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

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.

Associate Director of Admission (2017-18)

Function

To actively participate in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students at Western Reserve Academy.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Promote and market the schools’ mission to the internal and external communities.
  • Provide primary recruitment support through all phases of the admission process including travel, outreach, interviews, communication, file review, etc.
  • Represent the school and effectively advocate WRA’s programs to prospective students and their families.
  • Articulate WRA’s programs both on and off campus at school fairs, information forums, conferences, open houses, feeder schools and other admission events.
  • Build strong relationships with the admission team, faculty, staff and coaches within the school; assist in articulating the school’s message.
  • Execute various assignments and assist in the achievement of departmental and school goals as assigned.
  • Extensive travel required throughout the year.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and significant admission experience required.
  • Strong organizational skills, detail minded.
  • Clear and persuasive communication/public speaking skills.
  • Ability to motivate and cultivate relationships with prospective students and their families; establish a personal connection.
  • Sensitivity in dealing with diverse populations.
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously; works well with others.
  • Flexibility in dealing with new, different and changing requirements.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries from students, parents, faculty and staff.

Reports to: Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to admission@wra.net.

Office Manager, Admission

The Position

The Office Manager supports the philosophy, and principles of a Western Reserve Academy education — integrity, compassion and excellence. The Office Manager provides administrative support to and is an integral member of the Office of Admission. This position involves a heavy volume of email and telephone contact and demands a high level of professionalism, public relations and computer literacy, as well as the ability to handle confidential information in a discreet manner. The position requires a self-starter who takes initiative and has the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal direction and who is detailed and deadline oriented.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent office experience preferred. Acquired knowledge and experience to handle multiple priorities is a requirement, as well as experience accommodating visitors, students and families in a professional, welcoming manner. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail required. Experience with database systems is required, experience with admission software is preferred.

  • Serve as primary contact for the Admission Office for prospective families; providing information and supporting documents to prospective families regarding all aspects of the Admission cycle from inquiry to enrollment. Respond to heavy telephone and email contact from inquiring and current families. Screen and forward calls to the appropriate Admission team member.
  • Oversee the creation of admission folders and documents received by mail and from online application sources, including materials sent by consultants and organizations. Help families complete admission files, taking appropriate steps to facilitate applicant folder completion. Continually reviewing application folders for completeness.
  • Create weekly and monthly dashboard reports based on current and comparative historical data.
  • Manage the Admission Office calendar and schedule visits by prospective families.
  • Use Admission Office software, including but not limited to Senior Systems to manage inquiry, enrollment and student data
  • Create invitation lists for and serve as the lead contact for all on-campus Admission events including Open Houses, admission visit days, new student events and Registration Day.
  • Maintain department supplies including publications and printed materials, office supplies and visitor refreshments.
  • Maintain SEVIS I-20 system including generating documents for incoming international students.
  • Maintain up-to-date budget reporting, including processing accounts payable and credit card statements.
  • Review and update department subscriptions and memberships.
  • Collaborate with other offices and departments on schoolwide initiatives and events in a professional and supportive manner.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Admission and Head of School

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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