Charles River School is a unique, inclusive independent PreK-8 school that nurtures each student by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

The faculty and staff at Charles River School are exceptionally talented, diverse, active individuals concerned with the development and education of children. The school community's culture and customs are rich and steeped in tradition, and also dynamic and inclusive. 

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Available Positions

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  • Director of Development

    The Director of Development is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating all funding strategies in support of Charles River School’s mission and vision. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director develops and oversees annual and capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment giving and plays a key role in community building with the school’s various constituencies. The CRS Director of Development supports both the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in strategic planning for the future of the school.

    The Director of Development is a member of the senior administrative team and will manage one additional member of the development staff. They will also serve on the Advancement Team at CRS, composed of the Assistant Director and Director of Development, the Assistant Director and Director of Admissions, and the Director of Marketing and Communication.

    The ideal candidate will be an optimistic, energetic, creative, and collaborative leader with experience implementing initiatives which will strengthen the culture of philanthropy at CRS.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities
    • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, a comprehensive development strategy appropriate to Charles River School’s mission.
    • Establish and maintain both short- and long-range goals for cultivation and stewardship of all constituencies of the school. 
    • Support and elevate the Head of School’s engagement and leadership in fundraising. 
    • Act as administrative liaison to the Development Committee of the Board and serve on the senior administrative team
    • Completes other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.
    Desired Qualifications
    A successful candidate will be a self-starter, attentive to detail, and motivated by a donor-centric mentality, bringing fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset to the Advancement team.  
    • A track record of successful fundraising across a breadth of programs, including annual, major, campaign, and planned giving; 
    • The ability to switch easily between high-level strategic visioning and hands-on engagement as necessary, in keeping with the school’s culture and needs;
    • Track record of conceptualizing, planning, and leading a full range of development programs. Campaign leadership experience a plus.
    • Highly professional team-player, with a strong sense of integrity, fun, and desire to collaborate effectively with colleagues, volunteers, and Board members; 
    • Thorough grasp of the current trends in development and issues facing independent schools; 
    • A demonstrated commitment to creating and supporting diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities;
    • Excellent project management and organizational skills
    • Strong command of fundraising ethics and best practice;
    • A creative, confident problem-solver;
    • A positive outlook, and a sense of humor
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    Other
    • Bachelor’s degree required;
    • Experience with CRM systems, Microsoft Office products, Google applications, and database management
      To Apply
      Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact Head of School, Gretchen Larkin, in confidence. 

      Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents: 
      • A cover letter expressing their interest in this position; 
      • A current résumé; 
      • A list of 3-5 professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to: devjob@charlesriverschool.org
    • Director of Finance and Operations

      The Director of Finance and Operations manages all aspects of Charles River School’s finances, including strategic financial planning, budgeting, accounting, and reporting. The Director will also oversee all human resources functions, as well as the physical plant and food services operations. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Finance and Operations is a member of the senior leadership team and several Board of Trustees committees. The next Director will have the opportunity to reimagine the structure and workflow of the office; they will decide how best to allocate financial duties with a half-time assistant (a newly created position, to be hired). The ideal candidate is a mission-driven strategic thinker with uncompromising judgment and integrity, experience in an independent school preferred, and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. 

      The next Director of Finance and Operations will oversee an operating budget of more than $8 million supported by an endowment of $10 million. 

      The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work with conflicting demands and timescales in a busy and ever-changing school environment. They will be able to balance and prioritize the competing needs of the school.

      Major Duties and Responsibilities
      • Provides leadership, oversight and management of the day-to-day operation of the business office including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accounting, and school supply functions
      • Collaborates with the Head of the School on financial aspects of strategic planning initiatives
      • Oversees all human resources functions, as well as the physical plant and food services operations
      • Manages and oversees the auditing process
      • Manages, develops, and directs the annual operating budget
      • Plans and prepares forecasts of the financial condition of the school. Reports to the Head of School, the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Board of Trustees on the results of the present operations of the school, pro forma projections for future operations, and annual audits of the financial statements of the School
      • Provides the financial information and planning that builds trust among faculty, administration, staff, the Board of Trustees, and the parent community
      • Liaisons with the endowment portfolio manager, providing information on invested funds and implementing decisions of the Board and Finance Committee
      • Maintains compliance with governmental regulations and changing regulatory environment by staying current on law and regulations that may affect compliance
      • Establishes policies, procedures, standards, and strategies for areas of responsibility and provides appropriate internal controls and strengths to safeguard the school’s assets
      • Oversees the risk management function and purchases property, casualty, liability and, workers compensation insurance
      • Manages human resources including employee relations, benefits and compensation, and safety for employees
      • Oversees and directs implementation and administration of employee benefit programs such as health insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, workers compensation, employee assistance, retirement and other related plans.
      • Selects or approves and directly oversees relationships with business service providers (e.g., banks, auditors, attorneys, insurers, investment managers, food service and transportation providers, contractors, consultants). Secures the highest level of quality products and services for the school’s business functions, including measurements of cost effectiveness
      • Effectively supervises and mentors business office assistant
      • In partnership with the Head of the School and other staff and trustees, evaluates, pursues, and manages additional (non-tuition) revenue-generating opportunities using the School’s resources.
      • Completes other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School
      Desired Qualifications
      A successful candidate will be dependable and attentive to detail, with the ability to manage the pressures of fast-paced financial operations.  
      • Experienced strategic thinker who can develop a road map for the future
      • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, including key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, etc.
      • Experience developing long-range capital and operational budget planning
      • Experience in determining alternative revenue sources in a non-profit setting
      • Experience in human resource management, employee benefits and payroll procedures
      • Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity
      • Effective collaboration skills, consistent meaningful contribution to senior leadership teams, and a focus on process as well as outcome
      • Exceptional written/verbal communication and presentation skills, including the ability to distill complex topics and then communicate them effectively to varied audiences
      Other
      • Bachelor’s degree required; CPA and/or MBA preferred
      Five or more years of financial and business leadership in a non-profit or for-profit organization(s) including work with non-profit boards is a plus; independent school experience a plus

      To Apply
      Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact Head of School, Gretchen Larkin, in confidence. 

      Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents: 
      • A cover letter expressing their interest in this position; 
      • A current résumé; 
      A list of 3-5 professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to: financejob@charlesriverschool.org
    • Grade 3 Co-Teacher

      We are seeking an energetic elementary educator to co-teach a third grade class. The successful candidate will have experience in curriculum development and will work closely with a co-teacher to plan and implement a thematic curriculum that honors children’s developmental pace and includes language arts, math, social studies, and social-emotional skills.
       
      Additional Responsibilities:
      • Providing support to students in social, emotional, and academic areas
      • Communicating with parents about classroom events and student progress
      • Participating as a full member of the CRS faculty (e.g., participating in recess and carpool duties, attending weekly meetings, serving on a committee, etc.)
       
      Essential Skills:
      • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
      • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
      • Demonstrated commitment to community, equity,and inclusion
      • Attention to detail and impeccable follow-through
       
      Charles River School actively seeks candidates who represent diversity.  Interested individuals should send a resume and letter of interest to Associate Head of School Elizabeth Clayton (eclayton@charlesriverschool.org).
    • PreK/K Co-Teacher

      We are seeking an energetic, creative early childhood educator to co-teach a combined PreKindergarten/Kindergarten class. The PreK/K classroom environment at CRS is Reggio-inspired and constructivist at its core. The successful candidate will work with a co-teacher to plan and implement a thematic curriculum that honors children’s developmental pace and includes language arts, math, science, and social-emotional skills.
       
      Additional Responsibilities:
      • Providing support to students in social, emotional, and academic areas
      • Communicating with parents about classroom events and student progress
      • Working collaboratively with early childhood teachers (PreK-2) to plan and implement curriculum and to share information about students
      • Participating as a full member of the CRS faculty (e.g., participating in recess and carpool duties, attending weekly meetings, serving on a faculty committee, etc.)
       
      Essential Skills:
      • Deep knowledge of child development
      • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
      • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
      • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Attention to detail and impeccable follow-through
       
      Charles River School actively seeks candidates who represent diversity.  Interested individuals should send a resume and letter of interest to Associate Head of School Elizabeth Clayton (eclayton@charlesriverschool.org).
    • Substitute Teachers

      CRS is seeking qualified candidates for occasional substitute teaching in all grades and subjects, with the greatest need being in Early Childhood classrooms and specialists classes like art and music. Significant classroom teaching experience is required. Interested individuals should send a resume to our Associate Head of School, Elizabeth Clayton.

      Elizabeth Clayton
      6 Old Meadow Rd.
      P.O. Box 339
      Dover, MA 02030
      eclayton@charlesriverschool.org

      Charles River School actively seeks candidates who represent diversity.
    Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

    Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.