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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  • 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 email a cover letter, resume, and complete the application to Mary Lou Mangino,
  • Middle And Upper School Swim Coach

    The Shipley School
    The Shipley School fosters educational excellence and develops in each student a love of learning and a readiness for compassionate participation in a changing world. Founded in 1894 and currently enrolling over 830 students, Shipley is an independent Pre-K-12 coeducational day school located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Dedicated to our mission, The School fosters relationships with all children to discover their unique talents and strengths and live up to our motto, “Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing”. Our educational environment balances the developmental needs of our students with the demands of academic excellence.
    General Description
    The US and MS Swim Coach will be responsible for management of the scholastic swim program at The Shipley School working with all constituencies identifying developmental needs to enhance our program. Shipley practices daily at Bryn Mawr College’s pool and is a member of the Friends Schools League.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Coach MS and US Shipley swim teams
    • Travel with the team to all meets and confirming transportation with the Athletic Office
    • Responsible for inspiring our coaches to assist our student athletes in reaching their full potential
    • Recruit student athletes of all ages for application to Shipley
    • Oversee all Shipley Swim programs grades 6-12
      • Monitor practices
      • Develop lesson plans
      • Oversee skill development
    • Responsible for the organization of all swim trips, including Eastern’s ensuring school guidelines are adhered to
    • Other duties as assigned
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Proficient in MS Office and Cloud based POS system
    • Must be able to operate in a P/L environment
    • Must have progressive management experience in a successful swim program
    • Must be goal oriented
    • Possess the ability to develop, accelerate and maintain successful swim program for various age levels
    • Possess excellent communication and organizational skills
    • Eagerness to work in a school community and build relationships with all school constituencies to market the swim program
    • Must be able to establish and maintain a high level of customer service and lead by example for swim staff
    • Must be positive, respectful, trustworthy, supportive and believe in a student’s potential and run program reflecting Shipley’s Mission – see link:
    • Must have previous coaching experience
    • Track record of coaching experience at the Pro, College or High School level
    • Proven ability to manage, motivate and inspire personnel

    Expectations for All Employees
    • Successful completion of state and federal clearances
    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume to the attention of Mark Duncan, Director of Athletics, at  
    Please – no phone inquiries.
  • Senior Development Officer

    Working as a member of the Development Office and reporting to the Associate Director of Development, the Senior Development Officer (SDO) maximizes giving to the School by establishing long-term relationships with a group of assigned major gifts prospects. The SDO helps prospects fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to Shipley and in doing so, assures that the School achieves its strategic goals and priorities. The SDO works independently while creating strategy for each assigned individual through collaboration with development colleagues, school administration, and volunteer leadership. The SDO is expected to travel locally and long distance to meet with prospects.
    • Develop personalized strategies for and maintain a portfolio of 150+/- major gifts prospects ($25,000+)—alumni, parents, past parents, and grandparents. Spend 90% of time meeting with constituents one-on-one—locally, regionally, and nationally.
    • Ensure that appropriate and timely steps are taken to move prospects through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship cycles.
      • Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors.
      • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers.
      • Build relationships with donors with the goals of strengthening their affiliation with and support of Shipley.
      • Make solicitations when appropriate.
      • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors.
      • Record moves through use of Call Reports.
      • Document all prospect activity in the database.
      • Maintain robust prospect files and notes.
    • Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, development colleagues, and other Shipley colleagues to cultivate and solicit donors for School-wide priorities.
    • Monitor all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.
    • Recommend and assist with programming involving the Head of School, Director of Development, other Central Administration Team members, and volunteer leaders.
    • Travel through key territories at least two times a year.
    • Work collaboratively with development colleagues. Offer prospect strategy counsel to others who are managing other prospects. Be a resource for development colleagues, from identifying potential volunteer connections to knowing about meeting and event spaces in key locations.
    • Focus on securing support for a set of School-wide priorities. Provide counsel to the Director of Constituent Engagement on outreach programming in the Senior Development Officer’s key territories.
    General Responsibilities
    • Educate constituents about the importance of supporting the School.
    • Manage annual travel budget.
    • Support and staff events run by the Development Office, including but not limited to Shipley Shops, Spring Auction, Secret Gardens, and Alumni Weekend.
    In order to embrace the mission of the School and be successful in the position, the Senior Development Officer must possess and exhibit the following skills:
    • Familiarity with and endorsement of Shipley’s mission, culture, and values
    • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major gift donors in order to develop relationships between them and the School
    • Cooperation, collegiality, and commitment to teamwork
    • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the School’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with colleagues, Division Heads, Trustees, volunteers, and the Development Office
    • Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies
    • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles
    • Personal and professional integrity as well as respect for the confidentiality of colleagues and constituents
    • Self-motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, and commitment to innovation
    • 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 and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)
    • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Ability and willingness to travel locally, regionally, and nationally
    Qualifications and Expectations
    S/He will have had at least five years of experience in successfully cultivating and personally soliciting leadership or major gifts. Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors is key. Equivalent experience in business, sales and marketing, or finance will also be considered. Knowledge of independent school fundraising culture is an asset. Experience using Raiser’s Edge or another similar customer relationship management software is preferred. Must be able to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a professional team, while maintaining a positive attitude. A Bachelor’s degree is a requirement. Significant travel is required.
    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
    The position is available immediately. 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

Diversity and Inclusion

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 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.