Grow Your Career at Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, an independent school in Summit, NJ, has provided transformative Catholic education for students in grades PK-12 since 1924. We are excited that you are considering planting roots and joining our team of passionate educators and staff members.

Our school is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive work environment where employees feel valued, respected, and empowered. We believe that creating a positive workplace culture is critical to achieving our mission of guiding students to discover their purpose and positively impact the world.

As an employee at our school, you can work with a dedicated team of educators committed to providing an exceptional learning experience for our students. Our core values of integrity, collaboration, and excellence are reflected in everything we do, from our innovative curriculum to our commitment to professional development and growth.

We are looking for individuals who share our passion for education and are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages and a supportive and collaborative work environment where you can thrive personally and professionally.

If you are looking for a career that makes a meaningful impact on the lives of young people and shares our commitment to creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture, we encourage you to explore our open positions and apply today. We look forward to hearing from you and to the possibility of welcoming you to our school community.

Current Openings

Administration

Oak Knoll seeks a passionate educator to step into the all-girls 7-12 Upper School Division Head role for the 2024-25 school year. The school takes great pride in nurturing an environment that is compassionate, rigorous, joyful, disciplined, and intentionally develops head, heart, and spirit. An individual who brings energy, integrity, and intellect will thrive and experience success in the Oak Knoll community.

The ideal candidates will possess many of the following skills and attributes:

  • A deep commitment to the philosophy and mission of Catholic education and the ability to serve as the faith leader of the Upper School
  • A commitment to the unique academic and emotional needs of young women in grades 7 through 12
  • Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher
  • Impactful independent school leadership experience in upper and middle school settings
  • Experience with leading and supporting academic innovation, curriculum development, and instruction
  • Supportive, compassionate, approachable, accessible, and visible
  • An appreciation for the important role of parents in the education of their daughters
  • A leadership style that reflects the ability to be flexible, adaptable, proactive, and responsive
  • Thoughtful, respectful words and actions that reflect a depth of self-knowledge, grace, humility, and commitment to the mission of the school
  • The ability to inspire a highly capable faculty that includes teachers across the spectrum of experience
  • Kindness, patience, accessibility, and a sense of humor
  • An inspiring communicator who is warm, personable, transparent, and visible and who listens deeply to all community members while taking the time to understand the culture of Oak Knoll
  • Charismatic and skilled in building relationships within and beyond the Oak Knoll community, generating excitement about the Upper School Division experience

Candidates interested in this position are asked to review the attached Information for Candidates document and complete the application steps outlined therein.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

Business Office

Oak Knoll seeks a staff accountant to start immediatley.

Key Responsibilities:

Tuition Billing and Collection

  • Responsible for student billing and collection of payments
  • Communicates effectively to ensure tuition payment compliance.
  • Ensures all tuition is correctly posted on the sub-ledger using Blackbaud Tuition Management and exported to the general ledger.
  • Prepares reconciliation of tuition receivable and tuition revenue

Cash Management

  • Handles all aspects of cash and credit card receipts, including deposits and general ledger entries
  • Prepares monthly bank reconciliations
  • Works directly with the bank

Accounting

  • Makes monthly journal entries.
  • Prepares reconciliations for donations and other accounts as needed.
  • Works with our advancement office on several functions during the year, keeping track of revenues and expenses.
  • Assemble board committee meeting materials and logistics.

Enrollment

  • Works with our admissions office in sending out enrollment contracts and keeping track of enrollment numbers.

Audit

  • Supports school audit by producing schedules needed by our auditors.

Other

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance and CFO

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • Effective communication and writing skills.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word and Adobe
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

To apply, please complete the online employment application.

Athletics

Assistant Lacrosse Coach

Oak Knoll is looking to hire an experienced lacrosse coach. This position will assist with practice plans, help manage games, develop players, and provide a safe and competitive environment. The ideal candidate will have playing experience. We seek someone who can be a lead JV coach and commit to the weekday and Saturday schedule from March 14-June.

Assistant Softball Coach

Oak Knoll is looking to hire an experienced softball coach, ideally with playing experience. This position will assist with practice plans, help manage games, develop players, and provide a safe and competitive environment.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

To apply, please complete the online employment application.

Faculty

Oak Knoll seeks a dedicated pre-K4 teacher to join our dynamic early childhood team, playing a vital role in providing a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for our students.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement age-appropriate lesson plans that foster cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
  • Teach all core subjects: language arts, math, science, social studies, and religion.
  • Create a warm and welcoming classroom environment that encourages exploration, curiosity, and active learning.
  • Plan and facilitate engaging activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling, music, movement, and sensory experiences.
  • Plan and prepare students for special events for PreK4, including but not limited to a Christmas performance, a Spring performance, and the pre-K Moving Up prayer service/ceremony.
  • Foster positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues through effective communication and collaboration.
  • Assess student progress and provide feedback to support individualized learning goals.
  • Maintain a safe and organized classroom environment, adhering to health and safety guidelines.
  • Attend professional development opportunities and participate in ongoing training to enhance teaching practices.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (required).
  • State certification in Early Childhood Education (preferred).
  • Proven experience working with preschool-aged children in a classroom setting.
  • Strong understanding of child development principles and best practices in early childhood education.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity.
  • Passion for teaching and a commitment to fostering the growth and development of young children.

How to Apply:

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

For a position to begin in August 2024, Oak Knoll is seeking a dynamic and collaborative history teacher to join the department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach S. History, World History, Economics, and electives, from introductory through advanced levels to students in grades 7-12
  • Have the pedagogical expertise to implement skills-based grading practices across all courses
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver innovative, intellectually engaging, and academically rigorous instructional content that promotes successful learning
  • Use technology to deliver instruction that supports and deepens student learning
  • Understand how girls learn and use this knowledge to guide instructional and curricular decisions; apply principles of mind, brain and education science when teaching, developing curriculum, and assessing student learning
  • Collaborate in the evaluation and design of History department curriculum
  • Support the extracurricular activities of the History department
  • Serve as an advisor to a small group of students and support their social and emotional learning
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with a teaching team, faculty, colleagues, students, administrators, and parents
  • Ensure timely communication with parents on issues concerning students’ learning needs
  • Maintain accurate student records such as grades and comments and communicate such data in accordance with the academic calendar and School expectations
  • Collaborate with Lower School Social Studies faculty to ensure curricular alignment
  • Engage in continuing professional development
  • Participate fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service
  • Engage in all aspects of the Oak Knoll community while promoting and supporting the OKS mission, vision, and values
  • Perform other duties as assigned by, and in support of, the Division Head and Head of School
  • Report to the History Department Chair

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of teaching experience at the middle and/ or high school level
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (degrees in related subject matter)
  • Experience with the Advanced Placement curriculum is preferred, but not required
  • A commitment to girls’ education and to the educational mission of the Catholic Church through the philosophy and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly
  • Ability to demonstrate growth mindset, optimism, and belief that all students can excel
  • An education mindset that believes that a teacher’s role is to innovate and think creatively about education and meeting the needs of every child
  • Experience as a practitioner of diversity, equity and inclusion in and outside of the classroom
  • Highly collaborative and self-motivated
  • Ability to make contributions to the School outside one’s academic department, including to club and advisory programs
  • Ability to uphold the School’s professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (oral and written), organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

To apply, please complete the online employment application.

For a position to begin in August 2024, Oak Knoll is seeking a dynamic and collaborative math teacher to join the department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus, from introductory through advanced placement levels, to students in grades 7-12
  • Knowledgeable of mastery, self-paced, and blended learning in math
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver innovative, intellectually engaging, and academically rigorous instructional content that promotes successful learning
  • Use technology to deliver instruction that supports and deepens student learning
  • Understand how girls learn and use this knowledge to guide instructional and curricular decisions; apply principles of mind, brain, and education science when teaching, developing curriculum, and assessing student learning
  • Collaborate in the evaluation and design of math department curriculum
  • Serve as an advisor to a small group of students and support their social and emotional learning
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with a teaching team, faculty, colleagues, students, administrators, and parents
  • Ensure timely communication with parents on issues concerning students’ learning needs
  • Maintain accurate student records such as grades and comments and communicate such data in accordance with the academic calendar and School expectations
  • Collaborate with Lower School Social Studies faculty to ensure curricular alignment
  • Engage in continuing professional development
  • Participate fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service
  • Engage in all aspects of the Oak Knoll community while promoting and supporting the OKS mission, vision, and values
  • Perform other duties as assigned by, and in support of, the Division Head and Head of School
  • Report to the Math Department Chair

Qualifications

  • 3+ years teaching experience at the middle and/or high school level
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred (degrees in related subject matter)
  • Experience with the Advanced Placement curriculum is preferred, but not required
  • A commitment to girls’ education and to the educational mission of the Catholic Church through the philosophy and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly
  • Ability to demonstrate growth mindset, optimism, and belief that all students can excel
  • An education mindset that believes that a teacher’s role is to innovate and think creatively about education and meeting the needs of every child
  • Experience as a practitioner of diversity, equity and inclusion in and outside of the classroom
  • Highly collaborative and self-motivated
  • Ability to make contributions to the School outside one’s academic department, including to club and advisory programs
  • Ability to uphold the School’s professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (oral and written), organizational, problem solving, and interpersonal skills

About Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is coeducational from PK to grade 6 and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world.

Oak Knoll is an equal opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated, and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

To apply, please complete the online employment application.

Oak Knoll School seeks PK-Grade 6 substitute teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Responsibilities include teaching homeroom and specific subjects using provided lesson plans and performing duties as assigned (i.e., recess duty). Note that we are departmentalized from grades 1-6, so teachers teach from 1-3 subjects only. Hours are 7:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a rate of $135 per day. Teaching degree and certification are not required, but teaching experience is preferred. Applicants can indicate specific grade levels they wish to sub for.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world.

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated, and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

To apply, please complete the online employment application.

Staff

Oak Knoll seeks a director for our After-School Adventures program to work from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities:

  • Shares responsibility for developing appropriate after-school, extended day, and mini-camp programs.
  • Assists the Director of Auxiliary Operations in developing promotional information, including brochures and advertisements.
  • Assists the Director of Auxiliary Operations with preparing payroll for the after-school, extended day, and mini-camp programs, including A.M. Care.
  • Shares responsibility for hiring, supervising, and evaluating the after-school, extended day, and mini-camp staff.
  • Recruits and trains staff to deliver and supervise individual programs.
  • Instructs five classes per week and supervises snacks daily during the academic calendar.
  • Facilitates one week of Spring Break Mini Camp and two weeks for June Adventures camp (held between the last day of school and Summer Camp). Potential summer employment for Summer Camp, which runs from the end of June until mid-August.
  • Prepares necessary reports, analyses, and special tasks as assigned.
  • Maintains effective communication with the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Auxiliary Operations.
  • Attends staff and individual meetings with the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Auxiliary Operations.
  • Ensures quality programming through participant feedback, evaluations, and observations, using results to prepare for the following year.
  • Works with the Director of Auxiliary Operations to order supplies and snacks as needed, following purchase order guidelines, and submits all invoices with purchase orders for payment.
  • Searches for new program ideas through trend research, surveys, and participant feedback and discusses results with supervisor prior to developing a new brochure.
  • Substitutes for instructors as needed.
  • Corresponds with families via email and phone as needed.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Auxiliary Operations.

How to Apply:

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic School, coeducational from PK to grade 6, and girls only in grades 7-12. We are part of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, which includes nine schools across the U.S. and 13 overseas. Oak Knoll is Judeo-Christian in heritage, Roman Catholic in teaching and worship, where we believe that each person is created by God for an intended purpose. An Oak Knoll education guides students to discover that purpose and make a significant, positive impact on the world. 

Oak Knoll is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is required. As a Holy Child school, we work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life. We know that we can build a better world by learning from each other and embracing differences, and we are committed to making Oak Knoll a truly inclusive place to work and learn.

Hiring Process Overview

Non-Faculty Positions
Non-faculty and administrative positions may become open at any time throughout the year. To apply for an open position, please email your resume and cover letter to the contact noted on the specific job opening. Should your qualifications and background meet the needs of our school and the particular department, you will be contacted directly with next steps.

Teaching Faculty

While openings may occur at any time of the year, Oak Knoll School’s typical recruitment process for teaching faculty begins in January for a faculty member to begin employment the following September.

  1. To apply for an open position, please email your resume and cover letter to the contact noted on the specific job opening.
  2. Should your qualifications and background meet the needs of our school, you will be granted a Zoom interview with either the Division Head or Dean of Teaching & Learning.
  3. Following the Zoom interview, those selected will be invited to campus for an in-person interview for a day.
    • Before you come to campus, you must complete our employment application packet and bring it to the on-campus interview.
    • While on campus for your interview, you will interview with the Division Head, Head of School, Department Chair, and various faculty members. All of which will provide you with an overview of our school’s mission, the department’s goals, and the expectations of the role.
    • You will also be required to conduct a teaching demonstration and be observed teaching a lesson to a class.
  4. Once an offer of employment is accepted, you will be sent further documentation to complete from Human Resources. Your offer of employment is contingent upon a thorough background and reference check process.

By following this hiring process, candidates will gain a good perspective of what it would be like to be a part of our community.

Professional Development

Oak Knoll encourages employees to continue learning and growing in their professional areas of expertise. Throughout every school year, there are various on-campus and off-campus professional development opportunities, including:

  • Peer-led sessions/workshops
  • Expert guest speakers
  • Demonstrations

STUDY GRANTS
Study grants are available to full-time employees to continue their education by offsetting the cost of:

  • Tuition for advanced courses
  • Summer work to develop a program for the school curriculum
  • Enrichment in conjunction with the school curriculum
  • Enrichment in conjunction with one’s professional responsibilities
  • Opportunities to attend professional conferences
Benefits

The determination of our dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff is critical to our success. We recognize this commitment by providing excellent benefits and services that address the needs of our employees, creating opportunities for careers in education each year. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive salary structure
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision package
  • Very generous retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variety of financial assistance programs
  • A free, delicious, and healthy lunch
  • Free parking

In an effort to offer a comprehensive benefits package and a competitive compensation package, annual benchmarking is conducted to ensure that we remain competitive with our local peer independent schools and to remain within 90 percent of what the local public schools offer.

Location

Oak Knoll is located in Summit, New Jersey, a suburban community in Union County, just 20 miles outside of New York City. Summit is easily accessible by NJ Transit (Morris Essex, Midtown-Direct line), NJ Transit # 70 bus, and car from Newark International Airport, the Garden State Parkway in addition to Routes 24, 78 & 287.

Quick Facts:

  • Oak Knoll School is less than 1 mile from the nearest train station
  • Summit is 20 miles west of NYC
  • Median home value in Summit is $857,000
  • Many of our faculty live in the City of Summit and surrounding towns, including Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Morristown, Springfield and Westfield

OKS Voices: Nicole Johnston, Upper School History Teacher

Nicole Johnston is in her 15th year teaching at Oak Knoll. We recently sat down with Ms. Johnston to learn about her journey to teaching history at Oak Knoll, her passion for government, and some trail-blazing research she recently completed regarding mastery-based learning and student-led rubrics.

OKS Voices: Tim Brown, Lower School Art Teacher

Tim Brown, Oak Knoll’s Lower School Art Teacher, says it’s the school’s prioritization of the arts that truly sets it apart. “I just really appreciate this beautiful art room — having a kiln right here, having the drying racks available, storage space for 3D projects, and the support I get. It’s a huge investment, and the students get any supplies they need.”

Will Cardell – Art as Ministry

Art has been my passion as far back as I can remember, but that wasn’t initially my chosen academic or career path. I entered Princeton University as an East Asian Studies Major with a focus on Japan. At that time, when the Art and Archaeology Department was adding a visual arts track to its collection of majors, my penchant for art won over.

Oak Knoll School Is Committed to Diversity

Oak Knoll’s mission as a Holy Child school compels us to sustain a diverse, inclusive school community. Beyond requiring academic excellence, our mission charges us to educate students who recognize the dignity of every person, who will work for justice, peace, and compassion, and who can make responsible choices in a complex world. Thus we embrace cultural, socioeconomic, racial, and religious diversity through a coherent system of administrative and academic programs. This active commitment is fundamental to Oak Knoll’s purpose and future.

Come Grow with Us.

Remote Learning Day
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Due to the weather forecast and winter storm warning, Oak Knoll School’s campus will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, and will operate on a virtual learning schedule.

Upper School runs from 8:10 to 12:30. Students should check their email from Mrs. McGroarty for more information.

Lower School students in PreK to grade 2 brought home materials from teachers for optional review and enrichment and may also log in to Clever to access all learning apps. Teachers of students in grades 3-6 will post snow day assignments on the Homework grid on Clever by noon.

All after-school activities have been canceled.