Employment

Sayre School embraces and respects the diversity of backgrounds, outlooks, and talents individuals bring to its community.  We welcome candidates celebrating the diversity of the world in our educational program, admission policies, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs. 

Careers

Sayre School seeks employees eager to join an educational community that values empowering students in their intellectual, social and emotional development.

We offer the opportunity to teach the way you always wanted to teach. You’ll find small classes, an administration that encourages creativity and collaboration, and interesting colleagues devoted to their profession. Our joyful, inquisitive, and self-confident students approach their school experience with curiosity, passion, and engagement. We view all of our employees as role models and mentors in guiding our students through their educational journey.

Director of Advancement

Sayre School seeks candidates for the position of Director of Advancement. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Advancement is a member of the Leadership Team, and is responsible for all facets of fundraising, alumni and parent relations, campaign planning and implementation, and foundation relations. The Advancement Director partners with other campus offices as well as the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council and the Sayre Parent Association to foster and promote a culture of philanthropy across a base of more than 450 current families and over 2,500 alumni.

Founded in 1854 in Lexington, Kentucky, Sayre School is the preeminent, independent college preparatory day school in the Bluegrass, serving 610 students from Preschool through twelfth grade. The next Director of Advancement will join an educational community where joyful, articulate, and self-confident students are guided and nurtured by dedicated and passionate faculty and staff committed to the social, emotional and intellectual growth of each child. Sayre School is committed to equity and justice, and aspires to be a community in which every member feels engaged, heard, and valued. We embrace the contributions of all members of our community as we foster a culture of respect. 

At the heart of our success lie the strong relationships between faculty and staff, and students and their parents. We all share the same goal of providing the best educational and social experience for our students as we prepare them to thrive in life beyond Sayre. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a community operating from a position of strength and growth, and to partner with a dynamic leadership team that values candor, commitment and humor. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Creating strategies and programs to expand and strengthen the School’s current base of philanthropic support, including an anticipated capital campaign.
  • Acting as a strategic partner with the Head of School in identifying and cultivating relationships with high-capacity potential donors through the implementation of a major gifts program.
  • Manage the daily operations of the Advancement Office, including the oversight and mentoring of a three-person team responsible for fundraising, alumni affairs, event planning and the parent association.
  • Supporting and guiding the Board of Trustees and volunteers in outreach efforts and activities.
  • Utilizing technology creatively and effectively to ensure that administrative systems and procedures such as database management, stewardship, and prospect research perform optimally.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience as an Advancement or Development Director at an independent school or other non-profit organizations.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree, excellent written and oral communication skills, and an ability to speak compellingly on behalf of the school.
  • Experience in all areas of a comprehensive fundraising program.
  • A proven ability in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding leadership gifts.
  • A track record of working effectively with a variety of constituencies, including trustees, administrators, faculty, parents, and students.
  • An understanding of the key principles of branding
  • A willingness to maintain a visible presence in the daily life of the school.

Interested candidates for this position, beginning January 2022, should send a cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications for the position, a resume with supporting material including a list of three references including contact information (References will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge). All material should be sent electronically to Stephen Manella, Head of School, at smanella@sayreschool.org with the subject line “Advancement Search”.

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

School Nurse

Sayre School, an independent, college preparatory school in Lexington, KY, with an enrollment of 610 students in Preschool through 12th grade is seeking an experienced school nurse to coordinate our health services. The school nurse will provide clinical services to students of all ages from 2 to 18 and, on rare occasions, employees. Service is generally first aid, emergency care, medication administration, and COVID related assessment, reporting, and contact tracing.

Qualifications:

  • Active APRN or RN licensure in Kentucky or equivalent nurse/medical certification
  • Current Pediatric and Adult First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification
  • Must be knowledgeable of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and/or processes as related to providing healthcare services and regarding appropriate first aid techniques
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with School personnel and parents, and work with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be able to work on campus, in-person

The appointment is a 30-hour, part-time, 10-month position with generous time off during academic breaks. It is paid on an annual salary commensurate with experience, degree attainment, and other qualifications. The competitive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and 403(b) retirement program. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Ruth Hensel, Executive Assistant to the Head of School at rhensel@sayreschool.org.

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

Middle and Upper School Librarian and Classroom Integration Specialist

Sayre School seeks a Middle and Upper School Librarian and Classroom Integration Specialist with a demonstrated passion for collaboration, teaching, and school library communities.

The successful candidate will create an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive; will support students and staff in the pursuit of effective technology use and information literacy skills; and will ensure that all students have access to age-appropriate materials, activities, and programs that will foster a lifelong passion for growth and learning. The candidate will strongly support diversity in teaching as well as in collection development. This person possesses strong communication skills and will reach out to faculty, sharing ideas for integrating technology, databases, and library resources into daily classroom practice. Classroom teaching in Middle and Upper School is also an element of this position.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science with three or more years’ experience in a school library working directly with middle and upper school students. The librarian serves as an Instructional Partner, Information Specialist, Teacher, and Program Administrator. They will also teach a fifth grade library class and, in some cases, may teach other Middle or Upper School classes as needed.

This position will begin on January 3, 2022.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Elizabeth Massie, Middle School Administrative Assistant, emassie@sayreschool.org, and Kristin Seymour, Head of Middle School, kseymour@sayreschool.org.

Middle and Upper School Spanish – Long-term Sub

Sayre School is looking to hire a dedicated teacher to join a professional and fun working environment dedicated to student growth and development. In this position we welcome applications from candidates who love Middle and Upper School students and can  teach Spanish in our Modern Language program as part of a maternity leave beginning in January.  Sayre’s mission focuses on fostering academic excellence, embracing challenge, and cultivating integrity.  The Middle School and High School places special emphasis on meeting the needs of the whole child in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, and aesthetic development. 

The successful candidate will preferably hold a Master’s Degree and/or equivalent experience in Spanish, an interest in collaborating with a team of teachers, a strong sense of purpose in education, and expertise in teaching in a strong, differentiated curriculum including experiential learning. An active curiosity about kids of this age, openness to all forms of human diversity, flexibility and a sense of humor are key. Sayre has a strong technology program, and therefore our teachers are familiar with integrating technology into the curriculum. This is a wonderful independent school and a great place to work.

Sayre School is committed to equity and justice, and aspires to be a community in which every member feels engaged, heard, and valued. Appreciating the broad spectrum of human diversity, we embrace the contributions of all members of our community as we foster a culture of respect. We believe diversity inspires personal and academic growth. Sharing perspectives and experiences beyond our own boundaries through exploration, introspection, and civil discourse is integral to our mission of creating an inclusive learning environment. Students in our classes are engaged in active learning. They develop critical thinking skills, the ability to collaborate, and a love of learning. As a faculty, we enjoy each other and a collegial working environment.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Teaching classes in Spanish (primarily eighth grade and Upper School)
  • Working with a group of advisees 
  • Working collaboratively with the team of Middle School & High School teachers
  • Writing narrative term comments about students
  • Duties around the school and extracurricular activities 
  • Preparing students for the transition from Middle School to Upper School
  • Preparing HS students for the next level of Spanish language, and the AP Spanish language exam   
  • Sponsoring a club or coaching a sports team 

Applicants are asked to email a resume, cover letter, a brief teaching philosophy and the names of at least two references to Elizabeth Massie, Middle School Administrative Assistant, emassie@sayreschool.org and Kristin Seymour, Head of Middle School, kseymour@sayreschool.org. Please include your last name and “Spanish at Sayre”  in the subject line.

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

Extended Day Staff

We are currently seeking reliable, compassionate part-time staff for our Extended Day Program. The hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 2:45 - 5:45pm and Tuesdays 1:30 - 5:45pm. The applicant must provide a current TB test, transcript, and complete the background forms necessary before the start date. All applicants must be willing to complete all necessary training required by the Cabinet of Health and Family Services. If interested, please contact Andy Fitch, afitch@sayreschool.org.

 Staff Application for Employment at Sayre School (Revised May 12, 2020)

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

Preschool Substitute Teacher

Sayre Lower School is currently accepting resumes from qualified individuals who are interested in substitute teaching in preschool. We are seeking kind, responsible individuals who enjoy working with preschool aged children. Please submit a resume and cover letter to lstiles@sayreschool.org.

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

K-12 Substitute Teacher

Sayre School is currently accepting applications for kindergarten through grade twelve substitute teachers. Sayre’s mission focuses on fostering academic excellence, embracing challenge, and cultivating integrity. We meet the needs of the whole child in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, and aesthetic development.

The successful candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree, a passion for teaching, and an active curiosity about kids and their success. Openness to all forms of human diversity, flexibility and a sense of humor are key. This is a wonderful independent school and a great place to work.

Sayre School is committed to equity and justice, and aspires to be a community in which every member feels engaged, heard, and valued. Appreciating the broad spectrum of human diversity, we embrace the contributions of all members of our community as we foster a culture of respect. We believe diversity inspires personal and academic growth. Sharing perspectives and experiences beyond our own boundaries through exploration, introspection, and civil discourse is integral to our mission of creating an inclusive learning environment.

Students in our classes are engaged in active learning. They develop critical thinking skills, the ability to collaborate, and a love of learning. We emphasize the development of the whole child. As a faculty, we enjoy each other and a collegial working environment.

Applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, and the names of at least two references to the appropriate Administrative Assistant below:

For the Lower School : Luanne Stiles

For the Middle School: Elizabeth Massie

For the Upper School: Robin Haden

**Please include the words “Substitute Teacher” in the subject line.

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

Buildings and Grounds Staff

Buildings and Grounds staff position. One year of similar experience, valid driver’s license and a background check required. Competitive compensation/benefits package. Send letters of interest and/or résumés to Brooks McLamb, Director of Finance and Operations.

 Staff Application for Employment at Sayre School (Revised May 12, 2020)

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

Buildings and Grounds Staff/Bus Driver

Buildings/Grounds/Bus Driver staff position. One year of similar experience, valid driver’s license and a background check required. Competitive compensation/benefits package. Send letters of interest and/or résumés to Brooks McLamb, Director of Finance and Operations.

 Staff Application for Employment at Sayre School (Revised May 12, 2020)

Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. Sayre School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial affiliation or any other characteristic protected by law. Sayre School values a diverse community and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimination.

 
Sayre School actively seeks qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will make a positive contribution to school life. The School is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, citizenship status, uniform service member status, genetic information, religion, handicap or disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all federal, state, or local law.


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