Careers

Leading by example in the classrooms and laboratories, on the playing fields, theater stages, dance floors, art studios, or behind the scenes, Thayer Academy's faculty and staff members continue the tradition of excellence, achievement, and inspiration that has characterized our school since its founding in 1877.

When you work at Thayer Academy, you join a warm community of students, parents, and colleagues who value not only academic achievement but also a supportive environment in which continual growth and learning is encouraged.

Thayer offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Group life insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with match
  • Tuition remission (partial)
  • Discounted summer camp
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Thayer also provides faculty with robust professional development opportunities such as tuition support for graduate courses and year-long sabbatical and summer sabbatical programs for further growth and advancement. Thayer also encourages faculty to participate in the Teachers-as-Scholars Program.

Thayer teachers bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to the classroom, and 68 percent of Thayer faculty have a master’s degree.

"The commitment to lifelong learning is a characteristic of great teachers, and Thayer's students are certainly fortunate that so many teachers, in remarkably varied ways, have pursued opportunities for professional development that have enriched the educational experience here at Thayer Academy."

Head of School Ted Koskores '70 P '10, '13

Open Positions

Middle School Director

The Middle School Director reports to the Head of School and is responsible for shaping all activities involving students and faculty in the Middle School in ways that are consistent with the school’s mission statement. The specific responsibilities include the following:

  • To act as the educational leader of the Thayer Academy Middle School, responsible for its day-to-day operation; to direct the activities of the members of the middle school’s instructional staff in the performance of their duties; to function as the chief articulator of the Middle School’s programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed; and to provide a safe and supportive environment in which learning can take place.
  • To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of a challenging curriculum; to supervise the teaching process and to review and evaluate the academic programs; to participate in the Academic Forum Committee and to play a leadership role in the articulation and implementation of the entire school’s academic program; to ensure an effective orientation process for new middle school teachers, to promote in-service training and other professional development opportunities for all teachers; and to make recommendations to the Head regarding the hiring, retention, and the assignment of faculty.
  • To conduct regular meetings with faculty to deal both with routine school matters and to foster the productive exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern; to oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
  • To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school; to assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; and to keep the entire middle school community informed of various school programs and activities.
  • To supervise the Department Heads, teachers, and the Director of the Hale Learning Center to provide for the academic guidance and support of all students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • To supervise the Dean of Students to establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress; to maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; to monitor students’ adherence to established school rules; and to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship.
  • To supervise the Middle School Guidance Counselor and the Middle School Coordinator of Diversity to ensure that our guidance program addresses both the individual needs of specific students and the needs of a community committed to safe, thoughtful, and respectful behavior.
  • To supervise the Middle School Scheduler in the preparation of a master middle school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • To work with the Middle School Athletic Director in the articulation and implementation of a middle school athletic program that meets the needs of our students.
  • To nurture and support the constructive partnership that exists between the Academy and the parent community; to cooperate with the Thayer Academy Parents’ Association in supporting and identifying appropriate parental education programs; and to listen well and respond appropriately to parental concerns and suggestions.
  • To prepare the next year’s operating budget proposal for the Middle School and to monitor the current year’s operating budget and to recommend need capital items for the Middle School in preparation for the Academy’s annual capital budget.
  • To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the Head informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the middle school; to ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies and to maintain our accreditation requirements.
  • To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and to support the school and its leadership.

Interested applicants should have an advanced degree and meaningful administrative experience, ideally in a middle school setting.  Please send cover letter and resume to Head of School Ted Koskores: tkoskores@thayer.org.

Director of Safety & Security

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Chief Finance & Operations Officer, The Director of Safety & Security ensures a safe environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors to Thayer Academy. S/he oversees the security operations on assigned shift(s), with an emphasis on developing an in-house staff and managing contracted security officers. The Director of Safety & Security will also conduct regular training sessions with students, staff and contractors regarding emergency response and security related issues. S/he participates in the development, coordination and evaluation of security programs and initiatives for the Academy, ensuring that they meet the Academy’s needs and support the physical protection of the people and property of the Academy.

  • Ensures a safe environment for the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Academy while overseeing security operations on assigned shift(s).
  • Supervises trains, develops and actively manages Thayer security staff and contracted security officers on assigned shift(s) to ensure compliance with established departmental policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and categorizes security incident reports and conducts follow-up investigations.
  • Responds to emergencies as needed and promptly advises the Chief Finance & Operations Officer and Head of School of conditions.
  • Conducts on-site training sessions for students, faculty and staff regarding emergency response, security awareness and other safety and security related issues. Addresses groups at orientations, open houses and employee training sessions to explain the role of the Safety and Security Department at Thayer Academy.
  • Participates in strategic planning and project management activities for the department. Performs assessments and provide recommendations to mitigate risk to the Academy’s personnel and assets. Uses quantitative analysis and written proposals to support recommendations on resource allocation.
  • Serves as a liaison to local law enforcement and fire department officials, and Thayer Safety Committee. Communicates effectively both internally with management, staff, faculty, student and other members of the Thayer  community, and externally with local authorities, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency services.
  • Drafts policies and procedures for contracted guard’s standard operating procedures as well as various Academy safety and security policies.
  • Supervises security coverage at special events. Covers open shifts for other Security staff as needed.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least four years of professional security or law enforcement experience required.
  • Ability to use a wide range of technical equipment.
  • Broad knowledge of safety procedures, including firearm safety, as well as industry best practices for guard force utilization, access control, physical security, and security management.
  • Excellent communication skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS &WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Frequently lift equipment and materials weighing 50 pounds or more.
  • Work outside in hot or cold conditions for extended periods of time
  • Regularly required to stand: walk: sit and reach with hands and arm

WORK HOURS
This is a full-time exempt position with typical hours of 8 to 5 although nights and weekends may be needed.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to:
Deborah Andrews
Debbie Andrews Consulting
Phone: 978-382-0945
Email Address: deborahtandrews@comcast.net

Major Gifts Officer

Reports To: Associate Director of Development 

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Founded in 1877, Thayer Academy is a co-educational independent day school for over 700 students in grades 5-12. Located on a 34-acre campus in Braintree, Massachusetts, just up the street from the MBTA’s final red line T stop, Thayer has been an enabling and ennobling environment where each student is affirmed, supported, and challenged to take on responsibilities, ambitions, and achievements.

The Major Gifts and Reunion Giving Officer, reporting directly to the Associate Director of Development, will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of individuals capable of making gifts of $5,000 and above to support the mission of Thayer Academy. This person will create strategies for existing supporters, as well as new prospects, and work closely with the Alumni Board and Development team to move them along the continuum of giving to support both the Annual Fund as well as The Campaign for Thayer Academy – a $25Million comprehensive capital campaign focused on increased Annual Fund and endowment giving as well as capital projects that include a new athletic complex, a new Computer Science and Robotics Center and a complete renovation of our existing Middle School.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The Major Gifts & Reunion Giving Officer will develop a portfolio of prospects with a goal of carrying 150 prospects annually.
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward prospects for Annual Fund gifts of $1,877 and above and Campaign gifts of $5,000 and above.
  • Manage an annual stewardship reporting process for all donors with named endowed funds, writing reports on an annual basis including updated financials as well as programmatic impact.
  • Strategize with faculty, senior leadership and fellow development staff on the appropriate engagement of alumni.
  • Consistently perform research on alumni from the 80’s and 90’s to learn new information about possible wealth indicators.
  • Participate in Alumni Board meetings, creating ways to engage alumni of the 80’s and 90’s in the activities of the Alumni Board.
  • Work closely with class agents from the 80’s and 90’s to build Annual Fund participation and identify potential campaign donors for each of their classes, especially those celebrating Reunions
  • Work with other members of the Alumni Relations team, plan cultivation and stewardship events, including regional alumni events and General’s Council events.
  • Steward donor relationships so that donors feel highly appreciated by Thayer Academy.
  • Prioritize work to have primary focus on face-to-face meetings and solicitations with current and prospective donors.
  • Work directly with the 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th year reunion classes to ensure a minimum of 30% attendance and 40% participation in the annual giving campaign as well as identifying potential campaign donors.
  • Identify organizational needs, innovations and other funding opportunities that would appeal to appropriate donors.
  • Responsible for data integrity in Raiser’s Edge donor files including updating all personal information, keeping actions and proposals up to date and ensuring all notable information is recorded.
  • Work with the gift processing team to ensure integrity of donor files, records, tracking, pledge reminders and communication.
  • Attend and assist with all Development Special Events (occasionally on weekends or evenings).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • A minimum of 5 years of development experience with a proven track record in major gifts fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment to handle confidential information sensitively.
  • Natural ability to establish rapport with a variety of donor and alumni personalities.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office Suite, and Outlook, preferred.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Superb written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • The ability to communicate to diverse constituencies in an effective and compelling manner.
  • The ability to build successful professional relationships with all members of the community.
  • Mature professional judgment.
  • Analytical thinking capacity.
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and in collaboration with others.
  • Superior follow-through and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational capabilities.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Unflinching integrity seasoned with humor, perspective and curiosity.
  • Ability to pass a criminal records background check.

TO APPLY:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rachael Rouvales Vassalotti ’79 P ’07, ’11, ’12, Associate Director of Development at rvassalotti@thayer.org.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY
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.