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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:


Director of Admissions

The Harley School seeks an experienced admissions professional to begin later this summer. Responsibilities include all aspects of the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of new students, as well as the coordination of the school’s retention efforts. The director will lead a team that will coordinate admission events, meet with prospective families, maintain the application and enrollment database, and provide monthly reporting to the Head of School and Trustees. The director will also work with the Communications Office to develop the marketing communications strategies necessary to maintain an appropriate and sustainable mix of mission-appropriate students.

We seek a creative, strong communicator with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and technical skills; a person who can serve as a compelling ambassador to the wider community; someone who brings analytical marketing savvy to enrollment work; and a collaborative leader to work with faculty and division heads, and who can help us fulfill our mission as a diverse, inclusive school.

This position reports directly to the Head of School. The Director of Admissions will work with the CFO to administer the school’s financial aid program, and serve as a member of the Administrative Team, the Board Enrollment Committee, and all divisional admissions committees. The Director is the lead person in enrollment management at Harley.

Founded in 1917, Harley enters its second century offering a college preparatory program for 520 students in Nursery through Grade 12. Our rigorous academic programs and exceptional arts curricula are coupled with unique offerings in the Commons, representing our commitment to education for a sustainable future. Harley is recognized as an educational thought leader in our region and in national independent school circles, and we have enjoyed strong enrollment and increasing levels of interest in recent years.

To apply, please send a letter and resume to Harley welcomes candidates who may add to our diversity.   


Middle School Learning Specialist, Grades 5-8

Job Description

The Harley School seeks a full-time Middle School Learning Specialist for the fall of 2018.  A master’s degree is preferred, with 3-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area, and certification in special education.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges.

  • Provide support services for students who are experiencing difficulties in core subject areas.  Lead one-on-one or small group direct instruction.

  • Serve as a resource by providing teachers with effective strategies designed to meet the needs of students.  Assist teachers with implementation of appropriate classroom accommodations/modifications to access curriculum.  Provide information, consultation, and assistance to classroom teachers.

  • Communicate with teachers and other school staff regarding student progress.  Initiate and schedule parent conferences as needed. Coordinate and facilitate communication among student, family, school, and other involved professionals.

  • Coordinate/assist in scheduling Middle School SSP services with: the Brighton School District, the Lower School and Upper School SSP staff, and division heads.

  • Join or lead parent conferences during which faculty and administrators provide progress reports or plan appropriate support interventions.  

  • Prepare IEP or Harley Learning Plans (HLP) for eligible students.  Play an active support role in CSE meetings.

  • Maintain record keeping on students served for program evaluation and effectiveness of Middle School SSP services provided.

  • Design a flexible schedule to maximize service.

  • Administer workshops for parents and teachers on issues and strategies related to learning difficulties.

  • Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your areas of expertise.  

  • Perform any other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to  Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to Harley’s diversity.


Middle School Spanish Teacher, Grade 6

Job Description

The Harley School is seeking applications from qualified persons to teach Middle School Spanish.  This is a part-time position teaching grade 6 (2-3 sections). The position reports to the Middle School Head.  Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree, classroom teaching experience in Middle/High School. Preferred experience: Master’s degree, three years teaching Spanish in Middle/High School, experience in private/independent school setting. 

Harley offers a competitive benefits package including paid time off, medical and an employer matched 401(K) retirement program.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to  We welcome applications from candidates who will add to Harley’s 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

  • 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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