Equal Opportunity Employer
Watkinson is committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is and will continue to be the policy of the school that all persons shall have equal employment and advancement opportunities based on merit, qualifications, demonstrated skills and abilities. Employment practices and decisions will be made without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic or status which cannot lawfully be considered under local, state, or federal law as a basis for employment-related decisions. Watkinson expects all employees to act in accordance with these principles and to reflect their spirit in all relationships with each other and with customers, with vendors and with other business associates or contacts. This policy applies to every aspect of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, screening, application, hiring, training, assignment, development, evaluation, promotion, transfer, rates of pay, benefits, discipline, termination and layoff.

Further, it is Watkinson’s policy that all vendors, suppliers, contractors and others doing business with the school adhere to these principles. Any employee who feels that he or she has not been treated in accordance with the policies and principles stated herein may bring the matter to the attention of his/her immediate supervisor, the Director of Finance or the Head of School.

Watkinson is committed to the employment of qualified individuals with a disability who with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job the individual seeks, wants to hold or holds. Employees with a disability who need or believe they need a reasonable accommodation are encouraged to review the matter with the Director of Finance. Supervisors and managers may be informed regarding necessary restrictions on the work or duties of the employee and reasonable accommodations to be made.

University of Hartford Courses

Full-time employees may take up to four courses (12 credits) a year tuition-free at the University of Hartford. They must be taken in different semesters and cannot include PhD courses. Employees should not take more than one course per semester during Watkinson’s regular academic year. Do not schedule courses that meet on Tuesdays during the school year, as these conflict directly with Watkinson's weekly faculty meetings.

Specifics about additional benefits, including vacation time, are detailed in Watkinson’s Employee Handbook. Should you be applying for a position at Watkinson, please ask to review a copy of the handbook.

Job Openings

List of 4 news stories.

  • Full-time History Teacher

    Watkinson School, offering inventive teaching and learning since 1881, is seeking a full-time history teacher for classes ranging from 7th-10th grade.
    Successful applicants will demonstrate creative approaches to history instruction and a commitment to reaching all students through progressive methodology and a wide variety of questioning techniques. Applicants must possess an enthusiasm for working in a dynamic environment that encourages design of student-centered work.Watkinson teachers must enjoy interacting with a diverse group of students and establish positive relationships with parents, faculty, administration, and staff. In addition to these responsibilities, this position includes academic advising and the potential for coaching a sport or moderating an afternoon activity while fully participating in school life. A bachelor's degree in a related field is required.
    Watkinson is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. This 10-month position begins in mid-August 2019. Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume and three references to the following address: historyposition@watkinson.org
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  • Part-time Receptionist

    Watkinson School, offering inventive learning to Hartford and surrounding communities since 1881, seeks a part-time receptionist. The position is flexible and expected to be approximately 25 hours per week. The receptionist is responsible for welcoming visitors and greeting them, both in person and on the telephone and answering or referring inquiries. Additionally, the position is responsible for tracking student and adult attendance and acting as our rental coordinator and calendar manager for non-school events. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with students is essential.

    The ideal candidate would have strong skills in the following areas: telephone technology, verbal communication, Microsoft Office tools, listening, professionalism, discretion, customer focus, organization, informing others, and the ability to handle several tasks simultaneously. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest, resume, and a minimum of three references to: receptionist@watkinson.orgWatkinson School is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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  • Head Coach Girls Varsity Basketball

    Watkinson School, offering inventive learning to Hartford and surrounding communities since 1881, seeks an energetic and qualified individual to be its Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 season.

    The season will run mid-November through early March. Practice times vary Monday through Friday based on court time rotation. Game days vary throughout the week.

    This position requires a dynamic, inspirational leader who can be a role model. Duties include promoting the values of leadership and sportsmanship, planning productive practices, executing effective coaching strategies during practices and games, and working with the Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, and assistant coaches to develop a competitive program that reflects the mission and culture of the Watkinson School community.

    Other Qualifications

    -Coaching experience with a school or club program
    -College and/or high school playing experience

    Watkinson School is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds. This is a part-time, stipend position. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, resume, and three references to athleticsposition@watkinson.org
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  • Executive Assistant to Head of School

    Watkinson School, offering inventive teaching and learning since 1881 seeks qualified, experienced candidates for the position of Executive Assistant to the Head of School. Watkinson’s mission, to “develop in our students the power to shape their lives and the world around them”, serves as the guiding force for our daily work. Located in Hartford, CT, Watkinson School is a co-educational, college preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12, with a post-graduate program, The Academy. The Executive Assistant to the Head of School plays a key role in the daily life of the school, and has extensive contact with students, parents, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and the wider community.

    Position Summary:

    The Executive Assistant (EA) directly supports the Head of School (HoS), the school Leadership Team, and the activities and functions of the school. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management, accuracy, discretion, and confidentiality are essential EA qualities. The successful candidate will bring school experience, and will demonstrate the ability to work independently and prioritize amongst competing goals and objectives. The ability to work under pressure while handling a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion is crucial to success in this position. The EA must bring flexibility, resilience and a sense of humor to their work.

    This is a full-time, 12-month position, reporting to the Head of School.

    Key Responsibilities Include:

    ● Manage an active calendar for the HoS
    ● Ensure the HoS is prepared, informed, and on time for appointments, including making all necessary reservations and/or travel arrangements
    ● Aid in the accurate creation and/or dissemination of communications as needed by the HoS and Board of Trustees, including schedules; presentations; meeting agendas, notes, etc.
    ● Maintain the permanent records for the Board of Trustees
    ● Assist with the coordination of daily faculty substitute assignments
    ● Manage and coordinate annual summer mailing to families, faculty, and staff.
    ● Manage mailings and communications emanating from the HoS office
    ● Create, manage, and communicate scheduling for Senior Project Exhibitions to all constituencies involved
    ● Create panels of jurors for Senior Project Exhibitions
    ● Provide administrative assistance to the Senior Year experience
    ● Maintain HR record-keeping for the HoS’s Office, including collecting letters of agreement for new and current employees and maintaining the HoS’s personnel files
    ● Work closely with the Development and Communications offices to support the HoS’s fund-raising and stewardship responsibilities
    ● Work closely with the Business Office to ensure accurate expense tracking for the HoS account(s)
    ● Organize annual HoS or Leadership Team hosted events, including faculty / staff parties, teacher appreciation week, and administrative. Responsibly managing budget for school events, as assigned
    ● Organizational and logistical support for meetings, retreats, etc. 
    ● Represent the HoS’s office to all community members and visitors to campus
    ● Arrange for gifts in honor / memory of others on behalf of the HoS
    ● Liaison with the Parent Association for communication, grants, events, etc.
    ● Commitment to professional development to continually advance skills
    ● Manage school’s participation in surveys and data collection (NAIS, CAIS, etc.)
    ● Lead the logistics and planning and implementation of Watkinson’s annual Commencement
    ● Assist or lead special projects as needed and assigned
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