Job Openings

Blair Academy, in the treatment of employees and applicants for employment, is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination.

School Setting

Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic, coeducational boarding school in northwest New Jersey where 450 students pursue a superior college preparatory education amid a caring, vibrant community. Strong faculty-student relationships lead to exceptional learning and empower students to become persons of great accomplishment and character.

How to Apply—Faculty Positions

Unless otherwise specified in the job listing, a résumé, letter of interest, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a current transcript (which may be unofficial) should be forwarded to Maria Bowditch, director of faculty hiring, by mail at P.O. Box 600, Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.  07825-0600 or, by email at bowdim@blair.edu

Dean of Teaching & Learning

Scope of Position:

Blair Academy seeks a Dean of Teaching & Learning for full-time employment beginning July 1, 2015. The Dean of Teaching & Learning is charged with promoting teaching excellence across the Blair community. She/he will provide support and inspiration to the teaching faculty and foster a culture that embraces curricular innovation while respecting individual teaching strengths and approaches. As a thought leader, the Dean of Teaching & Learning will work in close and enthusiastic collaboration with the Head of School, Assistant Head for Academics and Dean of Academics and will partner with Academic Department Heads and teaching faculty across disciplines.

Expectations & Responsibilities of the Position:

The Dean of Teaching & Learning is responsible for supporting the teaching mission of the School and the work of the faculty through identifying, researching, presenting and overseeing the effective integration and assessment of best teaching/learning practices into the Blair curriculum. Candidates must enjoy working with adolescents and possess an exceptional work ethic, strong communication skills, a commitment to collegiality and a sense of humor. Preference will be given to candidates with significant experience as classroom teachers and with the pedagogical/academic infrastructure of independent secondary schools. This position will include the teaching of at least one section.

In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Serve as a productive resource for faculty in the development, planning and execution of new ideas, courses and learning initiatives, including direct management and/or oversight of certain projects as required.
  • Provide day-to-day management and implementation of professional development opportunities in consultation with the Assistant Head and Dean of Academics, including serving as a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee and developing/presenting on-site workshops over the course of each academic year.
  • In partnership with School leadership and faculty, develop and implement effective curricular and pedagogical assessment strategies.
  • Work with key stakeholders to explore the development of innovative teaching spaces at Blair to support curricular work across departments.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Technology on effective use of technology in the classroom.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Head, Dean of Academics and Department Heads in providing supervision and feedback to teaching faculty (formative & summative evaluation).
  • Attend department meetings on an ad hoc basis and support individual departments with more focused/long-term pedagogical, teaching and learning matters.
  • Oversee and support the development of working documents (e.g., Curriculum Maps) to track common areas of interest and concern among and within departments.  These areas will include skills, curriculum, assessment; effective communication, team-based problem solving, ethical decision-making, service & relationship-building.

Additional professional responsibilities (e.g., coaching, dormitory duty) will be determined on an individual basis.

How to Apply:

Résumé, letter of interest, undergraduate/graduate school transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation should be forwarded to Jackie Roecker, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 600, Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.  07825-0600 or, by email, to hr@blair.edu. Completed applications must be received by December 5, 2014. Your letter of interest must address how/why Blair’s academic mission resonates with you and in what ways your skill set, interests and experiences will serve you in this leadership role.  

How to Apply—Staff Positions

Inquiries about non-teaching positions should be directed to the email address listed in the individual position descriptions. 

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Scope of Position:

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will work closely with the Director of Annual Giving to raise $2.5 million in unrestricted funds each fiscal year. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate with colleagues and have previous fundraising success, ideally at a not for profit organization or school. Some travel and evening/weekend work is required.  

Description:

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit Blair Fund gifts
  • Engage volunteers and increase annual giving participation and performance for three major reunion classes and thirty-five classes
  • Identify, recruit and manage volunteers
  • Steward prospects within assigned classes
  • Organize and facilitate all components of the student phonathon program
  • Oversee and manage the senior class fund drive
  • Coordinate and prepare mailings for class representatives
  • Assist with all annual fund mailings and act as liaison to the USPS
  • Prepare reports and metrics for annual fund and other programs 

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years experience, or equivalent
  • Experience with and working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience in education fundraising and volunteer management
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to strategically plan operations, focus on quality assurance and streamlining operations
  • Strong computer and technical skills using desktop software, databases, and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work as part of a professional team to advance the mission of the School

Please send cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Blair Academy, PO Box 600, Blairstown, NJ 07825 or email them to hr@blair.edu.  No phone inquiries, please.  E.O.E

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