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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  • Head of Lower School

    Norwood School

    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 student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
     
    Norwood’s integrated curriculum emphasizes reading at all grade levels. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program utilizes a developmental approach, while the curriculum in grades 1-4 stresses the acquisition of basic skills. Spanish instruction begins in pre-kindergarten. Grades 5 and 6 are semi-departmentalized, and grades 7 and 8 are fully departmentalized. The School provides a setting in which each individual can develop and emerge with positive attitudes and values and strong academic achievement. Students have physical education almost every day, and art, music and drama are integral components in the overall program.
     
    Overview of Position
     
    The head of lower school at Norwood School is responsible for the lower division’s program coordination and student well-being for grades PK-4, which includes approximately 225 students and 40 teachers. The head of lower school works collaboratively with both teachers and parents to assure both the social-emotional and academic development of each student.
     
    Working in conjunction with the head of middle school/associate head of school, who is responsible for grades 5-8, and the director of curriculum and instruction, the head of lower school has shared responsibility for curriculum development and professional development. The head of lower school also has selected school-wide responsibilities for various on-going programs and initiatives.
     
    The head of lower school is a member of the lead administrative team and works closely with other administrative staff members, such as: the director of curriculum and instruction to oversee curriculum alignment and development; the director of admission and enrollment management to evaluate prospective students; the director of development to identify and craft programs for possible outside funding; and the business manager to oversee the budget.
     
    Qualifications
    • Successful experience as an elementary teacher
    • Prior experience with independent school leadership
    • Thorough knowledge of early childhood educational theory and practice
    • Accomplishment with faculty development
    • Well-versed in learning styles, differentiated instruction, and social-emotional development
    • Commitment to cultivation and celebrating a multicultural Norwood
    • Skilled in both consensus-building and decision-making
    • Organized, with effective communication skills
    • Compassionate, flexible, and reflective
    • Intelligent, sensitive, resourceful, creative, and a sense of humor
    • Master’s degree required.
    Salary dependent upon experience.
     
    Contact:
     
    Matthew Gould, Head of School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    301-841-2105
     
     
    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.
  • Auxiliary Programs Office Manager & Camp Co-Director

    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 student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.

    Norwood has an opening for an experienced auxiliary programs office manager and camp co-director beginning as soon as possible. The ideal candidate will have independent school and/or summer camp experience and/or other relevant management experience. This person will be well organized and be able to prioritize in order to meet deadlines, as well as multi-task on a regular basis. The successful applicant will have the capacity to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, be a team player, demonstrate an ability to take initiative, as well as work independently and collaboratively. In addition, the candidate will have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel and the ability to learn new programs and registration systems.
     
    Primary responsibilities are to serve as the point of contact for the Auxiliary Programs Office, manage and coordinate Norwood’s after school Enrichment Program, and manage Summer at Norwood’s Combo Camp Program, depending on the time of year and the School’s priorities.
     
    The following are examples of the auxiliary programs office manager and camp co-director duties:
     
    Auxiliary Programs Office Manager:
    • Serve as point of contact for inquiries into all Auxiliary Programs
    • Assist in maintaining Auxiliary Program files and databases
    • Reconcile monthly office credit card log
    • Assist with organizing and maintaining the Camp/After Care Office
    • Carry out this ongoing role during the school year
     
    Enrichment Program Coordinator:
    • Create seasonal enrichment schedule for grades PK-8, consisting of 8-12 play-based learning classes running for 60-90 minutes right after school
    • Recruit vendors and instructors for enrichment classes
    • Manage enrichment vendors and instructors, including scheduling, payment, and oversight of instructors while on campus
    • Train enrichment vendors and instructors, including daily procedures, emergency preparedness, and management of background checks
    • Coordinate locations for after-school enrichment classes
    • Work with registration company to create seasonal online enrichment registration
    • Create promotional materials and actively promote enrichment program to school families
    • Work closely with director of after school programs
    • Carry out this ongoing role during the school year
     
    Summer at Norwood Combo Camp Program Director:
    • Manage Combo Camp teachers and counselors
    • Recruit, interview, and assist in hiring camp teachers and counselors
    • With the director of auxiliary and summer programs, create Combo Camp classes and class schedule
    • Manage Summer at Norwood registrations in camp registration database
    • Assist in Summer at Norwood website maintenance
    • Assist in Summer at Norwood marketing campaigns
    • Lead daily camper Town Hall meeting each camp day
    • Order camp supplies
    • Carry out this role that is concentrated in summer working closely with 5 other Summer at Norwood directors.
     
    This is a full-time, 12-month position, requiring approximately 40 hours per week. Work hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The auxiliary programs office manager and camp co-director is eligible for Norwood’s comprehensive benefits package. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Kevin Rechen, director of auxiliary and summer programs, at krechen@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.
     
  • Payroll and Benefits Manager (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 student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
     
    Norwood is looking for a Payroll and Benefits Manager to work with our team in the Business Office. Norwood has approximately 120 full-time, part-time, and hourly workers during the school year and about 80 temporary employees in summer. As such, this role calls for a professional with strong technical and quantitative skills, as well as a customer service acumen. This manager is responsible for all payroll functions and processing, including 24 payrolls per year plus six payrolls for summer camp. Duties include managing monthly and semi-monthly functions such as pre- and post-payroll, time-keeping, benefits changes, tax changes, payroll deductions, salaries, and stipends. The Payroll and Benefits Manager reconciles benefits invoices against payroll deductions for medical and dental insurance, TASC flexible spending, and legal resources benefits. This role encompasses the full cycle of entering new employee data in the payroll system, deleting departing employees, and processing and distributing annual W-2’s. Benefits administration duties include the following: processing new employees on benefits plans and internal databases; reconciling, preparing and submitting twice monthly 403b retirement plan remittance reports to TIAA-CREF; assisting the school’s auditors with the annual 403b retirement plan audit, Form 5500 and Form 8895 preparation and submission; assisting the school’s consultant with preparing the required discrimination testing for the 403b plan; reconciling, preparing and submitting monthly Section 125 Flex Plan remittance reports to TASC; and, maintaining and monitoring a spreadsheet for employees who contribute the maximum to the 403b plan to ensure they do not exceed federal limits. Other benefits administration duties include supporting annual onboarding in July and August, and open enrollment in December and January, as necessary.
     
    Ideal candidates will have experience with payroll processing and benefits administration, and an awareness of reporting requirements and compliance matters. Qualified applicants will be able to handle multiple priorities gracefully, be comfortable in an internal customer facing role, and demonstrate competence in the above listed areas.  
     
    This part-time, 50% FTE position offers competitive compensation, flexible work days/hours, benefits package, paid vacation, and a collegial work environment. The Payroll and Benefits Manager is required to be present in the office at least three business days for a total of 20 hours per week. Regular office hours are between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on weekdays. The start date is July 15, 2018. Please email your resume and cover letter to Bill Teachum, bteachum@norwoodschool.org, Business Manager. 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 Proctor (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 student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
     
    Norwood is looking for patient, flexible and energetic after school proctors to assist in the After School Program for 10- to 14-year-old students. The students are expected to complete their homework and/or read, and proctors facilitate this process by monitoring activity and ensuring a quiet environment in which the students can concentrate. The students may ask the proctor questions from time to time, but subject matter knowledge is not required, just the ability to encourage the students to solve problems and resolve questions on their own.
     
    Ideal candidates will have experience working with students in an educational setting as a teacher, tutor, proctor, aide, or volunteer, and have a passion for creating a student-centered environment for middle school children. Norwood’s After School Program for this age group promotes the healthy social and emotional development of children, as well as academics in a relaxed environment. The ideal candidate will hold MSDE OCC certifications. College graduates and high school graduates pursuing a college degree or associates degree are also welcome to apply.
     
    The position offers competitive compensation, summers off, excellent work environment, and a flexible schedule. The starting pay is $16.50 per hour and the regular hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Norwood is located 5 miles from the Bethesda metro station and is accessible via the Ride On bus system. Please email your resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Scott, escott@norwoodschool.org, 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.
  • After Care 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 student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
     
    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.
  • 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):
    Karen O’Neill
    Head of Lower School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: koneill@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.