About

Working at Norwood

We welcome your interest in a career at Norwood School, a coeducational independent school serving approximately 440 students in 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.
We believe that education is broadened and strengthened by the inclusion of people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Current Openings

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  • Coaching Positions for Spring Season

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (soon to be PK-8) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood is seeking qualified middle school baseball, softball, boys’ lacrosse, and girls’ lacrosse coaches for the spring athletic season. Candidates should have previous playing or coaching experience and demonstrate the ability to lead and teach middle school students. They should also be a positive role model for our student-athletes.
     
    Spring Coaching Positions:
     
    Varsity
    Grades 7 & 8
    Students practice Monday-Thursday, 2:35-3:35 p.m.
    Games are scheduled Monday-Thursday.
     
    Junior Varsity
    Grades 5 & 6
    Boys’ lacrosse and baseball practice Monday and Wednesday, 3:35-4:30 p.m. 
    Girls’ lacrosse and softball practice Tuesday and Thursday, 3:35-4:30 p.m. 
    Games are scheduled Monday-Thursday.
     
    Please email your resume and cover letter to Mitchell Weisbrot. 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.
  • FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 students in 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 K-8 (PK-8 beginning in September 2017) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic fifth grade teacher beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Fifth grade is the first grade in Norwood’s Middle School, which comprises grades 5-8. There are four fifth-grade teachers who work closely together to plan and implement advisory, social studies, reading, language arts, and math. They also coordinate with teachers in other grades and subject areas. They also perform various duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.
     
    Applicants for the position must have at least three to five years of experience as a classroom teacher working with students in upper elementary and/or middle school grades. Strong applicants will have experience implementing the Readers and Writers Workshop model, and a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, intelligence, 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 Michele Claeys, Associate Head of School and Head of Middle School. 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 Care Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (PK-8 beginning September 2017) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood is looking to detailed oriented, fun loving, and energetic after-school teachers to assist in the After Care program for six- to 14-year-old students. The position offers competitive compensation, summers off, excellent work environment, and flexible hours. Ideal candidates will have experience working with students in an educational setting as a teacher, aide, or volunteer, and have a passion for creating a child-centered environment. Norwood’s After Care program is a play-based, teacher-guided program promoting healthy social and emotional development of young children.
     
    Please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Scott, Director of After School Programs. 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.
  • Pre-Kindergarten After Care Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (PK-8 beginning September 2017) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood is looking to hire energetic, fun loving, and experienced pre-kindergarten teachers to assist in After Care for four- and five-year-old students. The position offers competitive compensation, summers off, excellent work environment, and flexible hours. Ideal candidates will have at least two years of experience working in either a childcare or preschool setting as a teacher, aide, or volunteer; basic knowledge of early childhood development milestones; and have a passion for creating a child-centered environment. Norwood’s After Care program is a play-based, teacher-guided program promoting healthy social and emotional development of young children.
     
    Please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Scott, Director of After School Programs. 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.
  • Spanish Teacher (Grades PK-2)

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (soon to be PK-8) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic, child-centered educator to teach pre-kindergarten through second-grade Spanish. This is a full-time position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Responsibilities include coordinating with other teachers, planning and teaching all classes at four grade levels, reporting on student progress, and various duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.
     
    Ideally, applicants should have at least two years of experience teaching early elementary Spanish courses using teaching methods that emphasize cultural authenticity and communicative activities that develop language proficiency. Native fluency and familiarity with ACTFL benchmarks and standards are strongly preferred. Experience developing and implementing thematic units is helpful. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
     
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 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.
  • Reading and Language Arts Teacher (Grades 3, 4, and 6)

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (soon to be PK-8) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
     
    Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic, child-centered educator to teach Reading and Language Arts in grades 3, 4, and 6. This is a full-time position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. The third- and fourth-grade classes are co-taught. Responsibilities include coordinating with other teachers, planning and teaching three (3) Reading/Language Arts classes, reporting on student progress, and various duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.
     
    Ideally, applicants should have at least two years of experience teaching Reading/Language Arts courses in upper elementary and lower middle school grades using a combination of young adult literature, classic and contemporary fiction, and non-fiction. Experience teaching in the Reading and Writing Workshop models is required. Strong applicants will have experience in co-teaching models of instruction. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 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 Counselor/Wellness Instructor

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 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 K-8 (soon to be PK-8) schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.

    Norwood seeks a Lower School Counselor/Wellness Instructor four days a week with a solid background in educating young children and building a curriculum around social-emotional learning. The ideal candidate is a licensed professional (LSCW-C) with certification from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or from the National Board of Certified Counselors.
     
     
    The Lower School Counselor/Wellness Instructor will
     
    • Spend time with children in classrooms, on the playground, individually and in small groups, to help support and develop their social and emotional needs
    • Coordinate, teach, and build upon an existing curriculum that blends into our middle school program
    • Consult and support classroom teachers regarding behavioral or emotional needs of children
    • Meet weekly with student-support and grade-level teams
    • Observe, record, and coordinate efforts with all constituents around the care of young children, including parents, outside therapists, and teachers
    • Create and maintain individualized plans for students who require them
    • Provide ongoing faculty and parent professional development around topics of interest
     
    Qualifications:
     
    • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work required
    • Licensed clinical social worker (LSCW-C)
    • Experience working with children ages 4-10 (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade)
    • High degree of emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated diversity training
    • Experience building curriculum
    • Five years minimum experience in the field
    • Experience with crisis intervention
    • Growth mindset
    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen O’Neill, Head of Lower School, at koneill@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 Annual Giving

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational day school with approximately 440 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C.

    The School seeks a Director of Annual Giving to join the Development Office on July 1, 2017.  This a full-time, 12-month position and works in close partnership with the Director of Development. The Director of Annual Giving will build upon an established and successful program that raises over $800,000 from Norwood’s various constituencies. In collaboration with the Director of Development, department staff, volunteers, trustees, and the Development Committee, the Director of Annual Giving will develop a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines, and analytics for the Annual Fund, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of constituents. Volunteer engagement is essential to the success of the Fund, and the Director of Annual Giving is central to identifying, cultivating, and managing a dedicated volunteer team.
     
    Qualifications
    A bachelor’s degree and development experience required. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to take initiative, work independently as well as collaboratively, organize and prioritize in order to meet deadlines, as well as multi-task on a regular basis; will have the capacity to maintain confidentiality and to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; and have mastery of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge. Knowledge of social media strategies and an ability to create content to drive increased engagement is desirable. A willingness to work some nights and weekends is required. A sense of professionalism and humor in dealing with donors, volunteers and colleagues as well as demonstrated passion for independent education in general will define the strongest candidate.
     
    Duties & Responsibilities
    • Develop and guide the tone, focus, and content of the Annual Fund cycle; design, implement, and supervise appropriate strategies with a special emphasis on the current comprehensive campaign
    • Create and maintain the solicitation schedule; track and analyze results; communicate progress and produce financial and status reports; conduct donor research; and expand and maintain volunteer involvement
    • Recruit, train, manage, and mentor team of 25+ volunteers
    • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward potential new donors and increase support from current donors
    • Work closely with the Alumni Coordinator to identify opportunities to grow alumni giving
    • Work with Database Manager to maintain gift monitoring, complete and accurate records of donor contacts, on-going communication with current and potential donors; ensure timely acknowledgement of contributions, integrity of data and database
    • Assist with budget management by preparing Annual Giving expense budget and participate in the goal setting and budgeting process
    • Write and edit letters, brochures, proposals, reports, visual displays, talking points, web content, and other materials related to Annual Giving
    • Work with Director of Development and Database Manager to produce an Annual Report
    • Maintain a visible presence in the community, participate in special events/projects as needed, and maintain an active pace of face-to-face meetings
    Compensation
    Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and competitive with similar positions in independent schools within the Washington, DC metro area. Norwood School offers a comprehensive benefits package and friendly work environment.
    Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and references by March 1, 2017, to:
     
    Cathy Voeks
    Director of Development
    Norwood School
     
    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 Teacher Kindergarten – Eighth Grade

    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
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    • 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:
    Karen O’Neill
    Head of Lower School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: koneill@norwoodschool.org
     
    Middle School:
    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 K-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.