Thank you for your interest in joining Friends Academy.

At Friends, our faculty and staff play a critical role in providing students with a rigorous curriculum, caring community, and an overall atmosphere conducive to helping each child reach their highest potential.

We have an outstanding faculty and staff and seek qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds who are committed to fulfilling the school’s mission.

Friends Academy offers 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.

Elementary School Teacher

Friends Academy seeks a passionate, positive, and innovative Elementary teacher for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Responsibilities and qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Design and implement differentiated and student-centered curriculum
  • Encourage creativity, thinking, and learning based on the Mission of Friends Academy
  • Willingness to work within a collaborative and inclusive culture
  • Collaborate with faculty and specialists to create an integrated academic program commitment to social justice and global citizenship.
  • Understanding of Learning Portfolios and Project-based learning
  • Dedication to social-emotional learning and Responsive Classroom practices
  • Commitment to the out-of-doors and to taking advantage of Friends Academy’s 64-acre campus, nature trails, garden, and outdoor learning spaces
  • Relentlessly sunny outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Experience teaching math to meet the diverse needs of students, including lessons that help teach concepts, engage students and provide authentic assessments
  • Understanding of positive discipline and Morning Meetings aimed at creating a caring school community.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Attend faculty meetings and positively contribute to discussion and dialogue
  • Write individual student comments for each marking period
  • Willingness to be involved with our external programs and the school’s commitment to outdoor education (Fall Outside the Classroom Week/Spring Overnight, daily recess)
  • Commitment to the Mission, history, traditions and continuous innovation of our 200+yr old school community

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and teaching experience required
  • A passion for elementary school, a sense of humor, and irrepressible positivity and warmth
  • Commitment to teaching and learning 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.


Middle School Math Teacher

Friends Academy is a small, progressive EC-8 school of 250 students on the South Coast of Massachusetts. We are known for having a strong sense of community that balances strong academics, arts, social and emotional learning, and outdoor activities.

We are looking for a math teacher for the 2019-2020 academic school year to join our Middle School team. This role will include teaching small sections of Math, advising a group of students, supervising a service learning activity, and teaching one section of a different subject such as Science or Social Studies.

Middle School Math covers topics in geometry, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I to build life-long problem-solving skills and a growth mindset towards math. We believe that understanding a problem is at least as important as knowing how to do it (why before how). We believe in depth of content over breadth of content. We use math to connect to real-world problems. We are also growing STEAM education, project-based learning, and online tools such as IXL.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love Middle School students and learning
  • Serve as a role model for students and demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Design, implement, and creatively deliver curriculum
  • Encourage creativity, sense of wonder, and learning through exploration in math
  • 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 types of 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
  • Help prepare for and facilitate Student-Led Conferences
  • Be involved in extracurriculars as well as Outside the Classroom trips and overnights

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field as well as teaching experience
  • A passion for middle school, 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.

We would love to hear from you! To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Susan Yao, Head of Middle School.


Middle School Teacher Experienced in Special Education

The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy seeks an enthusiastic and optimistic middle school teacher to join our Sally Borden Program in August of 2019. This teacher will join our team of talented, passionate faculty who are dedicated to working with students who have language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. In addition to the academic course load, the position includes co-leading an advisory and chaperoning Outside-the-Classroom trips and overnights. Please visit our website to learn about our dynamic Sally Borden program.

We seek a dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and understands the importance of relationship-building when helping students find success. We value teachers who are creative and embrace inquiry and project-based learning. Our new middle school teacher should be well-versed in technology so that they are able to maximize the effectiveness of our 1:1 MacBook environment. We use a Google platform and assistive technologies to meet our students’ varied needs.

Qualifications:

This job may be for you if you:

  • Possess a bachelor degree in middle school education or related field; master’s degree preferred
  • Feel a strong alignment with Friends Academy’s Mission and Philosophy of Learning
  • Have experience working with students with language-based learning differences
  • Are optimistic, steady, humble, and committed to doing what is best for children
  • Possess a dedication to teaching and learning in a vigorous progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Are comfortable creating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of Sally Borden learners
  • Appreciate and are excited by innovation in education
  • Hold an Associate level of Orton-Gillingham or are willing to be trained
  • Are a strong role model for middle school adolescents and understand the cognitive, social, and emotional development of this age group
  • Personalize and differentiate content to best serve all learners
  • Value working as part of a team and making contributions to a shared vision of the best possible learning outcomes for students
  • Are comfortable being flexible, trying new ideas, and taking intellectual risks
  • Believe in a professional, optimistic educational community and will work to bring their best to school each day

Please visit our website at www.friendsacademy1810.org to learn more about our school.

If interested, please email cover letter, resume, and references to Laura Velazquez, Director of the Sally Borden Program.


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Reports to: Head of School
Direct Reports: None currently
Status: Part or Full Time

General Description/Summary/Scope of Role:
Supports the educational mission of the school via external and internal communications. Promotes awareness of school and works to build community through digital and print media.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Communications

  • Review and establish current communication practices and strategies in conjunction with administrative team
  • Create and review promotional content to support Admissions, Development,
    Administration, and External Programs
  • Review and maintain advertising opportunities, review target audience, and
    conduct/review market analyses
  • Maintain, write, add graphics/photos to Social Media Platforms
    Maintain, add, organize school photo repository on SmugMug.com
  • Take photos to communicate school life, events, extra-curricular activities, etc.
  • Write and deliver press releases to media outlets
  • Create and manage weekly electronic newsletter (Heads Up)
  • Sync email addresses with current database (BigSis) with bulk email app (MailChimp)
  • Create, update, and maintain pages, posts, forms, videos, news on school website
  • When necessary, review and edit communications intended for the public
  • Deliver content for design needs

Supervisory Responsibilities:
None at this time.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience in Marketing, Communications
  • Experience with social media applications, including Facebook and Instagram
  • Experience with Bulk Email delivery systems including MailChimp, Constant Contact, Gmail
  • Experience with MS Word Suite & Google Doc Suite (including Word, Excel/Sheets, PowerPoint)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and ability to create and edit web content strongly recommended
  • Basic digital photography skills
  • Ability to post and share images via our online photo repository on SmugMug.com
  • Strong organization, planning, and project management skills
  • Ability to review budget items and work with CFO to manage spending
  • Strong conceptualization and brainstorming skills for new initiatives
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Ability to conduct interviews with present and past school community, including alumni
  • Ability to edit written communication for both grammar, punctuation, and content
  • Ability to approach challenges creatively

Additional Responsibilities

  • Serve as member of the Administrative Team: review and provide input for decisions affecting both faculty and staff as it relates to communication and marketing (including confidential and sensitive issues)
  • Participate in Open House: interact with current and prospective families create supplemental materials (maps, signage, etc.)
  • Participate in evening and weekend events as decided by the Head of School
  • Be available to edit communications as needed outside of regular business hours (occasional evenings and weekends)
  • Ability to post items on Digital Signage App
  • Occasionally participate in school/student events as an active member of the school community (ex. All-School Meeting, student interview, talent performances, etc.)
  • Contribute to AISNE review requirements as related to marketing and communications
  • Respond to requests and solicitations by local businesses and community members, bringing requests before the Admin team as needed.
  • Present annually to the Board of Trustees
  • Instruct others on usage of various platforms in order to secure a back up
  • Assist in communication dissemination during inclement weather, emergencies, sensitive issues, employment opportunities, etc.
  • Work with third party vendors for promotional products
  • Be a positive ambassador of the school at all times

Work Environment

  • Desire to work in a progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Available to work within a flexible schedule, often requiring occasional evenings and weekends (including edits to weekend communications)
  • Ability to spend extended periods of time on the computer (with breaks)
  • Ability to take photographs and maneuver around potential obstacles
  • Access to the phone and internet in case the need for an emergency communication arises
  • Share small work spaces, and occasionally work remotely

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Katherine Furtado.

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, disability, or genetic information.

Friends Academy Statement of Mission and Philosophy:

The mission of Friends Academy is to provide each student with an educational foundation that will instill the academic knowledge, skills, and understanding; responsible citizenship; respect for diversity and differences; and sense of well being needed for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.

This mission is based on the beliefs that:

  • academic knowledge, skills, and understanding include the areas of English, mathematics, natural and social sciences, world languages, and the arts and the skills of reading, reasoning, computing, investigating, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and creating;
  • responsible citizenship includes honesty, commitment, and respect for others, the environment, and the community;
  • respect for diversity and differences involves building a community and creating programs and curriculum that are attentive to issues of learning, race, ethnicity, family configuration, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and economic status; and
  • a sense of well being is nurtured through the development of self-esteem, self-confidence, and healthy social interactions.