Why Work at Emma

Founded in 1814, Emma Willard School was built on the notion that women could excel in an academically rigorous environment, just like men. Over 200 years later, Emma remains an institution that thrives on intellectual curiosity and making way for everyone’s voice to be heard. Surrounded by century-old gothic architecture, EMployees at Emma Willard School become a part of a community that is surrounded by tradition, yet focused on meeting the greatest challenges of our world. From working toward anti-racism to addressing climate change to pursuing social justice, the Emma community is engaged in combining academic excellence with real-world impact. What’s more, we genuinely care about one another while we’re doing it.

If you love being a part of something greater than yourself, Emma is your place. If you love being a part of a community that supports and cares about one another, Emma is your place. If you love striving for excellence, Emma is your place.

Current Openings

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  • Assistant/Associate Director of Recruitment

    The Assistant/Associate Director of Recruitment will work as a member of the admissions team in executing recruitment strategies and practices, and assisting in the year-round enrollment process.  This position will collaborate with the Director of Recruitment on developing and implementing the 12-month communication and marketing campaigns to attract candidates and serve as a liaison between the communications office and admissions. The Associate Director of Recruitment will also ensure that Emma Willard School’s authentic culture and brand promises are conveyed thoroughly and meaningfully during the year-round Admissions cycle. 

    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 and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and service to apply.

    Essential Responsibilities: 
    • Manage Emma’s CRM (customer relationship management) marketing automation platform, partnering with key constituents across campus to ensure the system is operating cohesively for both the admissions and communications offices.
    • Deliver productive and effective territory management through day-to-day recruitment and enrollment operations, interview prospective students while maintaining deeply personalized correspondence with prospective families, feeder schools, and educational consultants throughout the year;
    • Engage with partners, feeder schools, consultants, and families through substantive fall travel, virtual events, and community forums;
    • Serve as the designated liaison for all community based programs and educational access organizations that serve students from underrepresented communities;
    • Partner with the Director of Recruitment and the communications department to ensure that Emma’s marketing attracts and connects with prospective students and their families based on market intel and trends;
    • Provide support through the development and implementation of integrated communication strategies to advance the school’s strategic goals and visibility, including email, web, social media, video, and print communication for admissions and GirlSummer serving to enhance the pipeline of candidates;
    • In collaboration with the Director of Recruitment, partner with school colleagues and students in planning, coordinating, and producing marketing initiatives to support the year-round recruitment and retention campaign strategy;
    Minimum Requirements / Qualifications / Competencies:  
    • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Collaborative with a passion for hard work, and an interest in being part of a dynamic community
    • Proven ability to work independently 
    • Ability to connect with students and families from various backgrounds and experiences
    • Appreciation for a gender-inclusive, single-sex boarding school community
    • Tech savvy; familiarity with Blackbaud or other database system; proficiency in Google suite
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience with multicultural, diverse populations preferred
    • Experience with Hubspot, Salesforce, or another marketing CRM preferred
    Assistant Director of Recruitment
    • Bachelor's degree with at least one year of experience in admissions or related field
    Associate Director of Recruitment
    • Bachelor's degree with at least three years of experience
    We seek to identify, recruit, and develop employees who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. We offer a competitive total compensation package in a stimulating and dynamic academic community. Emma is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Chief Communications Officer

    Emma Willard School has been a pioneer in girls’ education for 207 years. Located on a 137-acre campus on Mount Ida, above the city of Troy, New York, the school is built on a remarkable history, a responsibility that has propelled it forward as the standard-bearer for girls' education. Today, that responsibility includes an unwavering commitment to balancing academic rigor and wellbeing and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Founded in 1814, Emma Willard School continues to proudly foster in each student a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world. For the 2020-21 school year, Emma granted $4.5 million in financial aid to 46% of its diverse community of 357 students, 227 boarding and 130 day. Emma students currently hail from 21 states, and over 30 countries. 
    Honoring their founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape their world.
    Building off this incredible foundation, the Board of Trustees and Head of School initiated a strategic planning process that was completed in May 2021, resulting in an ambitious five-year plan that will allow Emma Willard to emerge as an ever stronger and truer version of itself.
    Chief Communications Officer
    Reports to:
    Jenny Rao
    Head of School
    Opportunity Proposition: 
    As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will have the opportunity to provide vision and direction for an innovative and comprehensive communications platform in support of Emma Willard’s newly created Strategic Plan and upcoming Capital Campaign. You will play a pivotal role in deepening the engagement with all constituents, and raise Emma Willard School’s profile as one of the nation’s leading independent boarding schools.
    Principal Responsibility:
    Through your leadership, the Communications team will develop and execute a deliberately designed, modern marketing and communications strategy that will ensure that current and prospective students and their families, faculty and staff, alumni, trustees, the media and the local community receive targeted and relevant messaging regarding Emma Willard and its contributions, locally and globally. You will support the Communications needs from key groups within the School including the Head of School’s Office, Advancement, Admissions, Academics, DE&I, Arts, and Athletics.
    Specific Duties:
    •         Conduct a thorough review of current communications efforts, publications, and social media in order to create a deliberately designed, state-of-the-art, and unified communications platform for the School.  Develop a deep appreciation for the history, achievements, aspirations, and contributions of Emma Willard School, and the ability to effectively and eloquently articulate the Head of School’s vision to diverse audiences. 
    •         Solicit feedback and input from trustees, faculty, parents, and alumnae to ensure the School’s communications and messaging are effective and reflect the values and aspirations of Emma Willard.
    •         In partnership with the leadership team, develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the School’s communications strategy that supports the School’s strategic priorities. The plan will include all messaging and a clear and consistent brand identity that extends across all media and vehicles in ways that appropriately support and reflect the values, identity, and aspirations of the School.
    •         Lead the development of and direct the implementation of Emma Willard’s re-branding strategy that will articulate who Emma Willard is with authenticity and clarity. Drive the adoption of this brand promise across all departments and communications vehicles, resulting in increased brand awareness and engagement.
    •         In partnership with the Head of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, bolster internal and external communications regarding Emma Willard’s initiatives on DE&I.
    •         Work in concert with the Head of Enrollment Management and Admissions team to ensure coordinated, timely, strategic, and compelling recruitment marketing and messages to support enrollment. 
    •         Partner with Head of Advancement, the Advancement team and external partners in support of alumnae and donor engagement. This includes the public phase of a transformational campaign, including messaging for fundraising initiatives.  
    •         Guide and support the Head of School in her role as chief spokesperson for Emma Willard School, serving as a co-strategist on messaging. Ensure that she is well-briefed and that her communications activities are productive and efficient. Develop thought leadership campaigns to highlight the position of Head of School as a leader in the independent school category. 
    •         Set clear direction and priorities for the Communications staff. Support the continual growth and success of each member of the team.  Ensure that excellence characterizes the work of the office in terms of client collaboration, customer service, responsiveness, and problem-solving.
    •         Effectively use data to inform strategy and apply data insights to develop and evolve communications strategy. Leverage market research and other market data to develop communications strategies and plans designed to support various programs. 
    •         Create outstanding communications vehicles that are on par with or ahead of best-in-class programs in independent schools and liberal arts colleges. This includes the content and design of the website, all marketing materials, press releases, social media, Signature magazine, annual report, parent newsletters and communication, as well as internal communications. Devise metrics to analyze and asses the effectiveness of programs and deliverables.
    •         Serve as media contact for the school, strengthen relationships with various media outlets, and collaborate with the Emma Willard School community to determine appropriate opportunities for outreach. Working with the Head of School, lead and manage crisis communications in partnership with outside consultant.
    •         On an ongoing basis, assess the website and other delivery channels for relevance, consistency of brand and messaging. 
    •         Establish a formal communications planning process that reflects the needs of the school, the Offices of Admission, Advancement, DE&I, and other principal partners, in order to create a strong yet flexible communications program with key themes and messages that can be adapted to suit various constituencies. 
    •         Recognize the importance of addressing internal audiences as part of these efforts through the development of an internal communications strategy that is considered as part of all communications initiatives.
    Professional and Personal Profile:
    •         Proven experience envisioning, developing, and implementing comprehensive integrated marketing and communications programs, with multiple constituencies and a variety of audiences. Independent school or higher education experience a plus but will consider other industry experience. Passion for and desire to work in an all-girls boarding school community.
    •         Broad experience in strategic integrated communications planning for consequential brands, and at least some exposure to media relations and crisis management. 
    •         Experience working in a complex, matrixed environment serving many internal clients and external constituents. Ability to build relationships and collaborate across the institution, serving as a resource to others and obtaining their input; persuasive, persistent, and determined.
    •         Excellent writing skills and the demonstrated ability to craft substantive and cohesive messages based on strategic priorities, communicate successfully to key audiences, and adapt and adjust as appropriate over time.
    •         Superior strategic thinking skills with a strong grasp of industry best practices and a holistic understanding of all aspects of communications, positioning, and messaging (exposure to admissions, fundraising, and alumni relations, also a plus). Substantial experience evaluating the strengths of existing communications and identifying opportunities for improvement.
    •         Excellent management skills, including the ability to delegate appropriately to ensure excellent interdepartmental communication and collaboration; and ability to guide colleagues' individual professional growth. Management of outside agency partners is highly desirable.
    •         Keen creative and design sensibilities, with a strong understanding of the communications process from creative concept through production and fulfillment. Ability to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the communications process without sacrificing quality and impact.
    •         Deep understanding and mastery of digital engagement in conveying information and content in ways that leverages storytelling and engages and motivates constituents. 
    •         Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others. Ability to make strategic decisions with regards to communications.
    •         Collaborative and collegial orientation, eager and able to engage a diverse client base, and able to build strong professional relationships. A convener who is able to synthesize many ideas and produce excellent work about a wide range of diverse topics.
    •         Superlative interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization. In addition to individuals with strong personal integrity, high energy, flexibility, and warmth are highly desirable attributes.
    •         Sense of humor.
    •         Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. 
    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.

    Emma Willard has retained the Executive Search Firm, The Ward Group, to lead the search efforts. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: info@wardgroup.com and reference "Emma Willard" in the subject line.
  • Registered Nurse - Temporary Leave Replacement

    The Health and Wellness Center at Emma Willard School seeks to hire a temporary nurse to work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 3:00 to 10 p.m. from November 15 through April 1, 2022. The nurse will evaluate, treat, and deliver appropriate medical care to students, in an atmosphere of warmth, personalization and respect.

    Emma Willard School is a nationally recognized, academically rigorous, preparatory boarding and day high school for girls. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop employees who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds.  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.   

    Position Summary:
    Under the supervision of the Director of Nursing, the school nurse is responsible for the operations of Emma Willard School Health Center. The incumbent supports the Director of Nursing to serve as a liaison to students, parents and staff on health and wellness care.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Receive and review report from previous shift.
    • Medication administration includes distribution of prescription and nonprescription medication to student per doctor’s instructions, communicate with parents for refills and work with local pharmacies to manage refills of medications
    • Renders acute and follow up nursing care to sick or injured students such as assessment, triage and referral to emergency services, urgent care to students with any illness or injury under the guidance of our overseeing physician
    • Follow standing orders of care for all students and contact physicians for further orders as needed.
    • Maintaining confidentiality, document all encounters and care in Magnus Health Portal daily. 
    • Draw blood work and collect lab specimens as ordered by overseeing physician
    • Assist with daily attendance and document students in health center into MyEmma attendance system.
    • Screen for head lice.
    • Perform a variety of clerical duties, making appointments, setting up shuttles rides and maintaining files. 
    • Accompany student to off campus appointments.
    • On call duties when centers closed.
    • Telephone techniques and etiquette.
    • Communicates with parents, houseparents, nursing staff, administration and doctors as needed for students wellbeing. 
    • Wiping down surfaces and high use items with appropriate cleaners between students .
    • Maintain and organize Health Centers; change and wash linens, sanitize medical equipment  and prepare for oncoming shifts. 
    • Give a report to the oncoming nurse.
    • Perform related duties as assigned by Director of Nursing
    Education/License requirements:
    • Associate’s degree
    • 2 years of working experience 
    • Current NYS nursing license
    • CPR/BLS certification
    • Valid driving license
    Environment/Physical Demands:
    • High traffic area with constant interruptions
    • Effectively communicate information from students/parents/ faculty in person and on the phone.
    • Visual assessment of student injuries and illnesses
    • Dexterity of hand and fingers to operate medical equipment, perform first aid and CPR.
    • Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time
    • Pushing and pulling to assist students in wheelchairs
    • Lifting and stocking shelves with supplies
    Working Relationships:
    • Ability to maintain positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students and all school personnel. Treat each student with care and compassion. 


Saytra Green
Director of Human Resources
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Our Mission and Values

Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each student a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world. For EMployees, that centering mission gives each task a greater purpose. Whether the work at hand is caring for the beautiful campus, teaching in the classroom, sanitizing desks, parenting teenagers in the dorm, processing accounts payable, troubleshooting technology, or any number of other vital roles... EMployees are dedicated to facilitating the work that shapes young minds for a better future. 


Diversity at Emma Willard School

At Emma Willard School, we commit ourselves to building a community that values and celebrates differences, encourages dialogue, fosters mutual respect, and highlights our shared purpose and ideals. Our community is intended to be inclusive of individuals of every race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or place of origin, providing equitable employment opportunities on a campus committed to ideals of diversity in the workplace and the classroom.


Employee Benefits

In addition to the benefits of being part of a dynamic, supportive community, Emma Willard School provides its employees with a benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions, and paid time off. Emma Willard School is committed to the wellbeing of our families, so EMployees benefit from childcare reimbursement, discounted tuition at Susan Odell Taylor School, as well as remission of tuition to Emma Willard School. 

Working in a boarding community means you may enjoy sharing meals with your co-workers and students in the dining hall, which features seasonal locally-grown produce, fresh-made entrées, artisan-style sandwiches, homemade soups and dressings… all accommodating vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free diets. Enjoy the use of our workout facilities, swimming pool, tennis courts, track, and 40 acres of wooded and grassy areas for exploration. You may even find yourself chaperoning a field trip to a museum, mentoring a Signature project, or joining in fun weekend activities!

Embracing Troy and the New York Capital Region

Emma Willard School is located atop Mount Ida in Troy, New York, in the heart of New York’s Capital Region. This region is home to the New York state government, companies engaged in technology and scientific development, renowned academic institutions, and a vibrant local arts scene. Outside the walls of Emma, you’ll find bustling farmer’s markets, cafés, shops, and city-wide events. Emma Willard School is less than three hours away from major cultural destinations including New York City, Boston, Montreal, and a short drive to the beautiful Adirondack State Park, the Catskill Mountains, and the Berkshires.

285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).

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.