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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  • Middle School Learning Specialist (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 has an opening in its Middle School for an experienced learning specialist beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. Norwood’s middle school includes fifth through eighth grade and 240 total students. The learning specialist works closely with the middle school support team (counselor, dean of students, and principal) and approximately 35 middle school teachers to design appropriate support and modifications for students, including students who have accommodations as a result of educational testing. The learning specialist also manages a learning support office and works directly with students and their families to understand learning needs and implement effective strategies. As part of our high school placement process, the learning specialist assists families with accommodations related to entrance exams and provides relevant information about local schools. Like all full-time faculty, the learning specialist also performs various duties throughout the academic year.
     
    Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of experience working in a learning support role with middle school aged children. Strong applicants will have experience advising and training middle school teachers and a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include organization, excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children. 
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Claeys, Head of Middle School, at mclaeys@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.
     
  • Director of Parent Relations, Special Events, and Alumni Outreach (2021-2022)

    Director of Parent Relations, Special Events, and Alumni Outreach

    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 a Director of Parent Relations, Special Events, and Alumni Outreach. This person serves as a primary contact with the Parents Association, supports parent volunteers, leads the Auction and other special school events, and directs alumni outreach and engagement. As the leader of an emerging alumni program, the Director will provide vision, direction, and support to strengthen alumni involvement.

    The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to organize and prioritize to meet deadlines, multi-task on a regular basis, maintain confidentiality, and communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing. Knowledge of social media strategies and an ability to create content to drive increased engagement is desirable. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge is a plus.

    A willingness to work some nights and weekends is required. A sense of professionalism and humor in dealing with volunteers, donors, and colleagues as well as a demonstrated passion for independent school education will define the strongest candidate. The position reports to the Director of Development.

    Programs/Special Events:
    • Attend PA Executive Committee (PAEC) meetings and any PA general meetings
    • Serve as the liaison and support PA volunteers in their committee/event work
    • Support and/or plan, as appropriate, special in-house school events, including, but not limited to Faculty/Staff Welcome Back, New Parent Breakfast, Back-to-School Nights, Grandparents/Special Guests Day, Past Parent/Past Faculty Receptions, State of the School, Volunteer Appreciation, Faculty Milestone gifts, and Retirement Parties
    • Coordinate as needed with parent volunteers, the Head of School’s Office, other offices, and/or members of the faculty in planning the listed events above and in supporting other school events, as needed
    • Produce invitations and coordinate catering, equipment, maintenance, and security requirements for all school-wide and Development Office initiated events
    • Track event RSVPs; be ready to create nametags if needed, and serve as the main point of contact in the set up and breakdown of events
    • Attend weekly set-up meetings
    Auction Responsibilities:
    • Recommend candidates for Auction Chairs for vetting by the Head of School and Director of Development
    • Create a comprehensive timeline to ensure all deadlines are met and provide timely communications to the community to build excitement for the event
    • Work with the Director of Communications to develop a communication plan to promote the Auction
    • Work with volunteers to write/edit/proof catalog descriptions and all promotional content
    • Draft the budget for review and approval from the Director of Development, and carefully manage the budget in an effort to meet the financial goals
    • Direct, coach, and guide the work of the Auction Chairs
      • Help select date and location of Auction and Patrons Party
      • Identify Patrons Party host candidates
      • Assist with committee work
      • Produce all correspondence and execute all mailings, including solicitation letters, tax acknowledgment letters, and personalized thank you notes
      • Attend committee meetings, tastings and other meetings related to the event
    • Serve as the point of contact with event vendors and carefully review their contracts; this includes, but is not limited to the auctioneer, event venue, entertainment, audio-visual, and cashiers
    • Manage auction database, inputting new data from School’s Blackbaud database annually, training volunteers and maintaining archival records
    • Manage donation process
    • Work with volunteers to generate any printed materials including auction catalog and invitations
    • Maintain web presence for auction and serve as Customer Service during online bidding
    • Manage all post-auction activities – distribute items and receive final payments; generate financial reports; send account statements, thank-you letters, copies of auction catalog to all advertisers and sponsors, and tax acknowledgment letters to attendees and winners; arrange for reserved seating and parking, as part of Norwood VIP packages
    • Maintain financial reports and analyze financial performance of event components and make recommendations to enhance the event year over year
    • Work with the Chair(s) to plan appropriate volunteer appreciation/recognition post event
    Alumni Outreach:
    • Prepare weekly personalized birthday cards for alumni celebrating milestone birthdays
    • Create and post creative and engaging content to Norwood’s alumni Instagram account
    • Identify alumni candidates for the regular profile pieces in the Norwood magazine; coordinate the production of these features
    • Maintain the alumni page on the website, ensuring it includes current, engaging, and well-written content
    • Create accurate lists of all graduating classes by cross-referencing documents in archives with Raiser’s Edge
    • Update alumni records in Raiser’s Edge, as needed
    • Recruit class agents to help with gathering class notes for the magazine and locating ‘lost’ classmates
    • Plan reunions and outreach for current high school freshmen, seniors, and outreach to college freshmen
    • Work with the Head of Middle School to develop panel discussion/program for high school alums and Norwood 7th and 8th graders during the high school application process; create event to induct 8th graders as the next future class of alumni
    • Plan local, young alum event at an off-site location – recruiting alums to serve on a host committee
    • Investigate options for alumni outings (Nationals baseball game, bowling night, virtual trivia night, etc)
    • Meet with local alumni directors to learn best practices and to gather ideas
    General Institutional Support:
    • Serve as the Thursday Memo e-newsletter coordinator by collecting and editing all content for each week’s edition
    • Assist with the compilation of the Handbook & Student Directory each summer
    • Know top donors and assist with stewardship initiatives
    • Provide office support for mailings, including sorting photos, stuffing envelopes, and applying postage as well as support for other identified projects
    • Other duties as assigned
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Cathy Voeks, Director of Development, at cvoeks@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 (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 has an opening for an experienced and dynamic kindergarten homeroom teacher starting in the 2021-2022 academic yearKindergarten 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. Kindergarten teachers will also collaborate regularly with specialists who teach art, library, music, physical education, science, and Spanish. 
     
    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 and 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. 
  • Third Grade Homeroom 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 has an opening for an experienced and dynamic 3rd grade homeroom teacher starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. Successful candidates will have experience developing the academic and social-emotional growth of students within the upper elementary age range. In this position, the teacher leads 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 3rd 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 and 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 (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. 
  • Full-Time Proctors

    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 full-time proctors for classes in numerous grades from kindergarten through eighth grade. Proctors will supervise students when a teacher is out of the class; responsibilities might include substituting when a teacher is absent, monitoring a class while a teacher instructs remotely, or supervising students during lunch and recess periods. Proctors will coordinate with teachers as needed to manage classes and materials.  

    Strong applicants have at least a high school diploma and prior experience working with children; bachelor’s level course work is a plus. Additional qualifications include strong organization and communication skills, experience working with computer technology, flexibility, patience, sense of humor, and a demonstrated love for working with young children and their families. 

    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.