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 Curriculum and Instruction

     
    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.
     
    Overview of Position
     
    The director of curriculum and instruction at Norwood School is responsible for the oversight of curriculum planning and development for grades PK-8; serves as a consultant to teachers on matters of classroom management, pedagogy, and general school procedures; manages student course enrollment, including course assignments, planning and scheduling; oversees the School’s accreditation with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools; and teaches one to two classes per year.
     
    Working in conjunction with the Principals Team, the director of curriculum and instruction facilitates, promotes, and coordinates PK-8 faculty professional development, including programs for the orientation and mentoring of new teachers, in-service programs for all teachers including technology training, and professional days. The director of curriculum and instruction also directly supervises several faculty, and has selected school-wide responsibilities for various on-going programs and initiatives.
     
    The director of curriculum and instruction serves as a member of the academic leadership team (Principals), administrative team (Admin Team), and Diversity Leadership Council.
     
    Qualifications
    • Successful experience as an elementary and/or middle school teacher
    • Thorough knowledge of learning theory and pedagogical practices, as well as the principles of differentiated instruction and stages of social-emotional development;
    • Proven accomplishment with faculty development;
    • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community;
    • Skill in both consensus-building and decision-making;
    • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
    The successful candidate is intelligent, resourceful, organized, creative, compassionate, collaborative, flexible, reflective, and possesses a keen 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.
  • Sixth Grade 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.
     
     
    Position and Qualifications
    Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic sixth grade teacher beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Norwood’s Middle School includes fifth grade through eighth grade. Sixth grade has a total of 60 students and a highly collaborative team of teachers. Curricular responsibilities for this position include advisory, social studies, and math. Successful candidates will work closely with other teachers on the sixth grade team to cultivate grade-wide connectedness, plan and teach lessons, report on student progress, communicate with other parents, and perform various duties associated with being a full-time faculty member.
     
    Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of experience as a lead teacher working with middle school aged children. Strong applicants will have experience designing and implementing math curriculum, and a demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and to cultivating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, child-centered community. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, organization, a 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.
     
  • After Care Director and Licensing Coordinator/Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs

    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 after care director and licensing coordinator beginning with a flexible start date, but no later than July 1, 2019. The ideal candidate will have independent school and/or child care 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. For this role, a high level of customer service in dealing with parents is expected. In addition, the candidate will have the ability to learn new programs and registration systems. Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care qualification as a School Age and/or Preschool Child Care Director is preferred, but not required.
     
    Primary responsibilities are the enrollment, management, staffing, care, and supervision of all children in the After Care program, as well as intermittent day care offerings throughout the school year. The director is also responsible for managing the licensure of the After Care program, as well as the licensure for Norwood’s pre-K program. This person will serve on the director team for Summer at Norwood, the School’s nine-week summer camp program.
     
    The following are examples of the after care director and licensing coordinator/assistant director of auxiliary programs duties:
     
    After Care Director:
    • Hire and manage staff of After Care teachers;
    • Manage the student enrollment of the After Care program;
    • Manage the daily operations of the After Care program for grades PK – 8, consisting of up to 90 students daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
    • Coordinate with the Business Office to process program billing, including annual and seasonal registrations and monthly drop-in charges;
    • Effectively communicate with families regarding enrollment and student experiences within the After Care program;
    • Work closely with the Auxiliary Programs Office Manager, Norwood Administrative staff, and faculty members.
    Licensing Coordinator:
    • Meet and maintain School Age and Preschool Director qualifications to remain compliant with Maryland State Department of  Education Office of Child Care regulations;
    • Maintain knowledge of Maryland Department of Education Office of Child Care licensing regulations;
    • Maintain student and staff files for the After Care and pre-K programs to remain compliant with licensing regulations;
    • Serve as point of contact for the licensing specialist with the Maryland Department of Education Office of Child Care;
    • Lead annual Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care inspection;
    • Manage submissions to the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care;
    • Ensure After Care teachers are meeting continued education training requirements;
    • Work with the Head of Lower School to ensure pre-K teachers are meeting continued education training requirements.
    Summer at Norwood Camp Director:
    • Manage the Summer at Norwood Before and After Care programs as the director of after care;
    • Manage staff of After Care teachers and counselors;
    • Communicate with Before Care staff to ensure quality of the program;
    • Manage the daily operations of the After Care program for grades PK-8, consisting of up to 50 students daily from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
    • Process billing and payments for the Before and After Care programs within the camp registration system;
    • Maintain knowledge of the Summer at Norwood registration system;
    • Assist with Summer at Norwood planning throughout the school year;
    • Assist with general camp director duties as needed;
    • Work closely with other Summer at Norwood directors.
    This is a full-time, 12-month position, requiring approximately 40 hours per week. Work hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The after care director and licensing coordinator 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.