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At Pomfret, it's what we do together that sets us apart. It’s the people who live and work here — their ideas and passion — that make the difference. We’re perfectionists, idealists, inventors, forever tinkering, always striving. In the process, we don’t just educate students, we transform lives. And none of us would have it any other way.

Director of Advancement

Pomfret School seeks a Director of Advancement to lead the school’s advancement efforts. In particular, the new director will oversee (and ultimately close) Pomfret's ongoing capital campaign, which began in July 2017. A member of the senior administrative team, this person is also responsible for leading the Advancement Office — a dynamic and collaborative group of ten people who maintain a sophisticated and multi-dimensional fundraising operation that has been very successful at engaging a diverse community of donors at all levels. Ultimately, the new director will have the opportunity to provide fresh leadership and vision, while focusing on the challenging task of closing out an ambitious campaign several years in the making.

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Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to: Dr. John Watson, Senior Consultant, Educational Directions, jwatson@edudirections.com, 239-293-1124.

Application Deadline – Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ongoing Semifinalist Zoom Interviews – October 9 to October 23
Finalist on-campus interviews – October 28 to November 6

Assistant Head of School

Job Title: Assistant Head of School
Department: Head of School
Reports To: Head of School
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Faculty or Staff: Faculty
Full Year or Academic Year: Full Year
Exempt or Non Exempt: Exempt

Position Objective:

Pomfret School is seeking an Assistant Head of School, starting in July 2020. The Assistant Head reports directly to the Head of School and is responsible for the daily oversight and management of student life at Pomfret. This person has direct oversight of and responsibility for managing the following administrative areas of the school:

  • Dean of Students Office (Boarding and Day)

  • Afternoon Activities Program, including athletics

  • Counseling

  • Health Services and Student Health Education

  • Community Service Programs

  • Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education

  • Parent Executive Counsel / Committee


 The specific responsibilities are wide ranging and subject to alteration, but they cover the following broad areas:

  • Management of program and personnel in the administrative areas listed above; initial decision making and follow up when issues arise

  • Program development, implementation and evaluation

  • Evaluation and professional development of residential faculty and afternoon activities supervisors

  • Budget oversight and financial planning

  • Strategic, long-range and master planning related to student life (both facilities and program)

  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School, including participation in fundraising efforts as relevant to student life


The Assistant Head of School is expected to chair meetings with the above administrators to support the effectiveness of their efforts and to communicate about issues of student life. 

Specific Initiatives:

The Assistant Head of School will have the responsibility for overseeing the following initiatives and programs, as well as new programs:

  1. With various individuals, continue the development of the QUEST (Question, Understand, Engage, Share, Transition) Program

  2. In coordination with other administrators, ensure the development of appropriate professional development programs and assessment/ evaluation processes for residential faculty, advisors, and coaches

  3. With the Director of Facilities, manage the implementation of the school’s Emergency Management Plan

  4. Participate in planning for facility renovations involving student life and faculty housing

  5. Continue the examination of gender issues/opportunities within the community

  6. Assist in the implementation and implementation of a system of administrative evaluations

Other Expectations:

The Assistant Head of School is a member of the senior administrative team and will attend all Board of Trustees meetings. This is a year-round position, with four weeks off in the summer and the normal school vacations in November, December and March.  As is true of all administrative positions, the Assistant Head of School is expected to be available to members of the community throughout the normal administrative workday unless otherwise engaged in school business (coaching, teaching, meetings, school travel, etc.). Teaching, coaching, and residential expectations will be defined on an annual basis, but involvement in those areas is strongly encouraged.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in an applicable field

  • Commitment to supporting and enhancing a school culture rooted in community, growth, and integrity

  • Ability to communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and alumni, based on a highly developed sense of emotional intelligence, and a healthy respect for differing points of view

  • Excellent public speaking, facilitation, and listening skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams to accomplish shared goals

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage time-sensitive projects

  • High ethical standards and an acute awareness of appropriate boundaries

  • Sensitivity and respect for the needs of an adolescent population and a boarding school faculty

  • Commitment to the Pomfret School mission and its values

  • Excellent written and oral communication


Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to hiring@pomfret.org.

Interested candidates should submit:
  • A letter addressed to the search committee explaining their interest in the Assistant Head of School position
  • A resume
  • An Educational Philosophy
  • The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three to five professional references

  • A completed application for employment at Pomfret School.

Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Job Title: Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reports To: Head of School
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Faculty or Staff: Faculty
Full Year or Academic Year: Academic Year
Exempt or Non Exempt: Exempt

Job Purpose

Pomfret School is seeking to hire a Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This senior administrative position will serve on the senior leadership team and will report directly to the head of school. This individual will be tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of programs and policies aimed at making Pomfret a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school.

School Mission: Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit in its students as it prepares them for college, and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.

Diversity Statement: At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously it is determined by race, gender, ethnicity, age, and appearance. On a more subtle level it includes socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. We are guided by research that indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, motivation, academic performance, and the ability to get along with others.

Position Statement

The Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will provide strategic and visionary leadership for Pomfret School’s efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While supporting the School’s mission and core values of integrity, growth, and community, the Dean will develop and lead initiatives that enhance Pomfret’s desire to be a welcoming place where everyone feels at home. The Dean will work closely with students, faculty, staff, trustees, and administrators to refine the Diversity Strategic Plan and ensure that the School remains committed to achieving the goals outlined in that plan. The Dean is a member of the senior administrative team and will report to the Head of School.

Responsibilities
  • In partnership with the Head of School and members of the senior leadership team, ensure that institutional decisions align with the core philosophies, principles, and values implicit in our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 
  • In partnership with the Head of School and members of the senior leadership team, develop and implement policies and practices that promote an inclusive community for students, parents, employees, and alumni.
  • In partnership with the Director of the Grauer Institute, the Dean of Academics, and members of the faculty, make certain that the School’s curriculum and instruction are broadly inclusive and culturally responsive, keeping with the Vision of the Pomfret Graduate.
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students, the student life team, and the leaders of the School’s student life curriculum called QUEST (Question, Understand, Engage, Share, and Transition), develop and implement programs that make it easy for all students — irrespective of race, identity, cultural affiliation, or background — to fully participate in, and benefit from, the Pomfret Experience.
  • In partnership with the Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education, work to address the needs of students of all faiths.
  • In partnership with the Head’s Group, the Human Resources Office, and the Diversity Hiring Task Force, work to attract and retain employees who represent the diversity of the world we live in. 
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students office, support international students.
  • Chair the Diversity Council.
  • Craft internal professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for employees and trustees.
  • Invite students, faculty, and staff to participate in training that enhances their understanding of and commitment to DEI initiatives.
  • Teach DEI programming to students in QUEST and through participation in Project: Pomfret and classwork.
  • Assist the admissions, communications, and advancement teams with their outreach and messaging efforts around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Direct the Virginia M. Eaton Multicultural Resource Center.
  • Serve as a resource on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, sharing best practices and relevant research with the community.
  • Spearhead the creation of affinity groups and support networks for students and adults.
  • Follow trends in the educational field related to DEI and attend appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Participate fully in school life by maintaining an active presence on campus and contributing to afternoon, evening, and weekend programming, as appropriate.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in an applicable field
  • Experience driving organizational change in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with at least three years in a position of proven leadership
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience is preferred
  • Commitment to supporting and enhancing a school culture rooted in community, growth, and integrity
  • Ability to communicate with students, parents, colleagues, and alumni, based on a highly developed sense of emotional intelligence, and a healthy respect for differing points of view
  • Excellent public speaking, facilitation, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated experience crafting and deploying a strategic plan
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams to accomplish shared goals
  • Strong ties to other leaders and organizations in the DEI community
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage time-sensitive projects
  • High ethical standards and an acute awareness of appropriate boundaries
  • Sensitivity and respect for the needs of an adolescent population
  • Commitment to the Pomfret School mission and its values

Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to hiring@pomfret.org.

Candidates should submit: 

  • A letter addressed to the search committee explaining their interest in the Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • A resume
  • The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three to five professional references
  • A completed application for employment at Pomfret School. A PDF copy of an application can be downloaded from the School's website (Careers page): https://www.pomfret.org/about-us/careers

Applications are due by December 1, 2019. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

School Counselor – Part Time

Job Title: School Counselor
Department: Student Life
Part Time/Full Time: Part Time
Reports To: Director of Counseling Services
Schedule per week: 26 hours; 3-4 days
Faculty/Staff: Faculty
Full or Academic Year: Academic Year
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

Job Purpose:

Facilitate psychological/psychiatric treatment and support services for students by providing counseling services, crisis intervention, and mental health outreach to enhance the psychological and emotional welfare of students and the school community.

Essential Functions & Duties:

  • Provide individual support working in collaboration with members of the counseling team, faculty, Student Support Team, and families
  • Provide support services and assist in sustaining the current comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Provide needs assessment for students who are having behavioral, family, or interpersonal difficulty and/or are experiencing psychological symptoms. A needs assessment may involve:
    • Intervening in difficult interpersonal situations as requested by administration, parents, advisors or students
    • Identifying current life stressors and impairment
    • Establishing diagnosis (adjustment, mood, anxiety, eating, and/or psychotic disorders) and course illness
    • Participate in weekly Student Support Team meetings with key administrators, when appropriate
    • Serve as liaison with parents, faculty, advisor, and primary care clinician
  • Develop and coordinate treatment plans that may involve providing short-term weekly counseling on school-related difficulties, out-referral to local service provider(s), and/or require medical leave for intensive outpatient and/or inpatient treatment
  • Provide acute crisis assessment, intervention, and treatment on a 24-hour basis, including on-call duty
  • Maintain and keep current an active working relationship with local service providers including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and hospital emergency services
  • Coordinate substance evaluations according to School protocol
  • Assist in the development and implementation of formalized treatment protocols
  • Assist in the development of educational and preventative care programs on an as-needed basis
  • Adhere to all School policies as outlined in the Employee Handbook
  • Attend employee workshops and training as assigned
  • Continually meet or exceed Pomfret School’s Standards of Behavior, Character, and Engagement
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Position, Education/Certification and Software Requirements:

  • Possess knowledge of therapy techniques and strategies and the ability to connect with adolescents and effectively provide individual and group therapy
  • Masters or doctorate degree
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of FERPA and HIPAA laws and confidentiality

  • Clinical licensure in the state of Connecticut (LCSW/ LISW, LPC, PhD, or  Licensed Psychologist)
  • 3-5 years of clinical experience or experience in schools
  • Desire to work in residential academic community is essential
  • 26 hours over 3 or 4 days per week, academic year

To apply, send a completed application, resume, and cover letter to hr@pomfret.org or 

Mail To: 
Human Resources
P.O. Box 128
Pomfret, CT 06258

Nurse – Part Time

Nurse - RN, LPN 

Part Time (15–20 hours per week)
Hours include evenings and occasional weekends
Academic Year – September 1 – May 31

  • Connecticut RN licensure required
  • BLS certification required
  • Familiarity with electronic health record management
  • Possess a current physical exam, TB test and be free of communicable diseases, as required by CT state law.

To apply, send a completed application, resume, and cover letter to hr@pomfret.org or 

Mail To: 
Human Resources
P.O. Box 128
Pomfret, CT 06258

At Pomfret, we value diversity and always employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pomfret School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty, and staff.