Careers

The Ellis School is deeply committed to its all-girls environment, which allows each girl to develop into her own unique best self in an atmosphere that both challenges and cherishes each student. Ellis prepares its students to become independent, resilient, thoughtful young women with the confidence, self-knowledge, and skills to explore and pursue their passions in college and beyond.

Current Openings

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  • Administrative Assistant for After-school and Summer Programs, Part-time

    The Ellis School, the only all-girls independent school in Pittsburgh serving students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, is seeking an energetic, responsible individual who exhibits skills in administration and organization and has a background and/or interest in education. This position will work in tandem with the Director of After-school and Summer Programs to coordinate programming throughout the year. 

    This position is year-round. Regular hours are flexible because some work can be performed off-site. A computer will be provided by The Ellis School for administrative tasks.
     
    Primary Responsibilities:
    • To communicate daily with the Director on duties, tasks, and deadlines
    • To be well-versed in Google platforms so as to effectively complete administrative tasks
    • To support the After-school staff when needed 
    • To be available for on-site meetings at Ellis during the year (scheduled in advance)
    • To be on-site for June summer camps as an assistant to the Director 
    • To know and follow the mission of The Ellis School and incorporate into after-school and summer programming
    • To work cooperatively with the Director
    • To consistently work 20–25 hours a week in order to fulfill administrative duties
    Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree is preferred
    Technical Skills:
    • Proficiency in Microsoft, Excel, Google Docs/Sheets, and flexibility to learn new software
    • Efficiency in typing and meeting deadlines
    Personal Skills:
    • Ability to handle large volume and variety of tasks efficiently
    • Attention to detail and the ability to see the “big picture” 
    • Anticipation of, and planning for, deadlines
    Compensation:
    20-25 hours a week at a competitive hourly rate
    Summer hours will be flexible and discussed with Director.

    To Apply:
    Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Wendy Wu (Ellis Business Office) at opportunities@theellisschool.org. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by August 5, 2019.
    • Cover letter
    • Professional resume
    • Names and contact information of three professional references
    The Ellis School does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in employment. The Ellis community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. 

    Questions should be directed to Jenna Hayes, Director of After-school and Summer Programs: hayesj@theellisschool.org.
  • Alumnae Engagement Officer, Part-time

    The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Alumnae Engagement Officer. The only all-girls independent school in Pittsburgh serving students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, the School is known for offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in a supportive, welcoming environment. The Ellis School is deeply committed to its all-girls environment, which allows each girl to develop into her own unique best self in an atmosphere that both challenges and cherishes each girl. Ellis prepares its students to become independent, resilient, thoughtful young women with the
    confidence, self-knowledge, and skills to explore and pursue their passions in college and beyond.

    Ellis is seeking an energetic, innovative, and engaging part-time Alumnae Engagement Officer to work closely with the Director of Development and Alumnae Engagement and others in the Development Office to further alumnae engagement with the school. The Alumnae Engagement Officer will be responsible for growing and implementing a comprehensive, year-round plan for connecting with, and building support from, Ellis alumnae.

    This position will be responsible for overseeing all current alumnae engagement activities and expanding the School’s program by developing innovative programming to engage with alumnae locally and nationally, rebooting the Ellis Alumnae Association, overseeing and writing all alumnae communications (including Ellis Alumnae Connect, the quarterly electronic newsletter, and Class Notes), and strengthening the alumnae volunteer network. This key member of the Development Team will assist the Assistant Director of Annual Giving in increasing alumnae participation in the Annual Fund and general giving to the School.

    The position reports to the Director of Development and Alumnae Engagement. Preference will be given to candidates with the following attributes:
    ● Bachelor’s degree required
    ● A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, organizational, and time-management skills
    ● Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately in written and oral communications
    ● The ability to develop and execute long-range plans
    ● Strong project management skills
    ● Experience managing volunteers
    ● A commitment to inclusive, collaborative teamwork
    ● A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices and respect for the confidentiality of donor information
    ● Commitment to all-girls education
    ● Familiarity with, and a deep love for, The Ellis School

    To Apply:
    Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Wendy Wu at
    opportunities@theellisschool.org Preference will be given to candidates who apply by August 16, 2019:
    ● Cover letter
    ● Professional resume
    ● Names and contact information of three professional references

    The Ellis School does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in employment. The Ellis community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences.

    Questions should be directed to Carly Carstens, Director of Development and Alumnae Engagement, at reedc@theellisschool.org.
  • Dance Instructor, Part-time

    The Ellis School is seeking a part-time Dance Instructor beginning in August 2019. Responsibilities include teaching Lower School and Middle School dance classes as well as providing choreography for some pre-kindergarten–grade 12 productions. There may be occasional after-school components to this position.

    The only all-girls independent school in Pittsburgh serving students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, The Ellis School is known for offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in a supportive, welcoming environment. The Ellis School is deeply committed to its all-girls environment, which allows each girl to develop into her own unique best self in an atmosphere that both challenges and cherishes each girl. Ellis prepares its students to become independent, resilient, thoughtful young women with the confidence, self-knowledge, and skills to explore and pursue their passions in college and beyond. 
     
    Qualifications:
    A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skill in a range of dance disciplines and techniques and have three to five years of experience teaching students of lower and middle school ages. An inventive and collaborative approach to the performing arts is a must. Ideal candidates will also possess a commitment to using innovative pedagogical practices and technology to enhance instruction, as well as enthusiasm about all-girls education. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated enthusiasm for working with and teaching children and adolescents, a strong sense of school community and teamwork, and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The Ellis community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.
     
    To Apply:
    Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Wendy Wu at opportunities@theellisschool.org. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by August 9, 2019:
    • Cover letter
    • Professional resume
    • Transcripts
    • Names and contact information of three professional references
    The Ellis School does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in employment. The Ellis community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. 

    Questions should be directed to Sara Sturdevant, Performing Arts Department Chair, at sturtevants@theellisschool.org.
  • Extended Day Staff Member, Part-time

    The Ellis School is seeking an energetic, responsible individual who loves working with
    children to fill a part-time position in our After-school Program. A willingness to work as part of a team providing a safe and fun environment for elementary school girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 is required. Experience working with children is preferred.

    The position runs September through June. Regular hours are from 2:00–6:00 p.m. daily; however, full days may be required as predetermined throughout the school year. 

    Primary Responsibilities:
    • To take attendance of students upon arrival and take charge of student dismissal
    • To supervise active play in the gym and on the playground
    • To help prepare snacks
    • To supervise activities in various meeting and play spaces
    • To support Extended Day staff working in Middle School and Upper School
    • To know and follow the rules of the School and remind students to do the same when in attendance in the Extended Day Program
    • To be energetic and interact with students
    • To work cooperatively with colleagues
    • To show up consistently and on time for duties
    • Occasional lifting may be required
    Compensation:
    Hourly wage of $11; paid monthly (average $880 monthly dependent on hours worked)

    Please send resumes to Director of After-school and Summer Programs Jenna Hayes at hayesj@theellisschool.org.

    The Ellis School does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, sex, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in employment. We do not discriminate in student recruitment, admissions, financial aid, or any other aspect of the School’s program, except on the basis of age and sex in fulfillment of the School’s mission.
  • Athletics Coaches

    The Ellis School seeks experienced candidates for coaching positions. These positions will be responsible for developing the athletic program and players under the direction of the Athletic Director.
     
    The Successful Candidate Will Possess:
    • Experience teaching applicable skills and strategies that apply to the skill level of the players.
    • Proven ability to exemplify the highest standard of leadership, sportsmanship, and respect.
    • Ability to attend all team practices and competitions.
    • Knowledge of appropriate safety measures to ensure the well being of players.
    • CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)

    Current Openings:
    Fall Season (2019):
    • Middle School Soccer Head Coach
    Winter Season (2019–2020):
    • Middle School Swim Head Coach/Assistant Varsity Coach
    • Middle School Basketball Head Coach
    Spring Season (2020):
    • Varsity Track Head Coach
    • Varsity Track Assistant Coach

    Interested candidates should contact Shayla Scott, Athletic Director, at 412-661-5992, ext 102 or email at scotts@theellisschool.org
  • College Counseling Assistant, Part-time

    Under the supervision of the Director of College Counseling, the professional in this position maintains student records for the College Counseling office and assists the college counselor in the performance of their duties. The ideal candidate must be able to work with all constituencies (students, parents, faculty, staff, visitors, and college admissions professionals), have excellent communication skills, be responsive to the constituents we serve, maintain high standards of confidentiality, exercise appropriate professional judgement, and demonstrate well-developed computer skills (see below).

    Essential Duties:
    • Assist in the preparation and production of office messages and marketing pieces
    • Organize and maintain print materials and resources for students/families
    • Assist college counselor in preparing for major programs with registrations, materials, room reservations, food, presentations, etc.
    • Maintain and manage record keeping for current and previously enrolled students
    • Data entry and analysis - enter biographical and test score data into our college counseling software suite
    • Schedule and coordinate appointments for college representatives who seek to visit the school
    • Assist in scheduling larger group meetings between the Director of College Counseling and other constituents
    • Prepare and update transcripts for juniors and seniors, upload initial, mid-year, and final transcripts to our college counseling software suite, respond to requests for transcripts to be sent when requested by Ellis alumnae
    • Assist with preparation and proctoring for testing programs (PSAT, APs, and any other standardized tests)
    • Maintain and manage databases for summer programs, scholarships, and college representative visits
    • Engage with professional development opportunities
    • Perform other tasks as required by the Director of College Counseling and the Ellis community

    Education:

    Bachelor's degree preferred

    Personal Skills/Qualifications:
    • Ability to handle a large volume and variety of tasks efficiently
    • Flexibility and adaptability to respond to the changing needs and duties of the office
    • Attention to detail and the ability to see the “big picture”
    • Ability to work independently and show initiative
    • Anticipation of, planning for, and meeting deadlines
    • Someone who finds joy in working with the messy and sometimes erratic nature of teenage girls and their families
    • Connection to the mission and vision of The Ellis School
    • Sensitivity to the emotional and confidential nature of the college admissions process

    Technical Skills:

    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge/skill level to be able to proofread Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Familiarity with college counseling software (SCOIR, Naviance, etc.) is not essential but would be an advantage.

    Please Note:
    This position is part-time and hours will be set per trimester during the academic year. Summer hours will be flexible. There will be some mandatory evening and weekend duties through the school year.

    Compensation:
    Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

    To Apply:
    Please submit a resume and cover letter to Keith Bryner, Director of College Counseling, at opportunities@theellisschool.org.
The Ellis School does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, sex, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in employment. We do not discriminate in student recruitment, admissions, financial aid, or any other aspect of the School’s program, except on the basis of age and sex in fulfillment of the School’s mission.

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