Lower School Music Teacher Directing children during music practice

Career Opportunities

Oak Knoll School in Summit, NJ is a Catholic, faith-based community that rewards initiative and new ideas, recognizes and encourages professional needs and goals, and supports the success of faculty and staff members. We pride ourselves on our talented and diverse group of professionals that goes above and beyond to foster relationships with our students and has an essential part in creating confident, responsible, and creative individuals.

If you are interested in employment at Oak Knoll and do not see a current opening, please feel free to submit your resume, regardless of an open position. We are always looking for top talent.

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 phone interview with either the Division Head or Department Chair.
  3. Following the phone interview, those who are selected will be invited on campus for an in-person interview for a day.
    • While on campus for your interview, you will interview with the Division Head, Academic Dean, Department Chair and various faculty members. All of which will provide you with an overview of the mission of our school, the goals of the department 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. Finalists will then meet with the Head of School.
  5. Once an offer of employment is accepted, you will need to complete our employment application packet. Your offer of employment is contingent upon a thorough background and reference check process.

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

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 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

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

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.

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

Employment Opportunities

Oak Knoll seeks an administrative assistant to the Head of School. The assistant to the Head of School is responsible for administering and managing all administrative duties for the Head of School and related to that office including, but not limited to, reporting to the Holy Child Network of Schools, Archdiocese of Newark, NJAIS, and NAIS, as well as support the Board of Trustees administratively.

Specific Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Head of School’s Office

  • Manage head of school’s calendar for all events and prepare for meetings;
  • Disseminate electronically and hardcopy all correspondences for the head’s office;
  • Coordinate arrangements for guest and events;
  • Manage head of school’s budget, invoices and credit card bills;
  • Coordinate special projects e.g.: long-range plan, NJAIS/MSA accreditation, Mission Effectiveness process, Crisis Plan, Director of Network of Holy Child School’s annual visit, consultant visits, etc.
  • Work with outside groups (SEEDS, NJAIS, NAIS, Archdiocese, Society of the Holy Child Jesus) re: projects, attendance, meetings, stats, etc.

Board of Trustees:

  • Prepare, update, and store all board materials, letters, communications, e.g., trustee background information, profiles, confidentiality statements, conflict of interest forms, committees’ structure, reports, files, trustee emeriti;
  • Manage board portal and respond to and provide information requested by/for trustees/trustee emeriti: initiate contact for setting meetings, conference calls, proofing of material, etc.;
  • Attends board meeting and record and transcribe board minutes;
  • Coordinate board events: orientation for new trustees, board visiting day, reception for board, faculty and staff, evaluation of head, self-evaluation of board, gifts for retiring trustees, extraordinary events, search processes, etc.;
  • Set new board and executive committee meeting dates each year with input from head and board chair.

All School:

  • Coordinate and track service awards, order gifts and flowers and set up for Mass of the Holy Spirit;
  • Coordinate exemplar teacher applications/interviews/process, all classroom evaluation visits for head, pre-observation meeting, classroom observation and post-observation meeting, new faculty and staff orientation, In-Service schedule, all 1- 1 meetings with head and administrative team and manage agenda for each;
  • Schedule all administrative team meetings and post agenda to portal;
  • Coordinate and set up various receptions;
  • Assist faculty and staff in general informational matters.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 5 years of administrative assistant experience working for senior leadership;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks, budgetary as well as administrative and exceptional organizational skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner and anticipate and initiate the needs of the head of school’s office and upcoming tasks/events/meetings;
  • Short- and long-term planning skills;
  • Versed in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Confidential and discreet in all matters and materials.

To apply, please submit letter of interest, resume and 3 references to Lisa Kayal, director of human resources, at lisa.kayal@oakknoll.org. Start date of January 19, 2021. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Oak Knoll seeks a part-time Grade 6 French Teacher. Prior experience and ability to teach in person and remote as required (technology provided). The schedule would be three days a week from 12-2 p.m.; M-T-TH. Start date: August 31, 2020. Please send letter of interest and resume to maria.barry@oakknoll.org.

Oak Knoll seeks a Lower School Part-Time Grades PK-6 Librarian for the 2020-21 school year. Hours are M-F from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Responsibilities include teaching weekly library classes, supporting students and faculty with library resources as well as supporting cross curricular units of study, maintaining and enhancing the library and its offerings, facilitating library volunteers and organizing a variety of library events. The ideal candidate will have a bachelors or master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution, have excellent interpersonal skills and great attention to detail. Preferred qualifications include experience working with children. Candidate is facile with digital technologies (e.g., Follett Destiny Library Manager, LibGuides, and G Suite for Education). Email letter of interest, resume, and professional references to maria.barry@oakknoll.org.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is seeking qualified substitute educators to work with students in grades PK-6 on a per diem basis.

Degree Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and above or in their senior year of undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university.

Job Responsibilities will include:

  • Willing to be contacted for coverage the morning of placement.
  • Must be able to work the full school day of approximately from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Support the teacher by implementing the daily curriculum for assigned grade level.
  • Create and maintain a positive, structured learning environment.
  • Hold students to high academic and behavior standards consistent with the Oak Knoll School Mission and handbook.
  • Hold students accountable during class time, transitions, meals, recess time, and other learning opportunities that may be assigned to the substitute teacher.
  • Collaborate with other teachers to ensure a safe environment for all students.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to maria.barry@oakknoll.org.

Lisa Kayal 

Human Resources/Risk Management

Oak Knoll School Is A Diverse Community

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.