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Current Openings

List of 6 items.

  • Associate Director of College Counseling

    Position Title: Associate Director of College Counseling
    Reports To:  Director of College Counseling and Upper School Division Head
    Status:    Exempt
    Classification: Administration
    FTE:        1.0

    The Shipley School
    The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling 835 students in grades Pre-K through 12.  Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world.  The Upper School has 378 students in grades 9-12, and a faculty of 60.
     
    Summary
    The Shipley School seeks an experienced educator to join its College Counseling team in the summer of 2017. Currently, the staff includes a Director of College Counseling, one Associate Director of College Counseling, and one administrative assistant.
     
    Key Responsibilities
    • Working with 35 – 40 students on all aspects of the college search, application, and admission process
    • Engaging with students individually and in a classroom setting
    • Teaching seminar classes to juniors and seniors
    • Writing comprehensive college recommendations
    • Maintaining effective relationships with parents, faculty, staff and college admission professionals
    • Traveling to college campuses and professional conferences
    • Providing positive, frequent communication with colleagues, administration and families
    • Advising students and attending faculty meetings
     
    Qualifications:
    The successful candidate is an experienced college counselor or college admissions professional whose knowledge of colleges, universities and the admissions process is broad and deep and who enjoys working with adolescents and their families. Experience with selective college admissions is essential. Candidates must value collaboration in the workplace and possess the following qualifications:
    • An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school
    • Commitment to a counseling-based approach to the college process
    • Experience developing relationships with students and families 
    • Comfort and skill as a public speaker
    • Exceptional writing skills  
    • Ability to anticipate, initiate, organize, attend to detail and follow-through
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • Confidence, energy and enthusiasm
    • Commitment to professional development
    • Bachelor’s degrees, additional education desirable.
     
    Experience in the following areas would also be helpful:
    • Naviance
    • Technology and social media 
    • College athletic recruitment 
    • Financial Aid 
    • Standardized test administration (PSAT; AP)
     
    Contact Information
    Interested candidates should send materials by February 1, 2017 to Margaret van Steenwyk, Head of Upper School at mvansteenwyk@shipleyschool.org.
      
  • Director of Development

    Founded in 1894, The Shipley School is a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 coeducational day school with approximately 850 students and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1. The Shipley School is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world. Through a strong college preparatory curriculum in the humanities and sciences, the school encourages curiosity, creativity, and respect for intellectual effort. Shipley upholds and promotes moral integrity, a sense of personal achievement and worth, and concern for others at school and in the larger community.
     
    The Development Office of The Shipley School is dedicated to advancing Shipley’s mission as an outstanding independent school committed to academic excellence. Guided by the School’s strategic priorities, the Development Office is dedicated to engaging the Shipley community in becoming emotionally and financially invested in the School’s success and seeks to foster lifelong relationships that result in philanthropic support.
     
    Shipley’s Development Office strategy is guided by a collaborative, donor-centered approach to fundraising in which each donor relationship is cultivated and stewarded based on constituency. Aligned into alumni- and parent-related “pillars” that uphold the Office mission of supporting the School, staff members in each pillar are charged with developing constituency-based programs to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. While the constituencies served by each pillar are different, the goals remain the same: to cultivate relationships, build a sense of community, and generate annual, capital, and planned giving support for The Shipley School.
     
    Working as a member of the Central Administrative Team and reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to achieve the School’s annual and long-range financial goals. The Director personally identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards donors to advance the mission of The Shipley School from within all constituencies. The Director oversees the Office of Development supervising and nurturing a high-functioning fundraising team.
     
    Specific Responsibilities
     
    • Provide leadership and vision to establish and maintain both short- and long-range goals for cultivation and stewardship of annual and capital fundraising, and planned giving that will increase the culture of philanthropy across all constituencies of the School.
    • Develop and oversee implementation of all fundraising programs, consistent with the priorities of the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Plan with the goals of Educational Excellence, Community Engagement and Institutional Stewardship.
    • Manage the Development Office staff of 10 colleagues and oversee hiring, yearly evaluation, and professional development. Oversee the Development Office Budget.
    • Oversee the ongoing research, identification, assignment, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all current and potential donors.
    • Manage capital fundraising efforts, working closely with Campaign Chairs, Head of School, and fundraising volunteers.
    • Oversee prospect-specific strategies for cultivating and soliciting major commitments for programs and priorities as set forth by the Board of Trustees.
    • Full responsibility for all constituent relations and cultivation activities.
    • Manage a portfolio of 100+/- major gift pipeline prospects, primarily constituents in the parent pillar, to ensure that appropriate and timely steps are taken to move prospects through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship cycles.
      • Build relationships with donors with the goals of strengthening their affiliation with and support of Shipley.
      • Record moves through use of Call Reports.
      • Document all prospect activity in the database.
      • Maintain robust prospect files and notes.
    • Utilize the Head of School’s time and talents appropriately with respect to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts.
    • Establish and maintain the necessary volunteer programs and committees to enhance and maximize fundraising initiatives and to foster donor engagement.
    • Participate in school-wide policy decisions as a member of the Central Administrative Team.
    • Participate in meetings of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee in an ex-officio capacity, making reports and supporting sub-committees as necessary and appropriate.
    • Serve as a liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
    • Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of Marketing and Communications, and other administrators to develop and support the School’s overall marketing, fundraising, and recruitment efforts.
     
    Qualifications

    • Understanding of and endorsement of Shipley’s mission, culture, values, and history.
    • Minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible management positions in development with a preference for experience within independent schools, higher education, or innovative nonprofit organizations.
    • Proven track record in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major and planned gifts.
    • Strong management skills, both strategic and operational, and a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor and motivate an effective team.
    • Excellent planning, prioritization, organization, multitasking, efficiency, and follow-through in execution of responsibilities.
    • Personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents.
    • Self-motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, and commitment to innovation.
    • Cooperation, collegiality, and commitment to teamwork.
    • Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, The Shipley School’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion and persuasion.
    • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies, including trustees, volunteer leaders, donors, prospects, faculty and students.
    • Excellent quantity, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of work produced.
    • Dependability, punctuality, and attendance at all required and some optional meetings and events.
    • Professional appearance and demeanor.
    • Commitment to professional development and self-improvement.
    • Self-confidence and humility combined with a sense of humor and a collaborative management style.
    • Proficiency in use of technology: Raiser’s Edge database, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), and web editing software.
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Ability to work occasional early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
    • Ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.
      
    For inquiries, nominations and applications, please contact:
     
    Catharine McGeever, Senior Vice President
    610-924-9100
    cfmcgeever@lambertassoc.com

    Lambert & Associates
    222 S Manoa Road, Suite 201
    Havertown, PA 19083
    610-924-9100
    www.lambertassoc.com
     
  • Director of Parent Programs and Events

    Founded in 1894, The Shipley School is a co-ed day school of 840 students in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12 and is located in suburban Philadelphia.   The Shipley School is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status and sexual orientation.
     
    Shipley’s Development Office strategy is guided by a collaborative, donor-centered approach to fundraising in which each donor relationship is cultivated and stewarded based on constituency. Aligned into alumni- and parent-related “pillars” that uphold the Office mission of supporting the School, staff members in each pillar are charged with developing constituency-based programs to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. While the constituencies served by each pillar are different, the goals remain the same: to cultivate relationships, build a sense of community, and generate annual, capital, and planned giving support for The Shipley School.
     
    Working as a member of the Development Office and reporting to the Associate Director of Development for Parent Engagement, the Director of Parent Programs and Events is responsible for leading and implementing a comprehensive constituent relations program focused on engaging and cultivating the constituencies of the Parent Pillar, which encompasses trustees, parents, alumni parents, grandparents, past parents, and former trustees. Shipley is in the midst of a $52 million capital campaign, having raised $47 million to date.
     
    Specific Responsibilities
    • Develop and implement four (4) annual fundraising events: Shipley Shops (October); Spring Auction (April); Secret Gardens (May); and Golf Classic (June).
      • Recruit Co-Chairs and Committee members.
      • Design and write, with assistance from the Communications Office, paper and email invitations and ensure their timely delivery.
      • Implement innovative marketing strategies to promote programs and events.
      • Ensure that fundraising events meet financial goals.
      • Cultivate corporate support for each event.
      • Steward volunteers following the events.
    • Develop and manage additional fundraising events as appropriate.
    • Lead a program to recruit, train, and support pillar volunteers.
    • Assist in the planning and orchestration of annual, capital, and planned gift cultivation and stewardship events for pillar.
    • Conduct face-to-face visits of pillar constituents.
      • Build relationships with prospects with the goals of strengthening their affiliation with and support of Shipley.
      • Record visits through use of Call Reports.
      • Document all activity in the database.
    • Manage and support the Fine Arts Committee, the Speer Gallery exhibits, and related events.
    • Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Programs and Giving to promote alumni pillar constituents’ attendance at Shipley Shops, Spring Auction, Secret Gardens, and similar events.
    • Identify and promote ways in which varying constituencies in the pillar can be brought together, with the goal of cultivating all.
    • With the Webmaster, manage and regularly update content of the special programs and events section of Shipley’s website.
    • Advise parent volunteer programs as appropriate.
     
    General Responsibilities
    • Educate pillar constituents about the importance of supporting the School.
    • Help to identify prospects and volunteers for annual, capital, and planned giving fundraising efforts.
    • Delegate appropriate tasks to the Parent Coordinator.
    • Manage the use and accuracy of database records for parent pillar.
    • Manage parent pillar programs and events budget.
    • Support and staff events run by the Development Office, including but not limited to Alumni Weekend.
     
    In order to embrace the mission of the School and be successful in the position, the Director of Parent Programs and Events must possess and exhibit the following skills:
    • Familiarity with and endorsement of Shipley’s mission, culture, and values
    • Personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents
    • Self-motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, and commitment to innovation
    • Cooperation, collegiality, and commitment to teamwork
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Excellent quantity, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of work produced
    • Excellent planning, prioritization, organization, multitasking, efficiency, and follow-through in execution of responsibilities
    • Dependability, punctuality, and attendance at all required and some optional meetings and events
    • Professional appearance and demeanor
    • Commitment to professional development and self-improvement
    • Proficiency in use of technology: Raiser’s Edge database (including NetCommunity), Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Greater Giving, and web editing software
    • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Ability to travel locally
     
    Qualifications and Expectations
    The ideal candidate will have a strong fundraising background in an independent school environment and an excellent track record of identifying, recruiting, and supporting volunteers. A Bachelor’s degree is a requirement.
     
    Employment Classification
    This is a 12-month position with exempt status.
     
    Salary and Benefits
    Salary will be commensurate with experience. Shipley offers a generous benefits package that includes school contributions to employees’ TIAA-CREF retirement plan, medical benefits and life insurance, professional development opportunities, generous vacation, and complimentary lunch.
     
    Position Availability
    Start date for the position is flexible. Successful completion of state and federal clearances is a condition of employment.
     
    Candidates should send a cover letter and résumé by post or email (no phone calls, please) to:
    Ms. Karen Brown,
    Director of Advancement Services
    The Shipley School
    814 Yarrow Street
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
     
  • Lower School Substitute Teacher

    The Shipley School seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Lower school substitute teacher.

    The candidate will: Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree and certification in Education.Teaching experience of 1-2 years preferred. Ability to implement lesson plans in grades pre-k to 5th grade. Demonstrate kindness, enthusiasm, a sense of humor, a cooperative spirit and a commitment to teamwork.

    Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application to Dr. Usha Balamore at Ubalamore@shipleyschool.org.
  • Middle School English Teacher

    The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling 835 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world. The Middle School has 215 students in grades 6-8, and a faculty of 30.
     
    The Shipley School is committed to equal employment opportunities for all individuals. The school will make all employment decisions for employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity and expression, creed, genetic predisposition, victim of domestic violence or any other basis protected by law.
     
    The Shipley School seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Middle School English Teacher to work with our existing English teachers. This will be a full-time position beginning in September. The ideal candidate will:
    • Share a deep passion for English
    • Have an excellent background in teaching writing and a passion for literature
    • Work collaboratively with our English teachers to implement the curriculum already in place
    • Be comfortable using technology and incorporating it into teaching
    • Attend planning meetings and play an active role in the MS
    • Act as an advisor to a section of MS students

    Successful applicants should possess the following qualifications:
    • Maturity, collegiality, flexibility, humor
    • Excellent speaking and writing skills
    • 3-5 years teaching experience
    • BA in English or related field (advanced degree preferred but not required)
    • An appreciation for the unique qualities of the typical young adolescents found in middle school settings
    • A willingness to employ differentiated instruction to meet learners at their level of need
     
    Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application for the attention of Shane Kinsella (Head of Middle School) at skinsella@shipleyschool.org.
  • Upper School English Teacher

    Upper School English Teacher
    Reports To:  Upper School Head
    Classification: Faculty
    Status: Exempt
    FTE:        1.0
      
    The Shipley School
    The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling 835 students in grades Pre-K through 12.  Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world.  The Upper School has 378 students in grades 9-12, and a faculty of 60.

    Summary
    The Shipley Upper School seeks an experienced high school English teacher. The candidate will have a degree in literature and a clear educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school. Experience teaching English literature and/or writing at the high school level is preferred. 
      
    Reports To: Department Chair and Division Head
      
    Key Responsibilities:
    • The teacher reports to his or her department chair
    • Creates a supportive atmosphere and rigorous academic program in which all students will thrive
    • Works collaboratively with department members
    • Advises students and attends faculty meetings
    • Provides positive, frequent communication with colleagues, administration and families
    Qualifications:
    • A clear educational philosophy, consistent with the mission of the school
    • Experience teaching English at the high school level
    • Degree in literature; M.A. in English or M.Ed. in Secondary Education preferred
    • Must possess a creative, energetic, and positive approach to teaching and learning
    • Must have a true passion for literature and be an avid reader
     
    Contact Information:
    Interested candidates should send materials by February 1, 2017 to Margaret van Steenwyk, Head of Upper School at mvansteenwyk@shipleyschool.org

Diversity

Shipley upholds and promotes the integrity of each individual. We nurture a concern for others, self-worth, and personal achievement. The School is dedicated to the ongoing process of creating a safe and accepting environment for all people. We value and honor differences in ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Shipley is committed to sustaining a vibrant, inclusive, and caring multicultural community. The goal of raising cultural awareness and understanding is reflected in many areas of school life.

In seeking to fill faculty and staff positions, we encourage all applicants. We particularly encourage applicants who will enrich the diversity of our community.

Employment Forms

Applicants for positions must complete the following, including mandatory Pennsylvania documents: