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

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Greens Farms Academy has an opening for a part-time Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Assistant Athletic Trainer is a 10-month position (August through May) beginning August 20, 2018. The Assistant Athletic Trainer must be available to work a flexible schedule of approximately 20-25 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. This individual is responsible for assisting the Head Athletic Trainer in tending to, scheduling, and supervising the medical needs of the Middle and Upper student-athletes of GFA while adhering to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.

The Assistant Athletic Trainer will work to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses of student-athletes in accordance with athletic training room policies and procedures during practices and home competitions. The Assistant Athletic Trainer must be able to make appropriate referrals to outside medical professionals when necessary. This individual is responsible for communicating with parents, the Athletic Training staff, athletic department, physicians, other health-care professionals, and coaches about the health status of student-athletes in their chosen sport.

The Assistant Athletic Trainer is responsible for, but not limited to, overseeing the daily operation of the athletic training room, implementing specific treatment protocols, including therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation programs for individual athletes, providing medical coverage for home athletic events and practices as scheduled by Head Athletic Trainer, and other responsibilities as assigned. In addition to clinical responsibilities, this individual may have an additional opportunity to serve as a preceptor within Sacred Heart University's CAATE Accredited Athletic Training program.

Requirements

Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited CAATE college or university, hold NATABOC certification, hold Connecticut State Athletic Training Licensure or be eligible, and have current CPR/AED certification for healthcare providers by the start date. The individual must have strong written and verbal communication skills. This position requires initiative and someone with a high energy level, who can multi-task and be able to work variable hours. This position requires evening and weekend assignments. For all positions, GFA looks for candidates who have demonstrated cultural competency and a commitment to fostering an inclusive community.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Must be physically able to consistently perform job duties listed above.
  2. Able to bend, stoop, and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

FLSA Status

Non-Exempt

Typical Level of Interaction

This position requires strong interaction with school personnel, students and parents.

Other Qualifications

All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is also required to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends athletic practices and/or competitions.

Greens Farms Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to fostering a diverse community.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) to jasonhannum@gfacademy.org, subject line “Athletic Training Position.”

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Position Start Date: July 1, 2018
Status: Full-time

Greens Farms Academy (GFA) is a 714-student independent co-ed day school for grades pre-K through 12, located on 45 acres in Westport, CT.

GFA seeks an innovative and highly seasoned professional with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of mission based fiscal leadership to serve as its next Chief Finance and Operations Officer. The CFO/COO serves as a member of the Administrative Council, the School’s senior policymaking team, and reports directly to the Head of School.

GFA has a $29MM operating budget, an endowment of $44MM, and is debt free.

The Chief Finance and Operations Officer is responsible for finance, human resources, facilities, construction oversight, food service, legal and risk management, and transportation. The position has 4 direct and 26 indirect reports.

The CFO/COO works closely with the Board of Trustees, participates in all Board meetings, and the following Board committees: Finance, Investment, and Building & Grounds. The CFO/COO is also a member of the Financial Aid, 403(b), Food, and Safety committees. Additionally, he/she serves on the Horizons at GFA Finance Committee.

The CFO/COO is responsible managing the School’s fiscal policies, programs, and practices including preparing both the annual budget and the long range financial plan and ensuring the fiscal stability of the institution. He/she will provide oversight for several construction projects scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018.

The successful candidate will be a creative and strategic thinker with a clear vision of the role of finance in realizing institutional objectives and priorities. An outstanding communicator and problem solver, he/she will also have proven experience in managing change while demonstrating a dedication to community, collaboration, and equity.

A minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible senior management experience in a complex environment, is required. Academic and/or non-profit experience is a plus but not required.

Other Skills and Abilities:

The CFO/COO needs to learn and understand the unique culture of the school environment and be flexible and adapt policies and procedures in such a manner to ensure that the school delivers its mission in a sustainable manner.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Typical Level of Interaction:

This position requires strong interaction with all School divisions and departments as well as students, parents, Trustees, and vendors.

Other Qualifications:

All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is also required to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, and other events.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to gfahr@gfacademy.org, subject line “CFO.”

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.

English Department Chair

Greens Farms Academy seeks an experienced teacher and leader to serve as English Department Chair (5-12th grade) to begin in August of 2018.

The ideal candidate will be a master teacher, with at least five years of teaching experience, a graduate degree in English, a collaborative and student-centered approach, and a passion for working with middle and upper school students. The department is committed to discussion-based classes, textual analysis, and close teacher-student collaboration on writing. 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. The chair will also be a champion of the department’s commitment to supporting students as they publish and perform their work outside the classroom.

As the leader of a thriving and experienced 5-12 department, the chair will support and inspire a team of 10 faculty members. Key responsibilities include promoting and refining a vision for English learning within our community, fostering a vibrant literary community on campus, thinking strategically about the program across two divisions and about the needs of students in a changing world, 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 English program regionally and nationally. The chair reports to the Associate Head of School and works closely with the heads of the middle and upper schools.

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 englishchairsearch@gfacademy.org.


Third Grade Lead Teacher

Greens Farms Academy seeks a third grade teacher with at least three years of experience who possesses a deep working knowledge of the social, emotional and academic needs of upper elementary children; who is well versed in the best practices for teaching language arts (literature, reading, writing, listening, and speaking), mathematics and social studies; who emanates joy in working with young adolescents; who is interested in alternative assessment, differentiated instruction, curriculum design, and innovation; who enjoys working with colleagues in a collaborative program; and who is committed to fostering an inclusive community. Experience with Singapore Math, the Columbia Reading and Writing Institutes, and Responsive Classroom is preferred. The position begins in the 2018-19 school year.

Interested candidates should email a resume, letter of interest, and references (if available) addressed to Aléwa Cooper, Head of Lower School, to lowerschooljobs@gfacademy.org with the name of the position in the subject line.

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.