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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
860-868-7334
employment@gunnery.org

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

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  • Director of the IDEAS Lab

    IDEAS for a Sustainable Future @ The Gunnery

    The Tools
    Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Applied Scholarship (IDEAS) are the tools of the future, and our students encounter them through a robust STEM curriculum in a hands-on lab environment. We currently offer an Engineering Curriculum, Architecture, Machine Design, Robotics, and our introductory class, Innovation and Engineering, while also supporting students to learn coding, build apps, engage with big data, and use our campus as a laboratory. But, we don’t leave it there. Technologies are built by humans and that means they have a history, a context, and an ethical dimension. Students are invited to ask the question, what problems should these tools solve and at what costs?

    The Problems to Solve
    The Gunnery strives to be a community of committed stewards. This community stretches backwards to our founder, Mr. Gunn, and our alumni. It stretches forward to the generations who will come to learn in this place and go out from here to live in, lead, and change the world. Mr. Gunn knew that a life well-lived required a relationship with nature and an understanding of ecosystems, beginning in our local ecosystem and stretching to the global. Knowing one’s role in each of these ecosystems, and how they relate, is essential to fully understand the dependent nature of ourselves and our importance within each.

    We strive to challenge our individual students to build thriving, sustainable communities and recognize the systems that support them. Technology, defined as tools humans create to multiply their effort in and control over the places they inhabit, has always been a primary means by which humans build the world and has always then acted back on its human creators. We believe that it is only possible to understand the global community, and our impact on it, if you have had good practice at understanding your local community. Each of us has to understand our role in small, immediate ecosystems if we are going to responsibly make the connections to larger sustainable futures.

    Through IDEAS, we invite students to interact with our campus by employing the tools they are learning to drive our own community towards a sustainable future. We invite them to consider the town of Washington, Connecticut, and Litchfield County as places where they can make an impact. Gunnery students learn to use and build various technologies, and then to ask the question, what good can I do with this tool?

    Job Description: Director of the IDEAS Lab
    The Gunnery has built a hands-on learning laboratory within our Science and Math building to encourage all of our students to contribute to IDEAS for a Sustainable Future. Whether in our first-year science curriculum, our dedicated IDEAS classes, our Robotics co-curricular, or independent projects during open Lab hours, we hope that all of our students will find ways to learn within the IDEAS Lab. We seek a collaborative, interdisciplinary-minded educator with significant real world experience, who is committed to experiential learning, to join The Gunnery beginning in 2019/20 as the Director of the IDEAS Lab. Candidates should be organized, patient, willing to work in a mostly student driven classroom, and comfortable working with a variety of tools and technologies.

    Key Responsibilities
    • Continue the program’s founding orientation of constant learning and iteration, in line with our school motto, following trends in STEM practice and learning and drive interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in our own IDEAS program—including around best practices in assessment.
    • Champion the vision of IDEAS for a Sustainable Future among students and faculty at The Gunnery.
    • Partner with faculty to offer collaborative use of the IDEAS Lab. Find innovative ways to get as many students as possible using the IDEAS Lab.
    • Promote IDEAS with incoming families and partner with Admissions and Marketing as requested.
    • Teach IDEAS courses and coordinate a supporting adjunct staff as needed.
    • Keep our IDEAS Lab outfitted in a way that is competitive with innovative schools.
    • Pursue STEM grants to fund IDEAS projects.
    • Ensure the safety of all who use the Lab.

    Necessary Skills
    • Credibility as an innovative educator
    • Experience in industry or other relevant sector with making, using, and assessing the effectiveness of technological tools
    • Experience with safety protocols and procedures
    • Demonstrated interest in the intersection of technology and sustainability
    • Commitment to the unique learning environment of a boarding school

    Full Responsibilities

    • Teach 3-5 sections
    • Carry a reasonable load of Independent Study Projects
    • Attend at least one professional development training in this area of education per year
    • Advisor
    • Two seasons co-curricular or equivalent
    • Dorm parent
    Desired Qualifications
    • Relevant degree and comparable work experience

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

    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to employment@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.
  • Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

    In order to lead the transformation of our Center for Academic Support (for more information on CAE please click here) into a Center for Academic Excellence, we seek to hire a systems builder who will be responsible for:

    1. championing the vision of linking specific structures of learning support to pedagogical conversations with the faculty through our Professional Development structure, which is overseen by the Dean of Faculty;
    2. building new offerings such as a drop-in writing lab, peer tutoring network, and freshman study skills seminar; and
    3. executing the current extra-fee tutoring model in a way that is financially responsible and serves all students with demonstrated need (in partnership with the Associate Director of Learning Support).
    This position reports to the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and works closely with the Assistant Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Director of Enrollment, and Director of Counseling.

    Key Responsibilities
    • Build our current Center for Academic Support, targeting students needing extra tutoring, into a Center for Academic Excellence that will support all of our students in their metacognitive development
    • Oversee the Center for Academic Support and its dedicated staff of Learning Specialists and manage through the transition
    • Represent The Gunnery’s academic support structures through the admissions process, including meeting with families and helping to determine whether we can support specific learning profiles
    • Partner with parents in the work of student academic support by coordinating testing, communicating academic struggles, and assuring integrated academic support structures
    • Partner with the Dean of Faculty in leading pedagogical conversations with faculty and advisors
    • Partner with the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning and Curriculum Committee to determine the appropriate accommodations to be met in classrooms at The Gunnery
    Necessary Skills
    • Credibility as a master teacher
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with adults and young adults
    • Expertise with a range of student learning profiles
    • Proven track record as a problem-solver
    • Commitment to the unique learning environment of a boarding school
    Full Responsibilities
    • This role requires ten months of full-time engagement with limited summer responsibilities.
    • Work with the Associate Director of Learning Support to ensure that learning profiles are created and communicated appropriately and that accommodations are met in the classroom and in specialized testing
    • Teach one section in a core department
    • Lead and staff new support programming, including on evenings and weekends
    • Participate in all Faculty meetings and Student Progress Meetings
    • Some availability over the summer is required to help Admissions with summer enrollment and to participate in student support processes (what we call “Flag Meetings”)
    • Advise, co-curriculars, dorm, etc.

    Desired Qualifications
    • Advanced degree in education or comparable teaching resume
    • 7+ years administrative or managerial experience
    Compensation
    The Gunnery offers an attractive compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and retirement plan contributions.

    Start date: August 1, 2019
    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to employment@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.

Other Openings

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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.