Working at Pingry
The Pingry School seeks dynamic and intellectually engaging teachers to join a diverse academic community. While our hiring season tends to run from late January through early April, we are always excited to make connections with outstanding candidates. Teaching candidates should be committed to helping young people construct their understanding of the discipline in a student-centered classroom environment. We are searching for collaborative teachers with an eye for the teachable moment when moral and ethical questions arise in and out of the classroom. Subject area expertise and an excitement for sharing passions with young people are expected. A willingness to embrace additional duties typical of a “country day” philosophy such as advising students, coaching, or directing or supervising clubs and activities is also required. A Bachelor’s degree in the subject area is expected with a Master’s degree preferred. (Funding support for work towards a Master’s degree is available to faculty beginning in their second year at Pingry.) The school has a strong commitment to support on-going professional development, and an expectation that faculty members will actively seek professional growth opportunities.
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We invite applicants with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to reach out to Jon Leef, Assistant Headmaster of our Basking Ridge Campus (grades 6 through 12) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ted Corvino, Assistant Headmaster of our Short Hills Campus (K through 5) at email@example.com.
Web and Social Media Strategist [Posted: July 14, 2014]
Web and Social Media Strategist reports directly to the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing and is a member of the Marketing and Communications team that is primarily responsible for creating and maintaining written, electronic, and creative design projects on behalf of the School. These printed and online materials are essential for driving the tactical and strategic implementation of the School’s marketing, public relations, and development goals.
- Responsible for developing and executing a yearly strategic web and social media plan to manage the School’s overall web presence and digital initiatives in support of the School’s mission and overall Communications plan.
- Develop and manage online marketing campaigns. Create, supervise, and provide a key voice for School owned social media accounts, and integrate dynamic content into all School online and electronic communications.
- Responsible for updating and ensuring the consistency of the School’s overall web, social media, and electronic presence on a daily basis. Creating, suggesting, and disseminating timely and relevant content as required.
- Partner with all School departments and divisions to ensure the coordination and relevancy of School calendar with online activity and online calendars.
- Possess a detailed knowledge of School initiatives. Anticipate need, make recommendations, and assist all School/community content providers in their messaging needs. Lead the creation of new channels of electronic media as required.
- Use web and social analytics and track social media influence measurements to prepare reports to regularly update internal staff on web and social usage statistics. Translate/evaluate activity into useful performance metrics aimed at future strategic communications.
- Monitor the online presence of high-profile schools and institutions for trends and best practices. Research, test, and implement emerging technologies in web and social media for use in School communications.
- Partner with Technology Department to gain a working knowledge of major Technology initiatives, ensure proper website administration, and help trouble shoot and problem solve as required.
- Take photographs and video of key School events for use in web, social, and electronic communication. Manage all School videography and photography scheduling and relationships with outside contractors.
- Maintain Pingry’s media library including cataloging and tagging of content. Ensure that related news, events, and initiatives have appropriate media for distribution.
- Attend high-profile/key School events as needed. Create and execute web and social media coverage plan.
- Responsible for creating and managing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the School.
- Other duties as assigned.
- BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university with 4-6 years of experience in web and social media, public relations, or related field.
- Demonstrated proficiency in popular and emerging social media services.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to consistently write and publish concise copy in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment.
- Exceptional leadership capabilities and strong interpersonal, collaboration, and presentation skills; ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team.
- Ability to capture and edit video/multimedia content and take web/social media appropriate photographs.
- Knowledge of Finalsite or other CMS.
- A solid understanding of search engine optimization techniques and the value of web/social analytics.
- Ability to work effectively under deadlines and juggle several assignments simultaneously as well as maintain a flexible work schedule.
- Understanding of Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
- Experience with creating quality web and social media content related to private schools is preferred.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Rob Schur, Associate Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Major and Planned Gifts [Posted: June 23, 2014]
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Major and Planned Gifts will successfully identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 150 individual donors and donor prospects, who are capable of making gifts between $50,000 and $1 million+ for planned and/or major gifts. The Director will manage the School’s gift planning program by proposing, structuring and closing outright and deferred gifts of assets, and is expected to average 3-4 prospect and donor visits per week for major and planned gifts.
The Director will function as a leader on the development team and will work regularly with the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Senior Management team, and the Board to coordinate Campaign and major and planned gift initiatives, and proposals. The Director will also supervise Major Gifts Officer(s).
The Director of Major and Planned Gifts will enjoy working for a school with a storied history and regional and national reputation for excellence; a positive community and friendly culture; and a committed Board of Trustees which recognizes the need to partner effectively with the Office of Alumni, Development and Communications.
Qualified candidates will have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in managing, planning, and implementing major and deferred gift programs. Experience in managing a major gifts staff and ability to create a team-centered approach with the staff, volunteers, and the larger school community. Demonstrated success in managing a defined portfolio of major and planned gift prospects to closure. In addition, s/he will be required to have had experience working directly with volunteer boards.
The successful candidate will have capital campaign experience as well as broad understanding of planned giving techniques. S/he will have superior written and oral communication skills and be well versed at negotiating and closing important capital gifts. Must have a clear understanding and appreciation of the mission, values and traditions of an independent school. Outstanding organizational and communications skills are essential. Bachelor’s degree required. Must be willing and able to travel and also to work nights and weekends as needed.
In addition to the above experiences, the ideal candidates should possess:
- Experience in designing and implementing a successful capital/comprehensive campaign and fund raising programs.
- Proven success in closing six figure gifts.
- Proven experience working at a secondary independent school or in a small liberal arts college environment.
- Problem solving and self-starting motivation and approach
- The ability to inspire, mentor and effectively manage and lead staff and volunteers.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
- Clear and demonstrated familiarity and exposure to all elements of development activities including annual fund, major gifts and planned gifts.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Highly effective delegation skills while keeping on top of department activities.
- Experience using metrics to establish goals and measure results.
- Impeccable interpersonal skills at all levels across all constituencies.
- A team building, highly collaborative leadership style at all levels of the institution.
- Diplomacy, energy, innovation, and the ability to anticipate, prioritize and implement.
- Unquestioned professional and personal integrity.
- A passion for the mission of independent schools.
- The ability to handle high expectations.
- Creativity, intelligence, a sense of humor, and flexibility.
As stated, the successful candidate will be an articulate spokesperson as well as an effective writer and communicator, able to speak convincingly, knowledgeably, and passionately about the Pingry School both publicly and privately, demonstrating a persuasive, appealing and sincere personality. S/he will have motivational skills and the ability to lead while interacting effectively with multiple constituencies.
This search is being conducted by Brown Schroeder and Associates, Inc. Please contact Liz Homsy: email@example.com
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Senior Writer and Communications Manager [Posted: June 18, 2014]
The Senior Writer and Communications Manager reports directly to the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing and is a member of the Marketing and Communications team that is primarily responsible for creating and maintaining written and creative projects on behalf of the School. These printed and online materials are essential for driving the tactical and strategic implementation of the School’s mission, including admission, public relations, and fundraising goals.
- Plan with the Director to ensure that all marketing and communications programs relating to Pingry, its mission, achievements, and objectives are effectively promoted and communicated to all internal and external constituencies.
- Responsible for writing, editing, and publishing needs for colleagues, Admission Office, Parents’ Association, the Headmaster, and the Office of Institutional Advancement in print, web-based, and electronic media.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all school departments, parents, and alumni to ensure timely messaging, consistency in branding and writing style, and comprehensive coverage.
- Must be a key provider of content for Pingry website. This includes writing and publishing electronic news and event stories from campus and our community in a timely manner.
- Serve as a member of the editorial team for The Pingry Review and provide dynamic content as assigned.
- Work directly with the Administration and Institutional Advancement/Communications team members to manage the annual Employee Handbook and Crisis Manual editing/updating processes, the printed and online calendar, as well as other printed and electronic publications as assigned.
- Manage outside vendors (graphic designers, photographers, printers, etc.) as needed to ensure high-quality results on all projects.
- Other duties and specific communications projects as assigned.
- Demonstrated superior writing, editing, proofreading, and creative skills.
- Good judgment, strong strategic, tactical, and critical thinking skills.
- Must demonstrate outstanding project management and collaboration skills in a deadline-oriented environment.
- Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple projects at the same time.
- Undergraduate degree and three or more years of writing, communications, and/or media relations experience is required.
- Independent school or higher education work experience preferred.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Rob Schur, Associate Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Systems Administrator [Posted: June 5, 2014]
The Systems Administrator manages Pingry’s technology hardware and software and provides technical support and software problem resolution to Pingry computer users. The Systems Administrator reports to the Director of Educational and Information Technology. This is a 12-month staff position at the Basking Ridge Campus.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Assess and resolve network and database connectivity issues. Proactively monitor the state of all Pingry technology systems, including e-mail, databases, WiFi, telephones, and Internet connectivity.
- Provide technology support to faculty, staff, and students. Prioritize work to best prevent disruption of teaching and workflow.
- Help manage and maintain network operating systems as well as the physical network infrastructure.
- Create and manage inventory of all school-owned technology equipment. Tag and organize all new equipment.
- Help manage deployment of school owned equipment to faculty and staff.
- Make recommendations on hardware and software acquisitions for approval by the Director of Educational and Information Technology.
- Develop and maintain relationships with hardware and software vendors. Negotiate the purchase of new technology equipment.
- Proactively identify software licensing needs. Maintain up-to-date licensing information for all software.
- Install and maintain classroom technology equipment, such as projectors, interactive white boards, the IP phone system, printers, copiers, and audio systems.
- Create and manage school accounts for faculty, staff, and students, such as e-mail, course management systems, and various databases.
- Create and implement backups of server data as additional resource within the technology department.
- Prepare and deploy software images on school-owned computing equipment.
- Complete work orders as assigned. Respond to appropriate help desk tickets in a timely fashion.
- Complete system repairs on both Mac OS and PC workstations, as well as iOS and Android devices.
- Help maintain the Pingry Finalsite hosted website CMS.
- Maintain expertise in the management and administration of the following:
- Google Apps for Education
- Network infrastructure, including wireless network
- Blackbaud Education Edge and Raisers Edge
- Active Directory
Required Skills and Abilities
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service ability.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- Excellent technical knowledge of information technology systems including: computer networks, personal computing technology and software using Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS based software, and database software, in particular: Blackbaud, Moodle, Filemaker Pro, and Active Directory.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously to a successful conclusion within agreed upon time and cost parameters.
- Ability to proactively identify potential problems and opportunities to improve operations of the department and bring them to the attention of the Director of Educational and Information Technology.
- Must be able to complete hardware installs, which may require the physical use of ladders or accessing confined spaces.
- Must be able to unbox and setup new equipment, such as laptops, desktops, and monitors - which could include lifting objects of up to 30 lbs in weight without assistance.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Brian Burkhart, Director of Educational and Information Technology, at email@example.com.
Part-Time Athletics Coaches
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Contact Carter Abbott, Director of Athletics, at 908-647-5555 ext. 1357, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pingry School offers a comprehensive program of benefits to all full-time employees:
- Medical and Prescription PPO plan
- Employer paid and supplemental life insurance and long term care coverage
- Matching TIAA-CREF 403(b) retirement and supplemental plan
- Tuition remission and professional growth opportunities