Porter's Policies

  • Non-Discrimination in Admission

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    Miss Porter's School is committed to diversity in its student body and admits qualified students without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by relevant law. Mutual respect is a basic value at Porter's, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against any individual on the basis of protected class status.

    We administer all our policies, including those related to admission, financial aid, and educational, athletic, and extracurricular activities, in a manner designed to give each student equal access to all of our programs and activities. When necessary, qualified students will receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate.
  • Non-Discrimination in Hiring

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    Miss Porter's School provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants without regard to their race, creed, color, religion or national origin, age, gender, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.
  • Sexual Harassment

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    This policy is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff about the nature of sexual harassment; to encourage members of the Porter's community to discuss offensive conduct early to prevent such behavior and to stop it from escalating; and to eliminate any harassing behavior that may already exist.

    Miss Porter's School is a community in which all members have rights to feel safe and respected, and to live, work and learn in an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature can undermine these rights. It is the policy of Porter's that no member of the school may sexually harass another.

    Sexual harassment encompasses behavior that is subtle and ambiguous as well as that which is direct and overt. It may involve peers, but it is especially serious when it involves a relationship of authority. Under no circumstances will a sexual relationship between an adult member of the community (someone over 18 not in the status of a student) and a Porter's student be construed as consensual.

    In determining whether behavior deemed offensive by the individual to whom it is directed constitutes sexual harassment and, if so, the severity of the harassment and the school's response, the range of the circumstances will be considered. Circumstances may include the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the alleged offensive conduct. Perpetrators as well as victims of sexual harassment can be male or female, students, faculty, spouses or staff. Those who engage in sexual harassment will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

    No one should be inhibited from making a complaint of what he or she considers to be harassment for fear of reprisal. Therefore, any form of threat or retaliation against anyone who in good faith makes a complaint of sexual harassment is itself a violation of this policy and is cause for discipline.

    Violation of this policy, whether intended or not, will not be tolerated. The procedures that Porter's follows are designed to ensure that incidents of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly, and that corrective actions will be taken immediately.

    (excerpted from full Sexual Harassment Policy)
Miss Porter's School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty and staff. SPHERE schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of their hiring, education and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs.

SPHERE

Miss Porter's School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty and staff. SPHERE schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of their hiring, education and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs.

Employment

Located in Farmington, Connecticut Miss Porter's School is an all-girls boarding and day school, enrolling 306 students in grades nine - 12. Since 1843, Miss Porter's School has partnered tradition with innovation to provide a superior education to young women. Our mission is to educate young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens. We expect our graduates to shape a changing world.

In accordance with applicable law, Miss Porter's School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

Porter's is a rigorous college preparatory school, committed to excellence in the classroom. The salary and benefits package is competitive with other NAIS schools and is commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidates; housing may also be provided.

Current Openings

  • Director of Major Gifts

    Posted January 31, 2014
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    Title: Director of Major Gifts
    Department: Alumnae and Development Office
    Job Status:Full-time calendar year, including some weekends and evenings
    Reports to: Senior Director, Institutional Advancement
    Travel: Yes

    POSITION SUMMARY: Organizes and runs targeted programs/campaigns as well as cultivates, solicits and stewards leadership gift prospects as assigned by the Director of Institutional Advancement.

    The Director, and other staff, will work together as a management team to ensure that prospects are assigned appropriately with regard to their Annual Fund and major gift solicitations.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
    General Responsibilities
    • Meets endowment/capital and Annual Fund goals and helps the entire Alumnae/Development Office meet its goals in all areas.
    • Responsible for selected support of Annual Fund by solicitation of assigned leadership Annual Fund donors.
    • In coordination with other staff identifies, recruits, and trains volunteer leadership to form a cadre of working, giving volunteers. Provides staff support for Trustees and volunteers as assigned and serves on the Development Committee, Trustees' Major Gifts Committee and the internal (staff) major gifts team.
    • Interacts with the Porter’s community with a broad understanding of the goals and objectives of the school and the office. Fosters and maintains productive relationships with other offices on campus with an active role in school life.
    • Handles other projects as assigned by the Director of Institutional Advancement.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Major Gifts
    • Serves as primary staff liaison to the 50th reunion for fund raising campaign and coordinates with alumnae relations on other aspects of reunion planning.
    • Sets agenda for internal major gifts meetings designed to feed the pipeline for leadership gifts from the Parents’ program, reunion giving and Trustees' Major Gifts Committee.
    • Serves as staff support for members of the Trustees' Major Gifts Committee, sets agenda and guides committee through solicitations.
    • Develops strategies and maintains an active schedule of contacts, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for a body of key prospects through direct contact and use of volunteer and staff resources according to agreed numbers and time frames.
    • Coordinates the nature and number of contacts that prospects receive, involving and informing staff and coordinating with the Director of Institutional Advancement and senior team. Facilitates relationships between potential and current donors and the faculty, staff, and volunteers as appropriate.
    QUALIFICATIONS:
    Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, Skills):
    • A Bachelor's Degree.
    • A minimum of five years of professional (academic) fundraising experience.
    • Background in marketing, sales, or other development work is a plus.
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to generate exciting programming; willingness to solve problems when they arise.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a team, even when traveling remotely.
    PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:
    • Sitting at a desk and using a computer much of the time.
    • At events, time spent standing/walking.
    • Extensive travel and driving, evening and weekend hours are routinely required.
    • Travel to off-site locations.

    The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.


    Miss Porter's School is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    Smoke-free environment


    Please submit your resume and letter of interest electronically and include job title in your subject line.
    Molly Bartram, Major Gifts Assistant
    Email: careers@missporters.org
  • Manager of Alumnae Relations

    Posted May 16, 2014
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    Title: Manager of Alumnae Relations
    Department: Alumnae and Development Office
    Job Status:Full-time calendar year
    Reports to: Director of Alumnae Relations and Reunion Programs

    POSITION SUMMARY:
    A member of the Alumnae/Development Office staff, the Manager of Alumnae Relations is responsible for the programmatic and administrative support of all aspects of the Alumnae Relations and Reunion programs.

    Specific areas of responsibility include:

    Events and Meetings
    The Manager will contribute to all phases of event coordination from conception to final conclusion:
    • Provide oversight for invitation design, printing, and mailing by working directly with the Director and designer and the printer from conception to print.
    • Collaborate with Director and the host/restaurant to coordinate all details of the event (guest list, menu, decor) and provide timely updates to the host/Ancient through the day of the event.
    • Manage all rsvp's and attendance tracking including any follow-up communications or reminders (calls and emails to all invitees).Manage pre-event logistics: coordinate publicity as appropriate, travel arrangements, produce name tags and table tents, assemble appropriate event collateral, and oversee the set up or delivery of event materials.
    • Provide support to the Director for all itineraries, rsvp lists, and confidential guest profiles to KGW/AD staff attending the event.
    • Provide on-site support as assigned.
    • At conclusion of events, organize and store materials, compile notes, code records, provide reports, and manage all expenses and bills, assess success of event.
    Reunion
    In addition to the tasks associated with regular event coordination, superior organization and attention to detail is imperative:
    • Work with the Director and designer to create Save the Dates for the upcoming reunion, seeing it through from conception to final proof to printer.
    • Collaborate with local hotels to negotiate room blocks and develop contracts for Reunion weekend.
    • Manage the 30th and 40th Reunion Classes/Committees, from recruitment through Reunion, to bring Ancients to campus and make their gifts in honor of their Reunion.
    • Negotiate printer/vendor quotes for invitation printing.
    • Manage Reunion invitation mailing in-house and spearhead registration by mail, online, and on-site.
    • Submit all facility, catering, and schooldude requests for all activity throughout Reunion weekend. Serve as the point person for any questions in this sphere.
    • Update website regularly with Reunion attendees.
    • With the Director of Alumnae Relations, develop a schedule for all AD employees for the weekend and manage staff throughout the weekend.
    • Coordinate the Alumnae Art show by reaching out to Ancient Artists, coordinating the details of their submissions, and serving as the liaison between them and the Art Director.
    • Manage Reunion Class Dinners for the 20th-50th Reunion Classes by working with the Reunion Dinner Chairs on the Reunion Committee. Coordinate all details and mail invitations. Plan the Reunion Dinner for Older Ancients on campus, collaborating with Brock.
    • Work with the 50th Reunion Committee to receive class notes and photos to compile the final Class Notes Book to be given to each classmate.
    • Streamline Reunion registration tracking with the Gifts Administrator, and create nametags for Ancients who have registered.
    • Serve as the primary staff member to provide on-site management throughout the weekend, including space set-ups, catering needs, AV for presentations, staff management.
    Volunteer Support
    Interface with more than 150 volunteers who serve on Reunion Committees, the Alumnae Board, and Nominating Committee:
    • Manage the Events Committee on the Alumnae Board, with their subcommittees (Branch Events and Imagining Life), supporting their outreach and event execution.
    • Provide information, materials, and reports for members of the Alumnae Board and Alumnae Nominating Committee.
    • Plan and organize all Alumnae Relations on-campus meetings including facility requests, space set-ups and catering needs.
    • Ensure that all meeting follow-up is completed including updates to records, website, and assignments.
    Administration
    • Support the Alumnae Relations team:
    • Respond to phone and email messages promptly, clearly, and courteously
    • Interface with other departments as necessary including: Head of School, Dean of Students, Communications, Admission, Events Group, Buildings & Grounds, Brock
    • Demonstrate familiarity with the school and its programs and policies as well as development priorities and programs
    • Produce a variety of database reports for analytical use by directors and volunteers
    • Notify Ancients of deceased classmates and track necrology for the Bulletin
    • Handle other office responsibilities as assigned including: general filing and maintenance of database, AR supply inventory and ordering, and AR expense tracking
    QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor’s Degree Minimum of 3-5 years of successful administrative experience, preferably in an academic or development environment with event coordination responsibilities
    • Experience interacting with volunteers of all ages
    • Extraordinary attention to detail
    • Strong quantitative and communication skills
    • Ability to work autonomously and be held accountable for results
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge, and Crystal Reports
    • Willingness and availability to work evenings and weekends, as required
    • Sensitivity for the confidential nature of our work

    Please submit your resume and letter of interest electronically and include job title in your subject line.
    Molly Bartram, Major Gifts Assistant
    Email: careers@missporters.org
  • Varsity Diving Coach

    Posted April 25, 2014
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    Title: Varsity Diving Coach
    Department: Athletic Department
    Job Status: Part-time, work mostly afternoons including weekends
    Reports to: Director of Athletics and Director of Aquatics

    POSITION SUMMARY:
    Lead the Porter's Diving program under the guidance and in support of the athletic department. Responsible for the coaching of student athletes in preparation for competition.

    Essential Duties:
    1. Coaching: Organization and Administration of the Diving Program.
    a. Develop and maintain a program that is competitive within the Conference, Region and Nationally
    b. Conduct planned, organized practice sessions.
    c. Work with the Athletic Director/Varsity Swim Coach on scheduling
    d. Coordinate team travel plans, when needed.
    e. Responsible for equipment purchases in conjunction with the Athletic Director.
    f. Responsible for issuing and collection of uniforms and equipment in conjunction with Varsity Swim Coach
    g. Provide information as required by the Sports Information Director for press releases etc.
    h. Submit end of the season reports and submit names of award winners to designated person.
    i. Develop a knowledge of and adhere to the FOUNDER'S LEAGUE and NEPSSA rules and regulations.
     
    2. Organization and Administration of Recruitment and Retention Program.
    a. Develop knowledge of school's admissions policies, academic standards and financial aid programs.
    b. Develop an effective communication/recruitment program with prospective student-athletes.
    c. Develop a positive working relationship with the Admissions Office.
    d. Submit recruiting information when requested by the Director of Athletics.
    e. Work with the Director of Athletics/Dean of Academic Life with regards to special admits study halls, registration, etc.
    f. Develop contacts with local and national diving club teams.

    3. Public Relations/Related Activities
    a. Establish an effective communications network with the school’s faculty, administration and staff.
    b. Develop rapport with Alumni Office.
    c. Be available to speak before professional and community organizations when requested.

    4. Additional Professional Responsibilities
    a. Attend clinic and conferences related to your sport.
    b. Be an active member in state and nationals coaching organizations.
    c. Attend team meetings and activities.
    d. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.


    Please submit your resume and letter of interest electronically (include job title in your subject line) to:

    Jez McIntosh, Director of Athletics
  • Faculty Positions

    Miss Porter's School accepts applications on an ongoing basis for teaching positions in English, French, Latin, Spanish, history, art history, science, mathematics, visual and performing arts, and computer science. Please submit your materials to careers@missporters.org to the attention of Associate Head of School Carol Santos. You will be notified if your application and qualifications match a position opening.

    Classroom responsibilities involve four or five 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.Bachelor's degree required for all faculty positions; Master's preferred.

Penn Residency Master's in Teaching

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Residency Master's in Teaching program is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation's leading Boarding Schools. The program provides aspiring teachers an opportunity to receive a master's degree in education in concert with the exceptional fellowship programs offered by each school.

If you are interested, please contact Carol Santos, Associate Head of School at careers@missporters.org. Please include PRMT in the subject line of your email.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.gse.upenn.edu/boarding