Work at the Academy

The Academy values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of its private school community, and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity of the community as a whole. We are committed to inclusion, and we actively support equal opportunity for all people and encourage all qualified applicants to apply for employment at the Academy. Please find a complete listing of current, open positions below, and take a note that if hired, you will be required to complete and submit the five forms posted in the Documents & Links box (with the cost of obtaining these clearances covered by you, the employee). 


Administrator Positions

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Harrisburg Academy seeks an accomplished and innovative Director of Admissions and Marketing to enhance communications with all constituencies, raise the school’s visibility, and advance its brand.


Harrisburg Academy, founded in 1785, is a thriving PK-12 co-educational, independent day school serving a diverse population of 330 students. The school is located in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania. The Campus is beautiful, safe, and well-maintained and support the school’s educational mission. The school boasts a long tradition of excellence, based on a comprehensive curriculum and co-curricular programs delivered by teachers, coaches, and advisors, who are imbued with a commitment to bringing out the full potential of every student.


Harrisburg Academy graduates matriculate at outstanding colleges and universities across the country. The program at the lower division builds a strong foundation that supports academic success, while promoting creativity and experimentation. In the middle school, students deepen their knowledge of the core academic disciplines and may choose from a range of elective options. Significant emphasis is placed on social and emotional development. The upper school program balances rigorous academics including the International Baccalaureate with a full complement of visual and performing arts, athletics, and clubs that appeal to a wide range of student interests. The Center for Experiential Learning and Innovation is a resource that enables all students to maximize their learning potential.


The school leadership is highly collaborative and committed to building on the school’s many strengths. Even though the school is well-managed, the leadership believes that admissions and fund-raising goals can be obtained by more effectively communicating the school’s value to both internal and external constituencies. Harrisburg Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Basic Function

Reporting to the Head of School and working with the senior administrative team, the Director of Admissions and Marketing will lead, plan, direct, and implement overall strategies for all marketing and communications on behalf of Harrisburg Academy in order to raise the visibility, advance its brand, and articulate clear messaging to internal and external constituencies.


The Director will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design, budget, and production of regularly produced events and all school publications. Additionally, the Director will coordinate all advertising, publicity, and public relations and serve as the school’s spokesperson when so designated by the Head of School.


The primary objective of the Director of Admissions and Marketing is to create and communicate a compelling story about Harrisburg Academy. This message should lead to increased admissions applications and should support the efforts of the Development Department. The Director of Marketing and Communications will oversee and collaborate with one staff member focused on school-wide communications as well as three staff members focused on admissions.


The Director of Admissions and Marketing will be expected to:

  • Rapidly acclimate to the Harrisburg Academy; become familiar with the history, culture, traditions, and constituencies of the school; understand the educational philosophy; know all marketing and communications activities of the department.
  • Develop marketing and communications strategies and plans that advance the Academy and drive increased engagement with prospective and current constituencies.
  • Collaborate with administrative departments in articulating their purpose and ongoing work. Specifically, this includes the Head of School, Development, Admissions, Academic Divisions, and Institutional Technology.
  • Ensure brand and messaging quality and consistency and establish guidelines to apply across all departments, activities, and events at the school and among professional and volunteer leadership.
  • In collaboration with the admission staff, design strategies and implement concrete plans to increase student applications and maintain prospective student and family interest.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, design strategies and implement concrete plans to capitalize on increased visibility and clear branding of the school to drive increased contributed revenue.
  • Plan for and deploy digital activities: website, online campaigns, email marketing, social media, and digital content production.
  • Plan and manage the department budget in order to maximize the effectiveness of all communications. This includes bidding out production of materials when appropriate to outside vendors.
  • Create and execute a plan that regularly places the school in local media. Manage all messaging in the media.
  • Review, revise, and update as necessary, the school’s crisis communication plan.
  • Manage all aspects of the school’s print and electronic communications, ensuring the continuity of the school’s brand and logo. Oversee the work of graphic designers and print vendors in production of printed materials and web visuals.
  • Engage actively in professional development in order to remain current in best practices related to independent school communications, emerging social media, and effective marketing and advertising strategies.
  • Provide staff leadership to the department in all respects, including assisting in hiring, day-to-day management, and motivation of marketing staff and contractors, ensuring professional development and excellence.
  • Participate actively in the work and success of the senior leadership team and provide support for school events and administrative jobs as requested.

Ideal Experience

The Director of Admissions and Marketing will have the following types of experience and qualifications:

  • A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to marketing and communications; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Leadership experience in marketing and communications, preferably in an independent school or other non-profit organization.
  • Outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills.
  • Deep knowledge of the principles of marketing and communications and fluency in using social media effectively.
  • Ability to develop, monitor, and adhere to budgets and production schedules.
  • Ability to create print materials using Photoshop, InDesign or other comparable layout software.
  • Demonstrated success in bringing regular, positive media attention to an organization.
  • Demonstrated success in supervising and managing a staff.
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines.

Personal Characteristics
The successful candidate should be:

  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Harrisburg Academy’s mission and values;
  • A good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan;
  • Intrepid yet tactful; determined yet respectful of others’ concerns; someone with the flexibility and creativity needed to find alternative ways to reach objectives when barriers arise; a skilled negotiator who does not drive him/herself or others into a corner;
  • A team builder – confident and competent, with strong skills in management and leadership; one who understands the subtleties of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities with different work styles;
  • A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of development and advancement activities;
  • Emotionally mature with a very good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.

Harrisburg Academy offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with contacts of at least three references to Adrian Allan, by June 28, 2019 via email only: Review of applications will begin immediately. No phone calls, please. Questions can be directed to the same email address. Criminal Record Clearances and satisfactory references will be required. 


Faculty and Staff Positions

Lower School Librarian (three-fourths time)

Harrisburg Academy is looking for a collaborative, forward-thinking, and experienced Lower School Librarian for the start of the 2019-20 Academic Year to fulfill a three-fourths Library and Technology teacher position.

Proven experience working with students in a library learning space is preferred.


The ideal candidate will support and grow a culture of reading and evaluation of information by:

  • Leading library and technology instruction for the Lower School. Develop and collaborate on grade-appropriate research units, assisting teachers on electronic and print materials for classroom use. \
  • Sharing in the daily management of the library and learning commons, including reference, readers’ advisory, circulation, and content curation
  • Establish and evolve library best practices.
  • Perform school duties and supervises activities as requested.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in Library and Information Science
  • Experience as a teacher-librarian in a school setting
  • Current background clearances

Qualified candidates will have creative leadership vision and skills necessary to manage daily operations. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are required. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references to Dr. Abby Mahone, Review of applications will begin immediately with a desired start date of August 12, 2019. All candidates are encouraged to visit Harrisburg Academy’s website at Criminal Record Clearances and satisfactory references will be required. Thank you for your interest in Harrisburg Academy.


Communications Associate

Harrisburg Academy, an independent preschool through college preparatory day school located in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic, strategic, and creative individual to provide operational and some administrative support for the school’s institution-wide marketing and communications efforts.

The communications associate is an entry-level position that will report directly to the director of communications. The position will include daily work in several disciplines: writing, public relations/ interviewing, magazine production, electronic communications, social media, website content management, and photography. The successful candidate will also assist the director of communications with advertising activities, graphic design, search engine optimization, and video production projects. The ability to multitask and stay organized is a must. The Academy’s Communications Office has a dual focus on traditional and electronic communications; therefore, candidates for the communications associate position should be well-rounded communicators who are comfortable using technology and building in-person relationships. Past experience working with children and/or non-profit organizations is a plus.

The position is a full-time, 12-month staff appointment.

Qualifications / Minimum Requirements

  • Candidate should have a high level of integrity and a strong work ethic and be a compassionate, respectful team player with a sense of humor
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in communications, journalism, advertising/public relations, marketing or English
  • 0-3 years of experience (internship experience counts)
  • Demonstrated expertise in writing and editing
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology
  • Ability to forge relationships is a must
  • Some local travel and night/weekend work required
  • Attending and/or working at predetermined Advancement functions in support of the Communications, Admission, Development and Alumni Relations, and Head of School Offices
  • Local residents preferred (no relo)

Harrisburg Academy offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with contacts of at least three references to Adrian Allan, by June 21, via email only: Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will be available July 1, 2019 depending on candidate availability and internal scheduling. No phone calls, please. 


Database Manager

Harrisburg Academy, an independent preschool through college preparatory day school located in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, seeks a personable, organized, and results-oriented individual to provide support for the school’s Development and Alumni Relations Office.


Position Summary:
The database manager is responsible for managing the donor database, Raiser’s Edge. Reporting to the director of development and alumni relations, the database manager is a member of the Harrisburg Academy development team.


The position is a full-time, 12-month staff appointment.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Database Administration

  • Manages Raiser’s Edge database and keeps it secure and clean by developing and implementing Best Practices re: policies, procedures, and controls
  • Responsible for processing of gifts daily, maintaining donor information accuracy, restricted designations, soft credits, and cleaning operations
  • Prepares stewardship letters for donors, including for events
  • Works with the Director of Development and the Director of Finance to reconcile donations
  • Assist the development office with the preparation for fundraising events as needed (mailing lists, name tags, etc.)
  • Sorts the Development Office mail; scans and shares the gift back-up
  • Export of data from OnCampus to Raisers Edge database
  • Updates professional skills annually
  • Administrative projects, including scanning, photo crop, and other duties as assigned

Prospect Management and Research

  • Conducts donor research to identify current and potential donors, including grant opportunities through foundations
  • Analyzes incoming parents annually to identify prospects for the fundraising pipeline, assign ratings as appropriate
  • Prepares summaries of current and historical relationships with the organization, if any, as well as potential and propensity to donate
  • Works with the development team to strategize, identify, and rank individual donor and organizational prospects within Raiser’s Edge
  • Develops and prepares detailed profiles and reports including biographical and business information, financial assets, areas of interest, philanthropic support, and affiliations
  • Supports moves management process with regular reports and assistance with analysis
  • Remains current and fully informed on prospect management and research trends and available resources in the field


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from a college or university
  • Four years of job-related experience, preference in a school, college/university
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge or similar prospect research database
  • Blackbaud Certification in Raiser’s Edge (b-CRE or b-CRE-Pro) a plus
  • Applicant must be intuitive, tech-oriented, and a self-starter
  • Ability to work across departments to accomplish tasks at hand

Harrisburg Academy offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with contacts of at least three references to Stacy Klann, by July 12, 2019 via email only: Review of applications will begin immediately. No phone calls, please. Questions can be directed to the same email address. Criminal Record Clearances and satisfactory references will be required. 


Activity Coordinator

Join a team to carry out all aspects of planning, preparing, and producing successful after-school programs for pre-school through 4th grades at Harrisburg Academy.

Daily activities include time for reading and homework, as well as indoor and outdoor free-play. Theme-based crafts, games, and literacy activities provide enrichment for students to develop both social and academic skills.

During the school year, the hours are 2:30 - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with the possibility of additional hours on special days and during the summer.

Applicants must be least 18 years old, are required to pass a full background check, and must be able to adhere to the school's dress code policy. To apply, please email cover letter and/or resume that details previous experience working with children's programs.  Please send cover letter and/or resume to  Harrisburg Academy is an equal opportunity employer.


Essential Functions:

  • Supervise, monitor, and assist children as they participate in a wide variety of activities, both inside and outside
  • Organize and lead both large- and small-group games and activities that are age-appropriate
  • Clearly communicate and collaborate with all co-workers, parents, and participants
  • Maintain a safe and consistent environment, which includes working as scheduled

This is a great opportunity for college students to build their resumes, for retirees who would like to share their life-experience with the next generation, or for any individuals who have a love of working with children, strong communication skills, a sense of creativity and enthusiasm, the ability to plan and implement age-appropriate activities, and customer service skills to work well with parents and community members.


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