About

Working at Norwood

We welcome your interest in a career at Norwood School, a coeducational independent school serving approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our school is conveniently located on 38 beautiful acres in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Norwood School’s child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning. We are committed to attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff to carry out this mission. We seek talented and experienced individuals who celebrate and respect childhood, know how to blend traditional teaching methods with 21st century resources, and are excited about incorporating character education and service to the community in their work with students.
Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that recognizes the worth of each member of the community. Norwood does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development, and tuition remission for children of full-time faculty and staff.

If you wish to apply for a position that matches your interests and professional qualifications, follow the instructions in the specific job posting. Applications are accepted only for positions that are currently available. The search committee will carefully review your materials and will contact you if the School decides to move forward with further consideration of your application.

- Isabel, '17

"I have had the experience of working with teachers who are extremely passionate about learning."

Current Openings

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  • Human Resources Manager

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.

    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.

    Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic Human Resources Manager beginning on July 1, 2020. This position reports to the Director of Finance and Operations within the Business Office and manages all aspects of the employment relationship for 120 annual faculty and staff, plus seasonal and part-time employees. The Human Resources Manager must exhibit excellent interpersonal, leadership, organizational, collaborative, and written and oral communication skills, demonstrate strong human resources management expertise (particularly in the areas of employee relations, benefits administration, and employment law), and possess the following qualities and attributes: initiative, confidence, humor, empathy, and commitment to excellence. Due to the hands-on nature of the work, the candidate must also possess a strong internal customer service ethic and the ability to balance the necessary day-to-day HR operations with the demands of other matters as they arise.

    The Human Resources Manager exercises strategic thinking while promoting the organizational culture and the School’s mission. He or she partners with key administrators to support the faculty and staff as they serve the students and parents. An appreciation for Norwood School’s commitment to academic and personal excellence, values, and diversity is essential.

    Essential Job Functions
    • Employee relations: relate to and communicate with all levels of organization, elevate issues as appropriate.
    • Benefits administration: hold open enrollment, manage vendor and broker relations, assist employees with accessing care and claims processing, reconcile bills, update annual benefits overview brochure.
    • Employment law: keep up-to-date on regulations, use working knowledge and know when to call in counsel.
    • Full-life cycle employment process: advertise jobs, meet with candidates, conduct background checks, administer Norwood training and state requirements, guide new employees through on-boarding process.
    • Department and program hiring: monitor employment process for after school program, summer camp, coaches, substitute teachers, and tutors.
    • Off-boarding: handle normal attrition and other departures.
    • Leave administration: track PTO, short-term and long-term disability, and FMLA.
    • Retirement: maintain 403(b) plan documents, brief employees in case of change in employment status.
    • Compliance: track EEOC data and meet reporting requirements.
    • Database management: track background checks, child protection and safety, Maryland State Department of Education requirements, verification of education and employment.
    • Communications: manage HR intranet resource board.
    • Policy and procedures: establish appropriate protocols aligned with environment and culture.
    • Organizational development: support equity, fairness, diversity and inclusion.
    • Special projects: complete other duties as assigned by Director of Finance and Operations and Head of School.
    The Human Resources Manager is a full-time, 12-month, benefits eligible position. Five years previous human resources management experience required. SHRM and/or HRCI certifications and/or master’s degree preferred. Education industry and/or not-for-profit experience a plus.
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Bill Teachum, Director of Finance & Operations, at bteachum@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.

    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Second Grade Homeroom Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence. 
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world. 
     
    Norwood has an opening for an experienced and dynamic second grade homeroom teacher. Successful candidates will have experience developing the academic and social-emotional growth of students within the lower elementary age range. In this position, the teacher supports instruction in reading, language arts, math, and social studies, as well as in general, pro-social homeroom curriculum. Strong applicants will have a deep commitment to child-centered instruction and a demonstrated knowledge of Readers and Writers Workshop Units of Study. Prior experience with the Bridges in Mathematics curriculum is preferred. Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in highly collaborative instructional environments.   
     
    Applicants for the second grade homeroom teacher position must have at least three years of experience working with students in upper elementary grades. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children. 
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please. 
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Kindergarten Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
     
    Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced and dynamic kindergarten homeroom teacher. Kindergarten teachers co-teach with a partner and are responsible for approximately 18-20 children. He or she will also collaborate regularly with specialists who teach art, library, music, physical education, science, and Spanish.  
     
    Kindergarten teachers at Norwood create and maintain a loving, nurturing, joyful, and child-centered learning environment in which children are challenged, encouraged, and supported. The ideal candidate will be responsible for working with his/her co-teacher to plan, instruct, and assess reading/language arts, math, and social studies in their homeroom; to integrate lessons about character throughout the curriculum; and to deliver differentiated instruction for a wide range of abilities and interests. He/she is also comfortable and excited about using technology for teaching and learning. 
     
    Applicants for the position must have at least three years of experience working with students in lower elementary grades or early childhood settings. A familiarity with Readers and Writers Workshop is preferred. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.  
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Lower School Art Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence. 
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world. 
     
    Norwood School is seeking an experienced, dynamic Art Teacher for the 2020-2021 academic year. Strong applicants will have demonstrated the ability to implement a fine arts curriculum for students of all abilities while providing activities that promote personal expression and growth as well as an appreciation for global art history. Candidates should have knowledge of effective artistic techniques and practices including experience providing instruction in drawing, painting, mixed media collage, fiber arts, sculpture and ceramics. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to provide authentic differentiated artistic instruction and classroom management while working closely with children to build a positive sense of self and skills for each student. This position will report directly to the Head of the Lower School. 
     
    Ideally, applicants should have at least five years of experience as an art teacher working with elementary age children. Ability and interest in collaboration is a must. Additional qualifications include excellent communication and organizational skills, flexibility, intelligence, sense of humor, and a demonstrated love for working with young children and their families. Bachelor’s degree required.

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at 
    mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please. 
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Lower School Long-Term Substitute Music Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence. 
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world. 
     
    Norwood School has an opening for a long-term substitute position for a half-time lower school general music and choir teacher for 3rd and 4th grades. The position begins in August and will complete in December or January. The Kodaly-inspired program focuses on using a repertoire of multicultural folk songs to develop ever-increasing levels of musical understanding through activities involving performance, listening/analysis, and creating. The development of music literacy skills as well as individual creative expression are hallmarks of the program.  Each grade level performs three times per year as part of seasonal concerts, as well as once per year in their own grade level program. Music selections for these performances reflect a truly diverse selection of age-appropriate music taken from multiple genres and styles. In 4th grade, students learn to play the recorder. This position also collaborates extensively with the K-2 music teacher, as well as with the larger performing arts department. 
     
    Applicants must have a degree in music education and more than three years of prior music education experience. Strong preference is given to those with Kodaly and/or ORFF training and certification. Candidates will have demonstrated experience leading chorus and leading school shows and performances. Proficiency in piano accompaniment is preferred. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children.  
     
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please. 
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Lower School and Middle School Substitute Teachers, Grades PK-8

    Norwood School’s child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning. It is our core belief that how you lead your life matters. Our dynamic, integrated curriculum – focused on academic excellence – challenges and encourages each student’s intellectual development. Our program is designed to help students experience joy in learning, develop self-confidence, and learn respect for the rights and feelings of others. Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that both recognizes the worth of each member of the community and emphasizes the common values of academic achievement, mutual respect, cooperation, and personal responsibility.

    Substitute Teacher Qualifications
    :
    • Bachelor's degree with a background in education or child development
    • Love of elementary- and middle-school age children
    • Solid understanding of child development
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to be "on-call" for both short-term and long-term positions
    • Dependable, responsible and reliable
    • Sense of humor
    • Strong conflict resolution skills
    • Enthusiastic, energetic and flexible
    • Three years of consistent teaching, preferred

    Application and Hiring Procedure:

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter, and three professional references to:

    Lower School (Grades PK-4):
    Mike Risen
    Head of Lower School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: mrisen@norwoodschool.org
     
    Middle School (Grades 5-8):
    Michele Claeys
    Associate Head of School & Head of Middle School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: mclaeys@norwoodschool.org

    If you are interested in substituting school-wide, please indicate so in your cover letter and send it to either contact. Compensation Rates: $75 for half day; $150 for full day
    *Norwood School requires that all individuals undergo and pass a full fingerprinting, background check, and verification of employment procedure.

    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
     
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.