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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:

Food & Farm Coordinator Job Description

The Harley School, a Nursery through 12th Grade independent school in Rochester, NY with approximately 500 students (, seeks a full-time Food & Farm Coordinator staff position beginning in Summer 2017.  Harley is expanding its edible education program with backing from the U.S.D.A. and Wegmans through grant awards.  The program capitalizes on existing Harley facilities, including our Micro-Farm, High Tunnel, and Commons (our zero-net-emissions, 21st century barn, greenhouse, green roof, and science facility).

The position involves coordinating our edible education program, which includes both teaching courses and supporting relevant  activities and projects in PreK-12 courses.   Managing the multiple growing spaces (planning layout, ordering seeds and supplies), taking care of the spaces, harvesting, food preparation and cooking, and working with student crews are all essential components of the role.  Other key aspects of the job include developing a food curriculum that utilizes our produce and taking the lead in composting.  The Food & Farm Coordinator will work with Commons and edible education teachers to develop activities that integrate the edible education program with other parts of the school curriculum.  Taking care of the growing spaces and fulfilling the objectives of the grants will direct much of the work for this position.  The Food and Farm Coordinator will also have the opportunity to develop partnership relationships with interested and relevant organizations and schools.


  • B.A. or B.S degree in relevant discipline
  • Teaching experience with adolescents and teen-agers
  • Farming experience, especially ability to plan, cultivate, plant, harvest, winterize multiple spaces
  • Knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices
  • Food preparation and cooking background
  • Collaborative leadership style

Reports to:   Seth O’Bryan, Commons Director and Edible Education Supervisor

Starts:   Summer 2017 (12-month salaried staff position)

The Harley School welcomes candidates who add to our diversity. Please reply to with your resume, letter of interest, and reference names and contact information.  Thank you for your interest in The Harley School.


2017-2018 Maker Educator Faculty Position

The Harley School seeks a full-time Maker Educator faculty member for the 2017-18 school year. Using the resources of our expansive workshop and project room on the ground floor of our new Commons facility (, the Maker Educator will be responsible for teaching courses in grades 7-12 that feature project-based learning; collaborating with other teachers on such projects; facilitating students’ hands-on learning; and maintaining the workshop.  Building on existing programs that incorporate design-thinking philosophy and technology, our new teacher will have the opportunity to promote, conceptualize, and coordinate design-and-innovation projects throughout the curriculum and school, Nursery to 12th grade.


  • Knowledge and experience with design thinking and makerspace principles
  • Skill with using (and teaching the use of) power tools, electronics, computer software, and related technologies (including arduinos, laser cutter, 3D printer, shopbot, robotics, etc.)
  • Appreciation for working collaboratively, taking risks, managing a flexible schedule, and balancing short- and long-term projects
  • Teaching experience with youth
  • Safety awareness

Reports to:   Seth O’Bryan, Commons Director and Edible Education Supervisor
Starts:   September 2017 (10-month faculty position)

The Harley School welcomes candidates who add to our diversity.  Please reply to with your resume, letter of interest, licensure (if applicable), and reference names and contact information.  Thank you for your interest in The Harley School.


School Counselor/Psychologist

Job Description

The Harley School, a Nursery  through Grade 12 independent school in Rochester NY with approximately 500 students ( seeks a part-time School Counselor/Psychologist to support Grades N -8 (300 students).

The School Counselor/Psychologist will work with students, faculty, staff, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and community.  This twenty hour, five-day-per-week position promotes the social, academic, and emotional success of students.  Candidates already in private practice are encouraged to apply.


  • Offer expert consultation, direction, and support to faculty, staff, and families regarding children’s social-emotional growth, physical and emotional well-being, and academic strengths and differences
  • Serve as a resource and consultant on mental health, child/adolescent psychology, and learning differences; conduct in-service programs as requested
  • Evaluate students in crisis or at-risk to guide emergent problem-solving by faculty, staff and parents
  • Provide referrals to outside services and collaborate with school staff, parents, and outside professionals/agencies in planning to meet the needs of individual students
  • Serve as a liaison between the school and outside agencies to direct a counseling intern program
  • Provide  wellness programs that help students develop healthy coping and decision-making skills
  • Continue the Middle School peer mediation program


  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work from an accredited institution of higher education; must possess or have the ability to obtain New York State Certification
  • Previous experience working with children and youth; experience in a school setting is preferred
  • A commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
  • The ability to interpret educational and psychological testing results and help others do so
  • Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility within the school day for student, team, and administrative meetings

Please reply to with your resume, letter of interest, licensure, and reference names and contact information.  Thank you for your interest in The Harley School. The Harley School welcomes candidates who add to our diversity.


Nursery Teacher

The Harley School is seeking applications from qualified persons for an early childhood teaching position in the Lower School for the 2016/17 school year.  The position involves team-teaching in the nursery program.

Qualifications for the nursery teacher position:   

  • A warm, caring individual who has demonstrated a specific interest in teaching young children through previous experience with this age group (3, 4 and 5-year olds).
  • Minimum of a BA, preferably in education, ideally with a concentration in early childhood or early childhood special education.
  • Understanding of early childhood development (socio-emotional, physical, cognitive) and a commitment to play-based pedagogy.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Terry Smith, Head of Lower  School, The Harley School (1981 Clover Street) or to Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. We welcome applications from candidates who will add to Harley’s diversity.


Summer Nurse

The Harley School seeks a summer nurse who will oversee medical care and treatment for students participating in Harley Day Camp, Summer Academy, Summer Nursery, the Horizons program, and other activities held on the Harley campus. Applicants must have experience working with children (3 years-18 years) and adults. This is a flexible position (part-time, # of days per week) spanning from June 12-August 11. Daily working hours are 8:45-3:00.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to for more information. Harley welcomes candidates who may add to our 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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