Employment

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.

The School considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or any other characteristics protected from discrimination under state of federal laws.

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.​​

 

Job Openings:

Advancement Assistant

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Manager of Advancement Services, the Advancement Assistant is responsible for the accurate and efficient implementation of all aspects of constituent record management and the gift processing function using The Raiser’s Edge database. S/he will create and maintain constituent records, update addresses, deposit checks, process gift batches, appropriately receipt and acknowledge all gifts, and perform reconciliation functions. In addition to gift processing and record management the Advancement Assistant will provide clerical support including letter writing, mail merges, printing, faxing, scanning, copying and disseminating appropriate documents and reports for the Director of Advancement and Manager of Advancement Services.

This position requires participation in some weekend and evening meetings and events, the availability and willingness to work overtime during peak and holiday periods, as well as occasional travel. Raiser’s Edge training is provided as is the opportunity for certification in The Raiser’s Edge.

Skills and Competencies:

Candidate must have a minimum of 1-2 years of development experience, preferably in an educational institution. The Advancement Assistant will have a proven record (1 year minimum) of working successfully with Raiser’s Edge software – specifically: data entry, mail functions including mail merge, report generation and basic querying and exporting. Very strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite is also needed.

This highly motivated person will possess the professional interpersonal skills of the modern-day workplace using tact, patience and courtesy. He/she will be joining a small and growing staff where teamwork and collaboration are paramount. Additionally, s/he will possess a superb work ethic; excellent administrative, organizational, and communication skills, and enjoy working in a fast paced environment. A bachelor’s degree is required as is a willingness to learn new technologies.

Specific duties include:

  • Quickly and accurately manage gift collection, analysis, processing, and entry of daily gift batches into the Raiser’s Edge application.
  • Adhere to Advancement Department’s two-day turnaround receipting/acknowledgement policy; balance gift accounts with Advancement Services staff and Business Office.
  • Quickly, accurately and appropriately add or change biographical, gift, and prospect management information in the database as needed.
  • Enhance constituent records through proactively researching historical school records.
  • Act as liaison with donors, and Dexter Southfield faculty, staff, and volunteers to answer gift-related questions and/or to resolve gift-related issues.
  • Review and recommend enhancements to current gift processing processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness while maintaining appropriate internal controls.
  • Provide research, documentation, information, reports, and support for all internal and external audit as needed.
  • Support the College Visit program by managing scheduling, communication and preparation
  • Provide event support including tracking RSVPs, creating nametags,
  • Perform various clerical duties including: filing, recordkeeping, answering/screening/forwarding phone calls, messaging, welcoming and directing visitors, document copying, scanning, and faxing.
  • Coordinate with Reunion committees on class-specific projects, communications and preparation
  • Work with appropriate team members to support the Class Agent program
  • Support the Alumni Board by managing the scheduling, communication and preparation for meetings as well as follow-up

 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations would impose undue hardship on the School.

This is an indoor office environment with interruptions. Employee must be able to work in a two story building without an elevator. Must be physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks and able to function in a fast-paced environment. The position requires manual dexterity of hands and fingers to enter data into computer and to operate office equipment; speaking to exchange information and make presentations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; pushing, pulling or lifting light objects (approximately but not limited to 40 pounds); bending and reaching to store and/or retrieve files; walking across a small campus, including walking up and down hills and climbing stairs. A valid MA driver’s license is required as some travel will be necessary.

Middle School Math & Science Teacher

Dexter Southfield seeks candidates for a middle school math and science teaching position starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. The math sequence is 7th grade Pre-Algebra and 8th grade Algebra I, with an advanced Algebra I option for eighth graders. The science sequence is 7th grade Life Science and 8th grade Physical Science. The position will be tailored according to a suitable fit between the new faculty member’s expertise and the needs of the program. In addition to teaching, the responsibilities include advising students and assisting with extracurricular activities. Candidates should complete an application on the School’s website and send it with a cover letter and current resume to Stewart Tucker, Assistant Head of School, at stucker@dextersouthfield.org.

Director of the Dexter Southfield Fund

The Opportunity

Dexter Southfield School seeks a Director of the Dexter Southfield Fund. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, growing, and managing annual giving programs that currently add, on an annual basis, $2.3+ million in support for the School’s operations. While all members of the Advancement staff have responsibility for annual giving solicitations, the Director oversees and manages the overall effort, including communication and publications.

The Director will also play a critical role in parent and alumni engagement, annual and capital fundraising efforts, and stewardship. Moreover, she/he will be a strategic partner to the Director of Advancement, the Board of Trustees, and the Head of School. The ideal candidate will possess an appreciation for independent schools and should have a demonstrated track record of success in annual and major gift fundraising, increasing levels of responsibility, experience building a team, and leading others. Willingness to participate with enthusiasm in the full life of an independent school community is essential. 

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, professionalism, leadership, and excellence. She/he will exhibit a mix of intelligence, sophistication, and humility so that she/he may confidently collaborate with the Advancement team, the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, parents, alumni, students, and faculty. Additionally, the Director must be a positive teammate and leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of initiative. She/he must understand the importance of building relationships with current parents, both individually and collectively, at an independent day school so that this constituency may have an exceptional experience during their children’s time at Dexter Southfield. The School seeks someone with integrity, a sense of humor, and sound judgement. Finally, the Director will be someone who approaches her/his work with cheerful persistence and lives by the School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraising professional who possess excellent administrative, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • An understanding of best practices in advancement
  • Embraces metrics while appreciating the nuances associated with annual and major gift fundraising
  • Establish goals and implement strategies designed to grow incrementally a $2.3 million annual fund by soliciting major prospects and managing leadership solicitors
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, especially parents
  • Grow, manage, and mentor the annual fund team
  • Develop the Alumni Giving and Reunion Gift Programs
  • Collaborate effectively with the Director of Advancement to coordinate capital and annual giving programs and prospect strategies
  • Work with Director of Parent and Alumni Relations to cultivate and build relationships with alumni/ae
  • Assist in coordinating donor recognition events as needed
  • Prepare Annual Fund reports and updates for the Board of Trustees, the Development Committee, the Head of School, and all development publications as required
  • Develop and manage appeals (written, video, social media, etc.)
  • Coordinate gift acknowledgment procedure for Annual Fund gifts
  • Collaborate with the Director of Parent and Alumni Relations on engagement and giving strategies with the Director of Advancement on major gift strategies
  • Experience closing gifts in both campaign and non-campaign settings
  • Strong computer skills and database experience; proficiency in Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Knowledge of social media fundraising strategies.

 

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience

 

Interested candidates, please contact Peter G. Hamilton, Managing Director, Conley Search Group, by phone at 617.620.9268 or via email at peter@conleysearch.com

Campus Programs Assistant

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Director of Campus Programs and to the Executive Assistant to Head of School, the Campus Programs Assistant is a non-exempt full-time position.

This highly-motivated professional will possess interpersonal skills, tact, patience, and courtesy in order to succeed in a fast-paced environment. In this role, teamwork and collaboration are paramount. Additionally, the candidate will possess a superb work ethic, along with excellent administrative, organizational, and communication skills. A bachelor’s degree is required, as is a willingness to learn new technologies.

This position is based in the School’s main office, where all employees assist with answering telephones and basic questions in a professional and pleasant manner.  Responsibilities include taking messages, transferring calls, and arranging to escort students to class.

Responsibilities:

Summer Camps

  • Work as an integral member of the camp’s leadership team
  • Serve as the welcoming face to the program, interacting with parents, campers, and visitors; handle the business phone, answering and conversing in a courteous manner
  • Set up and manage our summer camp database/CampMinder software
  • Assist in the recruitment and hiring of seasonal staff
  • Proactively identify any areas of concern and problem solve
  • Complete office and administrative duties carefully, efficiently, and in a timely fashion
  • Maintain confidentiality as it relates to campers/staff information
  • Ensure proper completion and timely submission of all reports
  • Adhere to and support all camp policies, procedures and guidelines as detailed in the Operations Manual
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers and staff.

 

Afterschool Programs

Dexter Southfield provides a variety of afterschool programs including homework club, extended day care and STEM programs. The Campus Programs Assistant provides daily support of the afterschool program.

  • Register and maintain records of students attending afterschool programs
  • Recruit, train and manage part-time afterschool assistants
  • Manage weekly billing reports

 

Main Office

  • Politely greet visitors, current students, and employees
  • Distribute mail to employee mailboxes and stamp outgoing mail
  • Performing scanning, photocopying, and filing
  • Assist and serve as back up to Transportation Coordinator
  • Operate radio to contact maintenance staff throughout the day as needed
  • Process and mail public speaking invitations to parents
  • Own and maintain mailroom and copy area.  Ensure that paper and school supplies are stocked at all times
  • Assist executive assistant with events
  • Manage campus store database
  • Assist members of the administrative support staff during busy periods
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three to five years of program management and camp experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Preferred knowledge of CampMinder
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently
  • Strong editing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues
  • Organizing and coordinating skills

 

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically be required to stay at his or her desk for most of the day. He or she may be required to move about the campus in all types of weather and will need to ascend and descend stairs and walk moderate distances on campus as required to perform this job.

Work in this classification is considered light physical work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

 

How to Apply:

Candidates should print and complete the application provided above. All applicants are required to submit a completed application along with a cover letter and resume to: steixeira@dextersouthfield.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Associate Director of College Counseling

The School
Founded in 1926, Dexter Southfield enrolls 827 students in PK-12 on a 36-acre campus 5 miles from the center of Boston. Faculty and staff: 179. The School’s mission is to help students develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life so they will lead with confidence, serve with compassion, and live by the motto, "Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow."


Reporting and Professional Relationships
The Associate Director of College Counseling (“the Associate Director”) reports to the Head of the Upper School. In the context of the College Office, the Associate Director acts according to the direction of the Director of College Counseling (“the Director”) and regularly collaborates with a third full-time college counselor. The Associate Director collaborates on an ad hoc basis with the Upper School Deans of Students; the Upper School Academic Dean; the Upper School Department Heads; the Upper School Learning Specialists; the School Counselor; the Athletic Department; the School Nurses; and Upper School teachers, advisors, and coaches. 


Position Summary
Working closely with the Director and the other college counselor, the Associate Director advises and provides resources for students and parents throughout the college search, application, and selection process. The Associate Director also helps design and implement communication with and programming for students and parents in the School with regard to academic planning, testing strategy, athletic recruiting, and other matters in preparation for the search and application process.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Associate Director’s primary responsibility is to help students find suitable matches in post-secondary education and to help each student generate the best set of options possible for that student. The Associate Director’s duties include, but are not limited to, those listed below; he or she does the following:


1. Counsels a portion of each class (average class size: 70 students), determined by the Director, beginning during the junior year; this includes advising those students individually about selecting courses and building an appropriately balanced college list, helping those students write and revise their personal statements, writing the school letters for those students, collecting reference letters written by teachers, addressing relevant disciplinary issues if they arise, informing and advising those students’ parents/guardians as appropriate, and helping those students with any transfers and any other post-graduation college applications


2. Communicates with groups of students, parents, and faculty at the School with regard to the college process and the admissions landscape


3. Develops and maintains strong relationships with colleges on behalf of the School’s students, hosting college admissions visitors, visiting campuses, and communicating directly with college officials about applicants in order to advocate for those applicants


4. Stays current with trends in college admissions


5. Travels to maintain relationships and current knowledge of the landscape, normally twice per academic year, including trips to college campuses and to national, regional and local conferences, according to plans set forth by the Director


6. Generates current and historical reports on statistics of college admissions and standardized testing

 

The Associate Director is available for other duties as assigned from time to time. These may include, and are not limited to, helping manage records and testing such as AP and PSAT, managing and attending events during evenings and weekends, and assisting in other areas of the School. The Associate Director is committed to fulfilling the School’s mission, to supporting its culture, and to supporting its leadership.


Qualifications
Candidates must have the following qualifications: bachelor’s degree; strong experience in the field; excellent communication skills, both in writing and speaking; excellent interpersonal skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and college counseling software such as Naviance; excellent organization and time management skills; attention to detail; the ability to work independently; sound judgment; the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion; an inclination to advocate strongly for student applicants; a commitment to professional growth; a sense of humor.


Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations would impose undue hardship on the School.


This is an indoor environment with interruptions. The employee must be able to work in a two story building without an elevator, and he or she must be physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks and able to function in a fast-paced environment. The position requires manual dexterity of hands and fingers to enter data into computer and to operate office equipment; speaking to exchange information and make presentations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; pushing, pulling or lifting light objects (approximately but not limited to 40 pounds); bending and reaching to store and/or retrieve files; walking across a small campus in varying weather, including walking up and down hills and climbing stairs; travel to a wide variety of college campuses and conference locations with a range of built environments and topography, including hills and stairs, and a range of climates; overnight stays while traveling. A valid Massachusetts driver’s license is required as some travel will be necessary.


Application
The School considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or any other characteristics protected from discrimination under state or federal laws.


Candidates should complete the employment application found on the School’s website at  http://www.dextersouthfield.org/userfiles/files/about/employment/Employment-Application.pdf and send it with a current resume and cover letter to Stewart Tucker, Assistant Head of School: stucker@dextersouthfield.org

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions