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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
badgerj@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

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Language Department Chair

    The Gunnery is seeking candidates for Language Department Chair with experience in the classroom and in curriculum development.  The department chair will help guide the Language curriculum at The Gunnery--helping Language Department faculty develop their own teaching, bringing varied pedagogical approaches into the classroom, and fostering a collaborative atmosphere within the department.  The department chair will participate in the full scope of the boarding school faculty model which includes, but is not limited to, teaching, coaching, and serving as an advisor, as well as dorm and weekend duties.

    The general responsibilities of a Department Chair at The Gunnery:
    • Fosters a collegial, team-oriented environment within the department.
    • Makes sure each department member feels respected; ensures that each teacher knows that his/her voice is heard and heeded.
    • Delegates responsibilities in order to promote the value of a shared approach.
    • Observes classes and provides honest, supportive, and helpful feedback to colleagues.
    • Supervises and facilitates observations within the department.
    • Supervises the goal-setting process within the department.
    • Supervises and initiates changes/revisions to departmental curriculum.
    • Supervises the hiring process for new members of the department.
    • Supervises the course enrollment process.
    • Supervises the staffing process.
    • Inspires colleagues to invest in ongoing curriculum review and development.
    • Inspires colleagues to pursue professional development.
    • Organizes and facilitates department meetings.
    • Represents the department and its perspective at Curriculum Committee meetings.
    • Works with fellow department chairs on department and interdepartmental initiatives.
    • Communicates effectively with the Dean of Faculty and Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning about departmental concerns.
    • Manages department budget.
    Specifically, the Language Department Chair should:
    • Have experience in curriculum development particularly at the high school level and ideally representing both horizontal and vertical thinking
    • Have background in various pedagogical approaches to language instruction
    • Ideally can teach both Spanish and French
    • Have a willingness to teach any level of a particular language and recognize the importance of a department chair doing so
    • Be able to effectively assess placement tests for the purposes of individual student placement but also for the purpose of examining the effectiveness of the test itself as an indicator of one’s command of the language and requisite language skills
    • Help guide the Language Department through a process of constant evaluation and examination of our offerings in order to ensure we are meeting both the needs of our current students and incoming students while also balanced against relevant trends in language instruction
    • Have a willingness to possibly organize, coordinate, or lead language immersion trips
     
    Compensation:
    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.
     
    Application Materials:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Transcript(s)
    • Letters of references (two)

    Interested candidates should submit application materials, in confidence, via mail or via PDF in email to:

                The Gunnery
                99 Green Hill Road
                Washington, CT 06793
                Attention: Jennifer Badger, Dean of Faculty
                badgerj@gunnery.org
  • English Department Faculty

    The Gunnery is seeking candidates for a full-time English 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 literature -- in its various forms, modes, and genres -- and be experienced in teaching close reading, composition, and analytical thinking skills. This position also serves as a coach or program support member, a dorm parent and an adviser to a group of students.

    Responsibilities
    The general responsibilities of a full-time English teacher at The Gunnery include:
    • Teaches up to four courses in the English department.
    • Prepares course materials such as syllabi, quizzes, tests, writing assignments, rubrics, etc.
    • Uses The Gunnery’s learning management system (Blackbaud/WhippleHill) to post relevant course materials, including syllabi, and to maintain class gradebooks, attendance and discipline.
    • Provides guidance to students, including extra help and review sessions, that promotes their educational development and personal growth.
    • Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis and provides written reports as required.
    • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
    • Uses different pedagogical approaches that address a variety of learning styles.
    • Strives to implement, by instruction and action, the school’s philosophy of education and English department goals and objectives.
    • Works collaboratively with other teachers in, and outside, the English department.
    • Cooperates with and participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation The Gunnery’s English program.
    • Writes with clarity, effectiveness, and compassion.

    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 2018. Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check.

    Compensation
    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:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Transcript(s)
    • Letters of references (two)
    Interested candidates should submit application materials, in confidence, via mail or via PDF in email to:
               
    The Gunnery
                99 Green Hill Road
                Washington, CT 06793
                Attention: Jennifer Badger, Dean of Faculty
                badgerj@gunnery.org
     

Other Openings

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  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    The Gunnery seeks a strategically-oriented and experienced financial and business leader to fill the key position of Chief Financial Officer. 

    This opportunity is available in June 2018.

    The CFO will work closely with the Head of School and the Associate Head of School in support of the school’s mission and strategic plan. The CFO is responsible for the organization, management and implementation of comprehensive business, financial, and investment initiatives for the school.  The new CFO will be a key member of the senior leadership team (“Core Council”) that oversees the day-to-day operation of the school as well as the “big picture” issues and ambitious plans that outline the school’s future. 

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    Contact Information
    To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and letter of interest (both as Microsoft Word documents) to:
     
    Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant
    DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES Executive Search, Inc.
    572 Washington Street, Suite 15
    Wellesley, MA  02482  
    Telephone: 781-237-2800. 


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. Minorities, women and Veterans of the Uniformed Services are encouraged to submit applications to The Gunnery.

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.