An engaging community committed to excellence, integrity and compassion

Exceptional faculty and staff underpin every great moment at Western Reserve Academy. WRA is a non-sectarian, independent college preparatory boarding and day school, that works diligently to attract and retain the finest faculty and staff by offering competitive salaries and exceptional benefits.

The excellence of our academics is strengthened every day by our more than 160 faculty and staff members who, in their own unique and diverse ways, bring world-class experience, creativity and passion to their job. We seek candidates who aspire to be their best, support others and want to get involved in our community.

WRA is committed to maintaining an educational and work climate for all members of the community that is free of all forms of discrimination. In particular, WRA strictly prohibits discrimination based on race, sex (including pregnancy), religion, color, age, national origin, veteran and/or military status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status and parental status.

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Function: Works with the Annual Giving Team to develop and implement plans to maximize alumni dollars and participation in The WRA Fund, Western Reserve Academy’s signature fundraising program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct fundraising activity and volunteer management for assigned classes:
    • Determine strategy and goals for each assigned class.
    • Recruit, train, manage class volunteers.
    • Ensure that each class meets stated goals and adjusts tactics as necessary.
    • Identify opportunities and strategies for Leadership Annual Giving and Reunion Giving.
    • Work closely with Major Gift officers to coordinate strategies for Major Gift prospects.
    • Maintain frequent contact with volunteers and donors through visits, correspondence, and telephone.
    • Coordinate with Alumni Relations and class leaders on the planning for each class’s Reunion Weekend programs, including helping to recruit fundraising leadership for their special reunion efforts.
    • Attend and provide support to major department-organized events including, but not limited to, Reunions, regional events, recognition events, parents’ weekends and special dinners.
    • Collaborate with Marketing & Communications Department on creative concepts, design and content of printed and electronic materials.
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship:
    • Follow-up with donors in a professional, timely manner.
    • Assist with the preparation and production of the Annual Report of Giving.
    • Help promote a culture of philanthropy at Western Reserve Academy; further student, faculty, staff and alumni understanding of the role philanthropy in making WRA great.
    • Is an active and visible participant in the life of the Western Reserve Academy community.


  • Bachelor's degree required. One to three years’ prior alumni relations/development or transferable experience.
  • Experience in development and/or independent schools as a student, staff member or volunteer.
  • Clear and persuasive written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to motivate and cultivate relationships with alumni volunteers and students.
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously; works well with others.
  • Must be an organized self-starter of high integrity and strong attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated, proactive, energetic and eager to learn; likeable and versatile.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office. Raiser's Edge experience a plus.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Brechtelsbauer, Director of Annual Giving Programs, Western Reserve Academy, 115 College St., Hudson, Ohio 44236 or by email at brechtelsbauera@wra.net.

Library Assistant

Western Reserve Academy, a private boarding/day school (grades 9-12) is looking for a part-time library assistant. This support staff position will be responsible for supervision of students, basic reference services, circulation desk duties, collection development, promoting library resources (i.e., developing and creating displays, etc.) and assisting the library staff with various tasks as assigned by the Library Director.

When school is in session, the weekly hours will be Monday-Thursday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. In addition, the position may require approximately one Saturday a month (8 a.m. -12 p.m.) and one Sunday a month (2 p.m. - 10 p.m.). Please be aware that library staff members follow the students’ break schedule. So when school is not in session, you will not be required to work. The hourly wage is $13.50.

For the 2018-19 school year, the position would start on March 27, 2019, and would finish on May 22, 2019. In addition, this position could turn into a part-time position for the 2019-20 school year.

Please send your resume, cover letter and contact information for your references by e-mail to bunth@wra.net. Please use the following subject line: Library Assistant Opening.

To be assured consideration, please send your information by February 25, 2019.


2019-20 WRA Intern Program

Position Summary:
This position is a one year internship teaching and working in The Wang Innovation Center. This unique opportunity is designed for the intern to be fully immersed in the leading fabrication facility in independent schools. The position comes with thorough training and support for all areas of fabrication. The intern will receive the opportunity to teach and work with faculty, staff, students and outside groups. The intern is not expected to have extensive experience in fabrication but a willingness to learn and receive in-depth training. The intern will gain valuable experience in the principles of fabrication, graphic design and running a fabrication center. Additionally, the program is an opportunity to gain understanding and experience at a top quality boarding school.

Provide support in The Wang Innovation Center for faculty, staff, students and outside groups using the facilities. Assist in teaching courses during the academic day and provide assistance on weekends as needed. Receive training on the various machines and processes in the Wang Innovation Center. Promote safe and responsible use of all machines. Fully participate in all aspects of a dynamic boarding school.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide support for all administrative offices, faculty, students, parents and outside groups using The Wang Innovation Center.
  • Resolve issues with end users in The Wang Innovation Center.
  • Serve as a teacher for several of the courses offered in The Wang Innovation Center.
  • Provide support on weekends as needed.
  • Promote safety and ensure the responsible use of each machine.
  • Live in a dormitory and engage in our residential life program, which includes two nights of dorm duty per week, weekend duty every four weeks, and attendance at meals.
  • Athletic support throughout the school year (three seasons).

Secondary Responsibilities Include:

  • Help repair equipment and systems.
  • Assist in the routine maintenance of machines.
  • Create and maintain documentation for Wang Innovation Center resources; developing and implementing internal operating standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or his/her designated representative.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Competencies and Skills:

  • Ability to work with people professionally and provide quality end user support.
  • Experience working with software, machines, services and end user support.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective analytic, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer hardware and networks.
  • Ability to guide and interact enthusiastically with students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field, preferably Computer Science, Engineering or Industrial Design.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • High level of proficiency in problem solving.

Interns are on staff for one year and receive a salary of $24,000, plus housing in a dormitory where internet, local phone service, cable, and all utilities are included. Also provided: all meals when school is in session; access to school facilities, including the fitness center; and medical/ dental benefits.

Candidates must be a college graduate before August 1, 2019, have interest in working with teens, and possess the skills and talents that would benefit a boarding school community. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to wrarecruiting@wra.net. Materials must be received by no later than March 1, 2019.