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 2 frequently asked questions.

  • 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.

    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
    The Gunnery
    Attention: Jennifer Badger
    Dean of Faculty
    99 Green Hill Road,
    Washington, CT 06793
  • Learning Specialist, Center for Academic Support

    The Gunnery is seeking candidates for a Learning Specialist position in The Center for Academic Support. (immediate opening)  In this role, you will support the learning needs of students in grades 9-12. Primary responsibilities include interpretation of evaluation reports, collaboration with parents and teachers, support for teaching faculty, and working with students one-on-one to support them with math concepts/applications, study skills, and/or weaknesses in executive function skills.  

    Learning Specialists at The Gunnery are committed to upholding the Center's mission to help students become efficient, effective, independent learners and to help teachers reach the widest range of learning styles. They act as academic coaches by helping students set individual learning goals and develop plans to help them achieve these goals while working towards their full potential. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop the lifelong skills and confidence to help them succeed.

    The general responsibilities of a Learning Specialist at The Gunnery include:
    • interpret educational testing reports
    • support teachers in implementing individual accommodation plans
    • collaborate with teachers to develop strategies to support students’ varied learning needs
    • communicate with parents and students to educate them about individual student learning needs
    • participate in meetings with parents and teachers
    • work collaboratively with fellow Learning Specialists and Director of Academic Support, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Psychologist
    • In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of this role, one night of coverage in either the school library or the evening study hall is required.
    • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
    • teaching experience at the high school level preferred
    • experience implementing accommodations from educational evaluations preferred
    • passion for teaching and desire to learn
    • excellent communication, project management, and organizational skills
    • desire to work as part of a team committed to a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to education
    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: Maggie Bucklin

Other Openings

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  • 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.