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  • Director of Facilities
    Job Type: Administration / Supervisor
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    Description:

    Director of Facilities will manage and lead the operations of property, overseeing the areas of facility maintenance and renovations, grounds and landscaping, custodial services, transportation program, construction and special projects for the school’s buildings and grounds, including the school’s 365 acres and 26 buildings (most are original Shaker structures). The position includes the following: staff supervision & hiring, facilities management, strategic planning, construction and project management.

    Requirements:

    The Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies. Darrow School faculty and staff are fully engaged in the life of a boarding school beyond the academic day, as well, supporting students in a range of co-curricular programming including athletics, residential life, weekend activities and signature programs like Hands to Work and Spring Term. Darrow School’s mission is to serve students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Staff Supervision & Hiring
    ● Supervise all department personnel in a manner that includes the staff's professional growth, accountability, teamwork and scheduling.
    ● Hire staff and replace staff as needed.
    Facilities Management
    ● Plan, manage, and execute all activities of the department balancing the needs of the community with schools goals for environmental sustainability and efficiency within the context of the annual budget.
    ● Maintain integrity of the school’s physical assets by overseeing planning, renewal, and general repair.
    ● Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of campus buildings, grounds, residences, athletic fields, and school vehicles. Ensuring conditions for safe,
    clean and attractive operations.
    ● Coordinate purchasing of furniture and equipment related to the operation of the school.
    ● Facilitation of set-up, arrangement and technical equipment for a variety of activities (concerts, weddings, parent weekends).
    ● Prevention of system failures by planning, scheduling and overseeing routine preventative maintenance tasks on buildings, HVAC, water systems, fire suppression / safety systems and transportation.
    ● Hire and manage the work of independent contractors and vendors including the solicitation, analysis, development, negotiation, and execution of contracts.
    ● Responsible for the life/safety needs of the campus community including: our primary water reservoir and water system, the North Family water system, and the Living Machine and leach mounds.
    Strategic Planning
    ● Contribute to strategic work of the Board of Trustees and administration in implementing a multi-year facilities plan.
    ● Proactively seek ways that the facility can be utilized effectively and improved to support operational and strategic goals.
    Construction and Project Management
    ● Joint oversight (with Business Manager) of capital projects, including schedule development, design, bidding/negotiation, and construction (including responsibility for managing architect and contractor selection processes and relationships and for keeping projects on schedule and on budget); must be able to identify, evaluate, and prioritize the needs of the school within budget and personnel limitations.
    ● Oversight of architecture, engineering, and construction service providers to ensure all projects are completed with top quality workmanship.

    Major Responsibilities
    Budget Management
    Develop and manage annual facilities budget.
    Regulatory
    Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements, including work safety regulations. Oversee inspections of all building systems as needed for safety and compliance (boiler, fire alarms, fire safety equipment, asbestos management, water systems, etc.).
    Procedures and Organization
    Define and oversee policies and procedures to ensure thoughtful and effective documentation, management, and service of facilities and equipment. Organization of manual and electronic documents, files and records for the purpose of documenting inspection records, time sheets, work orders and requisitions, supplies, chemical storage, crisis management data, key controls, etc. for accountability and up-to-date reference.
    Communication
    Ensure effective, constant communication of all maintenance, construction, and related projects and issues with all relevant community stakeholders. Demonstrate interest in proactive discussion and decision-making on facilities-related issues. Communication of status related to facilities requests by the constituents of the school and other parties to ensure clarity of need and accountability.
    Board Involvement
    Lead administrator and liaison with Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees. Make presentations to committees and to the Board of Trustees as needed.
    Other duties as assigned and needed.

    Required Skills / Qualifications:
    ● Five years of related technical work experience is required, ideally including experience in an educational setting. Related experience could entail construction, plant engineer, project management, or facility management, ideally in a multi-building campus setting like an independent school, college, or university.
    ● Knowledge of steam/hot water boiler systems strongly preferred.
    ● Proven personnel management skills and contractor management experience, with aptitude to judge quality of performance in all major technical trades and personal experience in at least one technical trade (carpentry, mechanical, electrical, structural).
    ● Technology user skills sufficient to prepare reports in Excel and Word, and aptitude to operate building automation system.
    ● Proven ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of members of the community, including teachers, administrators, trustees, parents, and students.
    ● Proven project management skills, including ability to navigate a project from concept to completion on a timely basis within budget, and respond quickly and effectively in times of emergency.
    ● Commitment to the institution’s needs and willingness to respond 24/7/365 as is reasonable and necessary.
    ● A bachelor’s degree or related experience in engineering, architecture, facility maintenance, business administration, or construction management.
    ● Ability to identify quality performance in technical trades
    ● The position requires an extensive amount of walking around campus and through buildings, climbing stairs, and driving. The position may require lifting and carrying objects weighing greater than 50 pounds.
    ● Readiness to work with the following outside agencies/groups:

    1. NY State Historic Preservation Office
    2. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
    3. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    4. Columbia County Health Department
    5. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    6. New York State Education Department (NYSED)
    7. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    8. Town of New Lebanon
    9. Emergency Management Personnel
    10. Shaker Museum and Library

    ● Proven personnel management skills and contractor management experience, with aptitude to judge quality of performance in all major technical trades.
    ● Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with all stakeholders, including administration, trustees, faculty, parents and students.
    ● Ability to work outdoors
    ● Valid driver’s license
    ● An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    ● While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
    ● The employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finder, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
    ● Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    ● Must be able to work in heat and cold as well as environments with adverse conditions including dirt, dust and pollen, odors, sun, wetness, humidity, rain and noise.

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  • ESOL Teacher (part-time)
    Job Type: Part-Time Teacher
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    Description:

    The Darrow School seeks a creative ESOL Teacher who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, is energetic, has an appreciation for individual and cultural differences, an enjoyment in working with young people, and is committed to being fully engaged in a boarding school community. This person will teach two to three ESOL courses and/or sheltered-content courses for English language learners, and collaborate with colleagues in choosing materials and designing curricula. Candidates should have a degree in TESOL or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.

    Requirements:

    Darrow School

    The Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding/day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers an innovative, individually-focused college-preparatory curriculum, featuring a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, active learning, and environmental stewardship. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies.

    The Darrow School seeks a creative ESOL Teacher who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, is energetic, has an appreciation for individual and cultural differences, an enjoyment in working with young people, and is committed to being fully engaged in a boarding school community. This person will teach two to three ESOL courses and/or sheltered-content courses for English language learners, and collaborate with colleagues in choosing materials and designing curricula. Candidates should have a degree in TESOL or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.

     

    Essential Responsibilities Teaching Faculty at Darrow

    Teaching at a boarding school is different from teaching anywhere else. It is a way of life more than it is a job. The academic program includes traditional core curriculum as well as a large variety of elective courses. In addition to creating learning
    environments in the classroom, other faculty responsibilities often include spending time with students in the dorms, coaching and/or leading extra-curricular activities, advising and weekend responsibilities..

    The Darrow School seeks a creative ESOL Teacher who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, is energetic, has an appreciation for individual and cultural differences, an enjoyment in working with young people, and is committed to being fully engaged in a boarding school community. This person will teach two to three ESOL courses and/or sheltered-content courses for English language learners, and collaborate with colleagues in choosing materials and designing curricula. Candidates should have a degree in TESOL or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required..

    Teaching

    We are looking for people with a proven track record of actively collaborating with teens to solve problems. Our college-preparatory curriculum engages students in all types of subject matter through discussion inside the classroom, and direct experience outside the classroom, where they conduct experiments, perform project-based assignments, and use the Darrow environment as a living laboratory. Supported by our expert faculty, Darrow students actively participate in their own education.

    Major Teaching Responsibilities:

    • Plan and teach curriculum in accordance with the school’s mission and the philosophy and values of Darrow’s Active Curriculum
    • Create a student-centered learning environment and teach according to educational needs of students
    • Provide continuous student assessment, quarterly, semester and yearend progress reports, and hold teacher-student-parent conferences.
    • Inform advisors, mentors, and other relevant support staff of notable changes in student performance in a timely fashion
    • Meet deadlines for submission of grades and comments
    • Promote the general progress and well-being of students
    • Attend weekly faculty meetings and participate actively in discussions in an ongoing exchange of information and support with a close-knit staff
    • Attend faculty in-service sessions, as well as opening and closing meetings
    • Work closely with other faculty and staff to ensure cross-curricular approaches, continuity and progression across grade levels

    Advising

    Each faculty member will be assigned students to serve as their Advisor. This role of mentor, academic counselor, communicator, defender, contact, host, institution representative are but some of the hats advisors are expected to wear. Perhaps, however, the role may be summed up in three categories: knowledge, guidance, and contact — each separate but interrelated and overlapping. The Advisor is an important communications link between the student, teachers and family. Advisors meet briefly with their advisees several times over the week and often arrange for longer sessions to discuss academic progress, sports, and other concerns that arise during the year.

    Coaching / Extra-Curricular Activities

    Ordinarily a faculty member coaches or supervises an activity in the afternoon two out of three seasons. Some assignments are in the athletics program where teams compete typically on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Other assignments may include advising clubs, or other programs that enhance the educational experience of students.

    Required Skills / Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in the discipline you wish to teach; advanced degree encouraged (state certification not required)
    • Candidates should have a degree in TESOL or a related field.
    • Ability to coach one or more sport and/or lead an afternoon program
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with all stakeholders, including administration, faculty, parents and students
    • Ability to drive the school’s vehicles; training will be provided
    • Ability to work outdoors
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Experience in a residential program for adolescents
    • Good communications skills, both oral and written
    • Commitment to the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week life of a boarding school
    • An educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school

    Physical Demands

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of this position.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear
    • The employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to find, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms
    • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
    • Must be able to work in heat and cold as well as environments with adverse conditions including dirt, dust and pollen, odors, sun, wetness, humidity, rain and noise

     

    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume using the form below or Darrow School, Attn: Human Resources, 110 Darrow Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125. 

 


The Darrow School, an independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12, offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. The School is located on 365 acres in the Town of New Lebanon, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, and is comprised of 26 buildings, 16 of which are Shaker-built and designated as Registered National Historic Landmark buildings.

Darrow offers a generous benefit package that includes retirement, health, life, and disability insurance plans, vacation, holiday and sick leave. Many positions are year-round; others offer an academic-year schedule. Given the residential responsibilities of a boarding school, housing is provided for numerous position either in a dormitory or residences on campus.

The Darrow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, in the administration of any of its employment practices, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational, athletic, recreational, and other school-administered programs.  

Darrow is an equal opportunity employer boasting a beautiful work setting and a supportive community environment. 

Interested candidates for any position should submit a cover letter and resume.