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 Communications

    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 40 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 immediate opening for an experienced and creative Director of Communications. The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and implementing a mission-driven and integrated communication program that positively impacts enrollment and fundraising initiatives. This role serves as the chief steward of the Norwood brand, ensuring that all internal and external communications align with the School’s mission, vision, programs, and core values.
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    • Serve as writer, editor, and photographer of print and digital communications, including the website, biannual Norwood Magazine, and weekly e-newsletter
    • Manage the master communications schedule and evaluate the impact of communications through metric analysis
    • Oversee and track all the School’s push page communications
    • Serve as primary photographer for classroom activities, special events, performances, and occasional field trips
    • Serve as in-house graphic designer
    • Direct and manage the production of short-form videos for Vimeo and other social media channels
    • Manage and create content for the School’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SmugMug, and Vimeo, and monitor engagement
    • Support the Head of School with preparing school updates, PowerPoint presentations, and other communications
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to multi-task and turn around projects quickly
    • Work collaboratively with the Admission and Development teams to support initiatives, events, and announcements
    • Manage crisis communications, including drafting communications for the Head of School and Board of Trustees
    • Manage photo archives and style guides
     
    Qualifications:
     
    • Minimum of 5-8 years of marketing, communications, and/or public relations experience with a strong grasp of communications industry best practices and emerging trends, including social media, branding, and messaging
    • An appreciation for the history, mission, and culture of Norwood School and the ability to effectively communicate school messaging
    • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
    • Self-starter with an ability to identify needs, initiate actions accordingly, and drive individual tasks to successful and timely completion
    • Highly creative and compelling storyteller
    • Strong photography skills and experience with Adobe Creative Suite or other photo-editing software
    • Experience with InDesign, Canva, and/or other graphic design software
    • Experience managing social media channels
    • Familiarity with Blackbaud Education Management Solutions or similar content management system
    • Willingness and flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends
     
    The Director of Communications is a member of the administrative team and reports directly to the Head of School. COVID-19 vaccination is required for this position unless the candidate has a legally valid exemption.
     
    Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, digital media, or related field required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples 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.
  • 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
    Associate Head of School & Head of Lower School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: mrisen@norwoodschool.org
     
    Middle School (Grades 5-8):
    Dennis Campbell
    Head of Middle School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: dcampbell@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.
    *All substitute teachers for the 2021-22 school year must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

    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.
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.