Employment Opportunities at Williston

Recognized as an exemplary secondary school by the United States Department of Education, the Williston Northampton School has been cited for its excellence in many areas, including "exemplary teaching, wide range of academic offerings, safe and attractive campus."

Williston is committed to the professional growth of faculty and to the development of a diverse, inclusive community. The school has been described as "warm, friendly, supportive and caring, as well as purposeful and challenging ... a model boarding school."

The Williston Northampton School combines the academic traditions of Williston Academy, founded in 1841, and Northampton School for Girls, established in 1924. The merger of these two schools in 1971 resulted in a 125-acre independent, coeducational boarding school with 550 boarding and day students including 80 day students in a 7th and 8th grade Middle School.

Students come to Williston from far and wide, from nearby neighborhoods and from countries around the world. Our graduates go on to pursue a broad range of disciplines at the nation's finest colleges and universities.


The Williston Northampton School is an equal opportunity employer.

Custodian/Housekeeper (staff)

The Williston Northampton School has an opening for a full-time, calendar-year custodian/housekeeper. This position is primarily nights. However, during the summer and school breaks the position changes to daytime hours.

School year hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 3-11:30 p.m.; Wed. 12-8:30 p.m.
During the summer & school breaks the hours are: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Occasional extra hours possible due to special events, especially during the summer.

The position is responsible for fulfilling the assignments for day-to-day campus housekeeping program to ensure clean, orderly, and attractive conditions through campus facilities by performing the following essential functions: all standard custodial/housekeeping tasks; sweeps, mops, scrubs, and vacuums hallways, stairs, and office spaces; empties trash and garbage containers in campus buildings including dormitories, academic buildings, children’s center, and administrative offices; notifies manager concerning the need for repairs, or an addition to lighting, and potential heating issues; submits to management recommendations for painting, repairs, furnishings, and supplies.

The successful candidate must have one to three years of institutional experience, preferably in an educational setting; be able to work intuitively and independently as well as part of the Physical Plant team; have strong organizational skills for multi-tasking and prioritizing responsibilities as situations arise in a fast-paced environment; have the ability to understand written and oral instruction; have demonstrated leadership skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in order to successfully interact with diverse staff, faculty, students, and other constituents of the school; have a working knowledge of commercial chemicals and cleaning equipment; be capable of performing repetitive tasks such as, bending, lifting (up to 50 lbs.), pushing, stair climbing; be able to work in secondary boarding school atmosphere by successfully passing CORI, SORI, and fingerprint-based background checks; possess a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass a post offer employment physical.

Full job description available upon request.

Dependable, energetic individuals with strong organizational skills and similar custodial/housekeeping experience may send their cover letter and resume, preferably via email to: Michael Doney, mdoney@williston.com or to his attention at The Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA 01027. Non-smoking campus. EOE


Director of Advancement

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Advancement will oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the Advancement Program, with a particular emphasis on broadening the major gifts pool and campaign management. The Director of Advancement will work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer, Gift Officers, Advancement Services, the Directors of Alumni Relations and Constituent Relations, as well as high-level volunteers including trustees and members of the campaign cabinet and development committee.

The primary responsibilities of this newly created position include the strategic planning, disciplined organization and implementation of all initiatives that are part of the comprehensive campaign and the major gifts program, front-line major gift fundraising with high-level solicitations, and effective leadership and management of staff. The Director of Advancement will manage, lead and coach three gift officers, the Director of Advancement Services and Research, the Directors of Alumni Engagement and Constituent Relations & Giving, and the Prospect Managers.

The new hire must possess excellent judgment, knowledge about best advancement practices, exceptional fundraising and campaign skill particularly in leadership/planned giving and the design/implementation of effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, demonstrated success with motivating and supporting staff and volunteers, and a deep understanding of strategic campaign/development communications. It is important that the Director of Advancement be able to make decisions quickly, decisively, with accountability, and delegate effectively.

Primary responsibilities will include leadership of campaign initiatives, major gift solicitations, and management of the Advancement team; developing short-term, annual, and long-range programmatic goals and objectives consistent with institutional priorities; tracking campaign progress against goals by developing and maintaining regular management reports; actively leading and managing a team of three major gifts officers, including the training, motivation, and evaluation of staff; conduct prospect management meetings and working to identify and qualify prospects by working independently and with colleagues; alongside the Chief Advancement Officer, assist with and coordinate campaign leadership volunteer activity; and identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of approximately 75 leadership gift ($100,000+ level) prospects.

Successful candidates should have 5-7 years’ progressive experience ideally in an independent school setting; demonstrated management experience/supervision of direct reports; ability to cultivate and secure major gifts; strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, passion and integrity; excellent organizational skills and the ability to deal with multiple priorities simultaneously; and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus.

Interested/qualified candidates may submit their resume, letter of interest, and at least three professional references (no references will be contacted without permission) via email to Eric Yates at eyates@williston.com. No phone calls, please. Full position profile available upon request. Non-smoking campus. EOE.


Director of Communications

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Communications will be a key member of a strong and experienced advancement team dedicated to the highest level of integrity, service and collaborative effort.

The Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, public relations, external messages and collateral to consistently articulate the mission of Williston Northampton School. They will work closely with the school’s administrative team as the communications partner on all strategic initiatives, and manage a team of three other Communications professionals.

The new hire should have a successful and inspiring track record of crafting, planning, and executing sophisticated, focused, creative, purpose-driven, and fully integrated communications strategies. They should have the ability to think strategically, across a broad and interrelated set of School needs and priorities, and to develop and execute a communications program designed to support multiple long-term objectives.

The position is primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the annual communication plan across the school’s current and prospective constituencies. They will also manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, the alumni magazine, institutional web site, and collateral material for Admissions and Advancement; develop and maintain quality standards for all publications; develop and prepare communications and marketing budgets; and assist with the writing of content for school publications.

A successful candidate should have 5-7 years’ experience in a similar capacity, preferably in an “in-house” leadership position in an independent school or higher education/academic environment; have a deep and instinctive sense of discerning, crafting, refining, and projecting a coherent, relevant, and compelling message; superb writing skills, with the ability to create and edit content in a wide variety of styles and voices for a broad range of purposes, including print and e-newsletters, magazines, annual reports, media releases, website content, advertising copy, development and campaign collateral, speeches, letters, and email messages; and have a proven ability to supervise and coordinate the work of staff and external vendors in the areas of print creation and production, website design, email marketing, social media, videography, and photography – while integrating these media into a coordinated and highly leveraged program of continuous communications.

They should also have extensive experience working with external vendors including negotiation of terms and conditions, and ensuring the timely completion of high-quality deliverables according to specifications; a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain excellent working relations with faculty, administrators, staff, and colleagues across the school, as well as donors, alumni, media representatives, and members of the general public; strong and consistent project management skills, including budgeting, establishing and maintaining timelines and deadlines, and the ability to rapidly and effectively adapt to emergent challenges and opportunities; and strong collaborative skills and interest in collaboration with other members of the Advancement and Admissions teams.

Expressions of interest in the Director of Communications position should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references. Portfolios of print, electronic, and other communications pieces are welcome.

References will not be contacted without permission of the applicants. All submissions must be in electronic form.

For full consideration, applications should be received by July 10, 2015. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply or for more information, contact: Eric Yates at eyates@williston.com. No phone calls, please.

Plumbers Helper

Plumbers Helper-The Williston Northampton School – F/T Calendar year position available immediately. Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Full benefit eligibility. Occasional night and/or weekend work necessary for emergencies and special events. Employee will work under the direction of the Maintenance Manager and Plumber performing plumbing and heating repairs, maintenance, and installations. Duties to include but are not limited to: cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings; bend pipe to required angle; cuts, threads, and joins pipe; assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings, and pipes composed of metals, such as cast iron, steel, brass and copper, and nonmetals, such as PEX, ABS, CPVC, and PVC; installs, joins, and repairs pipes using approved methods; installs and repairs plumbing fixtures such as sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers, and other campus equipment and machinery; assist with installation, repair and maintenance of all campus heating, water heating and associated control systems; clear blocked drains (plunging, snaking, jetting, disassembly, etc.); assists with small ductwork projects. No plumbing license necessary. Will also be expected to assist with other departments for campus event set-ups, snow removal, etc. Must be capable of performing repetitive tasks such as, bending, lifting, pushing, stair climbing. Must successfully pass post offer employment physical. Must be able to work in secondary boarding school atmosphere. Full job description available upon request.

Dependable, energetic individuals with strong attention to detail, organizational skills, similar experience and knowledge of institutional plumbing and heating equipment may send their letters of intent and resume to Paul Bricker, Maintenance Manager preferably via email at pbricker@williston.com or to his attention at The Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA 01027. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass CORI-SORI and fingerprint based background check. Non-smoking campus. EOE

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

The Williston Northampton School, an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is a culturally diverse educational community of approximately 500 students in grades 7-12. We are seeking to hire a full time, full benefit visual arts teacher for the 2015-16 school year. This is a one year position with the possibility of continuation in subsequent years. Strong candidates will have prior teaching experience in painting (including oils) and sculpture and experience working with middle school aged students. Desired qualities include the delivery of engaging, student centered lessons and maintaining an organized classroom and studio environment. Knowledge of computer art/Photoshop/Illustrator is a plus. An advanced degree is preferred but not required. This position will include involvement with our afternoon athletics and extracurricular program as well as Middle School advising. This position could also include residential responsibilities, but living on campus is not a requirement. Driving a school mini-bus is also an expectation of this position. Candidates must also be able to successfully complete the state mandated CORI, as well as SORI and a general background check. It is important that candidates possess the flexibility, energy, commitment to teamwork and appreciation for adolescents that life in an independent school boarding community requires. Please direct all inquiries, including a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references, to the Dean of Faculty Peter Valine at pvaline@williston.com

Human Resource - Business Office Assistant

Human Resources – Business office Assistant-Full-time, Monday – Friday 35 hours per week, calendar year position, full benefit eligibility. The HR - BO Assistant will be responsible for providing support assistance to the Human Resources Coordinator and the Business Office. HR responsibilities will include; processing bi-weekly and monthly payrolls; assisting with administration of benefits plans; handling/organizing employee files; coordinating workers comp claims; maintenance of employee records for website publication; plus general HR function support. Business Office responsibilities will include; taking photos for ID cards; supporting the AP Coordinator by assisting with entering invoices, reviewing purchase card statements; preparing checks for mailing; answer Williston’s main phone line and direct calls; sort incoming and post outgoing mail; assist students and employees with mailings; provide occasional backup assistance for Campus Store. Full job description available upon request.

The successful candidate will exhibit excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Three-five years of successful experience in a similar capacity is desired. Demonstrated knowledge/experience with automated payroll systems, familiarity with CheckWriters Self Service Payroll a plus, accuracy and attention to detail and a strict sense of confidentiality a must. Solid working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) Familiarity with Veracross also a plus. Must have the ability to work in a school environment by successful completion of all legally required and school required background checks including the state mandated CORI, Criminal Offender Record Information, SORI, Sex Offender Record Information and Fingerprint based criminal background checks.

Qualified/interested candidates may submit letters of intent and resume to Kathy Ouimette, Human Resources Coordinator, preferably via kouimette@williston.com or to her attention C/O The Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027. Non-smoking campus EOE

Security Officer-Per Diem

Security Officers - Per-diem basis as determined by the needs of the department to cover shifts for full-time officers, and/or to provide additional coverage for special events, etc. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: provide assistance to students, staff and visitors in a courteous and professional manner; complete security and incident reports and ensures accuracy of documentation; patrol the campus to observe and identify potential safety and security risks; perform building security checks; respond to all emergency situations arising on campus ranging from medical emergencies, fire alarms and other crisis situations.

Candidates should have some law enforcement or security-related experience and MA Municipal Police Training Committee training is a plus. Must have the following: flexibility and willingness to cover a variety of shifts as needed (days, nights, weekends and holidays); a valid driver’s license; excellent, written, verbal, computer and organizational skills; CPR/AED certification or the willingness to obtain certification upon hire; ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, etc. for extended periods of time. Must also be able to successfully complete post-offer physical and the state mandated CORI, as well as SORI as well as a fingerprint based background check. A complete job description is available at www.williston.com/employment

Interested/qualified candidates may send their letters of intent & resumes to Anne O’Connor, Security Manager, preferably via email to aoconnor@williston.com or c/o The Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027. Non-smoking campus. EOE

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Founded in 1841, Williston is a student-centered, coeducational institution comprising a Middle School of day students and an Upper School of boarding and day students from 25 states and 27 countries.
Williston is a good fit for motivated students who want to be challenged by a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Williston classes are discussion based and collaborative, and we have developed outstanding programs that inspire students to excel. Our faculty members provide a model of critical thinking and enthusiastic engagement.

Williston offers the opportunity to pursue your passions and explore your independence in a community of adults there to guide you. Live and learn on a campus where leadership skills and lifelong friendships take root.

Williston offers an academic arts program complemented by parallel extracurricular arts activities—all taught by faculty members who are practicing musicians, actors, and visual artists.
Williston fields 67 interscholastic teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and beginner levels in 35 sports to give students a full range of opportunities to play. We also offer recreational options and fitness training.
Whether graduates of Williston Academy, Northampton School for Girls, or the Williston Northampton School, our alumni are an engaged and supportive part of the school’s family. No matter where they are in the world, our alumni believe in doing good well.
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