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The Advent School, located in the Beacon Hill section of Boston, serves 200 students in pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. A mission-focused school founded in the principles of social justice, Advent has served the students and families of Boston since 1961. Through its Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Advent’s faculty deliver authentic, rigorous, and experiential learning opportunities that encourage students to “learn with passion, act with courage, and change the world.”

Advent follows a co-teaching model in every classroom, pre-Kindergarten (ECC) through Sixth Grade. Specialists teach art, library, music, physical education, science, Spanish, and yoga. The Advent School’s administrative team includes the office of Advancement, Department of Teaching and Learning, Enrichment department, Head of School’s office, and the Business office.

Teachers at Advent are collaborative members of a learning community, who are expected to participate actively in professional development and the documentation of student learning. For teaching candidates, it is preferred that they have a master’s degree and a minimum of two to three years experience in a school with a comparable program, but a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for the application. We expect teachers to be competent at curriculum design and current in the teaching of literacy and mathematics.

The Advent School enrolls approximately 200 students, 35% of which self-identify as people of color. Twenty percent of Advent’s faculty self-identify as people of color. The Advent School is committed to the faculty’s professional growth, especially in regards to anti-bias and diversity work.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Advent School is committed to equal employment opportunity in hiring, compensation, promotion, training, and all other terms and conditions of employment. There will be no discrimination or harassment against any person in any aspect of employment because of sex, race, color, age, religion, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Current Openings

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ENRICHMENT

The Enrichment Department comprises six robust programs. The After-School program serves approximately 100 students in pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade per day. We offer around 50 classes per week that range from robotics to sailing and a private music and language program. This department also hosts the Design at Advent summer program, school vacation week programs, ADVENTures days, Makerspace Saturdays, and child care for some school events.

The Advent School seeks a committed, experienced, and passionate individual to serve as an Associate Director of Enrichment. In this role, they will support the Director of Enrichment, oversee the Enrichment Program Coordinator, and share responsibility for the overall success of Advent’s enrichment programs. This role will:

  • Lead programs and classes for students
  • Plan programming with administrative work and research
  • Support Enrichment faculty with classroom management and logistics

The Associate Director of Enrichment is a salaried position for the 2021-22 academic year that includes medical and dental insurance along with a 401(k) plan.

During the school year, the hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 6:30 p.m, and four to six Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Additional weekends and nights may be required as directed by the Head of School. During February and April breaks, the Associate Director of Enrichment will support vacation week programs by working an eight-hour shift each day of vacation. The hours for summer (mid-June through early August) are 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • With the Director of Enrichment, develop engaging programming for after-school, Makerspace Saturday, and summer programs
  • Assist in interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding new Enrichment faculty members
  • Plan and run faculty orientation at key points during the year
  • Support program faculty with classroom management
  • Schedule substitute teachers
  • Create and maintain registration forms for Enrichment programs, Enrichment events, and daily after-school attendance, enrollment, and health forms
  • Collect and maintain health forms for non-Advent students enrolled in February, April, or summer programs
  • Manage all email and phone call communication related to after-school arrival, dismissal, absences, etc.
  • Oversee private music and language lessons; schedule make-up lessons as needed
  • Participates in and assist in planning professional development opportunities

Required Skills & Characteristics

The Advent School is a good fit for professionals who believe in the School’s mission of education for equity and social justice. Candidates should possess strong personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and be resourceful, responsible, and collaborative. The ideal candidate will have 1- 2 years experience as a program coordinator or site direction in an after-school, camp, or child care setting, in addition to:

  • Excellent time management, efficiency, and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with people in a courteous and positive manner
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with the Advent School faculty and administrators along with the Enrichment program faculty
  • Excellent administrative skills, including comfort and familiarity with computers, technology, and databases
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain a high level of professionalism at all times with children, parents, and colleagues
  • Well-organized, thorough, and highly reliable
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability
  • Strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) knowledge
  • Bachelor’s degree

Interested candidates should email Stephanie Foland at enrichment@adventschool.org and attach a cover letter and resume as a single document. No phone calls, please.

HEALTH COORDINATOR

Advent seeks a mission-aligned individual to join our community as the Health Coordinator. Reporting to the Head of School, the Health Coordinator will provide health services to students for 16 to 20 hours per week. Advent’s Health Coordinator will treat injuries and mild to acute illnesses and support students with chronic illnesses or allergies. In this role, the Health Coordinator will also assist with preventive care by educating students on avoiding infectious diseases and conveying the importance of proper hygiene. Advent’s new Health Coordinator is someone who can soothe anxious children and set appropriate boundaries with adults.

The Health Coordinator is an hourly position for the 2021-22 academic year that includes medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, professional development opportunities, and vacation benefits.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Provide basic first aid to students in case of injury or acute illness
  • Develop treatment plans for students with chronic illnesses, including allergies and asthma
  • Educate students on proper hygiene habits
  • Track student’s medical records and vaccination histories using Blackbaud software
  • Advise the School on preventative measures for COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses 
  • Ensure compliance with local and national health laws
  • Assist in teaching Growth Education classes

Required Skills & Characteristics

The Advent School is a good fit for professionals who believe in the School’s mission of education for equity and social justice. Candidates should possess strong personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and be resourceful, responsible, and collaborative. 

The ideal candidate will have one to two years of experience in healthcare, childcare, or school setting, in addition to:

  • Current First Aid, CPR, and AED certification
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • The ability to communicate important health information to both children and adults
  • A commitment to the School’s social justice mission
  • Familiarity with databases, ideally Blackbaud’s school management systems

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Nicole A. DuFauchard P’20, Head of School, at ndufauchard@adventschool.org.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

The Advent School seeks substitute teachers for the 2021-22 school year. Substitute teachers provide support for the Advent student community at all grade levels and in all specialist classes. While experience in all teaching areas is not required, substitutes should be flexible and interested in supporting the learning of all students. The substitute teacher position is a per diem position.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Provide a safe, structured, and supportive learning environment for students.
  • Support instruction through delivering lessons, leading discussions with students, and supporting the duties of the daily position.

Required Skills & Characteristics

The Advent School is a good fit for professionals who believe in the School’s mission of education for equity and social justice. Candidates should demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and be resourceful, responsible, and collaborative.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter and the names of three references to Gretchen Vice, Dean of Faculty, at careers@adventschool.org.