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Director of Communications

Reports To: Head of School
Summary: The Director of Communications will work with the Head of School, the Director of Admissions, and the Director of Advancement to develop and implement a comprehensive and strategic communications program designed to promote enrollment and fundraising. In the Head’s absence, the Director of Communications will act as the point of contact for all media inquiries.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Vermont Academy messaging across all channels.
  • Create and direct a comprehensive publications program (concept, design, content, editorial, and production for paper and electronic communications) that reaches and influences the school’s target audiences.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions team and the Advancement Office to develop data-driven strategies to recruit prospective students and engage committed alumni and families.
  • Investigate emerging marketing opportunities and recommend effective targeting strategies.
  • Work across all departments, including Athletics and the Arts, to trumpet student activities and successes, including the promulgation of press releases to hometown media.
  • Act as Editor-in-Chief of Vermont Academy Life.
  • Provide creative direction and strategic leadership for the school's website that includes regular analysis of site traffic for continuous improvement.
  • Create, direct, and execute a dynamic data driven social media and digital marketing strategy aimed at building awareness of the Vermont Academy brand, increasing engagement across all constituencies, and recruiting prospective students.
  • Cultivate and maintain working relationships between the school and the media as well as other key community organizations
  • Act as the Academy’s official point of contact for public information.
  • Cultivate volunteer efforts in support of communication goals.
  • Supervise professional consultants contracted to address communication and marketing goals.
  • Develop and implement a crisis management communication plan.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School.
Other Duties
  • Support residential life by performing evening and weekend duties in rotation.
  • Actively participate in the life of the Academy by being a visible presence at meals, meetings, events, productions, and games.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing
  • 3+ years of experience in communications, preferably with independent schools or nonprofit organizations
  • Mastery of desktop publishing and management of design production including demonstrated proficiency with programs such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Demonstrable expertise in photography, videography, website content management and design, and social media marketing
  • Outstanding organizational and presentation skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to effectively lead, manage, and inspire a collaborative process in a fast-paced environment with multiple creative projects
  • Creative and artistic vision and direction
  • Demonstrated success as a confident problem solver
  • Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented manager with a dedication to meeting deadlines
  • Committees
  • Leads Communications Committee
  • Member of Senior Administration Team and Crisis Management Team
Please send letter of interest, resume and references to kwatson@vermontacademy.org or
Kimberly Watson, Asst. to the Head of School
Vermont Academy
10 Long Walk
Saxtons River, VT 05154

Physics/Math Faculty

Vermont Academy seeks a Physics/Math teacher. The successful candidate will be able to teach all levels of Physics as well as various levels of math. A BA is required; 1-3 year of classroom experienced preferred.

Classroom responsibilities involve 4 courses per academic year, and faculty members are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school and share some dormitory and residential school responsibilities. Qualifications for all teaching positions, therefore, include a demonstrated interest in coaching or coordinating extra-curricular activities and a willingness to fulfill evening and weekend duties.

Candidates must have the ability to successfully integrate the use of technology in their teaching and practice current teaching methodologies. Candidates should also be passionate about pedagogy and collaborative work and be willing to work closely with colleagues on departmental objectives.

Interested candidates should email Susan Schmitt, Academic Dean at sschmitt@vermontacademy.org

Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Working collaboratively with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid plays an integral role in the recruitment efforts and strategic plans for overall enrollment at Vermont Academy. These include developing and achieving annual admissions, enrollment and net-tuition goals. This individual will work and maintain positive and meaningful relationships with numerous contingencies including but not limited to: faculty/staff, educational consultants, feeder schools, international agents and other sending programs. Additionally, this individual will help to identify and cultivate new full pay market areas both domestically and internationally. The Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid will be paramount in maintaining the Financial Aid budget including processing completed returning and new applicant families while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality throughout the process.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Interview prospective candidates and their families; assisting them throughout the application process
  • Travel both domestically and internationally to attend school fairs, visit feeder schools and meet with educational consultants
  • Along with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, oversee major on and off campus events including receptions, Preview Days, Revisit Days and Consultant Tours
  • Manage the online database record of prospective candidates and their families
  • Report on admissions data identifying relevant trends areas of opportunity
  • Involvement in committees throughout the Academy including the Admissions Committee, Financial Aid Committee and other Committees as assigned
  • Organize, register and maintain all pertinent travel details for the Admissions Office
  • Assist the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid in preparation for Board of Trustee meetings
  • Maintain frequent communication with Varsity Athletic Coaches and other key on-campus constituents regarding prospective students
  • Other residential and/or athletic commitments as appropriate
The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience in a private independent school admissions office and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, possess excellent written and oral communication skills and have experience with database programs, online admissions programs and Microsoft Office Suite. A sense of humor and passion for independent schools are a must.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to admissions@vermontacademy.org.

Director of Advancement
Reports to: Head of School
Supervises: Director of Alumni Engagement, Director of Parent Engagement, Director of Communications, Advancement Coordinator

Summary: Vermont Academy seeks a Director of Advancement who has had success in raising annual and capital gifts, constituency relations, and leading an office of dedicated professionals. The Director of Advancement will devise and manage a program designed to attract maximum gift support for the institution including the planning and execution of a capital campaign. At the core of this effort is the task of revitalizing our support base, which includes alumni as well as past and current parents. The Director of Advancement is part of the senior leadership team at Vermont Academy.

• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
• Successful track record in major gift fund raising;
• Experience managing an Advancement Office and/or a team of solicitors;
• Team player, high energy, persuasive, and sense of humor;
• Compellingly articulate in written and verbal communications.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Fund Raising:
• Meet or exceed Annual Fund and Capital Campaign goals approved by Head of School;
• Cultivate, solicit, and steward potential leadership donors of capital, planned, and annual gifts;
• Maintain personal prospect pool and secure annual, capital, planned, and foundation gifts through face-to-face solicitations;
• Manage program of research and “moves” to maximize support from Vermont Academy’s key prospects;
• Inform Head of School and Development Committee on regular basis of fund raising activities and outcomes of office;
• Develop new fundraising strategies in response to evolving priorities;
• Manage Campaign Steering Committee of Trustees and volunteers.

• Oversee management of alumni/parent engagement and Vermont Academy Fund programs. Create and manage programs for capital and planned gifts, donor relations, foundation grant proposals, and prospect research;
• Increase alumni and parent engagement with and support of institution;
• Manage coordinated communications program, including Vermont Academy Life, that most effectively engages various constituencies of institution;
• Coordinate monthly travel schedules of self and others, in concert with fund raising needs, including travel with or without Head of School;
• Provide staff support for Head of School, Trustees, and other key volunteers to facilitate appropriate and timely solicitation of all prospects and to achieve strategic objectives;
• Optimize departmental expenses within budgetary guidelines.

Strategic Planning:
• Promote strategic institutional priorities on an annual and long-term basis;

• Cultivate potential new Trustees for board consideration;
• Together with colleagues, identify, recruit, train, and motivate alumni and parentvolunteers.

The successful candidate will embrace all aspects of boarding school life including attending meals and performing weekend duties.

To Apply
By email, send a letter of interest, resume/CV and writing sample to Kim Watson, Assistant to the Interim Head of School, kwatson@vermontacademy.org.

Vermont Academy is seeking a per diem nurse.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assessment, triage and treatment of acute illness and injury, medication administration and management, coordination and management of students’ health issues and communication with faculty, parents and health care providers. Weekend and evening availability a must.

Current Vermont RN license, CPR certification required.
Bachelor's degree in nursing and 3 or more years of school nursing and/or emergency room experience preferred.

Please send letter of interest and resume to:
Robin Patch, MA, RN
Director of Health Services
Vermont Academy
P.O. Box 500
Saxtons River, VT 05154