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 careers@heronfield.org.

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.

Current employment opportunities

Director of Advancement - Available immediately or for 2022-2023 school year

Heronfield Academy seeks a full-time Director of Advancement who will coordinate all fundraising efforts for the school, working with the Board of Trustees and Head of School and the Board of Trustees to create and bring forth annual and long-range plans for increasing individual and organizational giving.  Primary responsibilities will include:

 

  • Identifying and cultivating major gift opportunities, both in the school community and through corporate giving and foundation grants, to support the school’s Strategic Goals.
  • Partnering with the school’s leadership in support of Heronfield’s program and its future success, both in strengthening the existing fundraising base and attracting new donors.  
  • Leading the school’s engagement efforts to keep alumni, families and friends connected to the school community.  This will include organizing in-person and virtual events that will help showcase the school’s faculty, students, and programs.
  • Overseeing both the Heronfield Fund and the annual Spring Fundraising Gala, including the organizing of a volunteer committee and the solicitation of sponsorships and auction items.  
  • Leading the communications and marketing efforts – through print, online, and social media –  to promote Heronfield to prospective students, families, alumni and the greater community.

 

 The ideal candidate will have:

  • A commitment to the mission and core values of the school and to the growth of young people
  • A Bachelor’s degree in communication or marketing, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of related fundraising and marketing experience, preferably in an educational or other non–profit setting, as well as experience in grant writing  
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and use of technology including Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (or similar database management software), and Google applications
  • Ability to think creatively and work strategically with the administration, faculty, and Board of Trustees
  • A positive, team-oriented approach to bringing all measures of success to the school
  • A willingness to work occasional nights and weekends in support of this role. 

 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to careers@heronfield.org.

 

Committed to the principles of equity, inclusion and social justice, Heronfield Academy seeks to attract, retain, and support diverse and talented community members.  Heronfield Academy is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to NAIS best practices for the hiring of faculty and staff. 

Front Office Manager - Available for 2022-2023 school year

Heronfield Academy is an independent middle school located on a pastoral 13-acre campus 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 Caring.  Heronfield’s teachers are dedicated to working with middle school students at this important period of academic, emotional and personal growth.  As 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 Academy seeks a full-time Front Office Manager for the 2022-2023 school year who will serve as the first point of contact for those who arrive at the school and who will provide exceptional assistance to the families, students, faculty and staff who make up the community.  Well suited to someone who enjoys people and seeks to support others in their work, this position plays a key role in the school’s day-to-day operations and sets the tone for the positive culture on our campus.  This is a ten-month position, running from mid-August to mid-June of each school year.  Primary responsibilities include:    

 

  • Serving as the welcoming face of the school for students, parents and visitors to the campus
  • Gathering and sharing daily attendance records and coordinating student arrivals and dismissals.
  • Maintaining student forms and health records throughout the year.
  • Communicating thoughtfully and proactively with parents on a wide variety of topics.
  • Addressing and helping to solve student and faculty needs as they arise during the day.
  • Providing basic support and care to students who do not feel well or incur injuries while at school.
  • Working with the Head of School and the faculty to write a weekly newsletter and share it with the school community.   
  • Serving on the school’s administrative team, including attending weekly meetings to discuss upcoming events and the overall operations of the school.
  • Working in partnership with the Head of School, the Admissions Office, the Development Office, the faculty and staff, and parent volunteer committees to coordinate special school events such as back-to-school orientation, student conferences, grandparents’ day, and graduation.
  • Keeping an eye out for any concerns or challenges within the student community and bringing them to the attention of the teachers and advisors to seek additional support. 

 

 The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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 consistently 
  • Three years in comparable roles, with demonstrated experience in working with and in support of others
  • 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 careers@heronfield.org.

 

Committed to the principles of equity, inclusion and social justice, Heronfield Academy seeks to attract, retain, and support diverse and talented community members.  Heronfield Academy is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to NAIS best practices for the hiring of faculty and staff.

Substitute Teacher

Heronfield Academy seeks substitute teachers. Substitute teachers will be needed for all subjects.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to careers@heronfield.org.

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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’S OBLIGATIONS 
    • 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’S OBLIGATIONS 
    • 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