About The Gunnery

The Gunnery, Mr. Gunn's School, was established in 1850 by Frederick W. Gunn. We are an independent college preparatory school serving 300 boarding and day students from Connecticut as well as 20 other states and 20 countries.  The 220-acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, a small, beautiful, and historic town in the Litchfield Hills.

Interested applicants for faculty positions should be energetic, engaged teacher/scholars who are also committed to supporting the entirety of the boarding/day school experience, which includes coaching, dorm parenting and supporting weekend student activities.  A standard teaching load includes four sections and is, whenever possible, limited to two “preps.”  If staffing allows, new faculty assume three sections in their first year of teaching.  Current faculty job openings are listed below. To apply for a position, please refer to the guidelines to the right and in the positing.

Faculty Philosophy

Accessibility is a function of the size of the school, but, more importantly, it is a function of the culture of the school, which we trace back to Frederick Gunn. It is what we live by as educators at The Gunnery.  As members of a boarding school community, Gunnery faculty members are actively involved in all aspects of campus life, as teachers, coaches, dorm parents, mentors and extra-curricular advisors. What this means for students is important – faculty members are accessible, take learning seriously, and support student exploration of many paths. Joining our faculty means joining a rich history and an embedded philosophy that we all serve as positive influences in the lives of our students.  It is in this way that our community thrives as a cohesive unit—all members participating in all aspects of life at The Gunnery.
Applicants for faculty positions should send a resume, transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation to:

Jennifer Badger
Dean of Faculty
The Gunnery
99 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT  06793

Applicants for other positions - please refer to the contact information provided in the job posting.

Professional Development

The Gunnery encourages its faculty members to pursue professional development opportunities and training that support their specific teaching and coaching responsibilities as well as their work with adolescents in a residential community. The school funds the entirety or a portion of such professional development and training on a case by case basis. All new faculty are assigned both an academic and a social mentor to help them transition effectively to a new school community.  In addition to a week-long new faculty orientation program at the beginning of the school year, all new faculty meet regularly with the Dean of Faculty and their mentors throughout the year.  Faculty who are new to teaching also audit an experienced faculty member's course whenever possible.

Current Faculty Openings

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Mathematics Department Faculty

    Reports to: Mathematics Department Chair
    Start date: August 2020

    The Gunnery is seeking candidates for a full-time mathematics teacher position. Applicants must enjoy working with high school students of all ages, both in and outside the classroom, must understand and embrace the values of a boarding school community, and must bring passion and energy to the classroom. Further, they should have a devoted interest in the study of mathematics -- in its various forms, modes, and genres - and be experienced in teaching-related skills. This position also serves as a coach or program support member, a dorm parent and an adviser to a group of students. 

    The general responsibilities of a full-time mathematics teacher at The Gunnery include: 
    • Teach up to four courses that may pertain to the mathematical concepts of Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Statistics.
    • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, quizzes, tests and handouts.
    • Provides guidance to students, including extra help and review sessions, that promotes their educational development and personal growth.
    • Assess the progress of students on a regular basis and provide written reports as required.
    • Use technological tools, especially the TI-84 calculator, to enhance classroom learning.
    • Learn about new technological advances in the mathematics field and implement new technology in the classroom when relevant.
    • Use various pedagogical approaches in the classroom.
    • Communicate effectively with both students and adults.
    • Work collaboratively with other adults in the Mathematics Department.
    • Cooperate with and participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the mathematics program at The Gunnery.
    Faculty Philosophy 
    As members of a boarding school community, Gunnery faculty members are actively involved in all aspects of campus life, as teachers, coaches, dorm parents, mentors and extra-curricular advisors. What this means for students is important – faculty members are accessible, we take learning seriously and support student explorations of many paths. It takes a community of individuals dedicated to becoming their best selves to chart the way. In 1870, founder Frederick Gunn wrote, “There is an unconscious influence, a mysterious, silent emanation going out from the personality of every teacher which is one of the strong forces of nature. Silent as the force of gravity, more powerful than the will of man, this influence works like the unnoticed electricity of the atmosphere, and makes it certain that every teacher will actually teach that which he is.” Joining our faculty means joining a rich history and an embedded philosophy that we all serve as positive influences on the lives of our students. 

    Job Details 
    Opening for August 2020. Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check.

    The Gunnery offers an attractive compensation package that includes a salary commensurate with experience, school-provided housing, medical and dental insurance, and retirement plan contributions.

    To Apply
    Interested candidates must provide a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and at least two letters of recommendation. (No phone calls please.)

    Send to: 
    Jennifer Badger
    Dean of Faculty


    The Gunnery
    Attention: Jennifer Badger
    Dean of Faculty
    99 Green Hill Road,
    Washington, CT 06793 

Other Openings

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  • Associate Director, Major Gifts

    Reports to: Director of Alumni & Development 
    Start date: Fall 2019 

    The Associate Director, Major Gifts is a key member of the school’s fundraising team who will work closely with colleagues within the alumni office and across campus to increase philanthropic support from alumni, current parents, grandparents, and parents of alumni. The Associate Director will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects and, through strategic planning, relationship management, and alignment of interests, will secure five and six-figure investments to priority capital and endowment projects as well as leadership gifts to The Gunnery Fund. Additionally, a basic working knowledge of planned giving is beneficial. This is a 40+ hour per week, 12-month professional position and active attendance and participation on campus is expected. Excellent communication and people skills are required. 

    Responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to the following: 
    ● Frequent travel, with a goal of approximately ten meetings per month. 
    ● Track all prospect activity in Raiser's Edge/NXT. 
    ● Monitor and update portfolio and pipeline based on meetings, field research, and solicitations. 
    ● Draft proposals and other essential correspondence as part of the prospect plan; including, at times, for the Director, Head of School, and/or Board Chair. 
    ● Document and confirm all pledge intentions for accurate recording and stewardship. 
    ● Generate reports on proposals and actions to track progress within his/her portfolio. 
    ● Collaborate with The Gunnery Fund team on joint asks to ensure an annual fund gift is included in every major gift solicitation. 
    ● Work closely with the Director of Database Management and the Gifts Recorder to ensure the processing and acknowledgement of gifts is timely and accurate. 
    ● Individual stewardship of donors, as appropriate.
    Other Duties: 
    ● Assist with and participate in A&D engagement and stewardship events, as requested, both on and off-campus. 
    ● Facilitate research on all prospects in his/her portfolio. 
    ● Other duties as requested by the Director to meet the needs of the office and mission of the school. 

    Bachelor’s degree required. Three to five years of experience in Alumni & Development in an independent school preferred. Transferable skills considered. Excellent word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and organizational skills required. Raiser’s Edge and Google Docs, or equivalent, experience beneficial. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a commitment to customer service and accuracy, and be a team player. Must be a highly motivated, self-starter with good time management skills and an ability to multitask in a dynamic environment. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary and travel frequently. 

    The Gunnery offers an attractive compensation package that includes a salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental insurance, and retirement plan contributions. 

    Application Materials: 
    Cover letter 
    ● Salary requirements 

    Interested candidates should submit application materials, in confidence, via PDF in an email to: 
    Mary Cortese P’21 ’23 ’23, Assistant to the Director of Alumni & Development cortesem@gunnery.org 
  • School Nurse(s)

    Part-Time & Full Time Openings

    The Gunnery, a co-ed independent boarding/day school in Washington, CT, seeking RN’s who enjoy working with and serving the health needs of high school students.
    Health Center hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-6:30 PM, Saturdays 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and Sundays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM and on-call hours as scheduled.
    · Connecticut Licensed Registered Nurse
    · Current certification in BLS
    · 5 years of nursing experience, high school nursing preferred.
    · Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
    Interested, please send a resume and three references to 
    Mary Ewing, RN (ewingm@gunnery.org). 
  • Girls Head Lacrosse Coach

    The Gunnery School, in Washington, Connecticut is seeking a Varsity Girls Head Lacrosse Coach for the 2020 season. 

    Essential Functions

    • The successful candidate is a highly motivated leader with excellent communication and teaching skills, knows how to develop players, and works collaboratively with others
    • A proven ability to exemplify the highest standards of leadership, sportsmanship, and respect, both on and off the field.

    Recommended Employment Qualifications

    Qualified candidates should have college playing experience and or coaching experience on the high school or collegiate level.
    Season Details
    The season will run from the following dates: March 2nd and 3rd and then March 24th until May 20th.  
    Practices are generally Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. with games on most Wednesdays and Saturdays. The team plays a very competitive schedule that includes home and away matches.

    Additional Experience

    • Ability to effectively communicate and work with adults and students
    • Exemplary interpersonal skills
    • Must have strong attention to safety details
    • Strong work ethic, and ability to work independently

    Additional Requirements

    • All Gunnery employees should uphold the School's mission and philosophy, and demonstrate the School's core character values.
    • Must be able to comply with a background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and/or state regulations.
    • Ability to travel off-campus for games is a necessity for this position.

    If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Mike Marich, Athletic Director, at marichm@gunnery.org.
The Gunnery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except in cases of a bona fide occupational qualification or need, or except as otherwise permitted or required by law, The Gunnery does not discriminate against applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other protected class status under applicable law with respect to hiring, compensation, promotion, discharge from employment or other terms and conditions of employment.

Position announcements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the job title and the education and skills required. Descriptions are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that are required or may be required in the future.

BACKGROUND SCREENING: The Gunnery conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer, which includes using a third-party administrator to conduct the checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.