Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Employment

Greens Farms Academy (GFA) is coeducational, PreK-12, independent day school built around a diverse, collegial, and inspiring faculty and staff. For all positions, we look for candidates who are passionate about working with young people, enjoy working with colleagues in a collaborative environment, are flexible and creative, value lifelong learning, will fully engage in the life of the school, and are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable community.

GFA is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law with regard to hiring, terms, and conditions of employment or educational programs. We strive to provide a welcoming educational environment where the value and dignity of each and every member is respected and valued.

Open positions

Director of Institutional Advancement & External Affairs

Deerfield Associates is pleased to announce a new search on behalf of Bob Whelan, Head of School and Greens Farms Academy, for a Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs. Greens Farms Academy is a coeducational, PreK–12 independent day school serving 715 students including 170 students enrolled in Lower School, 230 in Middle School and 315 in the Upper School.

The Director reports to the Head of School and has responsibility for oversight of all fundraising, alumni, parent relations, marketing, and communications. The Director is a member of the School’s Administrative Team and is responsible for relationship management, administration, goal setting and budgeting for the Advancement Office, and for managing the staff, which includes a team of nine. The Head of School seeks a dynamic advancement professional who is a skilled fund-raiser, an excellent leader of people and is able to excel with a fast moving and sophisticated organization. GFA recently completed a successful $21M capital campaign and enjoys an annual fund approaching $2M. The current endowment is $43M. The opportunity is available immediately and will be filled following a comprehensive national search for the best candidate.  

Key accountabilities include setting goals, determining strategy, establishing plans, and managing staff and relationships with various constituencies. The Director is responsible for implementing best practices in data recording and management, gift acknowledgment and reporting, donor relations, giving policies and confidentiality of information. The Director serves as a staff member on the Committee on Trustees, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Advancement Committee, the Marketing Committee, attends all Board of Trustee meetings, and oversees the management of the Advisory Council. The Director personally maintains a portfolio of major gift prospects, cultivating, soliciting, and closing these gifts.

A full search description of this high profile opportunity including the academic credentials, skill sets and required work experiences may be viewed at: https://deerfieldassociates.com/greens-farms-academy/

Greens Farms Academy offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan with employer-matching, a full array of insurance plans, and generous support for professional growth. Greens Farms Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and seeks candidates who will add to the diversity of the school community. 

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, send your résumé and a letter of interest, both as WORD documents, along with a list of your top references (who will be contacted only if mutual interest is determined), to:

Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc.

572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482  Telephone: 781-237-2800.

Email: jobs@deerfieldassociates.com

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, Associate Head of School, to substitutejobs@gfacademy.org.

Associate Head of School (July 2020)

Carney Sandoe & Associates is pleased to announce a new search on behalf of Bob Whelan, Head of School and Greens Farms Academy, for an Associate Head of School to begin in July 2020. Greens Farms Academy is a coeducational, PreK–12 independent day school serving 715 students including 170 students enrolled in Lower School, 230 in Middle School and 315 in the Upper School.

The Associate Head of School is responsible for the PreK-12 academic program at a school that has earned a reputation for innovation, excellence, place-based education, a growth-oriented faculty culture, and a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. The portfolio includes oversight of curriculum, faculty hiring, professional development, faculty evaluation, and special projects. The Associate Head of School also partners with the Head of School on all institutional issues -- legal, financial, strategic, personnel. The second most senior leader at the school, the Associate Head of School reports to the Head of School, is a member of the School’s Administrative Team, sits with the Board of Trustees, and is a visible leader in the community. The Associate Head of School has traditionally taught one class, served as an advisor, and been involved in the extracurricular program. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a lead role in GFA’s future success, enhancing its innovative, inclusive, and globally minded culture and bolstering the School’s growing national reputation.

Key responsibilities include collaborating with division heads, department chairs, and others to guide the academic program PreK-12, including curriculum, faculty hiring, professional development, academic schedule, and faculty evaluation; partnering with the Head of School on all institutional issues, including strategic planning, budget, facilities, legal matters, personnel decisions, special projects; managing the school calendar, handbooks, and reaccreditation process; and leading a range of special projects, which in recent years have included developing a new school schedule, redesigning the service-learning program, creating a new faculty evaluation system, leading national searches for administrative positions. The Associate Head of School attends meetings of the Board of Trustees and is a member of several Board subcommittees.

A full search description of this high profile opportunity including the academic credentials, skill sets and required work experiences may be viewed at: https://www.carneysandoe.com/assets/GreensFarmsAssocHead.pdf.

Greens Farms Academy offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package including a retirement plan with employer-matching, a full array of insurance plans, and generous support for professional growth. Greens Farms Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks candidates who are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable community.

Please send resume/CV, letter of intent, list of five references with contact information (references will not be contacted until the candidate is notified), and statement of philosophy of education and leadership to John Faubert, jfaubert@carneysandoe.com, or Sloane Meyer, sloane.meyer@carneysandoe.com. Please do not contact the school directly.

Commuting to GFA

The campus sits on the Long Island Sound, a half hour south of New Haven and an hour north of New York City by car or commuter train on the Metro North Harlem Line. We are a suburban school close to major transportation and a quick five-minute walk from the Greens Farms Metro North train station.

Our faculty live in and commute to GFA from a number of cities and towns, including New York City (Manhattan, Bronx), New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye, Stamford, Bridgeport, Milford, Trumbull, Stratford, Fairfield, and Norwalk.

TAKING THE TRAIN TO GFA
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Benefits

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, in addition to some of the most competitive salaries in the region. Benefits available to full-time employees include:

  • Medical/dental/vision plans
  • Retirement plan and school matching program
  • Group life insurance with AD&D coverage
  • Supplemental employee-paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Medical/dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Health savings accounts
  • Financial support for advanced degrees and other approved classes or workshops
  • Free use of school's state-of-the-art athletics center
  • Free lunch on campus

Professional Development

GFA faculty members distinguish themselves as lifelong learners and innovators. One of the School’s top priorities is ensuring that our professionals have what they need to continue their professional growth. To support that growth, the School offers full-time faculty members funding for:

  • Conferences and workshops
  • Advanced degrees
  • Other coursework
  • Curriculum development

There is also a thriving culture of internal professional development, with teachers regularly visiting one another’s classrooms and the School sponsoring speakers to come to campus to work with groups of faculty members.

GFA also supports and encourages faculty to present at regional and national conferences, representing the school as thought leaders in their fields. Recently, faculty have presented at conferences including:

  • NAIS People of Color Conference
  • NAIS Annual Conference
  • Carney Sandoe Diversity Hiring Forum
  • NYSAIS Job Fair to Promote Diversity
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Conference
  • National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference

Faculty Spotlight

Jane Doe

Visual Arts

Sahar Al-Sawaf

Sahar Al-Sawaf has an incredible story to tell. It’s so important to her that as a filmmaker and animator she is inspired to tell it again and again in different ways. But it wasn’t always a story she felt comfortable telling. Read more

Especially with my students, my goal is to show them other people around the world who are going through the same things they are.

Sahar Al-Sawaf

 

Carolyn Hale

Upper School

Victor Llanque

“Not everybody needs to believe the same thing in order to lead prosperous and healthy lives. And we never end up with one answer. I create space for the kids to talk about it.” Read more

We want you to discover what you love to do, what you care about, and who you really are.

Victor Llanque

 

John Smith

World Languages

Eva Verduzco

And how can you have a real conversation — a true connection — without understanding where another person is coming from Lower School Spanish teacher Eva Verduzco has made it her mission to approach her work differently. While she continues to teach the fundamentals, she infuses them with a heavy dose of organic culture. Read more

 

One of my main focuses has been to teach not only the target language, but also the culture behind it

Eva Verduzco

 

Test

Math Dept. Head

Joe Steiner

In sixth grade, Steiner realized he loved math. It wasn’t that he hated the subject before — he had always been an enthusiastic student — but this was the first time that a teacher enabled him to connect with the subject in a completely new and meaningful way. Read more

These are the skills that our students can use anywhere, not just the classroom.

Joe Steiner

 


STEAM: A SIGNATURE PROGRAM
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THE GFA FACULTY EXPERIENCE
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WHY PARENTS LOVE GFA
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