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Friends Academy is known for having a strong sense of community that balances academics, arts, social and emotional learning, and outdoor activities. We offer generous compensation packages and a wide-ranging professional development program. Of equal importance, this is a place where our leadership, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni respect and appreciate each individual member of our community.

Current Opportunities

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School Nurse

Our School Nurse position for the 2023-24 school year is full-time (12-month employee). The expected hours of work are 7:30am-3:30pm daily (when school is in session). See details below for Summer schedule. The position reports to the Director of Finance & Operations. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for supporting students; be professional to parents, faculty, and staff; and have a sense of humor, positivity and warmth, and a dedication to working in a vigorous school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate clinical competency in school nursing practice and oversee the health care for students, providing first aid care and medically prescribed support and/or services.
  • Assess students’ health and refer students to urgent care or the emergency room, as necessary.
  • Possess knowledge of and the desire to stay current with ongoing COVID safety protocols (as outlined by state and federal guidelines)
  • Maintain confidential records and other relevant health data.
  • Identify opportunities for coordination with faculty on student health curriculum.
  • Participate on the Health & Safety Committee.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities to continue to grow as a practitioner.
  • Ensure all students’ medical paperwork are up-to-date
  • Maintenance of the nurse supply budget

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Maintain medical records for all students.
  • Demonstrate confidentiality
  • Navigate campus in all weather conditions.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing to community members and medical professionals.
  • Must be able to bend, kneel, reach, lift and stand for long periods of time.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years experience as a licensed registered nurse is required, preferably working in Pediatrics or Adolescent medicine.
  • License in MA must be current and maintained throughout employment.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a college or university is required.
  • Current certification in CPR Adult/Child and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Certification from the National Board of Certification of School Nurses is preferred.
  • Prior experience working in a school environment is valued.

Other Requirements: Vacation must be approved in advance, and a substitute nurse must be available to cover.

Summer Nurse Schedule:

During the Summer Programs season (eight weeks from June to August), the hours are:

  • 7:30am-3pm every Monday (Nurse attends Monday morning staff meeting and helps with camper registration related to medical needs at the start of each camp week)
  • 8am-3pm every Tuesday-Friday
  • Prior to the start of Summer Programs: Part-time schedule (~20hrs/week) to gather camper medical files, review and edit medical forms, design and implement medical staff training, help order medical supplies, follow up with families, and line up med kits and field trip paperwork.

For more details about the position, download the full job description. To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Hanh Nguyen, Director of Finance and Operations.

Director of the Sally Borden Program

The Director of the Sally Borden Program is a 12-month position responsible for all aspects of this school within a school – a highly integrated model of education for language-based, neurodiverse learners.

Responsibilities include program visioning, development, and oversight. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director supervises all Sally Borden faculty and collaborates extensively with the administration team.

Required Skills:

  • Dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous, progressive school community with commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Innovative and optimistic leader who understands and appreciates the unique needs of students with learning differences
  • Utilizes a student-focused approach to program design and decision making
  • Highly collaborative and sees the strength in working effectively as a team
  • Strong understanding of best pedagogical practices for dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and other associated learning differences
  • Supervises and evaluates Sally Borden faculty using a positive and professional approach to management
  • Relationship builder and understands the importance of partnering with families to deliver the highest degree of education possible to their children
  • In-depth experience reading neuropsychological evaluations and interpreting the data found within them
  • Works in concert with Directors of Enrollment and Outreach to enroll mission appropriate students
  • Oversees and organizes data collection and reporting of student growth
  • Handles sensitive, confidential information appropriately
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Confident communicator and presenter, comfortable speaking to groups
  • Comfortable with technology and is astute in learning new applications and software products
  • Partners with Director of Sally Borden Connect, Director of External Programs, and Director of Outreach on Summer Program offerings

Educational requirements: Ideally, candidates will have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Literacy, or in a Special Education field. Certification in Orton-Gillingham and related programs is a plus.

If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ben Kennedy, Head of School.

Library and Digital Media Specialist

Friends Academy seeks a passionate, positive, and innovative Library and Digital Media Specialist for the 2024-25 school year.

Responsibilities and qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, implement, and instruct Lower School library classes in Early Childhood-Grade 5
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the library, including budget, program, collection development, circulation, volunteer training/coordination, and physical space
  • Maintain, select, acquire, evaluate, discard, and organize physical and digital library collections
  • Knowledgeable of national and state standards for information and digital literacy and citizenship, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards.
  • Actively promote reading, information literacy skills, and information resource use through activities including book clubs, reading programs, reading initiatives, and other special school events.
  • Promote student curiosity, foster a love of learning, and work to complement the classroom programs across the school through literature and technology
  • Stays current and shares best practices in integration technology and information literacy skills
  • Relentlessly sunny outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and a belief in teamwork
  • Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information and ideas.
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with classroom teachers, specialists, the Information and Technology Director and Director of Curriculum to create an integrated academic program for our students
  • Dedication to social-emotional learning and Responsive Classroom practices
  • Commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Attend faculty meetings and positively contribute to discussion and dialogue
  • Participate in Outside the Classroom trips and overnights
  • Willingness to be involved in external programs

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Services preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in library technology applications such as Destiny
  • Desire to teach and learn in a vigorous progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Jamie Ross-Cory, Head of Lower School.

Lower School Spanish Teacher

We are looking for a full-time Lower School Spanish teacher. This role includes teaching Spanish in Early Childhood-Grade 4 multiple times each week.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Serve as a role model for students and demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Design, implement, and creatively deliver Spanish curriculum for grades EC-4
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
  • Differentiate curriculum for different learners
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Collaborate with grade teams and departments to create an integrated academic program for our students
  • Be involved in extracurriculars as well as field trips

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field as well as teaching experience
  • A passion for elementary students, a sense of humor, and positivity and warmth
  • Dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous, progressive school community with commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Proficiency in Spanish

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Jamie Ross-Cory, Head of Lower School.

Summer Programs Staff

Friends Academy Summer Programs offers a wide variety of day camps to continue our commitment to our students and the community. Our campers are 3-14 years of age, and we offer half-day and full-day programs. Morning session is from 9am-12pm, there is a lunch break for those who are in full day programs, and afternoon sessions are from 1-3pm. We also offer “surround care” – should families need to drop off their children earlier or pick up later. All staff need to be available to fill in occasionally during the summer for the before-care or after-care portion of our day. Staff may also be asked to take a shift during our “HangOut Zone,” which is a half day of camper care – for campers who are registered for half day programs, but need a full day of care.

Positions

  • Specialty Camp Leaders: Seeking current educators who are comfortable establishing their own curriculum for one or more of our Creative Camps, Enrichment Camps, Computer Camps, Cooking Camps, or Sports Camps. Additionally, we are looking for naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts who can foster enthusiasm for the outdoors during overnight camping experiences.
  • Core Camp Lead Instructors: Seeking current or aspiring educators, experienced student teachers, or seasoned camp counselors to lead one of our Core Camps (Little Friends: ages 3-4, Summer Friends: grades K-1 and 2-3, Adventure Friends: grades 4-5 and 6-7, and Outdoor Explorers: grades 8). Lead Instructors will be responsible for designing and facilitating dynamic, fun, and safe summer camp programming organized around weekly themes and pre-planned field trips. Instructors will establish a nurturing and supportive camp environment that also challenges campers to try new activities, form friendships, and explore their surroundings. This is ideally an 8 week commitment for the Summer Program season (June 24-August 16), but we also have opportunities for shorter commitments. Must have a season of previous experience in a camp or teaching setting.
  • Co-Lead/Assistant Instructors: Seeking energetic and responsible young adults to assist in all aspects of our summer camp programming. This position is responsible for supporting Lead Instructors in providing a safe and enriching camp experience.. This is a great opportunity to learn from seasoned camp and education professionals and gain hands-on experience working with children. This is ideally an 8 week commitment for the Summer Program season (June 24-August 16), but we also have opportunities for shorter commitments. Must have experience working with children.
  • Counselors-in-training: Younger high-school students looking for meaningful community service opportunities and a chance to be a role model to younger campers.

Requirements

  • Experience working in educational spaces preferred
  • Current Lifeguard training preferred (Adventure or Survival Camps)
  • Must be fingerprinted and pass CORI & SORI background check
  • Fill out all HR paperwork, medical forms, and review curriculum
  • Proof of vaccinations and current physical
  • Attend staff training and/or meet for one-on-one training with Program Director prior to the start of camp

Responsibilities

  • Uphold the Friends Academy mission and values and learn and uphold Summer Programs protocols as stated in Staff Handbook
  • Help ensure camp schedule runs smoothly (camper drop-off and pick up, transitions to activity spaces, interactions with health center staff, etc.)
  • All staff are asked to conduct daily check-ins with assistant director and provide support as needed
  • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants. This includes developing healthy and appropriate relationships with participants, assisting activity staff with inspection of spaces for hazards, helping all students and staff follow the appropriate safety protocols, managing risk and maintaining the safety of participants, and providing direct supervision of participants as assigned
  • Be an active member of the Friends Academy community (e.g. participate in camp set up and take down, and fill in where needed)
  • Present and communicate professionally with participants and their families, colleagues, and the public
  • Have an understanding of the camp overview (be aware of activity scheduling and locations, assist with hangout zone, lunch bunch, and surround care when asked)
  • Work as a team to ensure all special events run smoothly (e.g. field trips, guest instructors, etc.)
  • Occasionally lead/co-lead an overnight camping trip on the 65-acre Friends Academy campus
  • As a lead or co-lead of Core camps: Develop and maintain a teaching mastery of the following skills: outdoor living skills, team-building facilitation, games and free play, themed activities, forest and ecology curriculum, gardening and food systems; while maintaining a positive and fun learning environment.
  • Help campers engage with the activities of the day, interact in a healthy way with one another, and be a positive part of a larger community.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork (i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports)
  • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp

Compensation: Ranges from $15-$25/hour, depending on experience and level of commitment.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, contact information, and three references to Lesley Heyl, External Programs Director. The materials should clearly indicate the candidate’s qualifications for and interest in this work, articulate why Friends Academy resonates with them as an educator, and demonstrate a track record of increasing responsibility throughout previous employment.

Substitute Teachers

We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to serve as on-call Substitute Teachers in all grades. Teaching experience is appreciated, but not required. The salary for this position is $120 per day.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love Lower/Middle School students and learning
  • Deliver curriculum in a variety of disciplines
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter, current resume, and a list of three references and their contact information to employment@friendsacademy1810.org. Please include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friends Academy admits students and hires faculty and staff of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students, faculty, and staff at the school. Friends Academy does not discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity of others in the administration of its educational policies, employment practices, admissions policies, financial aid program, or other school-administered programs.