Summer Employment

Employment

Our beautiful New England campus in summer

Seasonal summer employment for the summer of 2020

Putney is a progressive, coeducational, boarding school of 230 students located in Putney, Vermont, with a Summer Program open to approximately 250 students. Putney is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community that embraces differences, seeks inclusivity, and demands cultural awareness, and we hire accordingly.

For all positions, preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have prior teaching or leadership experience and who enjoy working with teenagers
  • Are able to commit to a high level of focused engagement and participation in workshops and in all aspects of the community with students for the six+ weeks of employment
  • Have a career interest or college major in the visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, farming, culinary arts, or education
  • Are conscientious, hardworking, able to sustain focused engagement each day with little time off
  • Are committed to participating fully in a community free of electronic devices
  • Are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of all
  • Enjoy working with a mind-set to anticipate needs and to step-up wherever needed to help the community thrive
 

Cell Phone and electronic devices

The Putney School Summer Arts is a device-free community. Students are not permitted to have phones or any other device with internet connectivity while taking part in the program. To that end, employees of the program are not permitted to use their personal phones or internet devices in the presence of students. Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used in the privacy of your housing or off-campus when students are not present. Employees should never allow a student to use their phone.

 

Summer Faculty

We seek individuals who will teach and who are eager to continue to develop and explore their teaching practice using Putney as a teaching laboratory. We seek individuals who will work well in collaboration with fellow teachers in this summer studio community on our boarding school campus. A strong studio practice is essential, with preference given to individuals with a minimum of 3-5 years teaching in a variety of settings.

The majority of our faculty are provided with school housing for the summer. Housing is simple, usually a single room, with a shared bathroom down the hall. It is in part through living on campus and though our day-to-day presence at meals and as part of the campus community that we come to know our students. All staff employed by The Putney School for the summer serve as very real role models for our students in many regards, not just in a studio or formal teaching setting. We are a device-free community. Employees may use electronic devices only in the privacy of their on-campus housing, in offices, or off-campus when students are not present. All faculty and staff serve in loco parentis for our students during the summer. Most of our students are minors; many are away from home for the first time.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, faculty provide tangible support for dormitory heads by serving as a dormitory liaison and supervising a dormitory at least one evening each week. This can be extremely rewarding and demanding work. Teachers and staff should expect to be alert and ready to help out when called on, even at unexpected times of day or night. Employees reasonably suspected of being under the influence of any legally controlled substance, including alcohol, while in the workplace or while acting as an agent of the school at any time in any location will be asked to vacate the work-site immediately.

Employment dates for Lead Teachers are from Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, August 8, 2020. Lead teachers are being hired to teach the following workshops:

  • Animation
  • Art/Activism/Impact
  • Ceramics
  • Culinary Lab
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Farm
  • Fashion Design
  • Filmmaking
  • Glass Arts
  • Metal Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Songwriting
  • Storytelling
  • Theater
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Weaving & Fiber Arts
  • Writing People, Writing Place

For the summer Faculty positions, please fill out our online employment application

 
 
 

Summer Co-Head of a Dormitory/Apprentice Teacher

Co-Head of a Dormitory/Apprentice Teacher offers individuals the opportunity to pursue approaches to teaching while working and living alongside lead teachers and artists.

Co-Heads of a Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers live in student dormitories on campus in a supervisory role, leading and overseeing middle and high school students in a dormitory and in a wide variety of diverse activities over the course of the summer. This includes assisting in a specific workshop, teaching an evening activity, leading afternoon outdoor activities, co-leading a camping overnight, serving as chaperone at dances and special events, both on campus and off.

We give priority to individuals who are actively seeking the opportunity to teach high school students and who have begun to establish their own studio practice. In their application, we ask candidates to speak to their educational and professional goals for the summer. The daily schedule is full, often well into the evening, with limited time off.

All positions require being engaged in taking a leadership role in each facet of the programs in which Apprentice Teachers/Co-Heads of Dormitories are involved.

Apprentice teachers need to be alert and ready to help out when called on. This can occur at unexpected and unscheduled times of the day or night.

Employees reasonably suspected of being under the influence of any legally controlled substance, including alcohol, while in the workplace or while acting as an agent of the school at any time in any location will be asked to vacate the work-site immediately. Preference is given to applicants with leadership experience in a camp setting, coaching, teaching, tutoring and to those who can demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of teenagers, with a willingness to continue to learn.

Candidates must be 21 years old by the start of the programs. We seek individuals who are serious about working with teenagers in a boarding school environment in collaboration with practicing artists and teachers.

Employment dates for Apprentice Teachers/Co-Head of a Dormitory are from 4pm Sunday, June 21 through noon Saturday, August 8, 2020.

14 positions for Apprentice Teacher/Co-Head of a Dormitory are open to apprentice in the following workshops:

  • Ceramics
  • Culinary Lab
  • Drawing
  • Farm
  • Fashion Design
  • Filmmaking
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Songwriting
  • Storytelling
  • Writing People, Writing Place

For summer Co-Head of a Dormitory/Apprentice Teacher positions, please complete our online employment application

 
 
 

Summer Residential Life Coordinator

The Residential Life Coordinator trains and leads dormitory heads and is dean of students. The Residential Life Coordinator:

  • Leads 14 Co-Heads of Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers through an established schedule of training during the orientation week prior to the arrival of students, continuing and reinforcing staff training throughout the summer
  • Gets to know students and their families prior to their arrival through reading student files and communication with families
  • Maintains daily communication with students and regular contact with families throughout the summer
  • Maintains community standards and actively supports all staff in setting a positive tone in the dormitories and in all aspects of the programs
  • Leads the group of students enrolled in the Staff in Training program

This position calls for an individual who has experience in leadership roles, appreciates teenagers, enjoys working in an educational setting, and is committed to working as a team.

The RLC is a key member of the five-person administrative team, lives on campus, organizes and participates in daily staff meetings and student events, and helps to set the tone of the programs for the summer. The RLC is part of the daily office coverage rotation. The RLC should expect to be alert and ready to help out when called on, even at unexpected times of day or night. The RLC reports to the Director of Summer Programs.

The RLC leads 15 Co-Heads of Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers through an established schedule of training during the orientation week prior to the arrival of students. The RLC supports the staff in setting a positive tone in the dormitories and in all residential components of the programs, reinforcing and continuing this training throughout the summer.

Employment dates for the RLC are from 4pm Tuesday, June 2 through 2pm Saturday, August 15, 2020.

As a member of the Summer Programs administrative team, the RLC lives on campus, participates in daily meetings, and is part of the daily office coverage rotation. The RLC supports all staff in setting a positive tone and in maintaining community standards in all residential components of the programs. The RLC should expect to be alert and ready to help out when called on, even at unexpected times of day or night. Employees reasonably suspected of being under the influence of any legally controlled substance, including alcohol, while in the workplace or while acting as an agent of the school at any time in any location will be asked to vacate the worksite immediately. The RLC reports to the Director of Summer Programs.

Employment dates for the RLC are from Tuesday, June 2 through Saturday, August 15, 2020.

For the summer Residential Life Coordinator, please complete our online employment application

 
 
 

​Summer Activities & Transportation Coordinator

The Activities & Transportation Coordinator is a member of the five person seasonal summer office team. This position calls for an individual who is committed to working well together with a team, someone who appreciates teenagers, and has experience leading and working with high-school age students and young adults.

Strong organizational skills, computer skills, and a detail oriented mindset are a must for this position. The ATC organizes and manages student travel including arrival and departure from airports, train stations, and bus stations. The ATC hires, orients, and manages bus drivers throughout the summer.

The ATC assists the Residential Life Coordinator in leading Co-Heads of Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers through an established schedule of training during the orientation week prior to the arrival of students. The Activities Coordinator leads the Afternoon Activity and Outback Overnight training.

As part of the Orientation Week, the ATC leads the Co-Heads of Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers on an Outback Overnight. The ATC organizes and manages school camping gear, camping sites, and leader and student assignments.

The ATC must demonstrate a high degree of comfort and commitment to safety when organizing and overseeing groups and leaders for overnight experiences in the woods, for all recreational Afternoon Activities, and in leading our Community Work Morning.

As a member of the Summer Programs administrative team, the ATC lives on campus, participates in daily meetings, and is part of the daily office coverage rotation. The ATC helps establish and maintain community standards and supports all staff in setting a positive tone in all residential components of the programs. The ATC should expect to be alert and ready to help out when called on, even at unexpected times of day or night. Employees reasonably suspected of being under the influence of any legally controlled substance, including alcohol, while in the workplace or while acting as an agent of the school at any time in any location will be asked to vacate the work-site immediately. The ATC reports to the Director of Summer Programs.

This position calls for an individual who is committed to working well together with a team, someone who appreciates teenagers, and has experience leading and working with high-school age students and young adults.

Employment dates for the ATC are from 4pm Tuesday, June 2 through 2pm Saturday, August 15, 2020.

For the summer Activities & Transportation Coordinator, please complete our online employment application

 
 
 

Summer Evening Office & ​Activities Coordinator

The EOAC manages the summer office during the evening hours from 6:30pm-10:30pm nightly. This requires an individual who has a high level of comfort with the responsibility to handle student and staff issues and concerns that can come up during the evening. The EOAC organizes and manages Evening Activity preparations, scheduling, teacher orientation and student placement for the Evening Activity program.

Outside of the evening office coverage hours, the EOAC provides clerical office and program support for students and staff, helps maintain the routines of the daily schedule, and supports a variety of special events throughout the summer.

The EOAC assists the Residential Life Coordinator in leading Co-Heads of Dormitory/Apprentice Teachers through an established schedule of training during the orientation week prior to the arrival of students. The EOAC prepares Apprentice teachers to teach in the Evening Activity program and reinforces this training, mentoring Apprentice Teachers in their Evening Activities throughout the summer.

As a member of the Summer Programs administrative team, the EOAC lives on campus, participates in daily meetings, and is part of the daily office coverage rotation. The EOAC helps establish and maintain community standards and supports all staff in setting a positive tone in all residential components of the programs. The EOAC should expect to be alert and ready to help out when called on, even at unexpected times of day or night. Employees reasonably suspected of being under the influence of any legally controlled substance, including alcohol, while in the workplace or while acting as an agent of the school at any time in any location will be asked to vacate the work-site immediately. The EOAC reports to the Director of Summer Programs.

Employment dates for the EOAC are from 4pm Tuesday, June 2 through 2pm Saturday, August 15, 2020.

For the summer Evening Office & Activities Coordinator, please complete our online employment application

 
 
 

Summer Health Services Positions

For more information on the positions listed below, please contact Sara Dunbar in Health Services at sdunbar@putneyschool.org or 802-387-6254

Health Services Coordinator - temporary, part-time, non-benefited position (estimated 4 to 8 hours per week)

AM Staff RN - part-time, hourly shift, (Mon - Fri, 7:45AM - 1:45PM)

PM Staff RN - part-time, hourly shift, (Mon - Fri, 1:30PM - 7:30PM)

Weekend RN - part-time combination of clinical and on-call hours, (Fri 7:30PM - Sun 7:30PM)

Weekday On-Call RN - part-time on-call at night (Sun - Thurs 7:30PM - 7:45AM)

 

Applications and resumes for all positions are accepted and reviewed until staffing is complete.
 
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The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)
summer@putneyschool.org

Summer Employment Opportunities