CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Harrisburg Academy is a dynamic and vibrant community dedicated to developing young scholars, artists, and athletes of character. Faculty and staff alike play an integral role in shaping the experiences of our students. We pride ourselves in recruiting and retaining quality and exceptionally talented employees who are passionate about their field and value lifelong learning.

Established in 1784, Harrisburg Academy is one of the oldest non-public schools in the nation and Harrisburg’s only independent school. Our coed, diverse school community inspires students from age three through 12th grade by providing an academically challenging and globally minded liberal arts education focused on dynamic classroom experiences, strong student outcomes, and a commitment to character development.  The Academy proudly stands as the first school in the greater Harrisburg area to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and merit scholarship.

Harrisburg Academy embraces the diversity of people, cultures, and ideas, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Full Time Positions

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  • Head of Early Childhood and Lower School

    Harrisburg Academy seeks a dynamic, innovative, and experienced Head of Early Childhood and Lower Schools for the 2023-24 school year. Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Head of Early Childhood and Lower School is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in both Early Childhood and Lower School divisions, as well as oversight of the International Baccelaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP); specific responsibilities include the following: 
     
    • To maintain congruence between the school's board-approved mission statement and all activities of the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions.  
    • To act as the educational leader of the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions, responsible for their day-to-day operation; to direct the activities of the members of the school instructional and, in conjunction with the business manager, the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties. 
    • To function as the chief articulator of both division's programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed consistent with their individual roles. 
    • To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs. 
    • To help lead the Pedagogical Leadership Team in the articulation of the school mission, school goals, programmatic goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment. 
    • To ensure the implementation and annual reflection of the Programme of Inquiry.
    • To foster an environment where each student is seen, known, and celebrated, in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale.
    • To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of the members of our school community and to develop plans for meeting these needs.
    • To help oversee and direct the activities of teacher leaders, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees. 
    • To make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
    • To establish programs for the orientation of new teachers, for in-service training of all teachers, and for the evaluation of classroom teachers. To ensure that teachers are familiar with and adhere to school policies in all areas of the school operation. 
    • To conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal both with routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
    • To oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school; to assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; to assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; to keep the entire school community informed of various school programs and activities. 
    • To provide for the academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement. 
    • To be responsible for establishing guidelines for proper student conduct; to maintain student discipline consistent with school policies; to monitor students' adherence to established school rules; to maintain accurate records of student attendance and citizenship. 
    • To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school. 
    • To help in preparing a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations. 
    • To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment. 
    • To participate as a member of the senior Administrative Council Small (consisting of the head of school and division heads.)
    • To participate as a member of the Administrative Council Large (consisting of the head of school, all division heads, directors of admission, development, technology, communications, athletics, and the school counselor.)
    • To assist in designing, implementing, and the documentation of safety concerns and crisis management.
    • To attend and participate in Board of Trustee meetings as needed and serve on designated Board of Trustee committees as assigned.
    • To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School. (Currently include supervision of the Extended Day Program and oversight of EDP Director and staff; supervision of Summer Camp Program and oversight of Summer Camp Director and staff; and leadership of the Pandemic Response Team and supervision of the school nurse.)
    • To support the school and its leadership. 
     
    Preferred Qualifications Include:
    • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or applicable related field
    • Substantial classroom teaching experience (at least 3-5 years)
    • Educational experience with transdisciplinary and concept-based learning
    • Previous school leadership experience
    • Training and experience in leading the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
    • Commitment to building student inquiry, agency, and action
    • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice initiatives
     
    Harrisburg Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and familial affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We seek candidates who hope to help foster a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated.  
     
    Current State Police, Child Abuse, FBI clearances, a physical, and a TB test are required. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and five professional references via email to Kelly Rinehart, administrative assistant of the Early Childhood and Lower School division, at rinehart.k@harrisburgacademy.org.  
     
    About Harrisburg Academy  
    Established in 1784 by Harrisburg founder John Harris, the Academy is one of the first independent schools in America and the flagship private school in Central Pennsylvania. At Harrisburg Academy, an outstanding, forward-thinking, hands-on education is paramount with students engaged on a unique journey of self-discovery, academic achievement, and social growth. Students, preschool through high school, excel in a challenging and diverse curriculum, and are well-rounded scholars and creative artists, exceptional athletes and talented musicians, and globally-minded philanthropists. They benefit from the enormous advantages of a small learning community each and every day that offers stimulating growth to prepare them for 21st Century success to learn boldly and to think analytically, creatively, and innovatively. More information at https://www.harrisburgacademy.org/.
     

Part-Time Positions

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  • Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

    Harrisburg Academy is seeking a dynamic and innovative educator to serve as our next Auxiliary Programs Coordinator. This individual is responsible for assisting the Auxiliary Programs Director in handling the business, programmatic, and operational aspects of the after-school and summer programs. The Auxiliary Programs Coordinator will support the extended day program (EDP), which is comprised of the Early Childhood and Lower School students. The Auxiliary Programs Coordinator is responsible for working with Lower School and EDP teachers to generate after-school and summer programming activities. The successful applicant will receive a 12-month contract and report to the Auxiliary Programs Director.

    The individual who holds this position has typical hours of 1 p.m.–6 p.m. Some scheduled school breaks are required of this employee due to our Extended Day Program's offerings. 

    Essential duties and responsibilities include:
    • In collaboration with the Auxiliary Programs Director and the Head of Early Childhood and Lower Schools, recruit, hire, and retain staff in compliance with school recruiting and hiring policies.
    • Collaborate with the Auxiliary Programs Director and the Head of Early Childhood and Lower School to provide EDP staff development, training, and team building in alignment with the Academy’s overall mission.
    • Schedule EDP and summer staff members.
    • Assist with the scheduling and communication with external and internal vendors.
    • Coordinate fall, winter, and spring after-school clubs for Early Childhood and Lower School students in conjunction with supervisor.
    • Serve as teacher during EDP.
    • Serve as camp counselor and administrator during the summer camp day, including on field trips.
    • Consistently provide high levels of customer service in a positive and professional manner to internal and external members of the community through regular communications.
    • Foster collegiality and positive morale among staff.
     Preferred qualifications include a proven record of:
    • Competence in connecting with students and creating a healthy community culture
    • Competence in communicating with and connecting with parents/guardians
    • Organized and purposeful about materials and plans with the ability to be flexible should changes need to occur  
    • Collaboration with faculty and administration
    • Completion of an Associate degree in Education or a related field
     
    Harrisburg Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We seek candidates who hope to help foster a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated.  There is a 90 day probation period for all new employees.
    Current State Police, Child Abuse, FBI clearances, a physical, and a TB test are required.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. This position will remain listed until filled. Please send all inquiries and application materials via e-mail to Kelly Rinehart, administrative assistant of the Early Childhood and Lower School division, at rinehart.k@harrisburgacademy.org.  
     
     
    About Harrisburg Academy  
    Established in 1784 by Harrisburg founder John Harris, the Academy is one of the first independent schools in America and the flagship private school in Central Pa. At Harrisburg Academy, an outstanding, forward-thinking, hands-on education is paramount with students engaged on a unique journey of self-discovery, academic achievement, and social growth. Students, preschool through high school, excel in a challenging and diverse curriculum, and are well-rounded scholars and creative artists, exceptional athletes and talented musicians, and globally-minded philanthropists. They benefit from the enormous advantages of a small learning community each and every day that offers stimulating growth to prepare them for 21st Century success to learn boldly and to think analytically, creatively, and innovatively. More information at https://www.harrisburgacademy.org/
  • Middle School Girls' Basketball Coach

    Harrisburg Academy is seeking to hire a 5th/6th middle school girls basketball head coach. Also, the position includes being the 7th & 8th grade middle school girls basketball assistant coach for the winter 2022-23 season. Employment begins Nov. 1, 2022.  Applicants should have prior coaching experience or knowledge of the game, and must submit the required clearance applications.  

    Harrisburg Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and familial affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We seek candidates who hope to help foster a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated.   
      
    Current State Police, Child Abuse, FBI clearances, a physical, and a TB test are required. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via e-mail to John Martin, Assistant Athletic Director, via email at martin.j@harrisburgacademy.org.   
      
    About Harrisburg Academy   
    Established in 1784 by Harrisburg founder John Harris, the Academy is one of the first independent schools in America and the flagship private school in Central Pennsylvania. At Harrisburg Academy, an outstanding, forward-thinking, hands-on education is paramount with students engaged on a unique journey of self-discovery, academic achievement, and social growth. Students, preschool through high school, excel in a challenging and diverse curriculum, and are well-rounded scholars and creative artists, exceptional athletes and talented musicians, and globally-minded philanthropists. They benefit from the enormous advantages of a small learning community each and every day that offers stimulating growth to prepare them for 21st Century success to learn boldly and to think analytically, creatively, and innovatively. More information at https://www.harrisburgacademy.org/
  • Extended Day Program Staff

    Hours: Monday through Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.*
    Salary starts at $15.00-$17.00 per hour and is commensurate with experience
     
    Position Summary
    The Extended Day Program provides a safe, fun, and enriching environment during after school hours each day for Harrisburg Academy students, using both organized and open-ended activities as students transition between their school day and home. 

    Responsibilities
    • Create a safe, nurturing environment where children can play and learn
    • Monitor and maintain playground areas and other school areas as assigned
    • Foster positive relationships with students, parents, and school faculty
    • Collaborate with co-teachers to plan and implement engaging age-appropriate activities for indoor and outdoor spaces
    • Regular communication with supervisors
    • Prepare and distribute daily snack for EDP students
    Qualifications and Experience
    • Enjoy working with children in a less structured environment
    • Strong relationships with families and coworkers
    • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple situations effectively
    • CPR and First Aid Certification or willingness to obtain
    • Must meet state specific guidelines for the role (clearances: PA State Police, Childline, FBI, Act 24)
    • Basic computer/technology skills
    • Able to move, see, and hear well enough to keep children safe as well as engage in physical activity with children
    • Ability to speak, read, and write English - additional languages a plus
    • Ability to respond immediately to emergency situations
    Candidates also interested in substituting should indicate that in their cover letter to Joyce Zimmerman, Director of Auxiliary Services. Harrisburg Academy is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email only. No phone calls, please. Questions can be directed to the same email address. Criminal Record Clearances (PA Child Abuse/PA State Police/FBI Background Check) will be required.

    *additional hours during holidays and school breaks may be available



    *additional hours during holidays and school breaks may be available
  • Substitute Teachers

    Harrisburg Academy is currently seeking substitute teachers for preschool through twelfth grade to work throughout the 2021-22 school year. Interested candidates should enjoy working with children of a variety of ages, possess good communication skills, demonstrate strong leadership and classroom management techniques, and model problem solving and peer mediation techniques. 
     
    Substitute teachers are expected to provide supervision and instruction and are responsible for the implementation of lesson plans, management of the classroom, and ensuring student learning. Applicants need to understand this position is on a need-by-basis and hours will vary depending on the institution’s daily needs.  Substitutes need to be prepared for phone calls or texts in the late evenings and early mornings to provide coverage for emergency situations as well as for pre-planned coverage. Substitute teachers are hourly employees.
     
    If you have a passion for teaching and want to work at an Independent school, consider joining our team. 

    Harrisburg Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and familial affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We seek candidates who hope to help foster a school environment where all people are valued and where all perspectives are respected and appreciated.   
      
    Current State Police, Child Abuse, FBI clearances, a physical, and a TB test are required. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via e-mail to Kelly Rinehart, administrative assistant to the Head of Early Childhood and Lower Schools, at rinehart.k@harrisburgacademy.org.   
      
    About Harrisburg Academy   
    Established in 1784 by Harrisburg founder John Harris, the Academy is one of the first independent schools in America and the flagship private school in Central Pennsylvania. At Harrisburg Academy, an outstanding, forward-thinking, hands-on education is paramount with students engaged on a unique journey of self-discovery, academic achievement, and social growth. Students, preschool through high school, excel in a challenging and diverse curriculum, and are well-rounded scholars and creative artists, exceptional athletes and talented musicians, and globally-minded philanthropists. They benefit from the enormous advantages of a small learning community each and every day that offers stimulating growth to prepare them for 21st Century success to learn boldly and to think analytically, creatively, and innovatively. More information at https://www.harrisburgacademy.org/