Careers

Upper School English Teacher

Teaching at Princeton Day School

At Princeton Day School, the pursuit of excellence is a cooperative process nurtured by an outstanding faculty. Our experienced teachers believe in creating a classroom atmosphere where the learning process is valued. At PDS, the classroom extends beyond the walls of the school house and is equally regarded on the fields, courts, ice, and stage. The world-class faculty believes strongly in professional growth and development, and teachers routinely receive in-service training, participate in conferences, attend graduate courses, and travel for enrichment opportunities—all fully supported by the school.

We are always interested in meeting outstanding teachers who are looking to teach in a supportive community of learners. Professionals with a Master’s Degree and several years of teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Princeton Day School values the contributions of teachers who:

  • Demonstrate excellence in the classroom
  • Understand the powerful influence of technology on students’ lives
  • Enjoy connecting with students outside the classroom through: advising, coaching, attending games and concerts, chaperoning events, sponsoring activities
  • Have a sense of humor and like to laugh
  • Are strongly committed to their students and colleagues

Princeton Day School actively seeks students, families, and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. EOE.

Current Openings

SCHOOL STORE MANAGER

Manage the store involving:  spirit wear design; merchandise procurement; display of inventory; customer service, outreach and special event planning; maintenance of an online store; and utilizing technology to set up and maintain database and invoicing of merchandise. Position involves daily interaction with faculty, students, parents and vendors, as well as close work with various departments.   This is a full-time, ten month position.

Manage the store involving:  spirit wear design; merchandise procurement; display of inventory; customer service, outreach and special event planning; maintenance of an online store; and utilizing technology to set up and maintain database and invoicing of merchandise. Position involves daily interaction with faculty, students, parents and vendors, as well as close work with various departments.   This is a full-time, ten month position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • MERCHANIDISING: 

    • Demonstrate creativity in design, display and marketing of school merchandise, in particular PDS spirit wear (both soft and hard goods) that helps market the school within the school community and beyond

    • Identify appropriate vendors for spirit wear and develop an effective relationship

    • Establish an atmosphere in the store that creates a hub of activity and interest to our students and families.  

    • Create and manage a “traveling” store for key campus events (e.g. Alumni Weekend, Athletics, Back-to-School Nights, Parent-Teacher Conferences, concerts

    • Maintain an online school store promoting the sale of spirit wear

    • Responsible for performing the annual inventory, as well as monitoring and maintaining appropriate merchandise levels 

    • Work with vendors to obtain optimum quality, style and price while staying aware of budget

    • Maintain a store that has new merchandise and displays to encourage potential customers to purchase item

    • Stay abreast of college decorated apparel trends

    • Partner with the Communications Department to advertise the store’s merchandise and reach the customer base
       

  • FINANCIAL:

    • Develop annual budget

    • Monitor revenue and expense

    • Manage store operations to budget

    • Run financial reports, as necessary

    • Collect and submit payments, including cash, check, and credit cards, to the Business Office
       

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE:  

    • Daily communication/interaction with all constituencies, especially students, providing resources for locating materials and completing the sale 

    • Create and maintain a cheerful and energetic atmosphere where customers can gather and shop for  school store items

    • Provide guidance and order merchandise for different departments within the school

    • Ring up snack bar sales in school store

 

  • TEXTBOOKS:

    • Manage the online textbook ordering process. Obtain textbook lists from faculty, update the third party online textbook store, facilitate the buyback of textbooks, and provide customer support
       
  • SUPPLIES:

    • Maintain an inventory of general supplies for purchase to meet student, faculty and staff needs
    • Responsible for ordering classroom supplies for Middle and Lower School classrooms as part of the class fee.  Work with Associate Director of Finance to determine annual fees for Lower and Middle Schools
       
  • PERSONNEL: 

    • Responsible for determining possible seasonal staffing need
    • Hire, train and manage seasonal employees
       

COMPETENCIES

  • Strong retail/marketing background

  • Market Awareness - ability to target appropriate consumer base (students/parents/alums) and identify and respond to current trends 

  • Creativity in developing displays/merchandising

  • Inventory management/control

  • Strong customer service/communication skills with a demonstrated orientation toward youth 

  • Strong organizational skills/attention to detail

  • Comfortable working with/learning new technologies

  • Self-starter who can work independently to problem-solve, as well as take direction from the Associate Director of Finance

  • Ability to multitask and be flexible 

  • Competent with Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Revenue/expense and profit/loss analysis 

  • Strong writing/editing skills 

  • Required to work occasional nights and weekends. Periodic summer work also required

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • College degree required

  • Retail and merchandising experience required

  • Spirit wear design experience strongly preferred

  • Online sales experience strongly preferred

  • Experience with profit/loss responsibility preferred

  • Customer service experience preferred
     

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Princeton Day School Human Resources Director at hr@pds.org.    

GROUNDS/LANDSCAPE FOREPERSON

The Grounds/Landscape Foreperson is a working supervisor who works within multiple sites under the direct supervision of the Director of Facility Operations.  The Grounds/Landscape Foreperson is responsible for the oversight of all installation, repair and upkeep operations of the grounds as well as vehicle maintenance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Include the following:
§   Develop, document and implement maintenance plan for school grounds – include growing season, major events requiring more-than-the-usual care, non-growing season.
§   Develop & communicate weekly/daily plans to crew
§   Develop, maintain and implement a preventative maintenance plan
§   Implement snow/ice/winter plowing, shoveling, treating plans; requires close work with Director when non-Grounds staff support is required (storms/closures/delays)
§   Snow removal including shoveling, plowing and operating other snow removal equipment.
§   Develop plan for staff to provide cross-training to ensure all are able to provide field lining & other services to Athletics during spring & fall seasons
§   Oversee work of outside vendors (fields & housing), ensuring School’s standards & contract scope of work are met
§   Attend athletic events on occasion in order to see effects of the field care/maintenance
§   Ongoing care of old ropes course mitigation area, ensuring health of plantings & eradication of stilt grass (& other invasives)
§   Annual maintenance of LS playground – mulching in particular
§   Care & maintenance of interior courtyards:  trimming of overgrown trees & shrubs, weeding of beds
§   Ensure completion of Grounds work in accordance with quality standards.
§   Irrigation system operation and repair.
§   Patrol, inspect, log and maintain property and equipment as required so that the most economical and efficient results may be obtained.
§   Respond to work order assignments
§   Responsible for assisting with fire/life/safety and security programs.
§   Sharpen tools such as: weed cutters, edging tools, and shears.
§   Open, close and maintain swimming pool.
§   Apply chemicals, sprays, fertilizers as required and licensed.
§   Responsible for having school-issued radio accessible to ensure immediate response to radio calls at all times during the school day.
§   Ability to perform special projects as assigned.
§   Support special events at the school
§   Ability to work overtime when required
§   Perform custodial functions when requested or required.
§   Perform Crossing Guard duties as assigned/required
§   Support building operations as assigned/required
§   Perform other duties as assigned/required
§   Athletic Equipment: Oversee the inventory and assessment of all equipment at the end of each season by the Grounds Keepers and report to Director of Facility Operations who, with the Athletic Department, will determine whether repair or replacement is needed.
§   Oversee the repair and maintenance of the school’s vehicles and grounds equipment.
-     Including fluid changes, brakes, cutting blades, electrical, snow equipment installation, hydraulics, etc.
-     Trouble shoot equipment failures including electrical, mechanical and hydraulic.
§   Order materials following department guidelines.

Supervisory Responsibilities     
This position is responsible for the direction, coordination and evaluation of the Groundskeepers. 

Competencies                                                 
§   Proficient understanding of technical aspects of chemical applications, irrigation systems, fertilizer applications, horticultural techniques, athletic field setup and snow removal processes
§   Desire to stay current with best practices for Turfgrass, Horticulture and Grounds management
§   Demonstrate an attention to detail and organizational skills
§   Ability to respond and follow through on assignments/responsibilities in a timely manner
§   Ability to work on multiple assignments with varying deadlines
§   Ability to communicate effectively
§   Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the job
§   Ability to work with others
§   Excellent customer service skills
§   Maintain confidentiality
§   Ability to work outside in winter and summer environments
§   Demonstrate computer competency
§   Contribute to building a positive team spirit
§   Demonstrate dependability by consistent attendance and punctuality
§   Ability to work overtime

Education and/or Experience   
§   Degree from a vocational school or B.Sc/BA in Turfgrass Management, Horticulture or Grounds Management
§   Proven experience as a grounds superintendent or other managerial role
§   Experience in planning grounds operations
§   Landscape equipment operating experience & skills required

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
§   Valid driver’s license required
§   Valid NJ Pesticide Applicator’s License required

Language Skills                                            
§   Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
§   Ability to speak effectively with all constituencies   

Physical Demands

§   Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds frequently and up to 100 pounds on occasion.
§   Kneeling, bending, climbing
§   Ability to withstand exposure to noise and inclement weather
§     Ability to work or inspect in an outdoor environment 

COMPUTER SKILLS                                            
§   Working knowledge of SchoolDude ot other CMMS
§   Working knowledge of Microsoft Office &/or Google G-Suite 

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Princeton Day School Human Resources Director at hr@pds.org.    

 

 

HOMEWORK CLUB ASSISTANT - Part Time

Princeton Day School seeks a Homework Club Assistant to help supervise Middle School students after school from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. daily.  The program consists of a short recess followed by a light snack and supervised study. Additional substitute opportunities may also be available outside this time frame for qualified candidates.
Please send cover letter, resume and references to Director of Human Resources, at hr@pds.org.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM - TEACHER ASSISTANT

Princeton Day School seeks Part-Time Assistants for the Extended Day Program. Under general supervision of the Director of After-School Programs, the position’s primary responsibility is ensuring a safe and orderly environment for after school care.

Working days/hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Experience and/or interest in working with children ages 4 – 11 years. General duties include: providing assistance to the Director of After School Programs in the implementation of the after school care including effective management of large groups, small groups, and individual children both indoors and out-of-doors.  Ability to work independently, understand and carry out oral and written directions and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, students, and parents.  Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter and three references to Director of Human Resources, at hr@pds.org.

 

SCHOOL COUNSELOR - LEAVE REPLACEMENT

Princeton Day School seeks a School Counselor to join the Princeton Day School student services team and work primarily with students in grades PreK-12 providing support to help them succeed socially and emotionally.  A key member of the student services team, health and wellness committee and academic affairs committee, the Counselor plays an integral role in all aspects of school life and works cooperatively with the rest of the team to ensure that mental, emotional and psychological needs are addressed in an empathetic and therapeutic manner at school. This position is a leave replacement commencing in early February 2020 through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Qualifications:

●         The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of experience and a graduate degree in school psychology or counseling.
●         Preference and disposition to work as a team player in a collegial environment.
●         Excellent communication (written and oral) and human relations skills.
●         Understanding of culturally diverse children, parents and school personnel.
●         Experience with the culture and standards of an independent school is preferred but not required.
Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Director of Human Resources, at: hr@pds.org.

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

Reporting to the Head of School and serving as a member of the Leadership Team and Department Chairs, the Director of Athletics is responsible for program and staffing of interscholastic athletics, grades six to 12; of physical education, PreK-12; and of all elements of athletics related to enrollment, retention, recruitment, and college admissions.  S/he will understand and appreciate the myriad opportunities present in a PreK-12 independent day school, and leverage those opportunities to the benefit of the school and its students.   S/he will be committed to providing a rich experience for every student-athlete, while building a program that cultivates in its participants growth, awareness, excellence, and leadership. 

Although the Director will oversee a broad athletic and physical education program, this role is about much more than either of those, as it reflects the leadership vision embraced by those chosen to oversee programs and people: developing the talents and skills of those for whom she/he is responsible; and expanding and enhancing opportunities for all students.  While candidates may be accomplished athletes and be drawn from the ranks of athletic administration, the successful candidate will be that person who has proven her/his ability and commitment to hire, retain, develop, and assess the men and women with whom she/he has worked. 

The Director will lead a comprehensive, competitive interscholastic athletic program, grades six through 12: 45% of upper school students and 85% of middle school competing on 76 teams in 25 sports; and a PreK-12 physical education program.  S/he will be responsible for an outstanding athletic facility: two synthetic turf fields and five natural-turf fields; a softball field and two baseball fields, including a varsity baseball complex; two legacy indoor courts; state-of-the-art fitness center; eight tennis courts; ropes course with high elements; the Lisa McGraw ’44 Ice Skating Rink, one of only three high school rinks in New Jersey; and, upon its completion in July, 2020, a 32,000- square-foot athletics and squash center: two all-purpose courts, four international squash courts, a large central meeting and community space, and team rooms, offices, and supporting spaces.

In pursuit of the above, the Director of Athletics will:
·          Champion the role of interscholastic athletics within a liberal education, and physical activity and wellness practice as essential parts of a healthy lifestyle;
·          Commit her/himself to the professional growth and assessment of the coaching and physical education staff;
·          Understand and appreciate the richness of a program that extends across 14 grades and three divisions;
·          Articulate the role athletics plays in the admissions recruitment and retention processes, and the college admissions process;
·          Set clear goals and an unwavering standard for the coaching and physical education staff in all of these areas; and,
·          Advise and collaborate with division heads in the development and implementation of these core, co-curricular programs.

By December 1, 2019, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Princeton Day School Human Resources Director at hr@pds.org.    

LOWER SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS CHAIR (Grades K-4)

Princeton Day School seeks a Lower School Language Arts Chair (K-4) beginning in the Fall of 2020. 
The Lower School Language Arts Chair will:
·          Review and oversee the Lower School reading and writing (including phonics and spelling) curricula, pedagogy, and instruction, ensuring consistency, continuity, and coherence within and across grade-levels.
·          Work directly with Lower School faculty and LS Learning Specialist in unit and lesson planning in order to ensure implementation of best practices in the area of reading and writing instruction.
·          Provide professional development workshops for Lower School faculty to enhance instructional techniques for providing differentiation for students of all abilities.
·          Coordinate MAP Testing and other reading inventories, utilize assessment data to analyze individual, group and divisional trends and determine ongoing needs of LS Literacy program.
·          Collaborate with the Lower School Head, Grades 5/6 Humanities Department Chair, and LS Learning Specialist to ensure coherence of Pre K-12 English curriculum.
·          Lead reading and writing lessons with the intent of modeling exemplary instruction.
·          Coach individual faculty members with the aim of increasing confidence and competency in instruction. 
·          Communicate with families about the Lower School literacy program, individually and in group settings.
·          Work with small groups of students as needed.

The ideal candidate will be an exemplary reading and writing teacher with curricular and pedagogical expertise in Lower School education; a skilled leader who is attentive to the needs of Lower School teachers, as well as to the needs and culture of the division and school; an effective facilitator of professional collaboration; an approachable, supportive, trusted colleague who possesses intellectual curiosity, an openness to others’ ideas, flexibility in approaches to teaching; and strong organizational skills.

The school seeks candidates who bring significant professional experience and wisdom in designing and implementing reading and writing workshops, teaching of phonics through the Wilson Fundations Program and other pedagogical approaches that serve Lower School students. The strongest candidates will also have experience working with faculty members and students in an accelerated learning context. Working in concert with the Lower School Learning Specialist, this individual will also work directly with students in small group and whole class settings for support in phonics, reading, and writing.

Other pertinent skills include intellectual curiosity, strong leadership skills, effective communication skills, commitment to ongoing professional development, and the ability to inspire an appreciation for literacy among faculty, parents and students alike.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in literacy education or another relevant area, and at least ten years of teaching experience.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Princeton Day School Human Resources Director at hr@pds.org.    

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL MATH CHAIR (Grades K-4)

Princeton Day School seeks a Lower School Math Chair (K-4) beginning the Fall of 2020. 
The Lower School Math Chair will:
·          Review and oversee the Lower School math curriculum, pedagogy, and instruction, ensuring consistency, continuity, and coherence within and across grade-levels.
·          Work directly with Lower School faculty and LS Math Specialist in unit and lesson planning in order to ensure implementation of best practices in the area of mathematics instruction.
·          Provide professional development workshops for Lower School faculty to enhance instructional techniques for providing differentiation for students of all abilities.
·          Coordinate MAP Testing and grade level unit assessments, utilize assessment data to analyze individual, group and divisional trends and determine ongoing needs of LS Math program.
·          Collaborate with the Lower School Head, Grades 5-12 Math Department Chair, and LS Math Specialist to ensure coherence of Pre K-12 math curriculum.
·          Lead math lessons with the intent of modeling exemplary math instruction.
·          Coach individual faculty members with the aim of increasing confidence and competency in math instruction. 
·          Communicate with families about the Lower School math program, individually and in group settings.
·          Work with small groups and individual students for enrichment as well as remediation.

The ideal candidate will be an exemplary math teacher with curricular and pedagogical expertise in Lower and Middle-school math education; a skilled leader who is attentive to the needs of Lower School teachers, as well as to the needs and culture of the division and school; an effective facilitator of professional collaboration; an approachable, supportive, trusted colleague who possesses intellectual curiosity, an openness to others’ ideas, flexibility in approaches to teaching; and strong organizational skills.

The school seeks candidates who bring significant professional experience and wisdom designing coherent math curriculum, as well as experience with a variety of math curricula including Everyday Math, and other pedagogical approaches that serve Lower as well as Middle School students. The strongest candidates will also have experience working with faculty members and students in an accelerated learning context that values both constructivist and traditional mathematical skills and philosophy. Working in concert with the Lower School Math Specialist, this individual will also work directly with students in small group and whole class settings.

Other pertinent skills include intellectual curiosity, strong leadership skills, effective communication skills, commitment to ongoing professional development, and the ability to inspire an appreciation for mathematics among faculty, parents and students alike.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in mathematics education or another relevant area, and at least ten years of teaching experience.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Princeton Day School Human Resources Director at hr@pds.org.    

 

COACH - VARSITY BOYS' TENNIS HEAD COACH

Princeton Day School seeks a coach for the boys’ varsity tennis team and head of program. Our next coach will build upon a tradition of excellence and lead the program forward in developing individual and team success.   The successful applicant will have an expert knowledge of the sport of tennis, the ability to properly condition athletes in a healthy and safe way, and the ability to structure practices and match strategy in a competitive and positive manner.  The applicant will be expected to demonstrate excellent administrative and communication skills for interaction with players and families as well as the ability to create and maintain a sense of program from middle school to varsity teams.  In addition, experience playing and coaching tennis at a high level, college and/or high school experience, is preferred.  Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree required. Coaching season runs from February 26 through May 18, with practices/matches on weekdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm as well as occasional weekend matches.
Interested candidates should send their resumes to Director of Human Resources at hr@pds.org.

CUSTODIAN - Weekend

Princeton Day School has an immediate opening for a custodial worker for weekend hours.  Responsibilities include but not limited to maintaining clean, orderly and safe environment.

Key duties/responsibilities:

  • NJ Black Seal Low Pressure Boiler License REQUIRED
  • Perform daily walk through, record all meter readings and boiler temperature.
  • Know emergency procedures and where all emergency shut-offs are located.
  • Clean, polish and disinfect bathroom fixtures, urinals, toilets and mirrors.  Clean bathroom
  • walls and floors.  Replenish all bathroom supplies.
  • Sweep, mop, scrub, and wax floors and stairs. Clean walls and baseboards.  Wash windows; Vacuum all carpets.
  • Collect trash and recycling and place in proper dumpster.  Make sure dumpster area is neat and clean.
  • Clean all desk tops and polish furniture.  Wipe down all chalk boards and/or white boards.
  • Set-up/break-down of Gymateria; Clean Campus Center.
  • Respond immediately to all emergency situations in the school (floods, sick children, spills)
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

 Qualifications and Skills

  • NJ Black Seal Low Pressure Boiler License REQUIRED
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Experienced professional and goal oriented personality a must
  • Self-starter, strong work ethic, ability to work productively with minimal supervision
  • Need to be reliable and on time

Applicants should submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources, at hr@pds.org.

 

 

SECURITY - Part Time

Princeton Day School seeks an experienced candidate to join the Security team. Nights, weekends, holiday hours are available. General responsibilities include but not limited to performing security tours, traffic, monitor activities of visitors/staff/renters, and serve as an emergency responder. Valid driver’s license and background check required. Previous institutional security experience and retired law enforcement candidates preferred. Applicants should submit resume, cover letter and references to the attention of Director of Human Resources, at hr@pds.org.

Substitute Teachers

Princeton Day School seeks substitute teachers for all grade levels and subject areas. A substitute teacher is responsible for providing instruction, managing the classroom environment, and promoting student learning in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. Substitute teachers must implement teacher lesson plans, assign student class work and homework, maintain classroom control and discipline. Substitutes must have teaching capabilities and able to follow oral and written directions. Bachelor’s Degree required. Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter and three references to Director of Human Resources, at hr@pds.org.

Application Details

Required Materials: Princeton Day School requires of all employment applicants (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter that helps us understand more about you and your interest in our school. If you have a personal statement or copies of reference letters, we welcome these, as well.

Submitting Your Materials: Please submit your materials via email to the designated recipient. Those without internet access may mail their employment materials to the attention of Marybeth Roach, Director of Human Resources.
We do not guarantee return of submitted materials.

No phone calls, please. We acknowledge receipt of online applications within 2 business days and mailed applications within two weeks. When we fill an open position, we remove the listing from this employment page. Thank you for respecting our No Calls policy.

Princeton Day School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, liability for service in the Armed Forces, or any other protected status as defined by federal, state, or local law.

If you have questions, please email Marybeth Roach. We appreciate your interest in Princeton Day School.

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