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 Collaborative Design Lab Coordinator

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing all aspects of the collaborative design lab, including purchasing equipment and materials.
  • Collaborating with faculty in integrating Design Thinking, Video, Making, Coding, and Robotics into existing curriculum through workshops, seminars, one-on-one sessions, co–teaching and student projects in the Library Maker Space.
  • Instructing faculty and students on programming and production topics, such as video, photo, 3D modeling, laser and vinyl cutters, electronics, and word working.
  • Mentoring middle school students in designing and implementing their experiential maker projects.
  • Teaching a 6th  grade Intro to Making class, a 5th  grade Maker Space class, and an elective. (7 class periods per 6-day cycle in total.)
  • Teaching one section of science (grade and course is flexible and will depend on the strengths of the candidate.

A Bachelor’s degree and some level of applicable or transferable experience are required. A graduate degree is preferred.

Interested candidates, please send a resume and cover letter to Middle School Director Carson Smith P '25 at csmith@thayer.org.

Middle School Visual Art Teacher

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching visual art to grades 5-8.
  • Involvement in our extracurricular (club) program and, ideally, in athletics.
  • Serving as an advisor to a small (6-7) group of 7th or 8th grade students.

A Bachelor’s degree and experience as an art teacher are required. A graduate degree is preferred.

Interested candidates, please send a resume and cover letter to Middle School Director Carson Smith P '25 at csmith@thayer.org.

Upper School Science Teacher

Thayer Academy seeks an experienced Science teacher for the 2019-20 school year. The course load would include four sections of Science (Integrated Science or Physics, most likely). Thayer is building a new Robotics and Computer Science Center over the summer, so any candidates who have experience in Robotics would be especially considered. Work outside of class with coaching and/or club supervision a plus. Advising 7-8 students is included in the position. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to Highley Thompson, Upper School Director
(hthompson@thayer.org). 

Upper School Counselor

The Upper School Counselor, an integral part of the Upper School faculty, 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. 

In times of crisis, the Counselor coordinates with the school and community to bring together resources.  As the foundation of his/her work, the Counselor adheres to professional and ethical standards within the field.   

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree 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

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to Highley Thompson, Upper School Director (hthompson@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.