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


Position Title: Assistant Director of Admission

Reports Directly to: Director of Enrollment Management

Job Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Housed Administrative Faculty Personnel

Position Summary: The Assistant Director of Admission reports to the Director of Enrollment Management and is responsible for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of mission aligned students in support of strategic enrollment goals.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Develop and maintain relationships with prospective students and parents.

2. Cultivate relationships with feeder schools, consultants, program leaders and other community partners.

3. Plan and attend WRA admission events, both on- and off-campus.

4. Using professional judgement and an accurate understanding of the qualities of students who thrive at WRA, participate in the evaluation and selection of applicants for admission.

5. Coordinate the Chief Ambassador (student tour guide) program.

6. Assist in the management of WRA social media channels.

7. Participate fully in WRA’s 24/7 residential community, including advising, dorm duty, one season of co-curricular or athletic coaching, and other duties as assigned.

8. Embrace a schedule that will include work on some evenings and weekends as well as regional and national travel.

Essential Qualities:

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and self-motivated professional who enjoys working with teenagers.

1. Ability to articulate the value of an independent boarding school education.

2. Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbally and in writing

3. Digital fluency and an eye for design

4. A positive outlook, sense of humor, flexibility and strong organizational skills

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline

2. 1-3 years of related professional experience, preferably in a boarding school

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to admission@wra.net.


Position Title: Manager, Employee Benefits

Reports Directly to: Chief Financial Officer

Job Classification: Full Time Non-Housed Administrative Staff

Position Summary: The Manager, Employee Benefits is responsible for the successful administration of all benefit offerings, coordinating all employee recruitment and onboarding as well as performing some general human resource functions. This position also participates in the development of programs that will allow for employee wellness and workplace satisfaction. Additionally, this position serves to back up to the payroll functions.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  1. Administer all benefit programs and ensure compliance with all ACA regulations.
  2. Regularly review and update employee guides to ensure continuity, clarity and compliance.
  3. Manage open enrollment process.
  4. Coordinate all employee recruitment.
  5. Facilitate the employee on-boarding and departure process.
  6. Maintenance of on-line employee resource center.
  7. Prepare new and returning employment letters and, if applicable, housing agreements.
  8. Maintain all employee records.
  9. Maintain PTO database.
  10. Manage FMLA process.
  11. Ensure compliance with short term and long term disability policies and procedures.
  12. Process workers’ compensation claims and manage BWC audits.
  13. Process unemployment claims.
  14. Responsible for all employee related governmental reporting.
  15. Coordinate and communicate employee health and wellness programs.
  16. As needed, work with Outside Human Resources Director on employee related matters.
  17. Serve as primary liaison with external auditors for 403b audit.
  18. Assist in gathering information for the preparation of IRS form 990 and 5500 tax filings.
  19. Assist with completing benefit related surveys.

Secondary Responsibilities Include:

  1. Serve as back-up for payroll functions.

Competencies and Essential Functions:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use basic software applications (i.e. Microsoft Excel, Word)
  2. Experience with integrated payroll / benefit packages, preferably Paylocity
  3. Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  4. Ability to solve problems by collaborating with others
  5. Strong organizational skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Accounting, Finance or related field required
  2. 5 -7 years minimum experience administering benefit programs for 100+ covered employees
  3. SHRM or CEBS designation preferred

If applying online, please attach a letter of interest and include three professional references with your submission.

Music Faculty & School Accompanist

The Position: Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for our music teaching and school accompanist position in the Fine & Performing Arts 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 ideal candidate will possess most or all of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • At least two years conducting experience, independent schools preferred
  • Familiarity with concert band, and solo and ensemble repertoire for winds and brass
  • Explore unconventional scoring, including the ability to rewrite parts as needed
  • Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Creative and innovative approaches to music teaching and learning
  • Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students, such as music competitions and clubs
  • Self-starter and multitasker

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Accompany the choir, student performances and musical theater productions
  • Conduct concert band and/or symphonic winds
  • Collaborate with members of the Fine & Performing Arts Department
  • Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty
  • Engage in afternoon programs and teach one ECHO module
  • Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students
  • Attend school and faculty gatherings
  • Serve on appropriate committees

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


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.