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, independent day school for grades 5-12 with a diverse enrollment of 224 students. 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. No phone calls please. 


Academic Administrator/Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Tandem Friends School seeks an Academic Administrator/Executive Assistant to the Head of School to provide consistent, confidential, and professional administrative support for school operations as directed by the Head of School. This position serves as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School, maintaining the Head’s schedule/appointments and preparing meeting agendas and minutes. The candidate organizes and manages a variety of administrative tasks relating to the smooth operations of the academic program and overall school activities. Additionally, the position is responsible for the accurate keeping of all student academic records and transcripts. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt position.

Additional responsibilities of this position include:
  • Serves as the School’s registrar to include the necessary distribution of records upon student transfer or matriculation.
  • Supervises classroom coverage and arranges substitute teachers on a daily basis as needed.
  • Prepares and manages the school calendar and schedules a variety of on- and off-campus events.
  • Shares in the coverage of the main office front desk on a daily basis.
  • Compiles information, reports, and presentations as requested by the Head or other senior administrators including managing periodic accreditation review by accrediting organization.
  • Organizes the details of grade-level trips including transportation, making reservations and tracking expenses.
  • Assists with planning campus-wide events, including Senior Commencement, Grandparent’s Day, Meeting for Worship, and others.
  • Acts as AP Exam Co-Coordinator in partnership including room preparation, exam ordering and returning, student registration, and proctor management and coordinates with the Business Office for exam billing.
  • Collaborates with Human Resources in posting faculty positions and receiving resumes as directed by the Head of School.
  • Coordinates Parent-Teacher Conference schedules and sign-ups.
Candidates must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality, have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances with a “can-do” attitude, and have exceptional interpersonal and organization skills with a great attention to detail. They must be able to make quick decisions, take initiative and prioritize tasks while working collaboratively and efficiently. The Academic Administrator/Executive Assistant to the Head of School must be proficient with technology including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps with experience in educational databases such as Blackbaud/On Products (preferred). The ideal candidate has high energy, a great sense of humor, is flexible and team oriented and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere. We seek candidates with 3+ years’ experience in education or as an executive assistant to a high-level school administrator or corporate executive. Bachelor’s degree expected.

This is an immediate opening. Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to

Middle School Director

Tandem Friends School
seeks an energetic, seasoned middle school administrator to be our next Middle School Director. Our 5th through 8th grade middle school program of approximately 115 students encourages student responsibility and academic challenge in developmentally grounded ways within a dynamic and supportive school community. Our academic program is a mix of progressive and traditional styles of teaching which incorporates integrated curricula and project/problem-based learning.

The Middle School Director is responsible for the daily operations of Middle School, including student guidance matters, teacher supervision, parent communications, and program development, as well as the general organizational matters of the division. As is the way of Friends Schools, teachers are highly involved in decisions that affect their division and school, thus we seek a division leader with a collaborative mindset and a skillset that supports both visionary leadership and collective decision making. Twelve Middle School teachers report directly to the Middle School Director.

The Middle School Director is a key member of the school’s senior leadership team; in addition to their primary focus on the general well-being and programmatic development of the middle school division, the Middle School Director is collaboratively involved in the full scope of school operations: admissions, marketing, development, budget management, anti-bias and inclusive practices, strategic planning and so forth.

We seek candidates for the Middle School Director position who, in addition to a strong foundation in Middle School academics and faculty supervision and growth, have significant experience in school guidance work with adolescents and whose experience prepares them to support the division in regard to adolescent development, equity and inclusion, and learning differences. Paramount to this position is love for the life stage that is middle school, and a solid understanding and deep appreciation of middle schoolers themselves, their families, and the teachers who are drawn to this age group.

The ideal candidate has: a profound understanding of both adolescent and adult development and the dynamics of school change; has high energy and a great sense of humor; is organized, flexible, team oriented; and is committed to diversity and inclusion and enthusiastic about Friends Education (Quaker Schools). We seek candidates with 3+ years experience in middle or upper school administrative roles and prior teaching experience. A Master’s degree is required. A background in counseling is a plus.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references to A more detailed position statement can be found on the right under Detailed Position Statements for Current Positions. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2017.

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

Detailed Position Statements for Current Openings

Coaching Positions

For inquiries regarding coaching positions, please contact Al Sadtler, Athletic Director, at with a resume and a description of your experience. 
The Middle School Basketball Coach position is now filled.

A background check is required for all positions.