Employment at Portledge

Portledge is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational day school, which has always been known as a place where community comes first. To this end, there are strong connections between students and faculty; faculty and parents, guardians and grandparents; and the school and its alumni. We often come together to celebrate Portledge as one community.

Interested applicants should send a resume with references and a cover letter to hr@portledge.org. Applicants should also complete the Employment Application & Background Release Authorization and submit this form at the same time. Please reference the position you are applying for and where you learned about the position. No phone calls, please.

Portledge School celebrates diversity and seeks students, faculty, and administrators from different backgrounds. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, creed or national origin in the administration of its admissions, tuition assistance, employee hiring, or any other policies and procedures.

We look forward to you joining the Portledge community.

Open Positions

All applicants are required to complete the Employment Application & Background Release Authorization form when applying for a position at Portledge, and submit it at the same time as sending a resume.

Portledge School accepts resumes for teachers on an ongoing basis and keeps them on file in the event of an opening.  Please feel free to send your resume and cover letter to hr@portledge.org.

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  • Director of Operations

    Role Focus:
    The role of the Director of Operations is an integral part of the Portledge School administration responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of safety and physical plant maintenance including custodial services. The DOS will report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and will directly manage our Facilities Supervisor, Custodial Supervisor, and our security staff. 

    Education and Experience:
    The ideal candidate will minimally have a Bachelor’s degree, although a Masters degree would be preferred. A strong background in facilities and knowledge of security management is required. The ability to work cooperatively with a team is essential as is one’s ability to communicate effectively and timely and work independently with sound judgment. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office or Google Doc programs is also important. A proven track record demonstrating strong analytical skills and attention to detail is required. Independent school experience or experience working for a nonprofit organization would be a plus.
    Overview of Responsibilities:
    • Together with the Facilities Supervisor and CFO, identify and manage preventative maintenance and capital project initiatives including building, mechanical systems, and equipment.
    • In coordination with the Custodial Supervisor and Facilities Director establish and maintain standards of housekeeping maintenance and repairs commensurate with the preservation of property, safety, the quality of student and faculty life, functional use and aesthetic values.
    • Act as principal liaison with the Master Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees.
    • Evaluate ongoing opportunities for facilities improvement and expansion, including the support of maintenance of quality relationships with our neighbors.
    • Ensure all safety systems are fully functioning and security systems are operating within established parameters and in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
    • Manage risk at the school to ensure the safety of students and personnel in their use of the facilities.
    • Maintain all facility records in a neat and organized manner.
    • Compliance with all city, state, and federal regulations.
    • Provide and update a 3-5 year maintenance plan outlining projected costs and elimination of deferred maintenance.
    • Lead school safety meetings with employees and maintain a positive and open channel of communication with all constituents.
    • Prepare for the transfer of facility and field utilization and scheduling to the operations department.
    • Represent the school at various regional, state and national associations relative to the role of Director of Operations as appropriate.
    • Develop and maintain a high standard of customer service in all areas of responsibility.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the CFO and/or Head of School.
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to walk for long periods of time around campus.
    • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to climb stairs.
    • Ability to sit at a desk and work on a computer.
    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Ability to Learn and teach others established processes - Recognizes the importance of learning and motivates others by own enthusiasm. Is able to learn and reproduce the current processes and recommend best practices to streamline them.
    • Time Management Skills - Manages many tasks and projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines and promises. Maintains work/life balance without compromising expectations of others. Respected for the ability to “find” or “make” time to get things done.
    • Organizational Skills - Creates action plans to meet divisional goals and objectives. Conducts periodic reviews of progress and measures against goals. Establishes broad policies for the office to ensure success.
    • Communications Skills - Effectively communicates maintenance, security, and operational issues that are complex in nature. Maintains open communications channels with peers, administrators, and customers at the School.
    • Written Communication Skills - Effectively communicates broad and very complex business issues.
    • Problem Solving Skills - Considers a broad range of internal and external factors when solving problems. Grasps complexities and perceives relationships among different problems or issues.
    Other Qualifications:
    All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.

    Work Environment:
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, and other events.

    Application Notes:
    Please submit a cover letter indicating how you learned about this position and your resume in PDF form, saved with your last name to the Human Resources Director at hr@portledge.org
    Open until filled
    Start Date:
    August 2018
    Contact Information:
    Please contact human resources via email at hr@portledge.org with any additional questions regarding this opportunity.
  • Middle/Upper School Divisions: Per-Diem Substitute Teacher

    Portledge seeks substitute teacher candidates for Middle and Upper School. Substitutes should be willing to be in the classrooms of a large variety of subjects matters.  Qualified candidates will have a Bachelors Degree, teacher certification preferred. Interested candidates, please send resume, Employment Application, and cover letter to hr@portledge.org  
  • MS/US Special Education Teacher Consultant

    About Portledge School:
    Portledge School was founded in 1965 and is located on the beautiful North Shore of Long Island. Approximately fifty minutes from NYC by train, Portledge is nestled on a pastoral 63-acre tree-lined campus that is known for its cherry blossoms in spring.  Enrolling approximately 515 students in grades PN-12, Portledge offers a competitive college preparatory program in a warm, inclusive community. We seek to inspire our students to realize their individual potential by developing critical thinking skills and moral courage necessary for lifelong learning in an increasingly complex world. Portledge is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.  

    Job Description/Responsibilities:
    Portledge School seeks to hire a full time Special Education Teacher Consultant to work with Middle and Upper School teachers in the classroom and on a consulting basis. Additional responsibilities include participating collegially in meetings and initiatives of the Middle and Upper School divisions and taking an active role in the life of the school community.  The ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate; strong collaborative skills, effective classroom management and an ability to help with differentiation.

    Our faculty work in a warm, collaborative environment...
    • Delivering consistent high-quality instruction, mentoring and teaching to students
    • Participating in collaborative planning and ongoing professional development and a professional learning community  
    • Staying current with current educational research and pedagogy related to classroom instruction and educational trends  
    • Maintaining an online Atlas curriculum database for courses taught
    • Attending a minimum of 4-6 evening/weekend programs that support the community throughout the year
    They are
    • Lifelong, intellectual learners who have a passion for teaching and mentoring children
    • Interested in and committed to teaching subject matter from multiple cultural perspectives
    • Clear about instructional goals
    • Knowledgeable about content
    • Clear communicators with their students about what is expected of them and why
    • Knowledgeable about their students
    • Willing to teach students metacognitive strategies
    • Prepared to offer effective feedback
    • Excited about and responsible for student outcomes
    • Minimum degree; BA in Special Education
    • Candidates with formal teaching experience given preference
    • Superb written and oral communication as well as organizational and time management skills
    • Belief in the value of all types of diversity within a school
    • A commitment to the qualities embodied by the Portledge pillars: Kindness, Purpose, Honor, Respect
    • A desire to nurture the whole child and to support students by attending all school events such as art, music, theater, athletics and community functions.
    • Committed to teaching and nurturing social emotional learning of children
    • Commitment to excellence and to professional and personal growth
    • Familiarity with and ability to use Google docs, drive and slides as both a professional collaboration tool and an integrated instructional tool in the classroom
    • Ability to develop trusting, supportive relationships with students
    • Coaching ability and enthusiasm is highly desired in a candidate
    Application Notes:
    Please submit a cover letter indicating how you learned about this position and your resume in PDF form, saved with your last name to the Human Resources Director at hr@portledge.org

    Open until filled

    Start Date:

    Contact Information:
    Please contact human resources via email at hr@portledge.org with any additional questions regarding this opportunity.
  • Custodial Associate

    Portledge School is seeking an additional member of the Custodial team.  Primary responsibilities include:
    • Heavy cleaning of all classrooms, bathrooms, floors including stripping and waxing of floors.
    • Post-event tear down and clean up.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    Employees in this title are required to possess the ability to perform all the essential tasks listed above with or without reasonable accommodations including the following physical demands: All employees in this job title must be able to lift, push, pull and/or move objects weighing up to 60 pounds and have the ability to bend and reach.
    SALARY: Commensurate with experience
    JOB TYPE: Part-time - nights
  • Lower School Division: Per-Diem Substitute Teacher

    Portledge seeks Elementary substitute teacher candidates. Qualified candidates will have a Bachelors Degree, teacher certification preferred. A warm, nurturing educational community with small class sizes makes Portledge an ideal setting in which to substitute teach. Interested candidates, please send resume, Employment Application, and cover letter to hr@portledge.org


  • Portledge offers 90% tuition remission for faculty members whose children qualify for admission, and as budgeting permits.
  • All school lunches are free to faculty.
  • After school care is available at a discounted rate.
  • Portledge agrees to help sponsor further education opportunities on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All faculty receives access to the school weight room free of charge.
  • A variety of departments have Acorn endowment funds that are dispersed to faculty for professional development through the endowment committee.
  • As part of its adherence to health and wellness, Portledge offers free weekly classes to faculty in yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness/meditation.

State of the School: Faculty

Former President of the Board of Trustees, Stephen Palacios, and Head of School, Simon Owen-Williams, share their thoughts and answer community questions about the state of Portledge School. In this segment, the topic is centered on our faculty.

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