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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 19 other states and 16 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 4 sections and is, whenever possible, limited to 2 “preps.”  If staffing allows, we try to keep new faculty down to 3 sections in their first year of teaching.  Current faculty job postings are listed below.  To apply for a position, please refer to the guidelines to the right.

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 here 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 – the faculty is accessible, we take learning seriously and support your exploration of many paths. Joining our faculty means joining a rich history and an imbedded philosophy that we all serve as positive influences on 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 here.
Applicants for faculty positions should send 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 staff 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 as a whole.  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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Current Staff Openings

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  • Writer, Editor, Assist. Director of Marketing & Communications

    Position Overview
    We seek a seasoned writer and editor whose work is strategic, compelling and motivating, fresh and engaging, accurate and complete, and represents the character and personality of the source.
     
    The ideal candidate is flexible, solution-oriented, takes initiative, communicates clearly and concisely in many formats, across multiple platforms, from print to PR to social media and the web. Our goal is to recruit a creative team player, who is a skilled and imaginative writer with an eye for detail and who is passionate about words, stories and marketing. The candidate should be resourceful, organized and proactive, able to juggle many tasks at once while remaining self-sufficient and having a strong bent toward customer service. A healthy dose of humor and appreciation of fun is helpful.
     
    Responsibilities
    In this role as a key member of the Marketing & Communications team, the assistant director will:
     
    • Develop and maintain a compelling narrative, and a unique and strong voice for all communications based on the brand and messaging platform of the school, maintaining quality, accuracy, editorial style, voice, and tone across all content. 
    • Conceptualize, research and write content for the school’s semiannual magazine, press releases, websites, e-newsletters, announcements, scripts, case statements, letters, direct mail, social media and other communications.
    • Establish and maintain productive, collaborative working relationships with other offices on campus to ensure that all communications are effective, meet the determined objectives, and conform to the school’s standards and guidelines.
    • Collaborate regularly with members of the Admissions and the Alumni & Development offices on specific communications and writing projects.
    • Manage development, creation and production of the school’s semiannual magazine – our flagship publication. Serve as lead editor of the magazine, which includes substantive story development, research, writing and editing, proofreading and fact checking, working with designers, contributing writers, artists and photographers, interviewing alumni, parents, students and faculty. (Also, develop ideas and content for the magazine's online presence with an eye toward innovation and expansion.)
    • Remain integrated with and attuned to the daily life of the school, reporting on people, events, activities, achievements and programs.
    • Provide general communications support, including writing and editing the work of others, as needed for many departments (i.e. Head of School, Dean of Students, Academics, and Athletics).
    • Assume other responsibilities as needed, such as event support and photography, occasional evening and weekend assistance, and general communications work.
    Requirements
    Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field and at least three years of relevant work experience with advanced editing, writing, and proofreading skills, preferably with magazines. And:
    • Impeccable spelling and contemporary grammar skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to write and edit content for multiple audiences, publishing to a variety of traditional media as well as digital platforms.
    • Extremely detail-oriented; must possess superior organizational and time-management skills to handle multiple projects while working effectively to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities.
    • Experience with and general understanding of today’s marketing and communications practices.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels.
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google environment (Drive, docs, calendar, email) and website content; ability to learn new software and web-based systems, including content management systems (CMS).
    • Knowledge of and/or experience working on communications for boarding schools, independent schools and/or higher education, preferred.
    To Apply
    Interested candidates must provide: a resume, at least three current writing samples (a link to an online portfolio, PDFs, or hard copies), salary history/requirements, and contact information for at least three references.  Send to:

    The Gunnery
    Attention: Marketing & Communications
    99 Green Hill Road
    Washington, CT 06793
     

    or  

    Communications@Gunnery.org
     
    No phone calls please.
     
    Job details: Full-time 12-month position. Anticipated start date July 1, 2017. Writing test to be conducted during interview. Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check.


  • Payroll & Benefits Specialist

    We are currently seeking a full-time Payroll & Benefits Administrator. We offer a pleasant and fulfilling work environment and a competitive compensation package. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references to Bill Zekas, CFO zekasb@gunnery.org

    Required experience includes:
    • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree or relevant years of experience
    • 5+ years of experience administering payroll, HRIS and benefits processes
    Required skills include: 
    • Strong knowledge of a variety of computer software applications including payroll, benefits, time & attendance, etc. 
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Exceptional analytical skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations
    • Ability to provide excellent customer service
    • Excellent time management, organizational and follow through skills
    • Accounting skills a plus



  • Librarian Archivist

    We are currently seeking a part time Librarian Archivist, with the expectation that this will grow into a full time faculty position in a year. Part time duties will include working hours on Monday through Friday, approximately one half of the Saturday mornings during the school year, and a weekly night of library study hall. Please send resumes and cover letters to Chip Miller at millerc@gunnery.org 

    Library Responsibilities:
    • Serve, assist and instruct students, faculty and staff as part of normal daily library routine and operation.
    • Support students and faculty with educational technology and digital content creation.
    • Teach digital / information literacies classes as requested by faculty.
    • Create web content and guides for information services and archives.
    • Assist library director to plan and evaluate library services and programs.
    • Curate print and digital resources (fiction and nonfiction), in coordination with the library director, that will meet current research needs, enhance student learning, and promote lifelong reading habits.
    • Collaborate and support faculty with curricular needs.
    • Create in library exhibits and bulletin board content.

    Archives Responsibilities (as the position grows into full time):
    • Develop strategies, policies, and documentation for managing both physical and born-digital materials.
    • Organize new and existing collections utilizing recognized archives standards and best practices.
    • Transition to a standards based archives management system, e.g., Collective Access.
    • Teach and support the Gunn Scholar program of primary source archives based student research.
    • Collaborate and support faculty with curricular needs.
    • Provide archives instruction and access for students, faculty and the broader Gunnery community.
    • Support Gunnery Administration, Alumni & Development, Marketing & Communications, Archives Task Force, and other interested parties by answering reference questions, supplying documents, photographs and objects from the archives and special collections.
    • Prioritize and begin selective digitization of archives collections.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • MLIS or MLS degree from an ALA accredited program strongly preferred with an archives concentration, courses, fieldwork or internship.
    • Knowledge of systems and strategies for organizing, documenting and preserving archives and special collections.
    • Robust technical and digital skills, including familiarity with integrated library systems and LibGuides.
    • School library education, training, background and/or experience.
    • Excellent presentation and instruction skills and experience teaching information literacy and research competencies.
    • Close attention to detail and ability to work in a noisy, user-centered environment.
    • Positive attitude towards adolescents.
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.
 

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.