Careers With Heronfield

Heronfield Academy is an independent middle school located on the New Hampshire Seacoast.  Serving approximately 90 students in grades 6 through 8, Heronfield provides an academically challenging curriculum centered on nurturing students through the core values of Honesty, Respect, Diligence, Celebration, and CaringAs a small school, each person contributes to the community in many ways and also shares the joy of the important work we do together. 

Heronfield’s teachers are dedicated to working with middle school students at this important period of academic, emotional and personal growth.  We work in partnership with our students’ families to provide an innovative and caring environment that inspires in our students a passion for learning, academic excellence and creative exploration. We encourage our students to find the best in themselves, and to make a connection with and serve their community.

Committed to the principles of equity, inclusion and social justice, Heronfield seeks to attract, retain, and support a diverse and talented workforce and invites applications for the positions provided below. Please explore our website in full to learn more about Heronfield and what makes our school a special place. All correspondence regarding openings should be addressed to

Heronfield Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of our community. We adhere to ISANNE’s best practices for the hiring of faculty and staff.  Please see policy statement at the bottom of this page.

Middle School Counselor (part-time)

Heronfield Academy seeks a part-time School Counselor for the 2024-2025 school year who will lead the school forward in attending to the mental health and wellness of the students in the community. In this role, which may cover 15-20 hours per week, a qualified person would work alongside the administration and the faculty in meeting the social and emotional needs of young people. The person in this position would meet with students in small groups or individually, teach weekly health and wellness classes, and develop and deliver programming to elevate the community’s approach to social and emotional wellness. In addition, this position would serve as a bridge to individual families and the collective parent community on an array of topics related to mental health. This position is well-suited to someone who leads with energy and expertise and is excited to develop a new program. This is a ten-month position, running from mid-August to mid-June.

Primary responsibilities include:
● Being a positive, active and visible member of the school’s faculty and staff
● Overseeing all aspect of mental health and wellness in the school community
● Developing and delivering programs to support and elevate student mental health at Heronfield
● Serving as a professional resource for the faculty and staff in all aspects of the school program
● Teaching weekly health & wellness classes for middle school students
● Communicating thoughtfully and proactively with parents on variety of mental health-related
● Serving as a mental health liaison between school and home, in both calm and challenging
● Serving on the school’s leadership team, including attending weekly meetings to discuss upcoming
events and the overall operations of the school with social-emotional wellness in mind
The ideal candidate will have:
● A masters degree in school counseling or a related field
● A commitment to the mission and core values of the school and to the growth of young people
● Strong interpersonal and management skills with the ability to complete tasks quickly and
● Three years of demonstrated experience in working with adolescents in a school setting
● Strong verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrated experience with position-related technology including database management and Google office applications
● A proactive, positive, team-oriented approach to bringing all measures of success to the school .

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to

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    NAIS Principles of Good Practice

    We adhere to NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice* for the hiring of faculty and staff:

    • The school has a stated procedure governing its hiring process and a strategic recruiting plan that includes strategies for seeking candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the institution. 
    • The school identifies means by which to advertise the position to various pools of potential candidates, including those not currently employed by independent schools, and makes current staff aware of openings as they become public and available. 
    • The school creates a complete job description for each available position. This description outlines the main responsibilities and expectations of the position, as well as any significant other activities that may be asked of the candidate. 
    • The hiring and interview process includes the people who will be directly involved with the candidate in his or her new position. 
    • The school and its representatives follow the laws that govern hiring practices and focus fairly and consistently with every applicant on the talent, skills, and abilities needed for the job, disclosing all information that is necessary for the candidate to make a well-informed decision. 
    • When inviting a candidate to the school, the school explains who is to be responsible for expenses and what the visit will entail. 
    • The school keeps all candidates informed about the hiring schedule and decision timeline. 
    • In performing its due diligence, the school performs appropriate background and reference checks to validate a candidate’s education and employment history, focusing on the ability of the individual to fulfill the professional duties of the position and to confirm the individual’s suitability to work with children. The school does not finalize the hiring of a new employee without completing a reference call with the individual’s most recent employer, after securing permission to contact that employer from the candidate.  
    • When making an offer to a candidate, the school provides all relevant information, including compensation, job expectations, and working conditions. 
    • The school affords candidates a reasonable period of time to consider an offer. 
    • When the selected candidate accepts the job, the school contacts the other candidates to notify them that the position has been filled. 
    • The candidate discloses all information that is necessary for the school to make a well-informed decision. 
    • The candidate accepts an invitation to visit at the school’s expense only if he or she is seriously interested in a position. 
    • The candidate responds to an offer within a reasonable period of time. 
    • The candidate notifies the current employer as soon as reasonably possible of any plans to work for another employer.

    (*) Adapted from The National Association of Independent Schools “Principles of Good Practice