Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12

Employment

Greens Farms Academy is coeducational, PreK-12, independent day school built around a diverse, collegial, and inspiring faculty. At all levels we look for teachers who have deep expertise in their disciplines, are passionate about working with young people, lean into technology, and value lifelong learning. We are particularly interested in candidates who bring a global outlook and recognize the strength inherent in a diverse, inclusive community.

GFA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and budgets generous funds annually for professional development. GFA is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws, which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Open positions

Director of Community and Inclusion

The Director Of Community and Inclusion (DCI) is the member of the senior administrative team who leads the school’s strategic efforts to build and strengthen a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant community, a central tenet of the school’s mission. The DCI partners with all school constituencies -- students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and trustees – to support the school’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff, to design and implement a transformative cultural competency curriculum and program for students and faculty PreK-12, and to foster an inclusive community that values and celebrates all members.

A twelve month employee, the DCI serves on the Academic Committee, chairs the Faculty-Staff Committee on Equity and Inclusion, co-chairs the Board of Trustees Committee on Equity & Inclusion, sits on the Administrative Council, and reports to the Head of School. The DCI teaches one academic class and serves as an advisor. The Director manages and works closely with a team of Diversity Coordinators representing each of the three divisions. The position begins in the summer of 2018.

Key Administrative Responsibilities

General

  • Lead strategic planning initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Act as a resource for the administration and Board of Trustees in integrating multicultural skills and habits of heart and mind into their leadership and stewardship of the school

Diversity

  • Partner with the admissions team to increase the diversity of the student applicant pool and yield students and families from historically underrepresented backgrounds
  • Work with colleagues in administration to attract and retain faculty and staff candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds

Cultural Competency

  • Research and share new pedagogies, curricula, and best practices to support efforts to inject the academic program with lessons students need to thrive in a multicultural, interconnected world
  • Work directly with students and also empower faculty members to offer students lessons in cultural competency outside of the core curriculum
  • Develop and oversee diversity-related professional development for faculty and staff, on and off campus
  • Advise faculty on problems of practice and common classroom challenges in teaching about identity, social difference, and inequality

Inclusion

  • Serve as a resource for students, particularly those seeking guidance and support around issues of identity, community, and equity
  • Work with colleagues in the administration on student life issues and potential disciplinary matters involving identity, equity, and inclusion
  • Support all families, particularly those new to independent schools and/or who are traditionally underrepresented in our school
  • Coordinate all-school events and parent activities related to inclusion and multiculturalism
  • Partner with the alumni office to strengthen connections with alumni who value inclusion work and may want to get involved in the life of the school

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • an advanced degree, master’s or higher
  • at least 7 years teaching experience
  • at least 5 years leading institutional efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • experience working in an independent school
  • a demonstrated ability to lead a group to consensus and work collegially with multiple constituencies
  • excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • a love of working with young people and an appreciation for the life of a school

About Greens Farms Academy

Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12 co-educational day school of 715 students in the Greens Farms section of Westport, CT, an hour drive north from New York City and a half-hour drive southwest from New Haven. We are a suburban school close to major transportation and a five-minute walk from the Greens Farms Metro North train station.

The school’s commitment to building and nurturing an inclusive community is core to Greens Farms Academy’s mission: “GFA engages students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally minded community to prepare them for a life of purpose.” As part of this commitment, GFA believes that: a diverse faculty, staff, and student body benefits and enriches all members of our community – not just those who are traditionally underrepresented in schools like ours – and is critical to meeting our educational aim of preparing students for their futures; our curriculum and co-curricular program needs to teach our students the habits, skills, and attitudes they will need to live and thrive in a multicultural and interconnected world; and our community must be a place where all voices are heard, respected, and valued – a home for everybody at GFA.

The school has made diversity and inclusion a major priority. Over the past several years, the school has: instituted a Board of Trustee level committee focused on equity and inclusion; reimagined and reinvigorated the faculty staff diversity committee; significantly increased the diversity of the faculty; designed curriculum in all divisions focused on cultural competencies and incorporating Teaching Tolerance standards; grown the budget devoted to diversity initiatives; expanded the range of off-campus opportunities for students to explore issues of identity and social justice; and partnered with Dr. Derrick Gay on a multi-year initiative focused, inter alia, on professional development for faculty. Poised to embark on a new strategic planning exercise, diversity, equity and inclusion will be at the heart of that enterprise.

Applying

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Chris Kolovos, Associate Head of School, to DCIsearch@gfacademy.org.

World Languages Department Chair (PreK-12)

Greens Farms Academy seeks an experience teacher and leader to serve as World Languages Department Chair (PreK-12) and an Upper School Spanish teacher to begin in August of 2018.

The ideal candidate will be a master teacher, with a strong background in Spanish (experience with French and/or Mandarin is a plus), at least five years of teaching experience, and a passion for working with high school students. All language classes are taught exclusively in the target language, and the department is committed to project-based learning, technological integration, communicative teaching, and thematic units; lower school classes incorporate the comprehensive input approach. The chair will model these practices in his or her own teaching, as well as mentor members of the department as they hone their skills.

As the leader of a thriving PreK-12 department, the chair will manage and inspire a team of 14 faculty members teaching Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Key responsibilities include promoting and refining a vision for language learning within our community, thinking strategically about the program across all three divisions, managing faculty on a day-to-day basis, supporting opportunities for professional growth, working with the administrative team on hiring and faculty evaluation, overseeing the departmental budget, managing the course placement process, connecting to peers at other schools, and being a spokesman for the school’s language program regionally and nationally. The chair reports to the Associate Head of School and works closely with the heads of the three divisions.

For all positions, we look for candidates who have demonstrated cultural competency and a commitment to fostering an inclusive community.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Chris Kolovos, Associate Head of School, to languagechairsearch@gfacademy.org.

Lower School Associate Teachers

Greens Farms Academy is seeking Lower School Associate Teachers for the 2018-19 school year. The Associate Teacher program provides aspiring teachers with training and experience in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms under the guidance of a lead teacher. Associate Teachers are immersed in the daily life of the classroom through observation, supervised teaching, and small group work. There are also opportunities to lead after-school clubs in the Lower School and coach athletic teams in the Middle and Upper Schools. Typically, Associate Teachers spend two years gaining the experience necessary to move on to their own classrooms, and many pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from a nearby college or university while at Greens Farms. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, some experience in and a passion for working with young children, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive community.

Associate Teachers receive a competitive stipend as well as additional funding for coursework. There are also opportunities to supplement income through coaching and extracurricular activities.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Erin Thorkilsen, Director of the Associate Teacher Program, to associateteacherjobs@gfacademy.org.

Substitute Teachers

Greens Farms Academy welcomes applications for substitute teachers in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Ideal candidates will have teaching experience, expertise in their content area, the ability to teach across grades, a passion for working with students, and a commitment to fostering a diverse community.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Chris Kolovos, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, to substitutejobs@gfacademy.org.