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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  • Lower School Art Teacher (2021-2022)

    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 elementary grades Art Teacher for the 2021-2022 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.
  • Admission Coordinator

    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 is seeking an Admission Coordinator, who will be responsible for database management, event planning and implementation, communicating to outside constituents, and supporting the Admission Office in all aspects of recruitment, admission, and enrollment for Norwood School. They must exhibit excellent interpersonal, organizational, collaborative, written, and oral communication skills and should also possess the following qualities and attributes: positivity, integrity, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.
     
    The Admission Coordinator’s most significant responsibilities include:
    • Managing and updating the online application and enrollment database modules
    • Processing online applications and annual information updates
    • Maintaining the admission database
    • Managing applicant digital files
    • Managing schedule and communications for school tours, student visits, and interviews
    • Planning and participating in special events (open houses, fairs, welcoming receptions)
    • Organizing, editing, and sending email newsletters, mailings, and other publications as assigned
    • Organizing, supporting, and preparing materials for admission committees
    • Managing all aspects of the annual Family Information Update
    • Assist in transition of files (electronic or otherwise) of newly accepted students to appropriate division heads
    • Ability to filter sensitive information in a confidential, thoughtful manner
    • Assisting with general office operations
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
     
    The Admission Coordinator is a full-time, professional staff, benefits eligible position. An appreciation for Norwood School's commitment to academic and personal excellence, values, and diversity is essential. Undergraduate degree required. Previous admission and Blackbaud database experience preferred.
     
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Alex Ragone, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, at aragone@norwoodschool.org with the subject ‘Admission Coordinator’. 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.
  • Summer at Norwood: Camp Counselors, Leaders and Teachers (Summer 2021)

    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 summer camp program (Summer at Norwood) is looking to hire energetic, fun-loving, and experienced staff to lead camp programs for elementary and/or Pre-Kindergarten campers. Summer at Norwood will follow strict health and safety protocols while maintaining a high level of fun and innovative activities for a diverse group of campers. The following positions are available for 4 two-week sessions between June 28 and August 20, 2021.
     
    Junior Day Teacher
    Junior Day Teachers are the primary leader of a Junior Day camper cohort (3.5 to 5-year-olds).  Junior Day Teachers set the tone for class norms, rules, and expectations and are responsible for the creation and implementation of class curriculum.  Ideal candidates will have experience in a preschool or day care setting. 
     
    Group Leader
    Group Leaders are the primary leader of a camper cohort in the Day Camp program (1st-5th grade campers) and will travel with their campers throughout the day from activity to activity.  Group Leaders set the tone for class norms, rules, and expectations and create a sense of community within their cohort.
     
    Specialist
    Specialists teach specialty, subject-based classes for each Day Camp cohort (1st-5th grade campers). Specialists create, implement, and oversee their class curriculum and will teach the same subject throughout a session.  Classes are based around Specialist’s subject expertise.
     
    Counselor
    Counselors are assigned to a camper cohort and assist in the implementation of all camp activities.  Ideal candidates will maintain high energy, exhibit emotional maturity, and display sound judgement. 
     
    Norwood School and Summer at Norwood offer competitive compensation and an excellent work environment.  Employment applications are available on the employment page of the Summer at Norwood website: https://www.summeratnorwood.org/copy-of-employment. You may also submit your resume to summer@norwoodschool.org or call 301-841-2254 for more information.
     
    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.
  • After School Program Staff - Aide (Part Time)

    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 is seeking fun-loving, energetic, and dependable After School Program Staff who love working with children (ages 4-14) and are available to work "after school" hours (M-F, 2:00-6:00pm). Additional hours may be offered on days when school is out (ie: professional days, parent-teacher conferences, etc.). The position offers competitive compensation and an excellent work environment. Norwood’s after school program is a play-based, teacher-guided program promoting healthy social and emotional development of young children in a child-centered environment.
     
    Qualified Aide candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have at least one year of experience working with children in a childcare or summer camp setting as a teacher, aide, or volunteer.  Additional qualifications include:
    • Patience and flexibility
    • Classroom management skills
    • Strong work ethic and communication skills
    • Basic computer skills
    • Reliable transportation
     
    Essential functions include:
    • Provide care and oversight to students during activities such as indoor and outdoor play, arts and crafts, cooking, daily snack distribution and cleanup, and homework support for students in grades 3-8 (as needed)
    • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities for students in collaboration with team members
    • Work collaboratively with the After Care Program Director to provide a consistent approach in supporting each child’s developmental needs
    • Maintain health and safety standards that promote high quality care for young children as prescribed by the Maryland Department of Education’s Office of Child Care
     
    Successful candidates will be required to maintain First Aid and CPR certifications and participate annually in required CEU training approved by the Maryland Department of Education’s Office of Child Care. In addition, candidates must meet the licensing requirements set forth by the State of Maryland’s Office of Child Care and other regulatory agencies, including a pre-employment medical exam.  A State of Maryland and FBI background check will also be performed.  
     
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Quiana Piggee, After School Program Director, at qpiggee@norwoodschool.org, with the subject ‘After School Program Staff’ in the subject line. 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.
  • After School Program Staff - School Age Teacher (Part Time)

    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 is seeking fun-loving, energetic, and dependable After School Program Staff who love working with children (ages 4-14) and are available to work "after school" hours (M-F, 2:00-6:00pm). Additional hours may be offered on days when school is out (ie: professional days, parent-teacher conferences, etc.). The position offers competitive compensation and an excellent work environment. Norwood’s after school program is a play-based, teacher-guided program promoting healthy social and emotional development of young children in a child-centered environment.
     
    Qualified School Age Teacher candidates must be at least 18 years of age. They must have at least an Associate’s Degree and one year of experience working with children in a childcare or summer camp setting as a teacher, aide, or volunteer.  Additional qualifications include:
    • Qualified as a Maryland School Age Childcare Teacher (possessing the 90-hour school age certification or the equivalent of approved school-age coursework) or hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childcare Education 
    • Demonstrated skills establishing effective relationships with staff, parents, and children
    • Patience and flexibility
    • Classroom management skills
    • Strong work ethic and communication skills
    • Basic computer skills
    • Reliable transportation
     
    Essential functions include:
    • Provide care and oversight to students during activities such as indoor and outdoor play, arts and crafts, cooking, daily snack distribution and cleanup, and homework support for students in grades 3-8 (as needed)
    • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities for students in collaboration with team members
    • Work collaboratively with the After Care Program Director to provide a consistent approach in supporting each child’s developmental needs
    • Maintain health and safety standards that promote high quality care for young children as prescribed by the Maryland Department of Education’s Office of Child Care
     
    Successful candidates will be required to maintain First Aid and CPR certifications and participate annually in required CEU training approved by the Maryland Department of Education’s Office of Child Care. In addition, candidates must meet the licensing requirements set forth by the State of Maryland’s Office of Child Care and other regulatory agencies, including a pre-employment medical exam.  A State of Maryland and FBI background check will also be performed.  
     
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Quiana Piggee, After School Program Director, at qpiggee@norwoodschool.org, with the subject ‘After School Program Staff’ in the subject line. 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.