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.

All positions available are posted on this website. There are no others available.

Current Openings

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  • Assistant to the Head of School

    Position Title: Assistant to the Head of School
    Reports to: Head of School
    Status:  Exempt
    Classification: Administration
    FTE: 1.0
    General Responsibilities
    This person will support the Head’s daily operation of the School, short and long-term goals, and institutional programs and projects. Understanding and promoting the standards and policies of the School and abiding by the school, mission and NAIS Principles of Good Practice are essential to this position.
    Specific Responsibilities
    Support the Head of School
    • Manages Head’s daily calendar and appointments/events and role in division and all-school events (including school opening, closing, and commencement)
    • Maintains personnel files, Board files, and Head/school memberships, accreditation, and association files
    • Coordinates daily correspondence involving dictation, record keeping, mailings
    • Prepares, culls, mails, and maintains employment contracts and letters of appointment for all colleagues (faculty and staff)
    • Assists coordination of searches for administrators
    • Acquires and maintains notary status
    Support the Board of Trustees
    • Supports the School’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and standing committees; primary administrative contact for Trustees
    • Helps to schedule meetings with Board Leadership
    • Attends Executive Committee and Full Board meetings and records and maintains minutes for Executive Committee and full Board meetings.
    • Maintains and updates Board membership
    • Assists in maintenance of trustee portal
    • Assists committee chairs with scheduling, mailings, copying
    • Makes arrangements for Board retreats working closely with outside facilitators
    • Makes arrangements for Trustee visiting day(s)
    • Other duties as assigned
    Support the Central Administrative Team
    • Member of the Central Administrative Team
    • Schedules, coordinates, and attends meetings and records and maintains minutes
    • Assist team as required
    Chair the Calendar Committee
    • Lead the committee and ensure that the school calendar is accurate and effective.
    • Responsible for identifying conflicts and working with committee for rectifying issues 
    Manage School Receptionists
    • Supervises main office and division receptionists.
    • Responsible for annual review of receptionist in conjunction with Division Head
    • Establishes all school standards and expectations and provide mentoring and professional development to support receptionists
    • Is positive, accessible, approachable, and welcoming.
    • Manages confidential situations with discretion, judgment, respect, and sensitivity.
    • Embodies and communicates the school’s mission, motto, and core values.
    • Provides a sense of stability in an ever-changing environment.
    • Takes an active part in the full life of the school. 
    • Fosters partnerships between and among colleagues (faculty and staff) to create a positive environment for students’ academic and social-emotional learning.
    • Respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each member of the community, and exhibits moral and ethical behavior. 
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Is a life-long learner who enhances his/her skills, using state-of-the-art technologies to maintain high standards of performance to efficiently and effectively produce work products. 
    • Sets professional boundaries, and collaborates with constituents within those boundaries. 
    • Understands and endorses Shipley’s mission, culture, values, and history.
    • Experience with Independent Schools preferred
    • Bachelor's degree preferred
    • Proficiency in use of technology: experience with Microsoft Office products and Blackbaud products preferred
    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 and application via email (no phone calls, please) to:
    Ms. Margaret van Steenwyk
    Head of Upper School
    The Shipley School
    814 Yarrow Street

  • 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.

    • 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

    Lambert & Associates
    222 S Manoa Road, Suite 201
    Havertown, PA 19083
  • 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
  • Middle School Counselor

    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 Counselor to work with our Student Support Department. This will be a full-time position beginning in late August. The ideal candidate will:
    • Have a clear counseling philosophy which is consistent with the mission of the school.
    • Understand the development of children and adolescents and have experience counseling Middle School students.
    • Understand basic principles of functional behavioral assessment, positive behavior supports and interventions in order to support teachers and students in the classroom.
    • Conduct crisis assessments and short-term individual counseling to students with identified concerns.
    • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process with community therapeutic providers.
    • Consult and collaborate effectively and professionally with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other therapeutic/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
    • Provide consultation and collaboration with the SEED teaching team at the PK-12 and Middle School level, occasionally teaching some classes as needed.
    • Provide professional development to faculty around issues related to student mental health and well-being.
    Successful applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes:
    • Flexible, energetic, and positive approach to their work
    • Ability to work within a team approach to Student Support
    • Willingness to be available outside of school hours during crisis situations
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Master’s degree or post-graduate work in counseling, social work or psychology.
    • Experience in an independent school or other school environment.
    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application to the attention of Kerri Maatallah (Assistant to the Head of Middle School) at
  • The University Of Pennsylvania’s Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching Program at Shipley

    The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Residency Master's in Teaching Program is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation’s leading day schools. With an innovative and comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for day schools, the program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to receive a master’s degree in education in concert with the exceptional fellowship programs offered by each school.  Click here for the application.
    Penn Residency Teaching Fellows teach, coach and advise students over a two-year period at their host school, and participate in three weekend sessions at alternating campuses of partner schools and a weeklong summer session at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue additional study through a combination of online classes and virtual discussions.
    How to Apply to the Fellows Program at Shipley
    The Shipley School is currently accepting applications for a Teaching Fellow in Spanish and a Teaching Fellow in SEED (Social, Emotional, Ethical Development)/Humanities to begin in August, 2017. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and Shipley Application. Accepted candidates will also be required to complete an online application to the UPenn Graduate School of Education no later than May 1, 2017.
    If this opportunity interests you, please send the required materials to by April 1st.   Please note: due to the volume of applications for the internships, we are not able to respond to every application. You will only hear from Shipley about your application if you are being considered as a potential candidate. 


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.


Applicants for positions must complete the printable application.
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
T: 610-525-4300 F: 610-525-5082
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.