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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.

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.

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.

 

Career Opportunities:

Astronomy Teacher

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. Classes in the Lower and Middle Schools are single sex; the Upper School is coed. At Dexter Southfield we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by the School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Us

Our 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 astronomy and the sciences, then 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 both employees and students feel valued and respected.

About You

You are an experienced astronomy teacher who seeks to share your love of learning with others. Being a highly energetic and productive self-starter, you demonstrate a love of teaching how various forms of matter and energy interact. You have excellent organizational and relationship building skills, are adept at guiding students in the classroom, and support 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:

  • Teach high school-level astronomy in a classroom and observatory setting
  • Conduct weekly open telescope nights on campus for participants of all grade levels and adults
  • Foster a culture of high expectations to allow every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment
  • Lead the study of celestial phenomena using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments.
  • Design and deliver lesson plans to study celestial phenomena, using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments
  • Develop instrumentation, software, and/or applications for astronomical observation, analysis, and scientific or technical use
  • Calculate orbits and determine sizes, shapes, brightness, and motions of different celestial bodies.
  • Use technology to analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers
  • Develop theories based on personal observations or observations and theories of established astronomers
  • Use a multi-facet and tactile approach to explore the solar system and follow current events in NASA exploration related to the planets, moon, or sun
  • Assign daily reading from high-level texts to challenge student thinking and imagination
  • Inspire students to explore the immensity of the Universe and how scientists unravel its mysteries
  • Coordinate periodic sky observations to reinforce astronomical concepts learned in the classroom
  • Ensure students acquire scientific knowledge, understand astronomical and technical terminology, and can explain the physical principles at work (e.g., what causes seasons, how an electromagnetic wave propagates)
  • Deliver timely and ongoing communication and feedback to faculty, parents, and students
  • Direct the operations and maintain equipment of the School’s state-of-the-art observatory for in-school and extracurricular programming
  • 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
  • Support the School’s administration and align to the strategic direction of the School
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the science field with an emphasis on astronomy; master’s degree desirable.
  • At least three years’ full-time experience working with student population
  • 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
  • Familiarity using Stellarium astronomy software in the classroom is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
  • Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
  • Ability to provide a highly 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 Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at curbonas@dextersouthfield.org

Parent & Alumni Relations Associate

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 Our Team 

Our Advancement 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 Parent & Alumni Relations Associate position may be your next career opportunity.  

About You 

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

The Position

The Parent and Alumni Relations Associate is an integral member of Dexter Southfield’s Advancement Office and will support the School’s growing parent and alumni engagement efforts.  This position will work closely with all Advancement Office team members, in addition to interacting with school-wide constituencies including faculty/staff, alumni and parents.  To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Parent and Alumni Relations, the Director of Advancement, and other team members to develop and execute engagement strategies for the key constituencies of parents and alumni
  • Assist in managing the Advancement Office’s portfolio of events, including helping execute the day-of activities and managing pre-event logistics including events calendars, timelines and work plans, briefing materials, and communications to key stakeholders.
  • Accurately prepare and track RSVP lists, produce nametags, and oversee post-event data follow-up for parent, alumni and school-wide events
  • Manage event budgets, tracking receipts, check requests and invoices
  • Assist in the development of parent and/or alumni communications, including newsletters and invitations
  • Collect and edit alumni class notes for the School’s biannual magazine
  • Support content development for the School’s online alumni engagement platform
  • Coordinate inventory and ordering of stewardship items
  • Collaborate with the Athletics Department to oversee and execute the seasonal sports parent identification initiative
  • Support the work of the Parents Association, Alumni Board and other key volunteer groups, including assisting with meeting preparation
  • Actively contribute to team planning and brainstorming sessions to generate ideas and recommend strategies  
  • Assist in other Advancement Office initiatives as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of work experience, preferably in a development setting
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, SharePoint, MailChimp, Wufoo and/or similar technology platforms
  • College degree preferred

 

Other

Some night and weekend work required, particularly during peak event times (September through November and April through June).

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 Carmen Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at curbonas@dextersouthfield.org.  

 

Dexter Southfield School • 617-522-5544 • info@dextersouthfield.org

Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400 • Admissions: 617-751-3600

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions

 

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