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

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  • 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
    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

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. 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.