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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  • Human Resource Manager

    Charles River School seeks an experienced HR professional to join its team for this part-time, year-round position. The Human Resources Manager will work closely with the Head of School, Associate Head of  School, and the Director of Finance in all personnel matters, guiding and managing the overall provision of HR services, policies, employee engagement, and related programs for the school. 

    The Human Resources Manager is a 50% FTE position (20 hours per week).  

    Duties and Responsibilities 
    Hiring and Personnel 
    • Coordinate recruitment efforts and the hiring process for all vacancies. 
    • Annually update and execute employee appointment letters and total compensation reports.
    • Onboard new hires, payroll, benefits, etc. for all new faculty and staff (full-time, part-time,  seasonal)
    • Strategize for developing and maintaining a diverse workforce.
    • Maintain personnel files.
    • Compile and maintain job descriptions. 
    • Develop and lead the performance review process.
    • Respond to employee issues and conflict resolution matters.
    • Manage all aspects of employee terminations: compensation, benefits, COBRA, etc.
    • Conduct exit interviews with all departing employees.
    Payroll 
    • Manage all aspects of the payroll process and system.
    • Process payrolls, monthly for exempt salaried employees and biweekly for hourly employees. 
    • Perform HR and payroll system maintenance and updates.
    • Track all paid time off, including vacation, personal, sick, etc in accordance with school policies.
    Benefits Management 
    • Oversee and administer benefits program, including vendor relations, bid processes,  enrollments, employee communication, and education; health, dental, life/LTD, FSA, paid leave, etc.
    • Manage all aspects of the state unemployment insurance program.
    • Manage workers’ compensation filings and annual program audits.
    • Maintain eligibility data for 403(b) retirement plan.
    • Work with the Director of Finance on compliance with 403(b) retirement plan documents.
    Background Checks 
    • Conduct and manage all required background checks required by the school: Criminal  Offender Background Checks (CORI), Sexual Offender Background Checks (SORI), and state-mandated fingerprinting.
    • Maintain MA Criminal Justice Information Systems certification.
    • Manage secure retention of documentation. 
    Employee Handbook 
    • Annual review and update of the employee handbook. 
    • Dissemination of policies requiring annual acknowledgment.
    • Advise department heads/supervisors on compliance with applicable policies as needed.
    Federal and State Legal and Regulatory Compliance
    • Ensure compliance for COBRA, FMLA, MA PFML, ADA, ACA, paid time off, and other regulatory requirements.
    • Keep abreast of new federal and state legislation and regulations to ensure school compliance.
    Qualifications 
    The Human Resources Manager should be a well-rounded HR professional with a wide array of  experiences in the field, including, but not limited to: 
    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development or equivalent
    • Five to seven years of progressive experience in HR-related positions
    • Educational/academic setting experience preferred
    • Strong knowledge of HR areas including recruitment, employee engagement, compensation  and benefits, policies and procedures, onboarding, performance management, and training
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational skills 
    Competencies 
    • Proficiency with technology
    • Experience with cloud-based HR software
    • Current knowledge of both federal and state regulatory compliance related to pay equity,  leave, etc. 
    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 hrjob@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) 

    Charles River School actively seeks candidates who will contribute and are committed to a  diverse school community and inclusive educational practices.
  • School Counselor

    Charles River School is an independent PreK-8 school 16 miles west of Boston in Dover, MA 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.
     
    We are seeking an experienced elementary and middle school counselor to provide support to the CRS community.  The successful candidate will work with teachers and administrators to meet the emotional needs of students in grades PreK-8.  This is a full-time role to begin in the 2022-2023 school year.
     
    Specific Responsibilities:
    • Offer expert consultation, direction, and support to faculty, staff, and families about children’s social-emotional growth and well-being
    • Attend training for RULER, our social emotional learning curriculum from Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and assist in implementation
    • Meet weekly with Learning Specialists to follow student progress and plan support; provide consultation to Administrative Team as needed about students
    • Educate faculty and parents through short presentations and written pieces about current research and practice related to mental health and wellness in students
    • Provide occasional testing to better understand a child’s progress or needs
    • Lead psychoeducational and social groups with students as needed
    • Develop and deliver Growth Education curriculum on topics such as substance use, social media, human sexuality, and emotion regulation
    • Evaluate students in crisis or at-risk and work with the Administrative Team to determine an appropriate intervention plan for students struggling with clinically significant mental health issues
    • Manage relationships with outside mental health providers
    • Foster a strong partnership between families and the school
    Qualifications:
    • Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or equivalent degree
    • Experience with elementary and middle school student populations
    • Experience with families and an understanding of family systems
    • Professional licensure
    • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and knowledge of best practices in anti-bias and multicultural education
    • At least three years of experience working with children and families in a school setting preferred
    Charles River School actively seeks candidates who will contribute and are committed to a diverse school community and inclusive educational practices. Interested individuals should send a resume and letter of interest to crsjobs@charlesriverschool.org (please use school counselor as the subject line) and fill out the CRS Employment Application by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/KuQLJ6nF8ctLecLG7.
  • Seasonal Summer Director, June 20 - August 20, 2022 - Charles River Creative Arts Program (CRCAP)

    Job Description: 
    Reporting to the Director of Auxiliary Programs, the Seasonal Summer Director of CRCAP is responsible for the overall, smooth operation of this summer program during the entirety of all sessions. The Seasonal Director will collaborate with the Director of Auxiliary Programs on staff and camper orientation, staff management, supply management, camp event setup, and camper family relations. This is a hands-on position and the Seasonal Director will play an active role in the day-to-day operation and activities of the camp program. 
     
    As one of several on-campus programs of CRS Summer, we look forward to welcoming CRCAP back to campus in Summer 2022. The Seasonal Director will work with CRCAP summer staff to understand the expectations and guidelines for all summer staff and CRS employees. Leadership and staff from all CRS Summer programs, including the Seasonal Director of CRCAP, will work together cooperatively to share the campus spaces and to deliver a joyful, professional, and safe summer experience to our campers. 

    Specific Responsibilities include:

    Working with the Director of Auxiliary Programs during Pre-Season:

    -plan Staff Orientation (which the Seasonal Director will attend in its entirety) and Camper Orientation
    -Plan setup and staff setup responsibilities
    -Communicate with each staff member independently via email regarding their equipment/material/supply needs
    -Provide Director of Auxiliary Programs with a supply/material list that falls within the allotted budget

    Overall Program management during the Summer
    -Run staff orientation and supervise/direct/manage the setup
    -supervise and manage all CRCAP staff - including observation, regular feedback, and occasional formal and informal evaluation of staff
    -serve as the first point of contact for staff and parent concerns
    -health and safety management of campers and staff - this includes communicating and enforcing all COVID Protocols for Summer 2022 if any
    -maintain camp accounts and vendor relationships
    -plan and manage weekly staff meetings 
    -work cooperatively with the staff of other summer programs and Director of Auxiliary Programs 
    -follow our process for timely communication with the CRS Facilities team

    After Summer
    -plan and supervise CRCAP cleanup and transition
    -prepare formal staff evaluation reports for each staff member

    About the Charles River Creative Arts Program (CRCAP)
    CRCAP is a multi-arts camp offered as part of the CRS Summer programming experience. CRCAP has a rich 52-year history, has won several program awards, and has served as the model for other multi-arts camp programs across the country. The camp provides an inclusive, fun, creative environment in which campers can deeply explore various performing and visual arts forms. 
     
    Charles River School actively seeks candidates who represent diversity. Interested individuals should send a resume and letter of interest to our Summer Hiring Committee at summer@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.