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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.

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 promote a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, school, and community.  


  • 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
  • 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 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 jobs-us@harleyschool.org with your resume, letter of interest, diversity statement, licensure, and reference names with contact information.  


School Receptionist

The Harley School, located in Brighton NY,  is seeking candidates for a full-time 12-month Receptionist

The Harley School Receptionist will: oversee reception area operations by providing exceptional customer service to visitors, families, and students; monitor visitor access and premises security; monitor student sign-in/sign-out; operate telephone switchboard; perform administrative and office support tasks; maintain facility and room schedules; publish daily announcements; coordinate bus transportation;  and coordinate school rentals.

The Harley School Receptionist must possess a warm, welcoming personality, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (especially Outlook), and a flexible, can-do attitude.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume to jobs@harleyschool.org.


Director Of Auxiliary Programs


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the director of auxiliary programs is responsible for strategic planning, operations, market development, program design, promotion, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation of before and after school programs. The Harley School’s auxiliary programs include but are not limited to; Lower and Middle School extended day, after school programs, Middle School homework and tutoring programs, facilities rentals, coordination with Jason Speirs’ sports programs, school-year only vacation camp, and driver education.

Essential Functions and Key Objectives

Program Management

Ensure program participants have a safe and positive experience so that they return and/or recommend our programs to others.

  • Oversee and manage all auxiliary programs
  • Provide an appropriately safe, caring, and enriching environment for all auxiliary program participants
  • Establish routines, provide positive guidance, and enforce policies and procedures, including disciplinary policies, in accordance with Harley’s stated values
  • Provide ongoing training, supervision, support, and professional development of all faculty and staff of auxiliary programs
  • Develop and oversee all safety and health protocols
  • Oversee all aspects of campus rentals by creating policies, protocols and procedures for facilities usage and pricing for all events and programs on Harley’s campus beyond the regular school day

Strategic Program Management

Build vibrant programs that achieve annual and long-term net revenue growth targets, support the School’s mission and build Harley’s market exposure as an independent school.

  • Collaborate with school leadership, administration, faculty and staff to ensure all auxiliary programs align with and support The Harley School’s mission and philosophy
  • Design, enhance, and expand program offerings that align with our long-term strategic auxiliary programs vision and financial objectives
  • Continually explore innovative opportunities for leveraging the intellectual and physical assets of the School
  • Continually explore innovative opportunities for supporting school admissions and building the School’s exposure in the independent school market
  • Annually seek and analyze input from participants and staff regarding the quality of their program experience
  • Seek to identify partnerships that may enhance auxiliary program potential

Financial Management

  • Ensure that the Auxiliary Programs’ financial performance meets or exceeds budgeted expectations.
  • Prepare an annual budget covering all aspects of program revenues and expenses to ensure profitability
  • Monitor revenue and expenses on a monthly basis and in accordance with budgetary restrictions for bottom line performance across all programs
  • Provide the Business Office with all information necessary to complete financials in an accurate and timely manner
  • Work with individual program managers to ensure profitability of their programs
  • Establish appropriate compensation for all auxiliary program employees in coordination with Chief Financial Officer

Marketing, Communications, and Recruitment

  • Effectively promote the programs to achieve the enrollment and revenue targets.
  • Working closely with CFO, set appropriate enrollment and revenue targets each season
  • In coordination with the Communications and Marketing department, develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy for all auxiliary programs
  • Ensure that all auxiliary programs have an effective and accurate internet presence including website, social media, and digital marketing
  • Plan and coordinate the publishing and advertising of program catalogues, brochures, and schedules
  • Manage all public relations and marketing initiatives including open houses, mailers, brochures, camp fairs, and ad placement to promote and communicate the programs to prospective and enrolled participants
  • Write and distribute regular communications among auxiliary program constituencies that effectively provide updated information and a sense of   community
  • Serve as primary recruiter to all programs and manage the activities of others charged with recruitment
  • Work closely with the Admissions Office to identify and follow-up with participants who have strong potential to convert to Harley student prospects
  • As appropriate, accompany Admissions Office staff to regional marketing events and receptions

Administration and Operations

  • Ensure that the administration of the programs is efficient and effective.
  • Oversee registration for all auxiliary  programs
  • Ensure the auxiliary programs database is accurate and comprehensive
  • Prepare reports for and communicate with Harley’s leadership to ensure awareness of auxiliary program performance
  • Oversee all contracts related to  programs
  • Ensure that all auxiliary programs are in compliance with all applicable regulations of licensing and governing entities

Human Resources

  • Hire and manage to build a stable, effective, customer- focused team.
  • In collaboration with Business Office
  • Recruit, hire, and train all Harley auxiliary program employees
  • Ensure that all necessary and required employment forms, including background checks, are completed and on file
  • Coordinate and communicate payroll as needed
  • Coordinate and conduct annual performance evaluations of all auxiliary programs  personnel

Other Duties

  • Participate in special assignments and projects as needed to improve school operations (i.e. buildings and grounds, safety, accreditation, committees, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer

Desired Qualifications

Affinity for Harley’s education and process, the mission and values of The Harley School, and the respectful, collaborative, inclusive environment we strive to create. Driven, with an entrepreneurial spirit. Resourceful, innovative, forward thinking and committed. Successful candidates will have the energy and ambition to develop Harley’s Auxiliary Programs to the highest degree of educational excellence. They will be organized, attentive to detail, and motivated by an authentic interest in the experience of the participants in the programs.

The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform essential functions of the job:

  • 5-7 years of summer/auxiliary program experience or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience managing summer/auxiliary programs or  equivalent
  • The ability to think strategically in developing, enhancing, and refining summer/auxiliary programs in the broader context of a mission-driven independent school
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A high level of integrity and an extraordinary work ethic
  • A love of children
  • Strong financial acumen with demonstrated ability to develop and manage a budget
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Expertise in marketing summer or similar programs using a variety of technology resources including social media
  • Well-developed collaborative work style; ability to interact with employees at all levels of the community
  • Ability to understand youth development programming, applicable regulations/laws, trends, best practices and new developments in the field
  • A creative self-starter who brings wisdom, perspective, confidence and excellent problem solving skills to the position
  • A strong cultural competency and ability to work with a diverse community
  • Knowledge and skill to negotiate and manage contracts
  • Excellent oral and written communication  skills
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly and regularly adjust strategy based on the School’s  needs
  • An independent and strategic thinker capable of understanding the full scope of projects while seeing individual tasks through to completion
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, Google applications, database management, website development, and digital media
  • A positive outlook, and a sense of humor

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume to jobs@harleyschool.org.


Art and Mindfulness Teacher, K-4

The Harley School has an opening for an elementary Art teaching position in the Lower School for the 2019-20 school year.  The Lower School visual arts teacher will have a strong pedagogical approach to teaching art and creative expression, as well as work closely with the classroom teachers and other specialists to integrate content areas, as appropriate.   In addition to working with the Lower School faculty, the art teacher will also work closely with all members of the visual arts department and department chair, and Lower School division head.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Teach K-4th Grade Art and Mindfulness classes
  • Contribute to the creative and artistic life of the school
  • Fulfill duties which support the Lower School (bus duty, faculty meetings, open houses)
  • Provide written student-progress reports to the school and parents at regular intervals
  • Aid in the creation and production of the annual Pageant set
  • Be involved in the school community at large.

Requirements and Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Education, or related field; graduate degree preferred
  • 3+ years of teaching experience
  • Experience with student-directed, inquiry-based, or Reggio approaches, and previous work at an independent school are preferred
  • Respect and appreciation that all children are creative and artistic
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An educator who is versed in Responsive Classroom.
  • An educator who values creativity and process when working with students, rather than prescribing an end product.  
  • An educator who is excited to explore new techniques and materials with students, in both two and three-dimensional media.
  • An educator who is interested in presenting artists from a variety of cultures and time periods, as well as who seeks to explore connections between art and other disciplines.
  • An educator who values mindful practice or who cultivates that aspect of being an artist.
  • An educator who is dynamic and flexible and is committed to professional growth in their discipline and teaching practice.
  • An educator who is enthusiastic about collaborative learning and active in the learning community; creative and innovative when working with diverse learners and faculty.

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. 

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and diversity statement to jobs-ls@harleyschool.org and include Art Teacher in the subject line.


Spanish Teacher – Full-Time

The Harley School seeks a full-time Upper School Spanish teacher to begin in the fall of 2019.  Primary responsibility is for teaching five sections of Spanish language and culture to students in grades 9-12.  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 language;
  • 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 meaningful, imaginative language study.

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-us@harleyschool.org.  Indicate “Upper School Spanish” 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 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.

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