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Dexter Southfield School offers boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12 a classical education. Our 36-acre campus is located in South Brookline on the Boston-Brookline line, with easy access to Boston. Dexter Southfield offers a collaborative, community atmosphere and excellent benefits.

Dexter Southfield seeks to attract faculty and staff who will uphold the work and values of the School in order to strengthen the community of students, parents, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates will have a commitment to being in and supporting a community which focuses on the education and well-being of students in a variety of settings both in and outside the classroom.

Interested candidates should download the printable PDF employment application and submit this completed application, along with a cover letter, a resume and salary requirements, to:
 
Human Resources
Dexter Southfield
20 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445-7498
Email: hr@dextersouthfield.org
 
No phone calls, please.

 

Dexter Southfield, Inc. (“Dexter Southfield” or the “School”) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The School offers equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment and all employees without regard to sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, military service, application for military service, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. An applicant who does not meet the minimum qualifications of the position(s) for which the applicant applies will not be considered for employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete this application, interview for the position, or otherwise participate in the hiring process, please notify us.

 

Lower School Teacher (PreK and K) – Maternity Leave Coverage (through June 2020)

About Dexter Southfield

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Us

Our lower school faculty is made up of highly talented and professional members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing, engaging, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and skills to achieve post-secondary education goals. If you are passionate about sharing your love of learning at the elementary level, this role offers you the opportunity to do so in one of the region’s most respected private schools. At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture and community in which students, faculty, and staff feel valued and respected.

About You

You are an experienced elementary school teacher who seeks to share your love of learning with others. Being a highly energetic and productive self-starter, you also have excellent organizational and relationship building skills, are adept at guiding students in the classroom, and support them in their extracurricular pursuits. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Foster a culture of high expectations to allow every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment
  • Develop and implement age-appropriate, well-rounded lesson plans that align with school standards and support the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child
  • Collaborate with peer faculty and grade-level partner to develop curriculum, projects, and assessments using a variety of approaches and techniques (e.g., text, project-based, web-based, cooperative learning, discussion groups, field trips, homework, etc.)
  • Provide instruction in the areas of math, reading, social studies, science, English, spelling, and vocabulary suitable to the developmental age and subject matter of students in this age group
  • Coordinate timely and ongoing communication and feedback to faculty and parents
  • Identify unique student needs and collaborate with teachers and academic support to effectively address those needs and employ differentiated instruction
  • Create a learning environment that promotes character, respect, and goodwill
  • Demonstrate a commitment to training and professional development to remain current with educational standards, emerging technology, classroom resources, and pedagogy
  • Actively participate in faculty meetings, in-service programs, and training workshops
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • At least three years working as a full-time lead teacher in an early elementary classroom
  • Independent school background and experience highly desired
  • Proven proficiency interacting and working with kindergarten girls and their families
  • Willingness to be assigned to other lower school classrooms (PreK-Class 5) as needed
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
  • Understanding of academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of students in this age group
  • Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
  • Ability to provide a motivating and engaging learning environment
  • History of continued education or professional development in general education or assigned subject area(s) through in-service training programs or independent studies
  • Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments

 

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Aliber, Director of Human Resources, at caliber@dextersouthfield.org

School Bus Driver (Morning / Afternoon Runs)

About Dexter Southfield

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About You

As a member of our Operations team, you will play an important role in the educational journey of our students, ensuring each is picked up and dropped off at designated bus stops and safely transported to school, sporting events, and other activities. Drivers are expected to maintain the cleanliness, organization, and safety of his/her buses to provide a safe environment for our students. Our fleet of 18 buses cover Boston and surrounding areas including Belmont, Hingham, Charlestown, and Downtown Boston. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Safely and courteously drive bus and complete assigned routes in all weather conditions
  • Perform pre- and post-route bus inspections in accordance with School policy
  • Comply with all traffic regulations and School driving policies and procedures
  • Follow all safety rules and School policies for children boarding and exiting buses
  • Maintain a clean and mechanically sound bus, reporting problems in a timely manner
  • Notify Transportation Manager in a timely manner of bus maintenance requests/needs
  • Report delays, accidents or other traffic and transportation issues using two-way radio.
  • Submit documentation to Transportation Manager in a timely and professional manner
  • Attend all required meetings and trainings sessions
  • Maintain a clean driving record while employed by School
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee
  • Other duties, as assigned.

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Hold current commercial driver’s license (CDL) with Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements
  • Successfully pass required Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles written exams
  • Maintain school bus driver certification by Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Ability to interact and effectively communicate with children, families and colleagues.
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certified by a nationally recognized organization
  • Ability to physically lift and assist a child during bus evacuations or emergencies
  • Clean driving record (with no at-fault traffic accidents or citations in the last 5 years)
  • At least one year of driving a school bus required (training provided for the right candidate)
  • Successfully complete pre-employment background screenings, including: CORI, SORI, fingerprinting, driving record, license verification, physical exam. and drug test
  • High school diploma or GED preferred

 

Requirements

This job requires one to lift, carry, push, and/or pull materials and equipment weighing up to 20 pounds as well as the ability to stand, sit, walk, and effectively communicate (oral, written, non-verbal) with others. This job typically requires 85% sitting, 10% walking, and 5% standing and is performed under all weather conditions and temperature throughout the year. This role requires one top ascend and descend stairs and may require the reassignment of bus routes to support the operational needs of the School. Incumbents will be required to work before- and after-school hours, and may occasionally be ask to provide coverage during the school day, evenings, and weekends.

Dexter Southfield’s 36-acre campus is comprised of several buildings, playing fields, and outdoor learning spaces, which are accessible via internal and external walkways, stairs, nature paths, hills, and uneven terrain. This position requires one to transfer between these areas in all weather conditions.

All employees of Dexter Southfield are required to verify employment eligibility and successfully complete CORI, SORI, and fingerprint-based background checks as a condition of employment.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at curbonas@dextersouthfield.org

Carpenter (Full-time, year-round position)

About Dexter Southfield

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just miles from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Our Team

Our Operations team is made up of highly dedicated professionals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to customer service, excellence, and an unrelenting desire to promote a culture of excellence within our School community. Serving as the front line and face of Dexter Southfield, they offer the first and last impressions for students, families, faculty, staff, and others who visit our campus or call it home. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment surrounded by teammates who embrace a positive spirit and commitment, this full-time position may be your next career opportunity.

About You

You have an eye for detail and are seeking a hands-on, multi-discipline role. You have a passion for building and repairing and take pride in your work. When faced with unique challenges, you find creative solutions. You are a highly productive self-starter who knows how to manage competing priorities with patience, grace, and humor. Others can rely on you and trust your clear and effective communication style. You have proven yourself as a team play and an individual contributor who can get the job done while also demonstrating a sense of humor and sound judgment.  

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Construct, assemble, install, repair, and replace: structures, frames, partitions, doors, window frames, and furniture; install ceilings and floor coverings; remove and replace window and door glass, ceiling tiles, and broken hardware
  • Read construction plans to determine procedure of constructing cabinets, partitions, and other articles
  • Estimate material requirements and costs; order materials from designated personnel
  • Resolve routine, day-to-day maintenance issues and requests in a timely manner
  • Provide operational support, including setting up and breaking down of tables, chairs, equipment for campus programs and events
  • Assist with maintaining outdoor facilities and operations including landscape maintenance, snow removal, parking lot, playgrounds
  • Provide support relating to campus security, parking, and other areas, including assisting as a parking attendant for ongoing activities and special events, as needed
  • Operate light equipment, machinery, and motor vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Five years of full-time experience working with the public in a business environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database entry and management
  • Excellent demonstrated written and verbal communications skills in English
  • Demonstrated organizational skills; the ability to multitask, work independently, and juggle competing priorities while maintaining patience, grace, and humility
  • Effective interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies within and beyond the School community
  • Ability to troubleshoot and calmly handle emergency situations
  • Can-do attitude and a willingness to work within a team environment and assist others
  • Ability to demonstrate judgment, discretion, and confidentiality
  • Ability to remain at a workstation for extended periods of time
  • Ability to independently walk moderate distances on campus, navigate campus terrain in all weather conditions, and ascend and descend stairs
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up materials weighing up to 50 pounds

 

At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued, respected, and are rewarded with a generous employee benefit package. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at hr@dextersouthfield.org

Advancement Services Coordinator

About Dexter Southfield 

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just miles from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Our Team

Our External Relations Office is made up of highly talented and professional team members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to customer service, excellence, and an unrelenting desire to surpass expectations. Their polish, expertise, and humility allow them to confidently collaborate with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, parents, alumni, volunteers, students, faculty, and peers. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment surrounded by positive teammates with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of initiative, this full-time Advancement Services position may be your next career opportunity. 

About You

You are an experienced advancement professional; a highly productive self-starter with excellent data-management, strategic, analytical, relationship-building, leadership, communications, and diplomacy skills. You are flexible and resilient, able to adapt to an ever-changing landscape, and pitch in whenever and wherever needed. A sharp attention to detail with data is your trademark. You have proven yourself as someone who can take on increased responsibility and you tackle competing priorities with integrity, humor, and sound judgment. 

To be successful in this role, you must be able to assume the following responsibilities:

DATABASE MANAGEMENT, EXTRACTION, & REPORTING

  • Oversee the daily operation of the Raiser’s Edge database. Maintain and regularly update all constituent records in The Raiser’s Edge, working directly with the External Relations team and/or relevant constituent groups (donors, alumni, etc) to keep accurate and up-to-date information. 
  • Manage integration of Raiser’s Edge data with other software throughout the School.
  • Oversee the analysis and extraction of data through queries, exports, and custom and canned reporting. 
  • Produce and disseminate regular reporting to relevant stakeholders, including internal audiences, volunteers, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Create, adapt, and maintain a Dexter Southfield External Relations Raiser’s Edge policy and procedure manual to document proper protocol around gift and data entry, appropriate use of data, gift acceptance, and moves management.
  • Remain on top of industry trends. Make recommendations for process changes and improvements based on data, analysis, and industry best practice. 

GIFT PROCESSING, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, & RECONCILIATION

  • Quickly and accurately manage gift and pledge collection (online, stock, credit card, check, wire, cash, auto and payroll deduction, and matching gifts), analysis, processing, and entry of daily gift batches into Raiser’s Edge. 
  • Manage all aspects of deposits and the reconciliation of gifts entered in Raiser’s Edge with the Business Office.
  • Serve as general liaison to the Business Office; manage all aspects of deposits and reconciliation of gifts entered in Raiser’s Edge. Lead the closing out of the fiscal and calendar year. Manage the External Relations Team’s contribution to the annual audit.
  • Ensure compliance on all fiscal regulations and policies, perform high-level reconciliation, continuously improve and implement best practices for recording and reporting of departmental financial data.
  • Process acknowledgment letters for all donations. Maintain complete and accurate paper and electronic files on all gifts, pledge reminders, receipts, and acknowledgements.
  • Oversee pledge reminder calendar and the collection of pledge payments.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in best-in-class organizations, with demonstrated success and expertise in database management
  • Fluency with Raiser’s Edge database
  • Demonstrated track record of success with increased responsibility
  • College degree preferred

At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued and respected and are rewarded with a generous employee benefit package. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to McCurdy Miller, Director of Development, at mmiller@dextersouthfield.org

 

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