Founded in 1843, Miss Porter’s School is an independent, single-sex, boarding school that is fully dedicated to its mission of preparing young women to “shape a changing world.” Located in the historic New England village of Farmington, Connecticut, Miss Porter's school maintains a diverse student body of around 315 girls in grades 9-12 and is committed to hiring, developing, and retaining a world-class faculty. We expect that all of our teachers will be among the best in the nation.
Teaching at Miss Porter’s
Miss Porter’s is committed to offering a distinctive, student-centered curriculum that helps girls to build skills in the traditional liberal arts while also specifically preparing them for successful careers and lives of purpose in a dynamic, fast-paced future. We pride ourselves in offering an interdisciplinary, experiential, collaborative, and project-based curriculum that requires students to explore and address the authentic problems facing our world today. Through this curriculum, students will become — in the words of our mission — “informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.”
Working at a boarding school is a demanding job, and, thus, we seek candidates who are willing to work long, hard hours when school is in session, knowing that their work is worth it because they are changing lives for the better.
Miss Porter’s is committed to hiring, developing, and retaining a world class faculty. We expect that all of our teachers will be among the best in the nation.
Open Teaching Faculty Positions
for the 2021-2022 School Year
Teach three sections of an Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar course in Statistics. The course is taught in an intensive, trimester-long format (90-minute blocks meeting each day for ten weeks), meaning that the teacher would teach one section each trimester. Curriculum for the course exists.
Teach three sections of English (levels TBD). Each section is taught in an
intensive, trimester-long format (90-minute blocks meeting each day for ten
Teach one section of Chinese (level TBD). Levels 1-3 are taught in year-long daily format (40
minute blocks); levels 4+ are taught in an intensive, trimester-long format (90-minute blocks
meeting each day for ten weeks).
Provide support for students studying Chinese during trimesters in which they are not enrolled in
Chinese class. This will come in the form of regularly scheduled activities and events.
Teach 1-2 sections of Spanish (levels TBD). Levels 1-3 are taught in year-long daily format (40 minute blocks); levels 4+ are taught in an intensive, trimester-long format (90-minute blocks meeting each day for ten weeks).
Teach 1-2 sections of French (levels TBD). Levels 1-3 are taught in year-long daily format (40 minute blocks); levels 4+ are taught in an intensive, trimester-long format (90-minute blocks meeting each day for ten weeks).
If you are interested in one of the above positions please to send a resume and cover letter to:
Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Faculty
Open Positions for Summer 2021 Positions
We have filled all current openings.
PENN RESIDENCY MASTER'S IN TEACHING
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
The University of Pennsylvania’s Independent School Teaching Residency program is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation’s leading Independent Schools. The Independent School Teaching Residency program enables aspiring and early career teachers to receive a master’s degree in education while completing an intensive teaching fellowship at a host partner school. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for the independent schools’ unique settings, the program features intensive on-site sessions in combination with innovative and collaborative online learning.
We have currently filled our Penn Fellowship positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Should you wish to apply for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact us early in 2022.
Per Diem Campus Safety Team Member
Campus Safety Supervisor
The role of a Campus Safety Team Member is to provide safety and security services to Miss Porter’s School on a daily basis and to respond to emergencies on campus. In addition, this individual promotes good community relations by working and communicating effectively with all the community members, and visitors to our campus.
- Performs foot and motor patrols of campus and related properties, including building checks
- Performs crosswalk duty at Main Street and Mountain Road.
- Performs parking lot duties and monitoring as required
- Monitors and report maintenance problems to appropriate personnel
- Maintains a safe environment for students, faculty and staff
- Manages the arrival of deliveries on campus and occasionally receive deliveries
- During lock downs, secures school as required
- Responds to calls for emergency and non-emergency assistance on campus
- Performs medical and emergency first aid as required
- Monitors fire and burglar alarms and responds to any activated alarms
- Performs additional assignments as directed by the Campus Safety Supervisor and other school administrators
- Connecticut Guard Card
- Post-secondary education or training in security, customer service, or a related field
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to prepare reports
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, evidenced by demeanor and previous training
- Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office suite and other industry-driven software
- Current driver’s license with good driving record
- First Aid/AED/CPR certified
- Past law enforcement experience preferred
- Ability to relate well to the diverse populations of the school
- Ability to walk, run, climb multiple staircases, bend, stoop, and carry a minimum of 40 pounds, and to perform aforementioned foot patrols and crosswalk duties in all types of weather conditions
- Ability to respond to high-stress situations in a calm and efficient manner
- Strong work ethic, capable of maintaining discretion and confidentiality
- Flexibility to work varying hours and shifts
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
Miss Porter’s School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references electronically to email@example.com. Please include “Campus Safety” in your subject line.
Director of Alumnae and Parent Engagement
Full-time, calendar year
Alumnae and Development Office
Chief Advancement Officer
At the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Alumnae and Parent Engagement will work with a dynamic team of colleagues to provide strategic programming for and leadership of the Miss Porter’s School community of 6,000 passionate and accomplished alumnae, referred to as Ancients, and the community of current and past parents.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an energetic, experienced and creative person who is committed to growing and shaping the constituent engagement program at Miss Porter’s School. The ideal candidate will support the momentum and goals of the Miss Porter’s Alumnae Association Board as it seeks to engage the Ancient network and amplify all that characterizes and represents a Miss Porter’s School educational experience. With the Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations, the Mulit-media Designer for Alumnae and Development and other colleagues in the Alumnae and Development office and across campus, the Director of Alumnae and Parent Engagement will appropriately elevate the stature of the Alumnae Association, the Parent Leadership Committee and support and recognize the valuable contributions of alumnae and parent volunteers.
- Build effective alumnae relations and parent programs that support the evolving needs and interests of Ancients, parents and students, and promotes the work of the Office of Alumnae and Development.
- Identify and implement qualitative and quantitative metrics for engagement and evaluation of program success, and employ data-focused decision making to strengthen constituency stewardship efforts.
- Foster and enhance close and meaningful relationships with volunteers. Provide superior administrative support to the Alumnae Association Board, working directly with these volunteers to ensure effective governance, setting priorities, managing three yearly meetings, assessing activity and tracking progress towards annual goals. Lead the Alumnae Board’s commitment to anti-racism, the dismantling of systemic hierarchies that marginalize people based on identity and efforts to ensure that all Ancients belong to the community of Miss Porter’s School. Serve as the on-campus representative who explores, facilitates and furthers the ideas, opinions, goals and efforts of the Alumnae Association Board.
- Devise and execute superior programming that highlights the accomplishments of Ancients, engages attendees with the school and each other, and promotes the distinctive impact of a Miss Porter’s education. Produce an annual schedule of alumnae volunteer driven programs and events throughout the country; organize and execute staff driven Branch events in priority geographic areas. Work with the Global Resources Officer to support programming for Ancients living outside of the US.
- Work with the Director of Parent Giving to execute the work of the Parent Leadership Committee to devise and execute meaningful programs that engage, promote and inform the Miss Porter’s School parent and grandparent community. Work with the Academic Office, Office of Student Life and Office of Communications to amplify this work.
- Work collaboratively with the Major Gifts and Annual Fund teams to advance the fundraising goals of the office while creating meaningful engagement opportunities for Ancients.
- Support the goals of the MPS curricular programs such as InterMission and Senior Capstone by working to identify Ancients whose work aligns with the needs of each grade’s focus.
- Support the goals of school-wide Student Alliances by working with the Director of Equity and Inclusion to identify and engage Ancients who represent and model diverse perspectives.
- Plan and implement annual Miss Porter’s School Reunions. Work closely with Alumnae and Development colleagues to ensure that programming is well constructed and delivered. Coordinate with the Annual Giving and Planned Giving staff to develop and achieve gift goals and fundraising strategies for reunion class gifts. Promote appropriate stewardship activities through work with the Assistant Director of Donor Relations. All planning and activities should leverage the expertise of appropriate internal and external partners including but not limited to the Head of School’s Office, Advancement Services, Facilities, Foodservice and Dean of Students Office.
- Work directly with the Miss Porter’s School Communications team to create and disseminate print, digital and social media communications that serve to educate, connect and inform the full alumnae body. Responsible for managing timely and appropriate content updates on the alumnae pages of the school website. Oversee class correspondence and promotion of alumnae in the Bulletin.
- Manage the work of the Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations and the Mulit-media Designer for Alumnae and Development.
- Bachelor’s Degree is required, Master’s Degree preferred.
- A minimum of 6 years of professional (academic) fundraising or alumni/ae relations experience including direct management experience.
- Commitment to the mission and Community Call to Action of Miss Porter’s School and dedication to our effort to become an anti-racist institution. Demonstrated ability to work with and respect a diverse population of alumnae and colleagues across a dynamic educational campus.
- Ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
- Proven ability to lead projects to completion. Demonstrated ability to plan, set and achieve meaningful objectives, including the ability to prioritize and multitask.
- Ability to be a strategic thought partner and effective problem solver. Able to navigate change, develop and implement new strategies and collaborate with multiple stakeholders without sacrificing key priorities.
- Proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google and familiarity with and understanding of evolving social media platforms. Raiser’s Edge experience is preferred.
- Exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to create and execute impactful and engaging programs.
- Proven ability to manage and motivate a diverse group of volunteers.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation.
- Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends. Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Sitting or standing at a desk, using a computer much of the time.
- During meetings and events, ability to lift up to 25 pounds and ability to set up materials for events.
- Ability to navigate a campus and event venues.
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
Miss Porter’s School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Director of Alumnae and Parent Engagement” in your subject line.
Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
Part-time, mostly afternoons including weekends
Director of Athletics
Lead the Porter’s Volleyball program under the guidance and in support of the athletic department. Responsible for the coaching of student athletes in game strategies and techniques in preparation for Varsity level competition.
- Attend all preseason and postseason meetings scheduled by the Athletics Department and NEPSAC.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the sport and experience leading/organizing a team.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Passion for working with high school students.
- Commitment to working collegially in a diverse community and communicating effectively with a diverse population.
- Organizes and runs appropriate practices in preparation for high-level competition.
- Work to put in place instructional goals and objectives to help ensure overall educational success of the student-athletes.
- Communicates team policies and expectations clearly to student-athletes.
- Communicates regularly and effectively with athletic department on team needs.
- Has thorough knowledge of Athletic Department and Founder’s League policies.
- Communicates regularly and effectively with athletic trainers on health status of athletes.
- Assists student-athletes looking to play competitively at the collegiate level in the process of recruitment.
- Report scores and statistics in an efficient and timely manner.
- Maintain statistics and records for the season.
5 years experience as a head/assistant volleyball coach.
Must possess strong leadership skills. Experience with and knowledge of developing a volleyball program. General knowledge of coaching techniques and procedures. Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior. Strong organizational, communications and interpersonal skills. Strong problem solving skills.
Miss Porter’s School is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We seek to promote diversity through our programs and hiring.
This policy is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff about the nature of sexual harassment; to encourage members of the Porter’s community to discuss offensive conduct early to prevent such behavior and to stop it from escalating; and to eliminate any harassing behavior that may already exist.
Miss Porter’s School is a community in which all members have rights to feel safe and respected, and to live, work and learn in an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature can undermine these rights. It is the policy of Porter’s that no member of the school may sexually harass another.
Sexual harassment encompasses behavior that is subtle and ambiguous as well as that which is direct and overt. It may involve peers, but it is especially serious when it involves a relationship of authority. Under no circumstances will a sexual relationship between an adult member of the community (someone over 18 not in the status of a student) and a Porter’s student be construed as consensual.
In determining whether behavior deemed offensive by the individual to whom it is directed constitutes sexual harassment and, if so, the severity of the harassment and the school’s response, the range of the circumstances will be considered. Circumstances may include the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the alleged offensive conduct. Perpetrators as well as victims of sexual harassment can be male or female, students, faculty, spouses or staff. Those who engage in sexual harassment will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.
No one should be inhibited from making a complaint of what he or she considers to be harassment for fear of reprisal. Therefore, any form of threat or retaliation against anyone who in good faith makes a complaint of sexual harassment is itself a violation of this policy and is cause for discipline. Violation of this policy, whether intended or not, will not be tolerated. The procedures that Porter’s follows are designed to ensure that incidents of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly, and that corrective actions will be taken immediately.
(excerpted from full Sexual Harassment Policy)