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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  • Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

    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 Director of Admission and Enrollment Management beginning on July 1, 2020. This position leads two Assistant Directors of Admission in managing all aspects of recruitment and admission for Norwood School. The Director of Admission and Enrollment Management must exhibit excellent interpersonal, leadership, organizational, collaborative, and written and oral communication skills, demonstrate a strong marketing expertise (particularly in the area of digital marketing), and possess the following qualities and attributes: enthusiasm, creativity, initiative, confidence, humor, and commitment to excellence. Due to the online nature of admission and communication work, the candidate must also possess strong computer skills and be tech savvy.

    The Director exercises strategic and data-driven thinking, leadership, creativity, marketing and administrative skills to develop and implement, in collaboration with other key administrators, a strategic enrollment plan for the School with the goal of maintaining capacity enrollment of qualified students.

    Essential job functions:

    • Provide overall leadership for the process of attracting, enrolling, and retaining students including oversight of the admission’s process from point of inquiry to enrollment
    • Establish annual admission strategy, in alignment with the School’s mission, to meet enrollment targets and other identified goals
    • Manage enrollment/retention in close connection with the Head of School, Division Heads and Business Manager
    • Inspire all constituencies of the school community—alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, students, and parents—to promote the School and to participate in the student recruitment and retention processes
    • Ensure that all prospective families have a positive experience and favorable impression of Norwood throughout the admission process
    • Develop and lead implementation of the admission marketing plan
    • Work in collaboration with the Director of Communications to adhere to brand identity guidelines and messaging in all admission materials and content
    • Manage analytics and data to inform admission marketing decisions and programs
    • Understand the culture and climate of the School and the broader educational landscape
    • Update and maintain all admission publications and the admission presence on the website
    • Plan and organize recruitment events including open houses, fairs, and other gatherings for potential applicants
    • Maintain and present statistical and trend data related to admission, enrollment, and diversity to Head of School, Board of Trustees, Admin Team, and Faculty
    • Keep administration and faculty informed with respect to all admission issues and needs.
    • Oversee admission committee process and manage selection of new students
    • Serve on the Admin Team
    • Assist the Head of School with other duties as assigned

    The Director of Admission and Enrollment Management is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible position. An appreciation for Norwood School’s commitment to academic and personal excellence, values, and diversity is essential. Previous admission and marketing experience required. Ravenna and Blackbaud database experience highly preferred.

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Matthew Gould, Head of School, at mgould@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.
  • Outdoor Adventure Program Director (Summit Program)

    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.
     
    Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, Norwood has an opening for a part-time experienced, dynamic leader for its outdoor adventure program, Summit. The Summit Program Director will develop curriculum to expose middle school students in grades five through eight to a variety of outdoor adventure sports including indoor bouldering, indoor/outdoor rock climbing, hiking, orienteering, white water rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in addition to building leadership skills. The director will teach classes four days a week from 2pm to 6pm. Additional responsibilities include scheduling and staffing field trips, maintaining all climbing and teambuilding equipment and an Emergency Action Plan for use with the adventure camp and summit activities.
     
    Applicants for the part-time Summit Program Director position must have at least five years of experience teaching or guiding in an outdoor education environment. In addition, a current Wilderness First Aid (any provider) and climbing instruction certification through AMGA, MD Top Rope or another recognized equivalent is required. Candidates 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 preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at rberry@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.
  • Physical Education 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.

    Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic, child-centered educator to teach kindergarten through eighth-grade physical education. Responsibilities include implementing age appropriate curriculum, focusing on skill development, promoting character education through physical activity and developing students’ motor skills and physical development. In addition, the physical education teacher is responsible for reporting on student progress, coordinating with the PE department and completing various other duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.

    Applicants must have at least three years of experience working with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Strong applicants will have an in-depth knowledge of the psychomotor development in children ages 5-13 and will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Candidates will have the desire and ability to work in a collaborative, team-centered work environment and demonstrated successful coaching experience at the middle school level. 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 Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at rberry@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 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.