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At Tandem Friends School, we believe that the finest education is achieved through an active partnership between faculty and students. We honor students by holding them to high standards. Teachers are dedicated to the intellectual, aesthetic and moral growth of each student. In turn, our students are expected to enter into this partnership with a sense of responsibility and respect for their mentors and for the entire school community. 

Our high expectations of students are possible because our faculty and staff meet a high standard of professional and personal excellence in their work. All teacher candidate finalists spend a full day here and teach sample classes. We actively foster our employees' continuing growth through professional development funding and an environment that is characterized by open communication, collaboration and a strong sense of community. The combination of motivated students, engaged families, active institutional support and highly qualified employees makes this a dynamic learning community. 

Tandem Friends School is a co-educational, diverse, independent day school for grades 5-12. The school is located on a 31-acre campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded as The Tandem School in 1970, and was affiliated as a Quaker (Friends) school in 1995.

Tandem Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Tandem Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or national ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Current Openings

Current employment opportunities are listed below; coaching positions are listed on the right. Please send all inquiries and candidate materials to the email address designated for each position and specified in the description below. Here is a link to the Employment Application that must be completed by all job applicants. No phone calls please. 

Teaching Positions

Upper School Positions

Upper School Math Teacher 

Tandem Friends School, a co-ed, Quaker, 5th-12th grade independent day school in Charlottesville, Virginia, seeks an experienced Upper School Math Teacher to begin in August, 2024.

As a community of just under 300 students, faculty and staff, close interpersonal connections are a defining feature of life at Tandem Friends School. TFS also strives to place student voice and agency at the center of the classroom experience. Tandem Friends seeks teachers from all backgrounds who bring diverse skills and  knowledge, a willingness to learn new things, and an appreciation for collaboration with students. At TFS, all teachers are active community members who share in the general support and care of the school community, serve as student advisors, chaperone overnight trips, and participate in a wide range of community activities.  

The ideal candidate will possess: 

  • the ability to teach a range of high school math courses from Geometry to Calculus (preferred)
  • the ability to teach students of a wide range of age and ability levels and be able to differentiate instruction accordingly
  • a pedagogical approach that incorporates equitable and inclusive strategies and curricula
  • a knowledge of and comfort with online tools and pedagogies
  • enthusiasm for Quaker values, including principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging
  • a self-awareness in regard to one’s own strengths and areas for growth; an approach to others characterized by empathy and generosity of spirit
  • an eagerness to partner with a dynamic and dedicated team of colleagues in the day-to-day activities of the school
  • an ability and willingness to engage professionally with students, parents, colleagues and other members of the TFS community.
  • a Bachelor’s degree (ideally with a concentration in mathematics, computer science or a related field); a Master’s degree is preferred but not required

Tandem Friends School aspires to be an equitable and inclusive school community. The school seeks applications from candidates with a high degree of cultural competence who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and references to mathpositions@tandemfs.org.

Administrative and Support Staff Positions
 
Director of College Counseling
Tandem Friends School is now accepting applications for the role of Director of College Counseling. Position to begin on or before July 1, 2024 or possibly earlier dependent upon candidate availability. Click here for Director of College Counseling Full Position Posting - Spring 2024.

Position Summary:
The Director of College Counseling is responsible for all aspects of the college counseling program. In keeping with our ethos as a school, we are looking for a professional who takes great joy in working with adolescents and helping to guide them and their families through the steps that take them into higher education and fulfilling lives of integrity, creative expression and service.

Core responsibilities:
  • Meet individually with juniors and seniors and their families throughout the college process, helping students and families select appropriate colleges and universities.
  • Develop and lead upper school programming for students to educate them and their families about the nuances of the college admissions process.
  • Support students in their submission of applications and manage the school’s submission of official transcripts, recommendations, report forms, and school profile, as needed.
  • Write counselor letters of recommendation for each senior (approximately 36 students).
  • Schedule and host college admissions representatives for visits to Tandem Friends.
  • Counsel and assist students and families as they identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities. 
  • Manage PSAT, SAT and AP testing for students, including scheduling test dates, registering students, and administering exams.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with colleges through attendance at conferences, counselor information sessions, and college visits.
  • Participate in professional development to promote self-growth, build relationships, and remain current with programs, policies, and practices that meet the needs of our students.
  • Lead and implement a week-long “Senior Week” to support seniors in all aspects of the college application process.
  • Serve on the school’s Academic Committee and advise students, families and teachers regarding curricular and programmatic issues.
  • AT TFS, all members of school administration are active community members who share in the general support and care of the school community and participate in schoolwide programming and activities, including overnight trips. 

How to Apply:
Tandem Friends School aspires to be an equitable and inclusive school community. The school welcomes applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 
 
We are now accepting applications. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three to five professional references, including contact information to collegecounselingposition@tandemfs.org. References will not be contacted until after initial interviews with candidates. Although applications will be welcomed while this posting is still active, for best consideration, candidates should submit materials by April 1st.

Director of Development
Tandem Friends School is now accepting applications for the role of Director of Development. Position to begin on or before July 1, 2024 or possibly earlier dependent upon candidate availability. Click here for Director of Development Full Position Posting - Spring 2024

The Director of Development is the school’s principal fundraising strategist who works closely with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, the development team, alumni, community members and volunteers to engage donors, build resources, and enhance the culture of philanthropy at Tandem Friends School. The Director of Development is responsible for designing and implementing multi-year giving, cultivation, stewardship and communications programs that optimize philanthropy in support of the school. The Director of Development serves as the chief fundraiser of the School, manages development department staff, is the primary liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and assumes oversight for all aspects of the Development Office. The Director of Development will report to the Head of School and will join a dedicated leadership team collaboratively responsible for shaping the school’s practices, policies, and strategic direction.

Core Responsibilities
  • Develop forward-thinking, strategic priorities and plans to achieve goals and grow all areas of development–annual giving, major giving, capital/endowment giving, events, grants and planned giving.
  • Create annual fundraising plans and oversee implementation in all areas of development and in all constituent engagement areas (parents, board, alumni, grandparents, alumni families, etc.). 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the whole school community: colleagues, students, parents, grandparents and alumni, and fully participate in the life of the school.
  • Recruit, train, support and manage volunteers in philanthropic activities.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of leadership Annual Gift and Major Gift prospects.
  • Partner with the Head of School, Director of Major Giving and key volunteers to strategize about donor prospects and crafting gift opportunities. Oversee necessary prospect research and summaries. Prepare the Head of School and key volunteers for solicitations.
  • Supervise the work of the development and engagement staff including Advancement Associate, Director of Annual Giving and Director of Major Giving.
  • Serve as liaison to the Advancement Board Committee and attend Board meetings as directed by the Head of School. Produce development reports for the committee and board.
  • Manage departmental budget, act as liaison between development and business office and produce reports, maintain and report data on time, and reconcile monthly to ensure gift and expense records are correct in both offices.
  • Engages in cultural fluency work and supports the School's diversity, equity and inclusion values and policies and practices.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing and Communications Team and other appropriate colleagues to draft and publish school-wide fundraising communications including, but not limited to, solicitation and campaign materials, an alumni newsletter, and an Annual Report.
  • Represents Tandem Friends School at local and regional mission-related events.
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team and Administrative Team and others as needed or directed. 
  • Other duties as needed and assigned by the Head of School.

    How to Apply:
    Tandem Friends School aspires to be an equitable and inclusive school community. The school welcomes applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 
     
    We are now accepting inquiries. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three to five professional references, including contact information to this advancementpositions@tandemfs.org. References will not be contacted until after initial interviews with candidates. Although inquiries will be welcomed while this posting is still active, for best consideration, candidates should submit materials by April 1st.

    For general inquiries only, please email: HR@tandemfs.orgNo phone calls please.

    Coaching Positions

    For inquiries regarding coaching positions, please email your resume and a description of your experience to our Athletic Director at tfscoachingpositions@tandemfs.org

    A completed employment application, references, a background check, and a good driving record are required of all coaches, as well as First Aid/CPR/AED (can be attained after hire). No phone calls please. Here is a link to the Employment Application that must be completed by all job applicants. 

    Current Coaching Positions Open
     
    No positions at this time.

    Coaches report directly to the Director of Athletics. They are responsible for but not limited to communications to parents, updating the calendar, uniform distribution and collection, and  creating and maintaining a comprehensive training plan. Practices range from one hour in length (Middle School) to up to two hours for Upper School. Driving is required. Middle School games are within the Charlottesville area, and Upper School game locations vary. 
     
    Middle School practices usually take place from 4pm-5pm. Upper School practices follow Middle School practices for Court Sports and run from 4pm-6pm for Field Sports.
     
    These are stipend positions. Stipends vary based on sports level and time commitment. Coaching experience is required.