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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

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  • Science (Chemistry/Physics) Faculty

    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. Applicants should be willing to work collaboratively with all members of the department and look for interdisciplinary opportunities.  We believe that our work with students should be engaging, skills and literacy-oriented, and of varying degrees of rigor as departmentally determined. Applicants should have developed laboratory skills and an understanding of how to manage students in a laboratory setting.
    This position also serves as a coach or program support member, a dorm parent and an advisor to a group of students.

    Responsibilities
    The general responsibilities of a full-time Science teacher at The Gunnery include:
    • Teaches up to four courses in the Science department.  The courses may be in Chemistry or Physics but a willingness or ability to teach other courses is preferred.  
    • 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, and attendance.
    • 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
    • Helps manage laboratory space in terms of inventory and organization in conjunction with other faculty who share the space  
    • 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 the Science department’s goals and objectives.
    • Works collaboratively with other teachers in, and outside of, the Science department
    • Cooperates with and participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of The Gunnery’s Science program.=
    • Possesses a willingness to extend the classroom to the outside environment. There is a 1,000-acre preserve adjacent to the school property, and an expectation to enrich the students’ education through regular integration of instruction with the local environment.

    Job details: Opening for August 2018. Full time. 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: a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and at least two letters of recommendation. (No phone calls, please.)

    Send to:
    Jennifer Badger
    Dean of Faculty
    BadgerJ@Gunnery.org
        or
    The Gunnery
    Attention: Jennifer Badger
    Dean of Faculty
    99 Green Hill Road,
    Washington, CT 06793
     

Other Openings

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  • Associate Director of Reunion Programs

    Reporting to the Director of Alumni & Development, the Associate Director of Reunion Programs is an integral member of the school’s fundraising team who will work closely with the Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement and other staff within the alumni office to achieve increased levels of annual support from alumni celebrating major reunions. The reunion program is positioned to identify, cultivate, and solicit strong support for the Gunnery Fund in the form of gifts and pledges in celebration of reunions for each of thirteen classes in a milestone reunion year, as well as for classes in the reunion cycle. S/he also directs teams of alumni volunteers who will solicit class reunion gifts.

    This is a 40+ hour per week, 12-month professional position. Excellent communication and people skills are required. 

    Responsibilities may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

    Planning and Analysis
    ● Plan, organize, execute and evaluate annual giving solicitations to secure philanthropic support for The Gunnery including targeted mailings, telephone calling, strategic use of social media and e-communications to alumni preparing for a major reunion.
    ● Regularly track progress toward achieving financial and donor goals and metrics.
    ● Frequently evaluate fundraising progress and results, and make necessary modifications or adjustments in plans as appropriate in order to achieve goals.
    ● Maintain appropriate records and share progress with the A&D staff.
    ● Research and explore best practices and implement new ideas to strengthen program and increase results.

    Reunion Volunteers
    ● Coordinate campaigns for milestone reunion classes, including the scheduling of committee meetings and teleconferences, providing information to committee members for screening and rating alumni, developing solicitation strategies for each reunion class, tracking progress on gift solicitations, and coordinating class reunion event plans.
    ● Recruit, train, and manage reunion volunteers.
    ● Identify and prioritize leadership giving prospects. Work with frontline fundraisers to coordinate solicitation and recruitment strategies for key prospects.
    ● Monitor progress toward class goals and adjust gift campaigns as necessary.

    Other Duties
    ● Assist with and participate in A&D engagement and stewardship events, as requested, both on and off campus
    ● Assist with prospect research as needed
    ● Support stewardship efforts
    ● Other duties as requested by the Director to meet the needs of the office and mission of the school.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree required. Five years of experience in Alumni and/or Parent Relations in an independent school preferred. 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 regularly.

    Compensation
    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
    ● Resume
    ● Salary requirements

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

    Sean Brown P’21
    Director of Alumni & Development
    browns@gunnery.org

  • Winter Production Music Director

    The Gunnery is seeking candidates for a musical director for the winter production. 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 music and theater. They must be experienced in teaching and directing music, and be comfortable working in many styles.  

    This part-time position is responsible only for the vocal and instrumental performance of the cast and accompanying band or orchestra. We are seeking a candidate who has a B.A. or B.M. in Music or Music Education; Masters preferred.

    Responsibilities
    The general responsibilities winter musical director at The Gunnery include:
    • Responsible for teaching all of the music involved in the show, and schedules and leads all orchestra/band rehearsals.
    • Nurtures a culture of positive engagement for every student. Empowers and motivates participants to perform on stage and off to the best of their capabilities.
    • Attends creative meetings with the director, producer, and choreographer to better understand the overall vision of the show and works collaboratively with the entire production team.
    • Studies the script and music, then participates in auditions to evaluate the vocal abilities of each potential cast member and offer suggestions on which individuals might be best suited for a particular role based on the vocal performance required.
    • He or she will also help audition and hire musicians for the band or orchestra, when applicable, with the approval of the director and producer.
    • Coordinates all orchestra equipment including pit setup and teardown and transportation of equipment.
    • Possesses arranging, transposition and orchestration skills to adapt scores as needed to the vocal needs of the students.
    • Helps prepare production pre-materials such as rehearsal/performance calendars and binders.
    • Creates rehearsal tracks for students to work on music independently as needed.
    • Uses The Gunnery’s online learning management system (Highlander Nation) to post information including syllabi, rehearsal tracks, scheduling information, attendance and discipline.
    • Provides guidance to students, including vocal coaching, that promotes their educational, musical and personal development.
    • Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis and provides written reports as required.
    • Creates a rehearsal environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
    • Sets an example of professional behavior in rehearsal and in performance.
    • Strives to implement, by instruction and action, the school’s philosophy of education and the goals and objectives for the Performing Arts Department.
    • Checks school-based email on a regular and consistent basis and responds to emails in a timely manner.
    • Attends all scheduled rehearsals and all performances

    Job Schedule
    August 2018 (day TBD) - Pre-production meeting
    November 12, 2018 - First meeting with students
    November 27, 2018 - Start of typical weekly schedule: Mondays (3:15 - 6), Tuesdays (3:15 - 6), Wednesdays (12:15 - 3), Thursdays (3:15 - 6), Fridays (3:15 - 6), Saturdays (12:15 - 3)
    November 28 and 29 - Auditions
    Sunday, February 17-20, 2019 - Tech Week
    Performances: February 21, 22, and 23
    No classes during Winter Break: December 12, 2018 - January 2, 2019

    To Apply
    Interested candidates must provide: a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and at least two letters of recommendation. (No phone calls please.) Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check.

    Send via email or mail to:

    Elizabeth Dayton                     
    DaytonE@Gunnery.org
    Director of Dramatic Arts
    The Gunnery
    99 Green Hill Road,
    Washington, CT 06793
  • Girls Head Lacrosse Coach

    The Gunnery School, in Washington, Connecticut is seeking a Varsity Girls Head Lacrosse Coach for the 2018-19 school year. Ideally, we are looking for someone who could join our community, filling the role of Head Coach for Girls’ Lacrosse.  This position can be part-time or full-time depending on the candidate's qualifications. Please see The Gunnery’s current faculty openings for more detail. It is a possibility that campus housing may be available.

    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
    • S/he has 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.

    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 background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and / or state regulations.
    • Ability to travel off campus for games is a necessity of 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. 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.