult and student affinity groups
  • Assist the Admissions Office with outreach, recruitment, candidate review, and classroom placement
  • Engage with students and families by participating in duties and activities that promote the culture of the community, e.g., lunch, recess, dismissal, special functions, and other duties as needed.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Strong desire to engage the possibilities of DEI work in early childhood and elementary education in a small school
  • High EQ; skilled at reading group dynamics and individual interactions
  • Desire to build and create DEI curriculum
  • Knowledge of identity development and intersectionality
  • Ability to effectively facilitate
  • Desire to collaborate, establish, and build systems and processes as a member of a strong team
  • Strong speaking and writing skills
  • Excellent judgement

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Experience working in an independent school
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Connections with other schools/agencies/people engaged in DEI work
  • Experience working with students age three to grade six
  • Strong organizational skills

Core competencies: 

  • Equity and inclusion - Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity and inclusion in work with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Collaboration - In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met. 
  • Communication - Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication. 
  • Critical observation and problem-solving - Employee shows the ability to not only gather information but to also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels.

The Chestnut Hill School has retained Resource Group 175 to lead the search for this position. Click here for an expanded position statement. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Tony Featherston at tfeatherston@rg175.com or to apply, go to: https://rg175.com/candidate/signup

Interns (Kindergarten-Grade 6) (Full Time)

Supervisor: Intern Coordinators

Position Summary: Intern teachers support lead teachers in the implementation of the academic program in grades K-6 as they gain experience to prepare for careers in education.

The Intern Teacher will:

  • Support the mission of the school.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
  • Teach homeroom subjects in partnership with the cooperating teacher.
  • Lead Open Circle Meetings in partnership with the cooperating teacher (as appropriate).
  • Participate in and support the planning for special events/activities.
  • Attend regular planning, grade-level, staff meetings, and intern cohort meetings as scheduled. 
  • Help to manage classroom transitions, including walking students to specials, lunch, and recess.
  • Attend special subject classes as needed.
  • Attend Faculty Professional Development Days, Curriculum Night (September) and Carnival (September).
  • Contribute to reports each term. 
  • Attend all parent-teacher conferences. 
  • Contribute to communications to CHS families, including weekly website updates.
  • Support the tone for routines and behavioral expectations set by the cooperating teacher.
  • Reinforce any language, consequences, or strategies as appropriate.
  • Maintain open two-way communication with cooperating teacher.
  • Perform arrival, dismissal, recess, and other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with children
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Core competencies: 

  • Equity and inclusion - Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity and inclusion in work with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Collaboration - In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met. 
  • Communication - Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication. 
  • Critical observation and problem-solving - Employee shows the ability to not only gather information but to also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels.

Interested candidates for the 2020-2021 school year should send resume to: Virginia Siu and Diana Blazar, Intern Coordinators, at chsinterns@tchs.org

Substitute Teaching (Part Time)

Required Education: Teaching experience

Applications for substitute teaching positions may be submitted at any time during the school year. Substitutes are expected to arrive by 7:45 am and work until 3:15 pm Mondays through Thursdays; the hours are 7:45 am to 12:25 pm on Fridays. The pay rate is $85 to $100 per day Monday-Thursday and $50 to $60 per day on Fridays. Candidates for substitute teaching positions must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, though preference will be given to candidates with a master's degree and/or experience in education.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to: Chris Cunningham, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty, either at ccunningham@tchs.org or at The Chestnut Hill School, 428 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.