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 Facilities

    The Director of Facilities oversees the physical operation of all school facilities, including day-to-day campus use, buildings maintenance and groundskeeping, equipment, furniture, vehicles, and special projects, all with a hands-on approach. The Director of Facilities is a detail and systems-oriented professional with a demonstrated ability to manage and motivate staff and lead projects in the midst of a busy campus community. 

    The successful candidate will possess tremendous project management skills and have experience managing campus safety and security, custodial services, budgeting and planning, and various facilities projects. The Director of Facilities reports to the Director of Finance and Operations and works closely with the Head of School.

    Responsibilities
    Campus Facilities

    • Accountable for daily operations of the physical plant, ensuring pleasant communications and customer service-oriented relationships with faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, and others
    • Plans, manages, and oversees facilities and equipment for daily use and from inception to completion for special events, meetings, etc.
    • Solicits, reviews bids and negotiates contracts with vendors
    • Coordinates lock and key needs and maintains distribution of keys, door locks and padlocks on campus
    Preventative Maintenance
    • Manages, plans, and oversees a regular schedule of short and long-term maintenance of campus buildings/facilities and equipment including HVAC, lighting, elevators, and others
    • Maintains an adequate inventory of all necessary supplies and parts on-site
    • Manages tracking system for regular preventative maintenance schedules and ongoing requests
    Campus Security and Safety
    • Oversees and manages overall campus security and safety program and establishes and maintains security requirements and safety protocols
    • Serves as a strategic partner in the school’s Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response programs in conjunction with the Head of School, Director of Finance and Operations and other school administrators
    • Helps to develop and manage Emergency Response Plan (ERP), including facilitation of drills
    • Maintains appropriate stock of emergency supplies and equipment
    • Oversees the school’s Fire/Life/Safety ensuring standards are met, updated and maintained
    • Provides first response for all campus facilities-related emergencies, on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for alarm and facilities-related emergency needs
    • Serves as a liaison to police, sheriff, and fire department personnel
    • Manages school’s federal and state regulatory compliance requirements, including OSHA, building codes, and all others.
    Budgeting and Planning
    • In collaboration with the Director of Finance, prepares the annual facilities budget
    • Manages the facilities budget on an ongoing basis, including accurate tracking and forecasting expenditures
    • Provides support for the Board of Trustees Buildings and Facilities Committee, Emergency Response Team, and other committees and attends such meetings, as required
    General Management
    • Supervises a full-time Facilities Associate
    • Prepares, updates and regularly communicates schedules for groundskeeping, maintenance and janitorial services
    • Provides general supervision and project management to facilities-related trades as needed including outsourced landscaping
    • Establishes and appropriately adjusts the timing of work and procedures to meet scheduled work requirements
    • Addresses, analyzes and resolves facilities issues and problems
    • Additional duties, as assigned. 
    Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of facilities management experience in a similar environment including maintenance skills and emergency preparedness operations. Ability to respond and effectively communicate firmly and calmly with campus constituents, colleagues, direct reports and visitors. Strong technology skills - Microsoft Office email, Word and Excel.

    Charles River School Quick Facts
    Founded: 1911
    Enrollment: 190
    Grades: PreK-8 (Day)
    Gender: Coed
    Teaching Faculty: 36

    Mission
    At Charles River, the school's mission guides the community every day, in all that they do. “Charles River School 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.”

    Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
    At Charles River School, diversity, inclusivity, and cultural competency are essential parts of the curriculum and the community and are central tenets of the Mission Statement. Through their teaching practices and the authentic learning experiences provided for students each day, Charles River School shows a deep dedication to graduating well-rounded students. As stated by the school:

    We commit ourselves to:
    • Cultivating cultural competency and diversity throughout our curriculum, our student body, and our faculty and staff
    • Deepening our knowledge and appreciation of the many aspects of cultural identities, in ourselves, our local communities, and globally
    • Providing an environment and an education that equips children and adults to become successful, contributing members of a global society
    • Understanding both historical and current implications of diversity, power, and privilege
    • Engaging in this complex work with careful thought and enduring dedication.
    • And most of all, we commit ourselves to fostering a school community in which each of us is welcomed, recognized, and valued as an individual and as a member of the Charles River School family.
    Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
    Charles River School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, personnel policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs and athletic and other school-administered programs. It is the policy of Charles River School to admit students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.

    To Apply
    Candidates should submit the following materials as separate PDF documents to dirfacilitiesjob@charlesriverschool.org
    • 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)
  • 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
  • Extended Day Program Teacher (Multiple Positions Open)

    We are seeking energetic and creative educators to teach our after school program. Each teacher will be assigned to a home group (PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8), but will work collaboratively on programming. 

    Successful candidates will have experience in curriculum development and will work closely to plan and implement a series of enriching activities and projects, closely linked with the school’s philosophy, within the afterschool program.  

    This is a part-time position with hours of 2:30-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year (September through mid-June), starting Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

    Responsibilities Include:
    • Developing and implementing a wide range of engaging and age-appropriate activities and after-school classes for children from PreK through Grade 8, including STEM, arts, and movement-based Enrichment Activities 
    • Supervising free play and study 
    • Maintaining a warm, friendly and safe atmosphere within a structured program 
    • Ensuring that students adhere to the school’s Covid Protocol and adjusting programming and activities to be compliant with current protocol.  
    • Working with the Director of Auxiliary Programs and the Main Office to maintain accurate registration and attendance records
    • Regular check-in meetings with the Director of Auxiliary Programs.  
    Essential Skills:
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Adaptability and flexibility/ability to modify programming based on changing COVID protocol 
    • Ability to respond effectively and efficiently in an emergency 
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
    • Organization, attention to detail and impeccable follow-through
    • A well-developed sense of humor, patience and enthusiasm
    • Experience working with children between the ages of 4 and 14
    Charles River School actively seeks diverse, talented candidates. Interested individuals should send a resume and letter of interest to Netra Srikanth, Director of Auxiliary Programs. Please use the subject, “Extended Day Program Teacher” and indicate in your letter which age group is of most interest to you (PreK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8) and why.
  • 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.