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.”

Manager of Alumni Relations

This position's primary responsibility is to manage, strengthen and grow the relationship between GFA and its community of approximately 3,000 alumni, with the goal of increasing engagement and ultimately giving to the school. The Manager of Alumni Relations reports to the Director of Advancement and Community Relations.

Goals and Expectations

The Manager of Alumni Relations is expected to:

  • Draft, implement and manage a comprehensive alumni and parent relations program;
  • Identify and develop new opportunities to build a stronger community of GFA alumni by improving their sense of connection to the school and with each other;
  • Increase alumni participation in Annual Giving and increase total giving from alumni to the school; and
  • Identify and cultivate potential alumni donors of major and planned gifts.

Specific Responsibilities:

Alumni Engagement Management

  • Create a series of opportunities for alumni throughout the country to gather;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Donor Relations to create a travel program for new Head of School, in geographic areas where there are concentrations of GFA alumni and past parents, to enhance relationships;
  • Oversee all aspects of on- and off-campus alumni events and maintain a “master” calendar for alumni;
  • Create opportunities for Alumni to interact with the School through mentorship programs and speaker series;
  • Create, implement and manage young alumni programs that maintain GFA’s connection to its youngest alumni;
  • Oversee the Alumni Council, including organization and administration of meetings;
  • Working in concert with the Marketing and Communications department, manage all print and electronic communication for alumni and past parents, including alumni information in the GFA Magazine, e-newsletters, and event invitations;
  • Oversee alumni focused platforms including social media accounts, the alumni webpage and alumni newsletters; and
  • Survey landscape of peer schools and develop new methods to communicate with all alumni constituencies to increase engagement and giving.

Alumni Giving

  • Working closely with the Manager of Annual Giving, create and manage an alumni and past parent giving program, including appeals, phone calls, and meetings;
  • Recruit, train and retain alumni fundraising volunteer group(s);
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Annual Giving, design and implement a program to encourage and increase leadership level gift to Annual Giving;
  • Implement a Reunion giving program;
  • Design and implement a program to encourage young alumni giving, including creation of a Young Alumni Giving Club and a senior class giving program; and
  • Work closely with Director of Donor Relations on stewardship of alumni and past parent donors.

Planned Giving

  • In collaboration with Director of Advancement, design, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive planned giving program that includes strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of planned giving prospects;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advancement and the Advancement Committee Chair to develop a strategy for encouraging all Trustees to become members of the Quisque Pro Omnibus Legacy Society;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Advancement, identify and manage a portfolio of planned giving prospects;
  • With the support of the Marketing and Communications department, design and implement a comprehensive planned giving marketing program to include creation of a Quisque Pro Omnibus Legacy Society brochure;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Donor Relations, establish and maintain communication with identified donors of planned gifts;
  • Oversee all aspects of the Quisque Pro Omnibus Legacy Society, including planning and scheduling events, maintaining donor lists, design and production of logo and collateral materials, etc.;
  • Oversee recordkeeping and gift acknowledgment process for all planned gifts; and
  • Create and maintain an inventory of gift expectancies to include type, purpose, and documentation when available.

Administrative

  • Manage Alumni Relations budget;
  • Maintain oversight of alumni records in database;
  • Work to improve data flow from the School to the alumni records; and
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and minimum of four (4+) years in advancement or development role, preferably in an independent school;

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the School, alumni, other constituents and the public

Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills

  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines

●Ability to travel and work evenings

●Superior interpersonal and written communications skills and an appreciation for the School’s mission;

●Highly proficient knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office and Senior Systems, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Typical Level of Interaction:

This position requires strong interaction with all school personnel as well as various service providers.

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 15 lbs. 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.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to gfahr@gfacademy.org with “Alumni” as subject. No phone calls please.

Manager of Annual Giving

The Manager of Annual Giving reports to the Director of Advancement and Community Relations and is responsible for designing, developing and implementing a comprehensive Annual Giving Program. Responsibilities include:

Annual Giving:

● Design, develop and implement a detailed Annual Giving Program plan to include goals, rationale, organization, strategy, calendar, and budget;

● In collaboration with the Director of Advancement, design and initiate a program of face-to-face solicitations for leadership level ($1,000) prospects;

● Create and implement a program/plan to maintain and/or increase current parent participation (donors and dollars);

● Work closely with Annual Giving Chair(s) in developing and implementing a robust volunteer program, including the recruitment and training of Annual Giving volunteers, as well as ongoing direction, support, and communications;

● In collaboration with the Manager of Alumni Relations, develop a plan to increase alumni participation (donors and dollars); coordinate alumni solicitations, to include personal outreach (in person and phone), appeals, and acknowledgments;

● Create and implement a program/plan to increase grandparent participation (donors and dollars) and work closely with the Manager of Alumni Relations to create and implement a program/plan to increase past parent participation (donors and dollars);

● Solicit all full time Faculty and Staff with goal of 100% participation

● Write all Annual Giving appeals, and work in collaboration with the Director of Donor Relations on the production of gift acknowledgments, pledge reminders and related correspondence for all constituencies;

● Plan, organize and support all donor and volunteer cultivation and stewardship events;

● Coordinate, with Director of Advancement, appropriate synchronization and/or integration of Annual and Capital solicitations;

● Oversee maintenance of accurate gift records and in collaboration with Advancement Assistance, ensure that correspondence is generated in a timely fashion;

● Produce funds raised/participation reports/metrics (including year-to-date comparisons and giving trends) for presentation at all Advancement Committee meetings and for other committees as appropriate;

● Collaborate with the Director of Donor Relations in the coordination and production of the Annual Report.

General:

● Collaborate with and assist other members of the Advancement Office staff as requested;

● Together with the Director of Advancement, provide support to the Advancement Committee;

● Assist with all major constituency relations events;

● Attend professional meetings, conferences and workshops as appropriate.

Qualifications:

●Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five (5) years of nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably in an independent school;

●Must have the highest ethical standards and an ability to handle confidential issues with integrity and discretion

●Volunteer management experience is essential;

●Superior interpersonal and written communications skills and an appreciation for the School’s mission;

●Highly proficient knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office and Senior Systems, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Typical Level of Interaction:

This position requires strong interaction with all school personnel as well as various service providers.

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 15 lbs. 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.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to gfahr@gfacademy.org with “Annual Giving” as subject. No phone calls please.

Middle School Spanish (and French) Teacher

Greens Farms Academy seeks a Middle School World Languages Teacher to begin in August 2018. The position will involve teaching four or five sections of students in Spanish and French, although we are open to candidates who teach only Spanish. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of teaching experience, a strong background in the two languages, a passion for working with middle school students, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive community. Candidates should also be prepared to participate in the many facets of independent school life, including leading an advisory group, leading clubs and activities, chaperoning trips, and coaching. The new teacher will join a collegial Middle School faculty and a World Languages Department committed to target language-immersion, communicative teaching, thematic units, project-based learning, and technological integration.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Drew Meyer, Head of Middle School, to middleschooljobs@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.

Upper School History and Global Studies Teacher

Greens Farms Academy seeks an Upper School History and Global Studies Teacher to begin in August 2018. The teacher will cross over between these two academic departments. Courses will mostly likely include world history (ancient to modern) and Big Histories (a ninth grade interdisciplinary, systems approach to world history). Experience with American History or American Studies is a plus. There may also be opportunities to mentor seniors engaged in a Global Thesis, a requirement for those students pursuing a concentration in Global Studies. The ideal candidate will have a background in the humanities, an advanced degree in a relevant field, at least three years teaching experience, an interest in interdisciplinary learning, experience in and a passion for working with young people, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive community. Non-teaching duties will include advising, chaperoning trips, leading extracurricular clubs and/or coaching.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (if available) addressed to Andrew Jones, Head of Upper School, to historyjobs@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.