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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 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
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 experienced and collaborative Upper School Physical Education & Wellness teacher to join its dynamic Upper School faculty.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaches physical education and health and wellness courses to a range of students in grades 7-11
  • Teaches driver education to grade 10 students
  • Evaluates and designs physical education and health and wellness curriculum
  • Serves as an advisor to a small group of students
  • Ensures timely communication with parents on issues concerning students’ learning needs
  • Participates in Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Collaborates with Lower School Physical Education department to ensure curricular alignment
  • Engages in continuing professional development
  • Participates fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service
  • Performs other duties as assigned by, and in support of, the Division Head and Head of School
  • Reports to the Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Upper School Division Head

Click here for the full job description.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to UpperSchoolJobs@OakKnoll.org.

Oak Knoll seeks an experienced and collaborative Upper School Psychologist to join its dynamic student support team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides short-term counseling and consultation to Upper School students, parents, faculty, mand administration
  • Consults with faculty and parents on the emotional wellbeing of students
  • Ensures timely communication with parents on issues concerning students’ learning, social, and emotional needs
  • Collaborates and partners with Students Support Services team members, Deans of Students, Dean of Teaching and Learning to support the wellbeing of the whole child
  • Participates in regularly scheduled Student Support meetings and CORES meetings (Committee On Redirecting & Empowering Students)
  • Co-teaches social and emotional learning lessons in Guidance 7-10 and Wellness 11 courses
  • Interprets psycho-educational evaluations and assists teachers with the design and implementation of recommendations
  • Creates student learning profiles and accommodation plans
  • Review assessment and observational data to determine student progress
  • Supports the applications for standardized testing accommodations & coordinates appeals
  • Supports outreach and prevention programs focused on social and emotional skill building and health and wellness
  • Provides crisis intervention and situation specific interventions
  • Serves as a member of the Crisis Team
  • Develops prevention and intervention focused services
  • Participates in parent meetings and meetings with outside providers to address academic, behavioral, health needs of students
  • Collaborates with outside professionals and provides referrals based on individual needs of students
  • Collaborates with Lower School Student Support team to ensure a smooth transition between 6th and 7th grades
  • Participates in Parent-Teacher conferences as needed
  • Supports the Upper School admissions process by when needed reviewing admissions files, admissions testing, and making recommendations for appropriateness of fit
  • Assists Upper School Division Head and Director of Student Services in providing faculty professional development, school-wide programming, and other relevant tasks
  • Maintains confidential student records and keeps accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments
  • Engages in continuing professional development
  • Participates fully in the life of the Upper School, including attending faculty meetings and in-service
  • Reports to the Director of Student Support and the Upper School Division Head

Click here for a full job description.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to UpperSchoolJobs@OakKnoll.org.

Oak Knoll seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Candidates must have 7+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree in related field preferred. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Associate Head of School, Jennifer Landis, at jennifer.landis@oakknoll.org or 44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ 07901.
The Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice at Oak Knoll is a senior level administrator who is committed to the mission of the school and works to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the school community. The Director of DEIJ has a special role in carrying out the vision of Oak Knoll education. S/he does this through the development of the program and supporting the growth of all members of the school community.

The Director of DEIJ and all members of the community work to support the following core beliefs:

  • God is central in our lives.
  • A nurturing educational environment supports personal, moral, intellectual, and spiritual development.
  • A challenging curriculum promotes intellectual growth.
  • An open mind leads to a lifetime of learning.
  • All voices deserve to be heard and respected.
  • Each person has gifts and talents that enrich the community.
  • Understanding and appreciation of difference lead to the celebration of diversity.
  • A cooperative spirit and giving nature are essential to living the Holy Child philosophy.
  • Each person is called to work for principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life.
  • With God working in us, we [can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.] ~ EPHESIANS 3:20

The Director of DEIJ at Oak Knoll holds responsibilities that include curricular and extra-curricular programs and initiatives across all constituencies of the school. For a complete job description click here.

Oak Knoll seeks a director of Upper School Admissions who will be responsible for administering and managing the admissions process, financial aid program, and re-enrollment process for the Upper School (all girls, grades 7-12).

Specific Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Manages the program of admissions of new upper school students;
  • Plans, executes, and continually reviews the variety of upper school admissions events (Open Houses, Independent School fairs, Information sessions, High School Nights etc.) to allow for a solid flow of qualified applicants to maintain capacity enrollment and maximum class size for each grade;
  • Presents the school to applicants and their families through an efficient and professional system of handling inquiries, applications, visits, testing, decision notification and enrollment;
  • Works with the Archdiocese of Newark in support of and outreach to the Catholic feeder schools;
  • Participates in organizations and outreach programs which strengthen the commitment of Oak Knoll to being a truly diverse community in support of the School’s mission (SEEDS, Link);
  • Organizes and administers, with the Director of Enrollment Management and the Financial Aid committee, the process of awards;
  • Coordinates the identification of candidates and oversees the decision process for awarding the Cornelian Scholarship;
  • Works with the Director of Enrollment Management and the Business office to process the e-enrollment of current families;
  • Represent and participate in professional organizations such as SSATB, ERB, and NJAIS;
  • Continually review and utilize available technology to provide admission information;
  • Oversee with department chairs the placement testing process for newly enrolled ninth graders;
  • Plan in conjunction with the upper school administrators the new family orientation programs;
  • Coordinate advertising and PR efforts with the Director of Enrollment Management and the Director of Communications;
  • Demonstrate and communicate a strong commitment to the goals of a Holy Child education.

Qualifications:

  • Effective communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently while also being a team player in a collaborative context.
  • Must be professional; exhibit a personal maturity, show discretion, and effectively deal with different constituencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks.
  • 5 years experience in admissions, school related position, or related work experience.

To apply, please submit letter of interest, resume and 3 references to Kelly Dun, director of enrollment management and financial aid, at kelly.dun@oakknoll.org. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is seeking qualified substitute educators to work with students in grades 7-12 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 sue.hildebrandt@oakknoll.org.

Human Resources

Lisa Kayal

Human Resources/Risk Management
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.
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