The Pennington School seeks a Director of Summer Programs for the development, implementation, and execution of a comprehensive summer program for continued sustained growth. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the director of this revenue-producing program should lead with an entrepreneurial spirit and be part of our School’s strategic initiative to provide individuals with opportunities to explore their passions and interests outside of the classroom. We strive to provide programming for our current students while also creating an opportunity to introduce prospective families and the community to the breadth of our offerings.
Dedicated to educating a diverse student population for nearly two centuries, we are one of America’s oldest private schools. Our 54-acre suburban campus is located in the heart of Pennington, NJ, midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Our campus consists of academic buildings with classrooms that have been updated as of 2016 with state-of-the-art learning and technology tools; three student residential buildings with eighty dormitory rooms; sports facilities that include an aquatic center with an indoor pool, wellness center, numerous sports fields, artificial turf field, track, and outdoor tennis courts; a campus center with a snack bar and school store; and a full health center. In addition, our arts and academic spaces are home to a “black box” theater, a Makerspace fully equipped with tools for engineering, and more.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Create, implement, and manage a long-term strategic plan for summer programs that aligns with Pennington’s mission and strategic priorities
Collaborate with key stakeholders (including administration and faculty) to ensure that key programs include Pennington faculty as well as outside groups and that all programs are aligned with TPS strategic priorities
Explore new opportunities to expand on current programs in order to achieve institutional objectives for revenue-producing auxiliary programs
Oversee and manage all summer programs and employees
Oversee use of the campus and all facilities for summer programs and collaborate with key School administrators on prioritization
Develop and oversee a clearly defined risk-management plan that summer programs follow
Collaborate with internal and external constituents to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy that is aligned with admission objectives and goals, including proper School branding
Work in conjunction with Human Resources to ensure proper compliance, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and development of summer program staff
Ensure knowledge of and compliance with all regulatory policies, rules, and guidelines for summer programs
Develop and maintain a comprehensive operating budget for the program, including fee schedules and expenditure controls
Collaborate with appropriate staff on the scheduling of classroom, fields, facilities, dorms, dining, and activities
Establish procedures for handling all student and parent inquiries and information, including health and behavioral issues, keeping in close communication with School administration
Continually assess the overall program to see if there are any changes that need to be made for optimum functioning
Attend programs and events best aligned to promote The Pennington School’s summer programs and camps
This position is full-time, twelve (12) months per year, exempt from overtime, and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.
Successful candidates are required to be fingerprinted and receive successful approval from a criminal background check with the State of New Jersey Department of Education before beginning work.
An individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Pennington School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, military service, or any other characteristics or activity protected by law.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements by email.
Requirements and Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of previous and related experience in an educational setting; advanced degree preferred
Prior success with creating innovative ideas for summer programming
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Strong leadership abilities, management and organizational skills
Familiarity/experience working in an independent school setting preferred
Coursework in/knowledge of risk management required
CPR/First Aid certification required
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
About The Pennington School
The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational day-boarding school with 520 students in grades 6–12, and a faculty and staff of approximately 150. The Pennington School is committed to developing individual excellence in all of its students.
The School’s 54-acre campus is ideally situated near Princeton, NJ, just 40 miles from Philadelphia, PA and 60 miles from New York City.