Open Positions at The Harley School

Located in Brighton NY, and founded in 1917, Harley enrolls approximately 500 students in Nursery through Grade 12. Our rigorous academic programs and exceptional fine arts curriculum are combined with unique offerings (hospice, glass studio, organic farming, chess), a commitment to experiential service learning, a deep commitment to the centrality of the student voice, and a nurturing environment for young people. The School is committed to diversity and the education of students in a global perspective.

For most positions, resumes are reviewed until the successful candidate is found. Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we will not acknowledge receipt of every application. Only candidates of interest are contacted.

The Harley School is an Equal Opportunity employer and welcomes candidates who add to our diversity.

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The following employment opportunities are available at The Harley School:

School Counselor/Psychologist

Job Description

The Harley School, a Nursery  through Grade 12 independent school in Rochester NY with approximately 500 students (www.harleyschool.org) seeks a part-time School Counselor/Psychologist to support Grades N -8 (300 students).

The School Counselor/Psychologist will work with students, faculty, staff, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and community.  This twenty hour, five-day-per-week position promotes the social, academic, and emotional success of students.  Candidates already in private practice are encouraged to apply.


Offer expert consultation, direction, and support to faculty, staff, and families regarding children’s social-emotional growth, physical and emotional well-being, and academic strengths and differences

Serve as a resource and consultant on mental health, child/adolescent psychology, and learning differences; conduct in-service programs as requested

Evaluate students in crisis or at-risk to guide emergent problem-solving by faculty, staff and parents

Provide referrals to outside services and collaborate with school staff, parents, and outside professionals/agencies in planning to meet the needs of individual students

Serve as a liaison between the school and outside agencies to direct a counseling intern program

Provide  wellness programs that help students develop healthy coping and decision-making skills

Continue the Middle School peer mediation program


Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work from an accredited institution of higher education; must possess or have the ability to obtain New York State Certification

Previous experience working with children and youth; experience in a school setting is preferred

A commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community

The ability to interpret educational and psychological testing results and help others do so

Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Flexibility within the school day for student, team, and administrative meetings

Please reply to jobs@harleyschool.org with your resume, letter of interest, licensure, and reference names and contact information.  Thank you for your interest in The Harley School. The Harley School welcomes candidates who add to our diversity.

Nursery Teacher

The Harley School is seeking applications from qualified persons for an early childhood teaching position in the Lower School for the 2016/17 school year.  The position involves team-teaching in the nursery program.

Qualifications for the nursery teacher position:   

A warm, caring individual who has demonstrated a specific interest in teaching young children through previous experience with this age group (3, 4 and 5-year olds).

Minimum of a BA, preferably in education, ideally with a concentration in early childhood or early childhood special education.

Understanding of early childhood development (socio-emotional, physical, cognitive) and a commitment to play-based pedagogy.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Terry Smith, Head of Lower  School, The Harley School (1981 Clover Street) or to tsmith@harleyschool.org. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to Harley's diversity.

Second Grade Teacher

The Harley School seeks a full-time Second Grade classroom teacher for the 2017-18 school year. The Second Grade teacher will work closely with a co-teacher, the Lower School division head, the faculty, and parents.


Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (or related field); graduate degree preferred

Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum

Excellent written and oral communication skills

3+ years of teaching experience

Commitment to a respectful and community-centered classroom

Enthusiastic about collaborative learning; creative and innovative when working with diverse learners and faculty.

To apply, Submit cover letter and resume to jobs-ls@harleyschool.org and include Second Grade Teacher in the subject line. Harley welcomes candidates who may add to our diversity.

Instrumental Music Position (Strings)

The Harley School is seeking excellent candidates for a full-time instrumental music position for the 2017/18 academic year. 


Middle School Classes:

5th/6th grade beginning string ensemble (on alternating days)

7th/8th grade string ensemble (on alternating days)

flex time (daily enrichment opportunities)

small group pull-out lessons

Upper School Classes:

chamber orchestra (every other day)

string orchestra (every other day)

5-6 formal concerts per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring)

School duties (bus duty, chaperoning, departmental and divisional meetings, etc.)

Assisting with student participation in MCSMA and NYSSMA related activities


Must be able to teach intermediate orchestra, small group strings lessons in grades 5-6, and advanced strings students at the high school level 

Candidate to possess a degree (master's preferred) in subject and have 2-4 years teaching experience, preferably in a middle school setting. 

Experience instructing classes in instrumental music so that students develop individual and group skills in instrumental technique and music reading

Excellent classroom management techniques

Able to be flexible, helpful, patient, innovative and creative

Ability to teach guitar is a plus

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Hassan Jones, Middle School Head, hjones@harleyschool.org.  Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to Harley's diversity.

Summer Nurse

The Harley School seeks a summer nurse who will oversee medical care and treatment for students participating in Harley Day Camp, Summer Academy, Summer Nursery, the Horizons program, and other activities held on the Harley campus. Applicants must have experience working with children (3 years-18 years) and adults. This is a flexible position (part-time, # of days per week) spanning from June 12-August 11. Daily working hours are 8:45-3:00.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to  troberts@harleyschool.org for more information. Harley welcomes candidates who may add to our diversity.

All Divisions - Instructional Substitutes

The Harley School is seeking substitute teachers to provide per diem instructional services in various subject areas for its Lower, Middle and Upper School Divisions (Nursery (age 3) through Grade 12). Bachelors degree required. New York State teacher certification preferred, but not required. Candidates must be punctual and dependable; demonstrate professional demeanor; possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills; and the ability to interact effectively with faculty and students.

To apply, submit the following to jobs@harleyschool.org:

Cover letter indicating the grade levels and subject areas in which you prefer to work


At least one reference letter

Proof of completion of Bachelor’s degree (transcript or the degree certificate itself)

If applicable, New York State teaching certificate or valid certification from another state

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Harley School is an equal opportunity employer, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expression, disability, medical condition, U.S. Military or veteran status in recruiting, hiring, training and promoting. All other aspects of employment such as compensation, benefits, terminations, training, tuition assistance, etc., shall continue to be administered so as to reflect the above policy.