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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 Dean of Teaching & Learning.
  3. Following the phone interview, those who are selected will be invited to campus for an in-person interview for a day.
    • Before you come to campus, you will need to complete our employment application packet and bring it with you 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 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. 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 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
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
  • 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.

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

For a position to begin in August 2023, Oak Knoll is seeking a dynamic and collaborative engineering and computer science teacher to join the Computer Science Department. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach engineering, robotics, and computer science from introductory through advanced placement levels to students in grades 7-12 
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver innovative, intellectually engaging, and academically rigorous instructional content that promotes successful learning  
  • Launch a competitive middle and high school robotics team that meets after school two-three times weekly  
  • Serve as the faculty advisor and coach to the robotics club and other STEAM focused clubs. The Robotics Team meets after school twice a week and participates in weekend competitions. 
  • Expand the resources and offerings of the newly renovated Oak Knoll makHER space  
  • Maintain and upgrade equipment in the makerspace  
  • 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 the computer science 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 Computer Science 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  
  • Experience with LEGO robotics, block-based code, and Java, Java or Python is preferred 
  • Experience with iterative design process 
  • Experience managing a maker space is preferred, but not required 
  • 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 
  • Committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice 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 send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to UpperSchoolJobs@oakknoll.org.

For a position to begin in August 2023, Oak Knoll is seeking a dynamic and collaborative English teacher to join the English Department. A highly qualified applicant may also be considered for an English Department Chair position. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach English from introductory through advanced placement levels to students in grades 7-12 
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver innovative, intellectually engaging, and academically rigorous instructional content that promotes successful learning in a student-centered environment 
  • Use technology to deliver instruction that supports and deepens student learning  
  • Understand how girls learn. 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 the English department curriculum 
  • 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 
  • Serve as a club sponsor and advisor 
  • Serve as an advisor to a small group of students and support their social and emotional learning 
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with department members, faculty, students, administrators, and parents  
  • Engage in continuing professional development with a growth mindset 
  • Collaborate with Lower School Language Arts and Reading faculty to ensure curricular alignment 
  • Participate fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service 
  • Engage in all aspects of community life 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 English 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  
  • 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 
  • Committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in and outside of the classroom 
  • Highly collaborative and self-motivated 
  • Ability to make contributions to the School outside one’s academic department, including clubs and advisory  
  • Ability to uphold the School’s professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organizational, problem solving, and interpersonal skills 

Department Chair Key Responsibilities:(Please indicate in the cover letter if this role is of interest.) 

Department Chairs at Oak Knoll are instructional leaders who are committed to the mission of the school. They have a special role in carrying out the vision of Oak Knoll education. They do this through the development of the academic program and supporting the growth of teachers and students in the school community. The Department Chair role at Oak Knoll includes responsibilities that are curricular, supervisory, and operational. Department Chairs report to the Upper School Division Head and closely with the Dean of Teaching and Learning.

Curricular role: 

  • Has a creative vision for the department which is forward-looking and integrates with school wide initiatives 
  • Collaboratively develops the departmental vision with a focus on curricular innovation 
  • Is knowledgeable about the overall curriculum of the school and oversees the curriculum in own department 
  • Demonstrates excellence as an educator by modeling best practices in teaching methodology 
  • Stays current of best practices in the field by engaging in professional reading, research, and conferences 
  • Presents a departmental curricular review to the Board of Trustees’ School Life Committee as scheduled 
  • Coordinates with counterparts in the Lower School for vertical articulation of curriculum 

Supervisory role: 

  • Leads the department in professional development by encouraging membership in professional organizations, identifying professional development opportunities for department members, and reviewing study grant requests. 
  • Oversees teaching of department members through formal and informal observations and evaluations 
  • Works with Division Head and Dean of Teaching and Learning to support teachers with development of skills, to assist in the hiring of new personnel, and to choose teaching assignments for department members 
  • Acts as a professional support for department members 
  • Supports the development of new department members 
  • Attends Open House and other admissions events 
  • Attends meetings with department members and parents/students as necessary 

Operational role: 

  • Leads department meetings 
  • Manages the departmental budget, supplies, course placement, summer work, student appeals, and awards 
  • Updates curriculum guides and textbook list annually  
  • Initiates, organizes, and manages department-sponsored events and programs 
  • Collaborates with Admissions Office  

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 send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to UpperSchoolJobs@oakknoll.org

For a position to begin in August 2023, Oak Knoll is seeking a dynamic and collaborative Science teacher to join the Science Department. A highly qualified applicant may also be considered for a Science Department Chair position. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Have the content knowledge and intellectual flexibility to teach two of the key science disciplines (physics, chemistry, biology) from introductory through advanced placement levels to students in grades 7-12 
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver innovative, intellectually engaging, and academically rigorous instructional content that promotes successful learning in a student-centered environment 
  • Use technology to deliver instruction that supports and deepens student learning  
  • Understand how girls learn. 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 the Science Department curriculum 
  • 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 
  • Serve as a club sponsor and advisor 
  • Serve as an advisor to a small group of students and support their social and emotional learning 
  • Work collaboratively and professionally with department members, faculty, students, administrators, and parents  
  • Engage in continuing professional development with a growth mindset 
  • Collaborate with Lower School science faculty to ensure curricular alignment 
  • Participate fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service 
  • Engage in all aspects of community life 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 Science 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  
  • 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 
  • Committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in and outside of the classroom 
  • Highly collaborative and self-motivated 
  • Ability to make contributions to the School outside one’s academic department, including clubs and advisory  
  • Ability to uphold the School’s professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organizational, problem solving, and interpersonal skills 

Department Chair Key Responsibilities:(Please indicate in the cover letter if this role is of interest.) 

Department Chairs at Oak Knoll are instructional leaders who are committed to the mission of the school. They have a special role in carrying out the vision of Oak Knoll education. They do this through the development of the academic program and supporting the growth of teachers and students in the school community. The Department Chair role at Oak Knoll includes responsibilities that are curricular, supervisory, and operational. Department Chairs report to the Upper School Division Head and closely with the Dean of Teaching and Learning.   

Curricular role: 

  • Has a creative vision for the department which is forward-looking and integrates with school wide initiatives 
  • Collaboratively develops the departmental vision with a focus on curricular innovation 
  • Is knowledgeable about the overall curriculum of the school and oversees the curriculum in own department 
  • Demonstrates excellence as an educator by modeling best practices in teaching methodology 
  • Stays current of best practices in the field by engaging in professional reading, research, and conferences 
  • Presents a departmental curricular review to the Board of Trustees’ School Life Committee as scheduled 
  • Coordinates with counterparts in the Lower School for vertical articulation of curriculum 

Supervisory role: 

  • Leads the department in professional development by encouraging membership in professional organizations, identifying professional development opportunities for department members, and reviewing study grant requests. 
  • Oversees teaching of department members through formal and informal observations and evaluations 
  • Works with Division Head and Dean of Teaching and Learning to support teachers with development of skills, to assist in the hiring of new personnel, and to choose teaching assignments for department members 
  • Acts as a professional support for department members 
  • Supports the development of new department members 
  • Attends Open House and other admissions events 
  • Attends meetings with department members and parents/students as necessary 

Operational role: 

  • Leads department meetings 
  • Manages the departmental budget, supplies, course placement, summer work, student appeals, and awards 
  • Updates curriculum guides and textbook list annually  
  • Initiates, organizes, and manages department-sponsored events and programs 
  • Collaborates with Admissions Office  

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 send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to UpperSchoolJobs@oakknoll.org

Assistant Softball Coach
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, seeks an assistant coach for its softball team. This position will coordinate practices, help manage games, oversee the growth of the program, and promote a safe and competitive environment. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of all areas of softball and playing experience. The season will run from March 2023 to June 2023. Candidates should be able to attend practices on weekdays from 3:30-6pm as well as any Saturday games. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

JV Lacrosse Coach
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, seeks JV coach for its lacrosse program. This position will coordinate practices, manage games, oversee player development, and promote a safe and competitive environment.  The ideal candidate will have knowledge of all areas of high-level girls lacrosse. The season will run from March 16th to June 2023. Candidates should be able to attend practices on weekdays from 330-6pm as well as any weekend games and practices. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

Assistant Track Coach
Oak Knoll seeks an assistant coach for its girls’ high school varsity track and field team. This position will help coordinate practices, manage meets, and develop athletes while adding to the safe and competitive environment. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of all areas of track, ideally with a specialty area of focus. The season will run from March 2023 through June 2023. Candidates should be able to attend practices on weekdays from 3:30-6 p.m. as well as weekend meets. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

Varsity Swim Head Coach
Oak Knoll seeks a head coach for its girls’ high school swim team. This position will coordinate practices, manage meets, oversee the growth of the program, and promote a safe and competitive environment. The ideal fit for this position is someone comfortable with competitive swimming while also having the ability to teach more novice swimmers. The season will run from November through February. Candidates should be able to attend weekday and ride the bus to meets after school as scheduled. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

Assistant Cross Country Coach
Oak Knoll seeks an assistant coach for its girls’ high school varsity cross country team. This position will help coordinate practices, manage meets, and promote a safe and competitive environment.  The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with cross country running. The season will run from August 2023 through November 2023. Candidates should be able to attend practices on weekdays from 3:30-6 p.m. as well as weekend meets. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

JV Field Hockey Coach
Oak Knoll is looking to hire an experienced JV field hockey coach. This position will assist with practice plans, manage all game coaching duties, develop players, and provide a safe and competitive environment. The ideal candidate will have recent playing experience. The season will run from August 2023 through November 2023, six days a week with practices and games. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

Head Volleyball Coach
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, seeks a head coach for its volleyball team. This position will coordinate practices, manage all aspects of the team, oversee the growth of the program, and promote a safe and competitive environment. The season will run from August 2023 through early November 2023. Candidates should be able to hold weekday practices within the timeframe of 3:15-6 p.m., ride the bus for away games, and complete all necessary tasks as a head coach. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

JV Volleyball Coach
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, seeks a junior varsity coach for its volleyball team. This position will work directly with the varsity head coach to coordinate practices, manage aspects of the roster and rotations, oversee the player development, and promote a safe and competitive environment. The season will run from August 2023 through early November 2023. Candidates should be able to hold weekday practices within the timeframe of 3:15-6 p.m., ride the bus for away games, and complete all necessary tasks as a JV coach. Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Athletic Director Kelly Childs at kelly.childs@oakknoll.org.

Human Resources

debi tarowksyDebi Tarowsky 

Director of Human Resources
908-522-8189

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.