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Employment Opportunities at Thayer Academy


The Mission of Thayer Academy is to inspire a diverse community of students to Moral,

Intellectual, Aesthetic, and Physical Excellence so that each may rise to

honorable achievement and contribute to the common good.

Thayer Academy is an equal opportunity employer.  The Academy complies with and adheres to all state and federal anti-discrimination laws with respect to its employment practices.  Thayer Academy does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability, or any other category protected under state or federal law. This policy extends to recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, assignment, working conditions, promotions, transfers, termination, re-employment, education, tuition assistance, employee treatment, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. All employment-related decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.



The Athletic Director reports to the Headmaster. The primary responsibilities of the Athletic Director are to oversee the interscholastic athletic program of Thayer Academy; to directly manage the interscholastic athletic activities of the Upper School; to supervise the Middle School Athletic Director’s management of the Middle School athletic program; and promote the maximum involvement of our students in athletic activities.


  • Support the Academy's Mission and all school policies and practices including but not limited to academic standrads and student conduct.
  • Plan and implement the athletic programs of the Academy. Implicit in those responsibilities is to supervise the Academy’s athletic trainers, coaches, teachers, and plant operations staff to ensure student and staff safety.
  • Hire, manage and evaluate a first-rate coaching staff for all interscholastic sports.
  • Oversee all game scheduling, and officiating.
  • Plan and manage the operating and capital budget of the Athletic Department.
  • Oversee the Athletic Department's support of the college counseling process.
  • Represent the Academy in various athletic organizations.
  • Participate at Thayer Academy Admissions, Alumni, Development events, etc., as required.
  • Participate on Admissions Committee and Senior Administrative Team.
  • Coach, as appropriate.
  • Address parental concerns in a productive manner.
  • Maintain high standards in the areas of sportsmanship and game management for all teams and coaches.


  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years experience in senior athletic administrative roles preferred.
  • Experience in the independent school environment.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Record of positive, energetic, prudent and inclusive management style.


Direct Letter of Interest, Resume, and List of References to Kristan Gately, Upper School Dean of Students and Chair of the AD Search Committee.

Preferred: Submit materials via email and attachments to kgately@thayer.org.



The Upper School Counselor works closely with the Upper School Director, school nurses, advisors, teachers and grade level deans to create a safe school environment for students and faculty.   The Upper School Counselor serves all school constituents, not just those with problems or those in crisis.  In addition to helping students manage common stressors, the Counselor is a resource in the community to support the adults who work with and care for Upper School students.

When necessary, he/she may screen students for symptoms of more serious mental health concerns and help parents find appropriate outside mental health providers.  He/she can serve as a liaison between the school and provider and be an advocate for the student at school.

As the foundation of his/her work, the Counselor adheres to professional and ethical standards within the field.   


Aside from what is mentioned above, the Upper School Counselor also:

  • Meets weekly with the Upper School Deans Group;
  • Meets weekly with the Upper School Director to discuss specific student/faculty concerns;
  • Meets weekly with the Hale Learning Center team;
  • Plans periodic Parent Education Forums on topics of adolescent development (in conjunction with the Middle School Counselor and the Thayer Academy Parents Association);
  • Teaches some portions of the ninth grade Health course;
  • Teaches the eleventh grade Decisions course (spring only);
  • Oversees the Upper School Advising Program;
  • Coordinates school-wide counseling-based initiatives, such as the annual Freedom from Chemical Dependency program;
  • Helps plan student orientations with US Director and grade deans;
  • Serves as a resource to parents who may have concerns about their child’s personal development.


  • Advanced degree/certification in social work, counseling, or clinical psychology
  • Experience working with high school age children, their parents, and their teachers (preferably in an independent school environment)
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • An appreciation of and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Approachability and trustworthiness

In order to apply, send a letter of interest and resume to: Highley Thompson, Upper School Director (hthompson@thayer.org).

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