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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:

Upper School Spanish Teacher

The Harley School seeks a full-time Upper School Spanish teacher to start in September of 2021.  Primary responsibility is for teaching five sections of Spanish to students in grades 9-12.  Courses may include levels I-V and Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture.  Additional expectations include—but are not limited to—academic advising, chaperoning, extracurricular mentoring and supervision, and committee work.   

The ideal candidate should:

  • Be passionate about teaching world languages and cultures;
  • Possess an appropriate undergraduate degree (Master’s preferred); 
  • Have teaching experience, either at the secondary or college level;
  • Be familiar with independent school culture;
  • Promote and welcome open, dynamic, and critical discussions to engage students in a meaningful study of Spanish language, society, culture, geography, art, and history.

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 Spanish” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.   

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Educator

The Harley School seeks a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Educator to begin late summer of 2021. This person would be based in Harley’s Middle School, but would engage with students, faculty, staff, parents, and DEI programming school-wide. We envision this to be a faculty position (10 month), but one with a range of responsibilities—advising, student activities, parent liaison, and some teaching. The creation of this new position at Harley is part of the school’s commitment to living its mission, which begins with the sentence, “We are a diverse, inclusive school.” 


  • Teach or co-teach some courses and / or units, depending on the teaching experience of the successful candidate. 

  • Collaborate with civic engagement educator to integrate and oversee the various DEI and anti-racism programs at the school 

  • Collaborate with Health faculty and our Counseling Team to coordinate DEI, SEL, and counseling programming

  • Serve as ex-officio member of the DEI Committee of the Board of Trustees

  • Support new students in transitioning into Harley; participate in orientation programming

  • Support new and returning students of color as they navigate the complexities of code-switching between what may be different cultures at home and at school

  • Support and connect with parents of students of color; organize parent programming

  • Serve as a liaison to Horizons at Harley and other affiliate organizations

  • Membership on school’s Professional Development Committee

  • Facilitate professional development activities for faculty and staff

  • Serve on faculty and staff DEI Team

  • Advise affinity groups in Middle and Upper Schools

  • Work with alumni affairs to create a mentor network for MS and US students

  • Participate in hiring processes at Harley

  • Support outreach, admissions and communications

  • Reports to the Academic Dean

The overarching responsibility of this position is to support Harley in living up to its commitment to being a diverse, inclusive school. With this new position, we hope to attract an inventive, self-starting, results-oriented educator with a passion for this work and for educating children. 

In the interest of promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce, The Harley School welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. Along with a cover letter and resume, we ask that you provide a personal statement discussing your past DEI experience, results, and how you see yourself driving diversity and inclusivity if you join the Harley community. To apply for the position, please send the following to Maria Sommerville, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, The Harley School, at

  • detailed letter of interest

  • resume

  • personal statement discussing DEI experience

  • list of references

Middle School Counselor

The Harley School, a Nursery through Grade 12 independent school in Rochester, New York, with approximately 500 students, seeks a full-time School Counselor for 2021-2022 to support  students in Grades 5-8. 

The Counselor will work with students, faculty, staff, and parents to promote the social,  academic, and emotional success of students. The ideal candidate will promote a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, school, and  community. 


  • Lead wellness programing that helps students develop healthy coping and decision making skills 
  • Identify students in crisis or those at-risk to guide emergent problem-solving by faculty,  staff and parents 
  • Provide responsive services—such as individual and small-group counseling—to meet  students’ immediate needs and concerns 
  • Serve as a resource and consultant for faculty, staff, and families on mental health,  adolescent psychology, social-emotional growth, and learning differences Conduct in-service and parent programs as requested 
  • Provide referrals to outside services and collaborate with school staff, parents, and  outside professionals/agencies in planning to meet the needs of individual students 


  • Master’s degree in school counseling, psychology, or social work; must possess or have  the ability to obtain New York State Certification 
  • Experience working with adolescents; experience in a school setting preferred Commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community Ability to interpret educational and psychological testing results and help others utilize  such data 
  • Knowledge of differentiated instruction based on student learning needs Excellent oral and written communication skills 

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 explaining how you see yourself promoting diversity and inclusivity if you join the  Harley community. 

Please reply to with your resume, letter of interest, diversity statement, licensure, and reference names with contact information.

Harley Hospice Educator – Temporary, Part-Time

The Harley School seeks a part-time Hospice teacher for the fall of 2021.  Primary responsibility is for teaching three sections of the School’s Senior-Year Elective Hospice Course and coordinating student field experiences with local comfort care homes.  

Candidates should be proficient in supporting young people in processing personal experiences of grief and loss, knowledgeable about the core tenets and history of the hospice and palliative care movements, and able to facilitate philosophical discussions around the nature of death in the context of Western culture.  The ideal candidate will teach not only the hands-on nursing assistant skills of hospice but will also equip students with the social-emotional skills required to be with those who are dying or grieving.


  • Teaching experience    
  • Experience with end-of-life care     

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 “Hospice Educator” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.    

Eco Camp Director

Seasonal position June- August 2021 

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 Eco 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 9-27, 2021

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
  • Also includes 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 success of 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 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
  • Experience with COVID protocols and safety regulations

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

Contact Sarah Murphy at to apply.

Part-Time Childcare Worker/Teacher’s Aid

The Harley School seeks a Childcare/ Teachers Aid worker in the Extended Day/Vacation Camp program. Extended Day is part-time Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. Vacation camp hours are usually during school holidays and may be in addition to regular Extended Day hours.


  • Over 18.
  • Experience working with children 3 yrs. – 11 yrs.
  • Dependability, communication skills, and an excellent work ethic.
  • Ability to accept guidance and supervision.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications are preferred but not required.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Creates a safe, friendly environment in the childcare area with quality supervision, focused attention, and caring service for the parents and their children.
  • Ensures registration and check-in/check-out procedures are followed.
  • Responds to each individual child’s needs promptly.
  • Supervises the use of toys and supplies and notifies supervisor of supply needs, repairs, or replacements.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly area, picking up as needed and sanitizing toys as instructed.
  • Promotes a respectful community among the children, resolving conflict through appropriate words and actions.
  • Notifies supervisor of issues relating to each child (e.g. illness, crying, and conflict).
  • Promotes the health of all children by notifying the supervisor when child(ren) are ill and by being responsive to known health conditions such as allergies and asthma.
  • Exhibits good listening skills when conflict or discipline issues arise and problem solves professionally. Defers to the supervisor if issues need further resolution.
  • Reports any accidents or injuries immediately.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:

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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