Emma Willard School is a nationally recognized, academically rigorous, 200 year-old college preparatory boarding and day school for girls. We offer competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package in a stimulating and dynamic academic community.

Emma Willard School is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Director of Human Resources

    The Director of Human Resources is a thought leader, strong collaborator, effectively builds on the ideas of others, thinks about school employees and is passionate about talent management.

    The Director of Human Resources proactively assists directors to lead effectively, create diverse and inclusive teams, develop their staff, and deliver outstanding results. The role assesses and anticipates HR-related needs and formulates partnerships across the school to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the strategic objectives of the organization.

    The Director of Human Resources originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.    

    • Ensure and maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.  
    • Keep abreast of potential changes in regulation. Analyze the impact on the organization and proactively recommend policy changes to maintain compliance.  
    • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.  
    • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues. Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigations.  
    • Review employee handbook regularly and make any necessary changes.   
    • Maintain secure and confidential human resources-related files and records.   
    • Works closely with managers, supervisors and directors to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. 
    • Analyze HR and Benefits trends and metrics to develop solutions, programs and policies. 
    • Write and implement relevant policies and procedures. Ensure such policies are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are accurate. 
    • Manage all aspects of the hiring process - create and place advertisements; work with directors to screen and interview candidates; conduct reference checking; performs background checks; extend job offers. 
    • Oversee the onboarding of employees and ensure a thorough and welcoming introduction to the organization.  
    • Prepare and maintain accurate job descriptions. Apply the appropriate FLSA designation to all positions.  
    • Assist managers, supervisors and directors in performance management including employee relations counseling. 
    • Implement and annually updates the compensation program; rewrite job descriptions as necessary; conduct regular salary research; analyze compensation; monitor the performance evaluation program and revises as necessary.   
    • Conduct exit interviews with all outgoing employees. Compile results annually for administrators. Manage any other method of identifying retention issues. 
    • Manage the annual review process for all employees. Provide guidance on best practices and work with supervisors to incorporate these recommendations into the current process.  
    • Participate in evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success. Follow up to ensure training objectives are met. 
    • Work closely with managers, supervisors and directors and employees to resolve personnel issues. Document any performance issues appropriately.  
    • Identifies training needs for departments and individual executive coaching needs. 
    • Oversee all employee benefits and ensure effective and timely communication.  
    • Manage annual enrollment for health and dental benefits.  
    • Oversee 403B plan audits and file required documents with the DOL in timely fashion.  
    • Educate employees on benefits options and coordinate meetings with outside professionals 
    • Consult with legal counsel, as necessary, to minimize potential liability.    
    • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required.   
    • Professional certification REQUIRED. (SHRM, HRCI).
    • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a strategic HR role.  
    • Working knowledge of human resource principles, procedures and practices. 
    • Working knowledge of relevant federal and state regulations.
    • Ability to effectively deal with multiple priorities, functions and activities.  
    • Working knowledge and skill of basic business software, including word processing, spreadsheet and HRIS.  
    • Team builder and leader qualities.
    • Effective communicator at all levels.
    • Strong project management and analytical skills
    • Exceptional written and oral communication and group presentation skills. 

    Interested candidates should apply online through our career center.
  • English Instructor

    The English and Learning Support Departments seek a three-quarter time English instructor for the spring semester, 2020 beginning January 6 and ending June 12. This position will teach one section of English I (9th grade English) and will work as a member of the learning support department to provide one-on-one academic mentoring for executive function skills and general academic strategies.

    The instructor will report to the English Department Chair and Learning Support Coordinator. The instructor will collaborate regularly with other teachers of all levels to ensure an integrated and cohesive English curriculum. The English faculty uses a process-based approach to writing, with a focus on developing students’ analytical skills. The instructor should have an understanding of executive function challenges and how they relate to organization, planning, time management, motivation, and attention. He/She should have a toolbox of effective learning strategies to share with students across subject areas. He/She should have the ability to help students to reflect on their own learning and to practice new strategies as needed. Finally, he/she should have an appreciation of learning differences and an ability to engage in a supportive relationship with students who are struggling academically.

    Dedication to the holistic wellness of students is essential, as is facility and comfort in frequent communication with students’ advisors and parents.

    Key Areas of Responsibility:
    1. Create daily lesson plans
    2. Create and administer appropriate assessments as consistent with departmental philosophy and practice
    3. Grade assessments and offer substantive feedback within a timely manner
    4. Keep accurate records of assignments, attendance, and grades on a learning management system online
    5. Compose student comments quarterly or as assigned
    6. Provide individual support to students as needed
    7. Communicate with students’ advisors, parents, and/or houseparents as appropriate
    8. Participate in school-wide functions and events
    9. Attend and contribute to departmental, faculty, and faculty and staff meetings
    10. Be a positive force in the lives of students
    Minimum Requirements / Qualifications / Competencies:
    • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English, advanced degree preferred. Candidates with degrees in related fields will be considered and are encouraged to submit transcripts to show depth and breadth of English-related coursework.
    • Have a minimum of three years of English-teaching experience
    • Be a strong advocate for all-girls’ education
    • Demonstrate excellence in course design, planning, and implementation
    • Have a strong desire to contribute to a collaborative course-level team
    • Have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, comfort with online learning-management systems, and enthusiasm for experimenting with learning technologies
    • Have patience, enthusiasm, and the ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
    • Demonstrate superior judgement

    Interested candidates should apply online through our career center.


Virginia Arbour
Chief Financial Officer
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
Welcome to Emma Willard School, a private day and boarding high school for girls in Troy, NY, and a leader in girls' education for over 200 years.