Employment

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.



Open Positions

Mathematics Faculty (2017-18)

Teaching Mathematics at Western Reserve Academy

Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for a mathematics teaching position. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.

The Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department sees learning mathematics as vital to reasoning and strives to help our students gain a greater appreciation for and command of the discipline, both for its value as a way of thinking and for its usefulness. We offer a wide range of courses to meet the prior experiences and interest of our students, and importantly, to challenge them as they develop their understanding, make connections, and experience applications of the discipline. Learning is based on both discovery and practice; students learn to think, reason, and problem solve. We encourage students to ask good questions, use multiple approaches, and notice connections.

In the 2017–18 year, the school will embrace a fully independent curriculum that prepares our students for a complex, interconnected and rapidly changing world.

The Position

The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:

  • Significant experience teaching high school mathematics.
  • Academic leadership desire and/or experience.
  • Master’s degree in mathematics or a closely related field.
  • Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with a group and independently.
  • Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in mathematics and/or education.
  • Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.
  • High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.

Responsibilities

WRA strives to find the right balance of duties and responsibilities for each faculty member. Typical expectations include:

  • Teach four courses, levels to be determined based on the needs of the department.
  • Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty.
  • Engage in afternoon programs and Saturday Academy.
  • Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students.
  • Attend school and faculty gatherings.
  • Serve on appropriate committees.

Application

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school.

To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at wrarecruiting@wra.net.

SPANISH FACULTY (2017-18)

Teaching Spanish at Western Reserve Academy

Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for an opening in the Modern & Classical Languages Department. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.

The Modern & Classical Languages Department

Language classes offer challenging and interactive courses that demand an advanced level of commitment and energy from students and help them appreciate their role in our global society. Course offerings include multiple levels of French, Spanish, Latin and Mandarin Chinese. For modern languages, the primary focus is on instruction in the target language; Latin classes emphasize early introduction and consistent use of authentic Latin literature. The pace of study allows our students quickly to acquire listening, speaking, and reading skills, while also engaging students in topics of cultural interest. Foreign language study promotes mental discipline, enhances the understanding of the structure and inner workings of language in general, expands the vocabulary of the student’s native language, and enriches the student’s appreciation of other cultures.

In the 2017–18 year, the school will embrace a fully independent curriculum that prepares our students for a complex, interconnected and rapidly-changing world.

The Position

The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:

  • Significant experience teaching high school Spanish.
  • Academic leadership desire and/or experience.
  • Master’s degree in Spanish or a closely related field.
  • Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with a group and independently.
  • Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in Spanish and/or education.
  • Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.
  • High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.

Responsibilities

WRA strives to find the right balance of duties and responsibilities for each faculty member. Typical expectations include:

  • Teach four courses, levels to be determined based on the needs of the department.
  • Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty.
  • Engage in afternoon programs and Saturday Academy.
  • Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students.
  • Attend school and faculty gatherings.
  • Serve on appropriate committees.

Application

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school.

To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at wrarecruiting@wra.net.

English Faculty (2017-18)

Teaching English at Western Reserve Academy

Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for an opening in the English Department. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.

The English Department

English classes at WRA draw students into exciting conversations with themselves, their classmates and great ideas. Through individual and collaborative learning, students ask some of the most fundamental questions of what it means to be human in a world that is filled with exciting and challenging complexity. We read texts that are both canonical and contemporary from a broad range of traditions, encouraging our students to learn the art of civil discourse. We hope to inspire curiosity in our students and invite them to think critically, imaginatively and compassionately in both speaking and writing.

The first three years of English embrace common writing goals and a set of core texts, supplemented by readings chosen by instructors in individual sections. In the fourth year, students select semester-long courses that explore special topics. In the 2017–18 year, the school will embrace a fully independent curriculum that prepares our students for a complex, interconnected and rapidly-changing world.

The Position

The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:

  • Significant experience teaching high school English.
  • Master’s degree in English or a closely related field.
  • Experience leading effective seminar discussions.
  • Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with a group and independently.
  • Willingness to develop connections with other WRA academic departments, university English departments and/or industry leaders.
  • Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in English and/or education.
  • Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.

Responsibilities

WRA strives to find the right balance of duties and responsibilities for each faculty member. Typical expectations include:

  • Teach four courses (two “preps”), levels to be determined based on the needs of the department.
  • Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty.
  • Engage in afternoon programs and Saturday Academy.
  • Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students.
  • Attend school and faculty gatherings.
  • Serve on appropriate committees.

Application

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school.

To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at wrarecruiting@wra.net.

History Faculty One-Year Sabbatical Replacement

Teaching History at Western Reserve Academy

Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for a one-year sabbatical replacement in the History Department. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.

The History Department

The History Department’s primary objective is to help students cultivate an understanding of their place within the breadth of human experience. As they learn to interpret historical themes and events, students develop a keen appreciation of the trends of the past and a greater insight into the vital issues of the 21st century. Small class sizes and a collaborative learning approach engender engaged and sometimes heated classroom discussions, as well as an opportunity to share ideas with WRA’s experienced and dedicated faculty. History courses at WRA are designed to provide students with extensive knowledge of the subject matter, and the analytical tools needed to make sense of that knowledge.

The Position

The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:
  • Experience teaching high school History.
  • Degree in History or a closely related field.
  • Experience leading effective seminar discussions.
  • Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well with a group and independently.
  • Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.

Application

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school.

To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at wrarecruiting@wra.net.

Associate Director of College Counseling (2017-18)

The Position

Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative College Counseling professionals to apply for Associate Director of College Counseling, a position with an anticipated start date in July 2017. Candidates should have the ability to work with the College Counseling Office to implement programs and procedures that support a mission-focused college counseling program. The most competitive candidates have the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.

The College Counseling Office

The Associate Director of College Counseling plays an essential role in a student-centered, individualized college counseling program. Our student body consists of 403 students in grades 9-PG. These students come from 15 countries and 24 states to form our diverse, dynamic and intentional community.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Associate Director of College Counseling will be expected to:

  • Advise and guide juniors and seniors throughout the entire college selection and application process.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the college counseling team, including assisting with various campus programs and taking on special projects and assignments as determined by the Director of College Counseling.
  • Serve as the student’s advocate through the college search and application process.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with college admission professionals.
  • Stay current in the college admission profession by visiting colleges and participating in conferences and workshops.
  • Write comprehensive and timely school reports in support of student applications.
  • Advise students on course selection.
  • Hold seminars with all grade levels on many different facets of college admission.
  • Help plan and deliver presentations to parents on topics related to college counseling.
  • Advise students on other issues related to college admissions such as financial aid, scholarships, summer opportunities, etc.
  • Respond in a timely fashion to questions and concerns of both students and parents.
  • Help to prepare and distribute timely communications on a wide variety of related topics, at times in cooperation with the Communications & Marketing Office.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess most or all of the following:

  • Extensive knowledge of selective college admission and financial aid processes.
  • Preferably five-years minimum experience in selective college admission and independent school college counseling.
  • A positive attitude and clear enthusiasm for working with adolescents and parents.
  • Excellent counseling, listening, organizational and writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, parents and faculty.
  • A background that includes public speaking and a familiarity with related technology.
  • Willingness to be immersed in the WRA community.
  • Eagerness to visit colleges, attend professional conferences, and perform other functions as assigned in support of school operations.
  • An excellent work ethic and strong communications skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Sensitivity in dealing with diverse populations.
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously.
  • A collaborative spirit.
  • Flexibility in dealing with new, different and changing requirements.

Reports to: Director of College Counseling

Application

We invite you to explore our website and learn more.

To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to Gunnar Olson, Director of College Counseling, at olsong@wra.net.

House Manager

The Position

Western Reserve Academy seeks an individual to serve as the house manager for two campus homes. This position is a part-time position with a future full-time possibility and has flexible day/early evening hours seven days per week. The Pierce House and Seymour House Manager will maintain Pierce House, the Head of School’s private home, as well as a public meeting place, and Seymour House, a campus guest house for selected visitors. Both homes are located on Western Reserve Academy’s beautiful campus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Custodial position with some house management responsibilities.
  • Custodial maintenance duties include cleaning, restocking supplies and cleaning all guest rooms and restrooms before and after guest arrivals and departures.
  • The house manager will maintain all main common areas all guest quarters in each house.
  • Duties include cleaning all five guest rooms (bathrooms, linens, floors, etc.) and restocking each room before and after guest arrivals and departures.
  • Additional house manager duties include overseeing all aspects of each home, including delivery scheduling (rentals, flowers, etc.), scheduling workmen in the home and all event coordination with various event organizers.
  • Additional duties include annual tasks to ensure the homes run smoothly throughout the year.

Physical Demands

  • The employee is required to sit in a normal seated position; reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction; use dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s), e.g. using a keyboard; communicate by using the spoken word; see within normal parameters; hear within normal range; move about including walking, standing, stretching, crouching, bending, and lifting objects weighing
    up to approximately 30 pounds; occasionally climb or balance. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate.

  • The employee is required to set up events in multiple campus locations; coordinate all event pieces and pitch in for various tasks as determined by each event; including furniture set up, flower set up and delivery, food set up, delivery and clean up.

Competencies and Essential Functions

  • Must successfully pass a BCI-FBI background check and physical examination with drug and alcohol screening.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions; understand, enforce and follow safety procedures; coordinate building repairs and maintenance; ability to operate standard office equipment including but not limited to computers, copiers, calculators and facsimile machines.
  • Proficient skills in the use of Google Drive, email, electronic calendars and other basic office support software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff and the public; ability to follow oral and written instructions, work independently and maintain confidentiality.

Send resume to Tracy Schooner at schoonert@wra.net or fill out the employment application.

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