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.

Current Openings

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  • Director of College Counseling

    Emma Willard School seeks a visionary leader for its world-class college counseling program. The Director of College Counseling will be a professional who is motivated, inspirational, compassionate, and innovative. The successful candidate will be a natural leader with superior communication skills who is also organized and familiar with all aspects of the college search and admission process. The director must be well versed in the changing landscape of college admissions and able to communicate those realities to students and parents with clarity and authority. The ideal candidate will embrace the unique and wonderful experience of working in a boarding school environment. 

    The director will take the lead at an exciting time in Emma Willard School’s history. The school has just completed its first year of a multi-year curriculum redesign that will culminate in the development of a unique Advanced Studies curriculum. Development of the school’s program is being guided by the recently established program pillars of Intellectual Flexibility, Purpose & Community, and Equity & Justice. The director will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to communicate the school’s unique curriculum to colleges. 

    Emma Willard School’s college counseling office serves a student population of 360 students, with an average senior class of 90-100 students. The school has an excellent reputation for college placement at highly selective colleges and universities, and at all times remains true to its guiding principle in college guidance of focusing always on fit over status. The Director of College Counseling will report to the Assistant Head of School and will oversee a comprehensive program that aligns with the school’s mission and supports each student as an individual.
    The School encourages candidates from under-represented groups and individuals who have demonstrated experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their service to apply. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop employees who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Emma is an equal opportunity employer.

    • Lead the development of a vision and strategic plan for the college counseling office in alignment with the school’s strategic vision, collaborating with associate directors and other school constituencies.
    • Function as the lead expert in college counseling for Emma Willard School in designing a comprehensive college counseling program and pedagogy for students in grades 9–12.
    • Assume responsibility for counseling approximately one-third of students in grades 11 and 12 (and their parents) regarding the entire college selection, application and admission process, including writing letters of recommendation for assigned students in the senior class.
    • Working with the College Board Testing Coordinator, oversee the program and calendar of all standardized testing for students.
    • Reimagine the School Profile and College Counseling Handbook in alignment with the school’s curriculum development.
    • Develop and deliver the summary reports/dashboards on students' progress (standardized testing, college admission decisions, college enrollment, programmatic developments) to the board of trustees, as appropriate.
    • Support faculty writing the requested recommendations for students applying to college and facilitate appropriate professional development for the same.
    • Build strong relationships with college admissions officers and representatives.
    • Represent the school at relevant state and national conferences and workshops.
    • Actively support the school’s efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
    • Support the school and its leadership in advancing the mission of Emma Willard School. 
    Required Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 8-10 years of relevant work experience with at least 3 years of experience in high school college guidance. 
    • Related supervisory experience.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, writing, and public speaking.
    • A strong track record of team building and demonstrated success creating a culture of collaboration and collegiality.
    • The motivation to develop and maintain a deep knowledge of market trends in higher education and a mastery of innovative practices in college counseling; a commitment to the professional development of oneself and their team.
    • A broad and deep understanding of strategies for financing higher education (scholarships, need-based financial aid, tax-exempt college saving plans, and so on) for families at all income levels pursuing opportunities at various price points.
    • An ability to imagine, articulate, and establish a creative, compelling, forward-thinking vision for the college counseling experience at Emma Willard School.
    • Organized and goal-oriented; able to manage multiple assignments, prioritize tasks, meet firm deadlines, and track the progress of short- and long-term initiatives.
    • Positive energy and a calm demeanor.
    • A growth mindset; adept at inviting and receiving constructive feedback from all constituents.
    • A progressive, entrepreneurial spirit; eager to define and tackle new challenges.
    • Savvy, authentic, and trustworthy; respecting and promoting the highest ethical and professional standards on campus and in the community.
    Advanced degree is preferred, ideally in education, counseling, or an aligned field.
  • Executive Assistant to Head of School

    Emma Willard School is seeking an executive assistant to the head of school to be a key partner, ensuring that all constituencies have access to the head of school and the head of school has the information flow needed for healthy, efficient decision-making. 
    The culture promises to be an authentic community with deep personalization, the executive assistant must have authenticity and personalization in mind with each interaction, even as they are mindful of the extreme confidentiality demanded by the role.  This person is also the primary support staff to the board of trustees, providing and storing documents as needed, efficiently assisting to support a board culture which mirrors that of the school. 

    This position requires the utmost confidentiality and requires absolute discretion. The successful candidate will be a member of the senior administration and be the gatekeeper of sensitive information.

    The School encourages candidates from under-represented groups and individuals who have demonstrated experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their service to apply.

     Key Areas of Responsibility:
    • Ensures that critical information flows unimpeded and efficiently to and from the head of school to trustees, alumnae, faculty, staff, parents, and students.  As necessary acts to ensure the head of school’s intentions are carried out with brand promises in mind.
    • Proactive and forward thinking with anticipating the needs of the head of school. Use discretion in scheduling and prioritizing meetings.
    • The staff resource to the board of trustees, providing any and all support as necessary, to include taking minutes at all full board meetings and governance committee meetings, managing relevant documents and archives, responding as requested to the board chair’s support needs, and maintaining the board portal.
    • Develop and maintain a password-protected website portal for Trustees and Honorary Trustees, containing current meeting and resource materials. Manage all legal documents (Conflict of Interest and Disclosure, Trustee Responsibilities)
    • Prepare new Trustees with orientation materials and plan the new Trustee orientation.
    • Organize and plan events for the head of school and board of trustees. Models healthy collaboration with staff from all other operational areas to deliver major school events in a fiscally responsible, brand-centric fashion.
    • Coordinate and plan travel with the Head of Advancement and Head of Enrollment Management to attend alumnae events, meetings with high level donors, and admissions events. Make all travel arrangements for the Head of School.
    • Support the head of school in all operational areas, and, as requested by the head of school, lends support to other key senior administrators to ensure smooth operation of school affairs.
    • Draft, proofread and format documents and correspondence.
    • Maintain the Head’s calendar, managing an extremely active schedule of appointments.
    • Track and maintain all expenses to reconcile monthly expense statements.
    • Plan and organize faculty/staff back-to-school welcome event and end of year celebration.
    • Ability to occasionally work outside of the work day for board meetings and special programs and events.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school, such as calendar management, special projects associated with strategic initiatives.
       Minimum Requirements/Qualifications/Competencies:
    • Bachelor’s degree is not required, strong writing skills are essential
    • A minimum of seven years of experience providing administrative support
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to understand intuitively what must be confidential
    • Appreciation for and commitment to Emma Willard’s distinctive mission  
    • Flexible, responsible, resourceful with effective time-management skills   
    • Excellent organizational skills with a keen eye for detail
    • Ability to work independently and creatively within established guidelines
    • Ability to prioritize responsibilities
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Professional demeanor, sense of humor, with a pleasant phone manner and a positive attitude, patient, excellent listener
  • French Instructor

    The instructor will work with the department chair, and the Language faculty to ensure an integrated and cohesive curriculum. The candidate will be encouraged to use creative and innovative teaching practices. This person will demonstrate a commitment to bringing out the absolute best in each student, open collaboration with colleagues, and meaningful professional development. As a boarding school, all teachers also contribute to the overall life of the school. These responsibilities will include helping with dorm life and some combination of work with student sports and/or clubs as part of this person’s service to the school. 
    Position Purpose / Expected Results:
    Emma Willard School seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher to work as a full-time French Instructor for the 2021-2022 school year. The position would require teaching French I-V. They will teach across multiple levels and will collaborate regularly with other teachers of all levels. They will be responsible for co-curricular activities (e.g. coaching, after school physical education, advising a student activity group, etc) that fill the needs of the school and, ideally, intersect with the interest or expertise of the instructor. The instructor will participate in the active review and creation of scope and sequence for the French language courses. The Language faculty use a variety of tools and techniques to create confident language users and learners. Instructors encourage educated risk-taking using the target language, and facilitate exploration and enjoyment of the cultural components related to language learning. Dedication to the holistic wellness of students is essential, as is ability and comfort in frequent communication with students’ advisors and parents. Emma Willard School faculty regularly participate in community-wide professional development and each faculty member works with their department chair to develop a plan for their personal professional growth.

    We seek someone who is committed to and willing to navigate today’s changing and diverse landscape. This individual will help the school promote and nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion. The School encourages candidates from under-represented groups and individuals who have demonstrated experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service to apply.
        Key Areas of Responsibility:
    • Create daily lesson plans
    • Create and administer appropriate assessments as consistent with departmental philosophy and practice
    • Grade assessments and offer substantive feedback within a timely manner
    • Keep accurate records of assignments, attendance, and grades on a learning management system online
    • Compose student comments quarterly or as assigned
    • Provide individual support to students as needed
    • Communicate with students’ advisors, parents, and/or houseparent's as appropriate
    • Participate in school-wide functions and events
    • Attend and contribute to departmental, faculty, and faculty and staff meetings
    • Participate in weekend duty four times per year
    • Lead co-curricular activities
    • Be a positive force in the lives of students
     Required Qualifications / Competencies:
    • Bachelor’s degree in French or related field 
    • Be a strong advocate for the Emma Willard School mission
    • 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 Google, Microsoft Word, comfort with online learning-management systems, and enthusiasm for experimenting with learning technologies
    • Be skilled at fostering students’ independent French speaking, reading and writing skills through an engaging and active class environment
    • Patience, enthusiasm, and the ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
    • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development
    • Demonstrate superior judgment

    Preferred Qualifications / Competencies:
    • Advanced degree in French or in education preferred
    • Ability to teach multiple languages
    • Knowledge and experience of how to teach language online
    • 3 years of French-teaching experience

  • Substitute and Class Monitor Openings

    Emma Willard School is looking for energetic, and responsible people who would like to be on our substitute teacher and class monitor list. We are in need of half-day and full-day substitutes in all disciplines (arts, english, history, language, math, science). Subs must have teaching experience and/or a teaching degree. We are in need of half-day and full-day class monitors who will monitor classes when teachers are required to teach remotely. A flexible schedule is required with the ability to provide coverage for both planned and short-notice absences of our teachers. Some technology fluency are required for both substitute and class monitor positions. 
    If you’re interested in joining our substitute teacher and/or class monitor list at Emma Willard School, please submit your resume, letter of interest, references, and academic disciplines for which you can provide substitute coverage. 
    Bachelor's degree required.


Saytra Green
Director of Human Resources
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
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