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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, biomimicry), 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.

The following employment opportunities are available at The Harley School:

Head of Middle School

The Harley School seeks a Head of Middle School to begin July 1, 2020. Just over a century old, Harley is a secular independent school in Rochester, New York, offering a college preparatory program for 500 students, Nursery through Grade 12, with 126 students in the Middle School. Rooted in the progressive tradition, Harley is a diverse, inclusive, and forward-thinking community. The Middle School program includes an innovative and challenging curriculum, enriching electives, modified sports and afterschool opportunities, all of which provide students a well-rounded school experience. Each child’s journey is different and our small class sizes allow students to grow positively as they develop. 

The Head of Middle School is responsible for the entire Middle School program and is a member of the school’s Administrative Team. The successful candidate will be a joyful educator who thinks both philosophically and practically about schooling, who loves young people and the vicissitudes of adolescence, who can help build capacity in the program, and who is forward-thinking about teaching and learning.

We welcome, indeed seek, candidates who may add to our diversity. 

To apply, one should submit the following to and include “Head of Middle School” in the subject line:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in the position

  • A resume

  • A personal statement on how you see yourself promoting diversity and inclusivity if you join the Harley community. 

  • Optional: any other documents from your experience that you think represent you in an authentic way

  • At least three references, including name, title, relationship with candidate, and contact information

Mathematics Teacher at The Harley School

The Harley School seeks a full-time Upper School mathematics teacher to start in September of 2020.  Primary responsibility is for teaching five sections of mathematics to students in grades 9-12. Courses may include Precalculus; Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST); Algebra; Computer Science; and Coding.   Additional expectations include—but are not limited to—academic advising, chaperoning, extracurricular mentoring and supervision, and committee work.   

The ideal candidate should:

  • Be proficient in the target discipline;
  • Possess an appropriate undergraduate degree (Master’s preferred); 
  • Have high school teaching experience;
  • Be familiar with independent school culture;
  • Be eager to engage students in a meaningful, imaginative study of mathematics.

In the interest of promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce, The Harley School welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.  Our School’s mission statement begins, “We are a diverse, inclusive school.” Along with a cover letter and résumé, we ask that you provide a personal statement on how you see yourself promoting diversity and inclusivity if you join the Harley community. 

Please submit these materials via email to Indicate “Upper School Mathematics” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.    

    Lower School Learning Specialist

    The Harley School seeks a full-time special educator/learning specialist for the 2020-21 school year. The primary responsibility for the position is providing support for students (Nursery-4th Grade) with learning differences. The learning specialist will work closely with the Lower School division head, the faculty, school counselor, and parents. 

    Essential duties and responsibilities:

    • Partner proactively with faculty and administration to support students with different learning styles, and teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs. 
    • Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges.
    • Participate in classroom instruction or small group enrichment instruction, as needed.
    • Direct one-on-one or small-group instruction
    • Develop and write student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific objectives.
    • Provide regular written student-progress reports to the school and parents with assessment results and recommendations of diagnostic testing and programs for learning-related issues.
    • Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of services, meetings, and assessments.
    • Initiate and schedule parent conferences, as needed.
    • Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students.
    • Work with professionals outside the school to support students.
    • Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school, and other involved professionals.
    • Secure standardized testing accommodations for qualifying students.
    • Network with learning specialists at other independent schools.
    • Pursue professional development opportunities; attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with educational trends.
    • Participate in committee, department, and faculty meetings, as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise. 
    • Be involved in the school community at large.
    • Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School and Head of Lower School.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (or related field); graduate degree preferred
    • Knowledge of and experience with developmental and learning differences, psycho-educational tests, reports, and assistive technology
    • Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results, academic achievement and diagnostic testing
    • Proven success as a leader in program development and growth
    • Strong networking skills to ensure access to resources in the broader community
    • Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • 3+ years of teaching experience
    • Detail-oriented, resourceful, discreet, and tactful
    • Enthusiastic about collaborative learning; creative and innovative when working with diverse learners and faculty.

    To Apply:

    In the interest of promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce, The Harley School welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.  Our School’s mission statement begins, “We are a diverse, inclusive school.”  Along with a cover letter and résumé, we ask that you provide a personal statement on how you see yourself promoting diversity and inclusivity if you join the Harley community. 

    Submit cover letter, resume, and diversity statement to and include LS Learning Specialist in the subject line. 

      Harley Eco Camp Director

      The Harley School is an independent private school in the progressive tradition. Our staff are the backbone of our programs and therefore, we pride ourselves in giving them an incredible amount of support. The quality of the program is directly linked to the quality and support of the staff, which is the responsibility of the Camp Director. As the site director, you will be the go-to person for all things related to the successful implementation of the camp program as it relates to the campers, the families, and the staff. Your job will include many responsibilities, all with the goal of creating a memorable and meaningful camp experience for your campers. Our program directors have real ownership over their camp programs and enjoy infusing their own creativity and talents into their weekly schedules. As you manage campers, their families, program logistics, your staff team, and other camp details, you will be truly supported by the broader team of school administrators and the Director of Auxiliary Programs. 

      Harley Eco Camp will run from August 10-28, 2020 

      Must be available for the entire month of August 

      Camp Director Qualities

      • Ability to work with children to grow character, engagement, and insights.
      • Knowledge of camp program and planning
      • Ability to guard the health and well-being of campers at all times
      • Prior experience working with children in a leadership position
      • Enthusiastic, responsible, dependable, level-headed, flexible, calm, and professional in all situations
      • CPR/First Aid Certified OR willing to become certified before the summer begins

      Camp Director Responsibilities

      • Knowledge of all aspects of camp program and planning
      • Development of camp programs and lessons 
      • Oversee camp compliance, supervision, and quality standards, including scheduling and purchasing of supplies as needed within budget 
      • Possess knowledge of the relevant Department of Health regulations
      • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate all staff and volunteers relative to program responsibilities
      • Conduct meetings, evaluations, parent contact, and day-to-day operations
      • Responsible for facilitating program revenue growth and seek/consider feedback from all constituent groups on the success of the program
      • Responsible for the upkeep of facility appearance and related equipment
      • Ensure all program operations are consistent DOH procedures, including maintenance, emergency, accident, personnel
      • Implement programs that identify safety, quality, and excellent customer service as top priorities

      Camp Director Qualifications

      • Possess a bachelor’s degree in recreation, ecology, or education
      • Demonstrated commitment to environmental students, sustainability, or related field 
      • Must have 5+ years of camp experience 
      • Experience in education within forestry, parks or nature preserve settings
      • Must have at least 2 years of experience as a supervisor
      • Possess knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in directing daily activities 
      • Must be a self-motivated, hands-on team leader with strong communication, networking, and collaboration skills
      • High level of attention to detail and quality of service and facilities. Demonstrated commitment to high standards of member service and programming
      • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage several projects at once and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
      • Professional demeanor with excellent written and spoken communication skills
      • Must have current CPR/AED and First Aid certifications
      • Experience with elementary students  

      Physical Requirements

      • Must be able to sit and stand for extended duration of shift
      • Must be able to bend and stoop frequently
      • Must be able to lift up to forty pounds
      • Ability to work in all elements
      • Ability to supervise children by sight and sound at all times
      • Ability to move quickly to react to safety issues in the setting (e.g., aggressive behavior)
      • Ability to move around the gym/field to assist and supervise children with daily activities, social interaction, physical, and emotional needs

      Please submit these materials via email to Indicate “Eco Camp Director” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

        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

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

        The Harley School

        1981 Clover Street
        Rochester, NY 14618
        (585) 442-1770

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