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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 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 to support students in Grades 9-12.

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

Responsibilities

  • Provide responsive services—such as individual and small-group counseling—to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns
  • Assist in schoolwide counseling program development with a preventative approach 
  • Lead wellness programming 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
  • 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

This is a full-time faculty appointment.  In addition to counseling, the individual who fills this position will be expected to engage in activities intended to foster connection to the Harley community.  This may include club sponsorship, class advising, coaching, chaperoning, committee work, or teaching.  Work days will run concurrent with the academic calendar.     

 Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work; must possess or have the ability to obtain New York State Certification
  • Experience with and preference for working with adolescents in a school setting
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
  • Knowledge of differentiated instruction based on student learning needs
  • Willingness to collaborate across the disciplines with teachers, school psychologist, resource room teacher, and administrators
  • 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 jobs-us@harleyschool.org with your resume, letter of interest, diversity statement, licensure, and reference names with contact information.

Chief Financial Officer

The Harley School Mission: We are a diverse, inclusive school. We provide a balanced education that prepares our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow and lead lives of great purpose.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Financial Officer is a strategic, collaborative leader who oversees the School’s finances, facilities, auxiliary programs, security management, food service, information technology, and business operations. This position has the flexibility to begin in the spring to summer of 2021.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversees many non-academic operations of the school, including accounting, budgeting, auditing, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, auxiliary programs, cash flow, financing, facilities, information technology, campus security, and the endowment.
  • Partners with the Head of School to set strategic vision for maintaining the financial sustainability of the School.
  • Develops and monitors annual operating and capital budgets, as well as the development and implementation of relevant aspects of long-term strategic planning.
  • Supports accreditation and membership in peer based organizations. 
  • Works with the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) for grants and State Aid
  • Works with Admissions to set policies and administer and award financial aid.
  • Reviews and negotiates contracts and purchase orders for the school.
  • Works closely with the Board of Trustees’ finance committee and the School’s retirement advisory committees. 
  • Coordinates independent auditors.
  • Manages relationships with external parties including financial consultants, investment advisors, bank representatives, attorneys, and others.
  • Works closely with architects, contractors, and Township officials during all major projects.  
  • Works with the School administrators to develop operating budgets and staffing plans. 
  • Supports the Head of School for developing compensation plans and implementing human resources policies and practices.  
  • Actively administers and structures the School’s welfare and benefits plans. 
  • Responsible for risk management; coordinates with insurance brokers.
  • Maintains a focus on the school’s mission and core commitments at all times.
  • Provides back up support to all business office functions and training as needed.

Skills / Qualifications:

    • MBA preferred, along with significant management experience
    • Demonstrated competency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
    • Strong time management and organizational skills
    • Good interpersonal skills, with a strong focus on building a collaborative work environment
    • Experience working in diverse environments is preferred
    • Ability to operate accounting software when needed

In the interest of promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce, The Harley School welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. Along with a cover letter and résumé, we ask that you provide a personal statement discussing how you see yourself promoting 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. 

  • detailed letter of interest
  • resume
  • diversity statement 
  • list of references

Head of Middle School

The Harley School seeks a Head of Middle School to begin July 1, 2021. 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 129 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 surprises of adolescence, who can help build capacity in our 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 jobs@harleyschool.org 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

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

The Harley School seeks a full-time Upper School mathematics teacher to start in September of 2021.  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 jobs@harleyschool.org.  Indicate “Upper School Mathematics” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Upper School Mathematics Teacher (Interim, Part-Time)

The Harley School seeks a part-time Upper School mathematics teacher from December, 2020-June, 2021.  Primary responsibility is for teaching four sections of mathematics to students in grades 9-12.  Courses will include Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST); FST Honors; and Precalculus Honors .    

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 jobs@harleyschool.org.  Indicate “Part-Time Upper School Mathematics” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.    

History Teacher at The Harley School

The Harley School seeks a full-time Upper School history teacher to start in September of 2021.  Primary responsibility is for teaching five sections of history to students in grades 9-12.  Courses may include Global Studies, Cold War, World Wars, AP US Government, and Philosophy.   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, history, and current events;
  • 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 our past, present and future.

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 jobs@harleyschool.org.  Indicate “Upper School History” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.    

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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: smurphy@harleyschool.org.

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
  • 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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