Careers at Far Hills

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Our faculty and staff are the heart and soul of our school. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and their diverse interests and talents create a vibrant professional climate where their work is more than a mere job. All of our faculty and staff share a passion for helping children learn and grow. We seek employees who view learning as a life-long pursuit, embrace a child-centered approach to teaching, and who celebrate community.

All positions will remain open to application until filled.
Far Hills Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Openings

After School Extended Day Counselors

Part time
3 p.m.–6 p.m. 

Looking for energetic, reliable, flexible and fun personalities to work with children varying in ages PreK through 8th grade. We provide homework assistance, game play, arts and crafts, science projects, cooking and more. Experience working with children is encouraged. Required is a State of NJ background check. For more information please contact Brian Junger at 908-766-0622 or bjunger@fhcds.org.

Director of Development

Job Title: Director of Alumni and Development
Department: Development Office
Reports to: Head of School
Classification: Exempt

Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Alumni and Development (DAD) strategically partners with the Head of School, Trustees, and other key stakeholders to lead all School fundraising efforts and oversee the day-to-day operation of the School’s Development Office, managing the successful functioning of this office and staff.  The Director of Alumni and Development serves as the administrative liaison to the Development Committee, Campaign Planning Committee and (in future) Campaign Steering Committee, attends Board meetings, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The DAD is responsible for increasing and broadening the base of support from annual, capital, endowment and planned gifts and ensuring that donor engagement and cultivation opportunities lead to deeper and more meaningful connections to FH, its mission, and priorities.

The position is highly visible in the community and brings with it the requirement and opportunity to build important relationships across all Far Hills’ stakeholders — trustees, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and students.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Fund Raising

  • Initiate and lead plans for raising funds to meet the immediate and long-range endowment, capital and operating needs of the school.
  • Manage all aspects of a future Capital Campaign.

  • Manage an ongoing portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and ensure that timely steps are taken toward engagement and solicitation.

  • Provide as needed Annual Giving Campaign support including identifying and recruiting leadership, strategizing marketing and soliciting major donors to meet the Annual Giving goal.  

  • Manage and direct staff and volunteers to implement signature fundraising events.   

(Trick or Trot, Student Raffle/Features, Evening of Performance/Spring Gala and Golf Classic)

  • Coach as needed and utilize key leaders (Head of School, Trustees, Development Committee and other key administrators/faculty) time and talent appropriately with respect to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts.

Management

  • Serve as a strategic partner to the Head of School and all relevant team members to develop and implement strategic goals and initiatives for fundraising (annual, major gifts, capital, planned), alumni and grandparent engagement, parent relations and data management to ensure the short and long term success of fundraising efforts.

  • Work with the Head of School, administrative leaders, campaign planning committee and consultants to plan and execute capital initiatives and campaigns.  

  • Maintain a portfolio of Leadership Donors to cultivate and solicit Annual, special, campaign and planned gifts.  

  • Hire, manage, train, develop and evaluate the Development staff including the Associate Director of Alumni & Development, Special Events Coordinator and Parent Liaison and the Development Services and Alumni Relations Coordinator.  

  • Develop and manage annual operating budget for the Development Office.

  • Prepare and update annual and long-range development plans.

  • Produce Development Reports for Head of School, Board of Trustees and Development Committee to highlight progress towards goals and fundraising targets.

  • Prepare and direct annual Volunteer Leadership plan, engaging and working collaboratively with the Parents’ Committee to select the best volunteers for leadership positions in both fundraising programs/events and Parents’ Committee.  

  • Oversee the design and production of all fundraising materials, publications and the Development Office website and social media presence.  

  • Ensure that all Development Office operations (gift accounting and acknowledgment, financial records, database systems/RE, donor tracking, gift policies, and stewardship) and reconciliation of records with the Business office are well managed and run smoothly.

  • Serve on the School Leadership Team and participate fully and wholly in the life of the school.

  • Serve on the Advancement Team, which includes the Head of School, Director of Strategic Communications, Director of Admission and the Director of Technology, and CFO.

  • Work to involve leadership prospects in meaningful ways in strategic planning.

  • Act as the primary liaison to the Development Committee and Campaign Planning Committee.

  • Manage and support the Major Gift Committee.

  • Assist Governance Committee with developing the “ones to watch list”.   

  • Provide counsel and collaboration on all strategic planning initiatives directed toward fundraising, advancement related communications, and programs.  

  • Assist the Head of School as requested in managing the Parents’ Committee.  Attend monthly Parents’ Committee meetings.

  • Participate as an active member of national, regional and local professional organizations and attend selected conferences and workshops.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.  

Community/Relationship Building

  • Educate the FH community (all constituents) on the importance of philanthropy and its role in helping the school achieve its goals.

  • Organize and execute Far Hills Family Partnership Program with HOS

  • Manage MOVES management program to steward major donors, engage prospective donors and to identify future leaders.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of 90th Anniversary initiatives for the purpose of building important relationships with families that will lead to increased investment in FH through gifts of time, talent and treasure.  

  • Oversee the planning and coordinating of all Alumni activities/events and work with Associate Director of Alumni and Development in managing the Alumni Board.

  • Manage and direct all aspects of the Grandparent Program and Grandparent Steering Committee (Back to School Coffee, Primary School reading week, dance class, Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day, and Expo Evaluator program).

  • Attend Board meetings to further working relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Manage and direct all aspects of the Trustee Ambassador Program for new families.

  • In partnership with the Director of Enrollment and Placement, manage the Falcon Dad’s Club.

  • In partnership with the SLT and Service Learning Committee assist as needed in engaging all families in Community Service opportunities.  

  • Manage current parent engagement program through implementation of parent participation conferences for second-year families and encouraging new one-on-one family meetings with HOS.

  • Engage with teachers through grade-level partnerships.

  • Make presentations on behalf of Far Hills when called upon to communicate the vision and direction of the school.

Donor Relations

  • Manage the development and implementation of a strategic donor relations program including all cultivation, stewardship and recognition events (Founders’ Society Reception, Long-time Donor, Grandparent Donor Reception, Philanthropy Celebration, Former Trustee visit day/lunch, Listening Tours) and other strategic relationship building events.   

  • Develop and manage the implementation of all Donor Impact Reports.

  • Manage HOS donor relations activities (weekly notes, stewardship letters, and phone calls, personal meetings).

  • Develop and manage recognition activities/contacts to celebrate philanthropic behavior (gift clubs and milestone giving cards).

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to embrace and share the school’s mission

  • Demonstrated ability to manage, evaluate and motivate a multi-faceted development staff, while meeting individual fundraising goals

  • Track record of fundraising success.  Knowledge and experience with successful major/leadership gift and planned giving solicitations a plus.  

  • Experience in organizing and conducting a Capital Campaign.  

  • Ability to think strategically and analytically

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to establish and manage multiple priorities, and ability to work gracefully under pressure

  • Demonstrated experience, using excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills, developing stakeholder relationships, support, and enthusiasm

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, parents, and alumni with fairness, respect, consistency, and integrity

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement ‘’best practices” for advancement management

  • Ability to travel, work evenings and weekends as necessary

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred

  • 10 years of development experience

Position available immediately. Interested candidates should apply via web application and include a cover letter, resume, three references and salary requirements. Please address materials to J. Thomas Woelper, Head of School.

 

Lower School Reading Specialist

Job Title: Reading/Learning Specialist
Department: Matthew’s Academic Learning Lab
Reports to: Director of Teaching and Learning
Classification: Exempt

General Purpose and Function:

The reading specialist provides reading and language arts instruction and learning support for individuals and small groups of students, primarily in PreK–Grade 4. In addition, the reading specialist conducts and analyzes reading assessments and supports teachers in ongoing monitoring of students’ reading progress. The reading specialist pushes in to classrooms to support students in the classroom and to work with teachers to implement reading lessons that employ a variety of strategies and multi-sensory methods, including the Orton-Gillingham approach. In addition, the reading specialist conducts parent meetings and parent presentations to communicate about student progress, curriculum, and literacy development.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide students with reading and learning support and/or enrichment via direct instruction as needed

  • Conduct and analyze student reading assessments and support teachers in ongoing reading assessments and literacy instruction

  • Work with teachers to develop and implement reading and language arts lessons

  • Provide parent education about latest research, school programs, curriculum, and student outcomes

  • Support use of Orton Gillingham methods in Lower School classrooms

  • Work with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Division Director to monitor, assess, and refine a spiraled language arts curriculum in Lower School.

Other Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Teaching and Learning and Division Director

  • Assist with school-wide duties

Lines of Authority:

This is a full-time, exempt position. During the school year, the Reading/Learning Specialist will be expected to be on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additionally, presence and participation is expected during weekly faculty meetings on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Requirements:

  • A profound belief in and desire to live the Far Hills Country Day School mission

  • Understanding of and a commitment to fostering character development in primary and middle school students

  • Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills

  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and Google Apps for Education

  • Facility with educational technology

  • At least three years of experience as a reading specialist, preferably in independent schools at various levels

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Orton-Gillingham Certification

Interested candidates should fill out the FH Application for Employment and submit a cover letter (addressed to Jennifer Phillips, Director of Teaching and Learning) and resume.

Prekindergarten Co-Teacher

Job Title: Prekindergarten Co-Teacher
Department: Lower School
Reports to: Director of Lower School
Classification: Exempt

General Purpose and Function:

The Prekindergarten Co-teacher exudes warmth, energy, and enthusiasm. A positive role model, s/he exhibits perseverance and a love of learning. S/he supports an inclusive, engaging, safe, caring learning community in the classroom.  Through differentiated and effective instruction, constructive feedback, and assessment, s/he intentionally works to contribute to the learning and progress of every student. S/he supports the facilitation of a partnership with parents and others to forward a student’s progress.  S/he works closely with colleagues to plan, enact, assess, and document curriculum and instruction.

This is a full-time, exempt position. During the school year, the Prekindergarten Co-teacher will be expected to be on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the planning, conducting, assessing and diagnosing, evaluating, and refining of lessons based on school mission, school and discipline-specific goals, grade-level-specific objectives, essential understandings, and NAEYC best practices

  • Take initiative in the classroom to promote and guide students’ inquiry and developing curricula around student interest

  • Support differentiated instructional methods based on class and student assessments, school-wide initiatives, technological advances, and research

  • Support the cultivation of strong student and parent relationships characterized by open communication, frequent feedback, and responsiveness, specifically assisting in the documentation used in support of Seesaw.

  • Maintain trust and relationships with, and contribute meaningfully to, collaborative work teams, with the larger goal of achieving student growth outcomes and fostering an inclusive community

  • Demonstrate proficiency with current technology as it relates to best practices in age-appropriate instruction, learning, and assessment

  • Assume responsibility for own professional development and participate productively in community-wide professional learning days, teacher discussion groups, implementation groups, and/or school task forces, committees etc.

  • Be receptive to guidance and supervision provided in collaboration with the lead teacher(s), division director, and school leadership

  • Perform assigned duties with respect shown to individual members and the school community as a whole, doing own part to foster inclusivity.

Requirements:

  • A profound belief in and desire to live the Far Hills Country Day School mission

  • Understanding of and a commitment to fostering character development in elementary school students

  • Ability to work well on a diverse, collaborative team

  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

  • Facility with educational technology

  • Equivalent work experience considered

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Interested candidates should go to complete the application and submit cover letter and resume at the link above.