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Careers

The faculty at Country Day teach in small classes and have a great deal of autonomy in the classroom while also utilizing a team approach to planning curriculum. Teachers address many facets of students' lives and act in tandem with parents and fellow educators to do so. Collegial behavior at Country Day takes many forms. It can be the relationship between a master teacher and a mentee, a group of teachers working on strategies to help a student write better essays, or committees deciding to change curriculum. As part of this community, teachers find themselves surrounded by supportive colleagues and are involved in community life.

Job Openings

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  • Director of Annual Giving

    The Director of Annual Giving will be responsible for creating, communicating, and executing a strategic, comprehensive, year-round fundraising plan for the Country Day Fund. The fundraising plan will include goals, strategies, and programming that engages all constituents and demonstrates growth each year. The Director of Annual Giving will also work to ensure the effective administration of annual gifts through acknowledgment letters, stewardship of donors, and succinct reports and communications, such as pledge reminders, to appropriate constituents. This individual will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward meaningful relationships with established and potential donors through individual meetings, seeking and securing gifts for the Country Day Fund and identifying potential leadership prospects. The Director of Annual Giving will manage a group of 100+ volunteers solicitors who comprise the Country Day Fund committees and communicate regularly regarding progress of the Fund. The Director of Annual Giving will manage Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/NXT reporting for the Development Office. This position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position that will report to the Director of Development.

    Additional information about Country Day can be found on our website at www.mpcds.com

    Responsibilities:

    • In consultation with the Director of Development, execute strategic and tactical plans for achieving annual giving goals.
    • Create and manage a comprehensive fundraising plan, multi-channel marketing strategy, and appeal calendar for the Country Day Fund.
    • Enhance the use of digital marketing (e.g., email, websites, social media) and analytics to improve segmentation and messaging and to create a personal and positive experience for donors.
    • Oversee a strategy to grow the number of leadership donors each year by acquiring, retaining and upgrading donors of $1,500 or more. Develop benefit programs and special engagement opportunities that encourage donors to higher levels of annual giving.
    • Develop strong solicitation, engagement, and stewardship programs for key constituencies (parents, faculty/staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, young alumni, etc).
    • In consultation with the Director of Alumni Relations, strategize and implement a robust alumni and reunion giving structure.
    • Create and manage an appeal and stewardship calendar to communicate with potential and current donors through traditional and digital methods (i.e. email, phonathons, direct mail, social media, website content, personal visits and special events).
    • Identify, recruit, and manage Country Day Fund volunteers.
    • Prepare weekly, monthly, and other Country Day Fund reports, develop custom reports, and maintain constituent information in our Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database.
    • Work with Development Assistant to manage gift receipting and acknowledgment procedures.
    • Utilize Raiser's Edge to track visits, produce contact notes, and conduct appropriate constituent follow-up.
    • Create appeals and marketing materials, as well as maintain Country Day Fund section of the School's website.
    • Attend on-campus and off-campus events as necessary.
    • Assist with applications for state grants and other special projects as necessary.

    General Expectations:

    • Work cooperatively to achieve common goals and to alleviate peak workloads in other programs for which the Development Office is responsible, while providing the best quality product available; continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
    • Model appropriate behavior, optimism, and high achievement.
    • Be open to new ideas and their implementation. React and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
    • Listen carefully to and understand constituents' needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond in consultation with the Director of Development to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
    • Continue to grow in his/her knowledge through ongoing individual learning and pursuit of professional development opportunities.
    • Strong communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
    • Manage time and priorities in a fast-paced multitasking environment.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Demonstrated analytical and fundraising skills. A minimum of 5 years of experience in a nonprofit environment, with a track record of success in annual giving.
    • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to work with and motivate other development professionals and volunteers.
    • Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent-management software required, including Microsoft Office; Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT experience strongly preferred.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • A strong sense of fundraising ethics and practices and respect for confidentiality of donor information
    • A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality, with excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
    • The willingness and ability to represent Metairie Park Country Day School professionally on campus and off-campus. (Some travel, evenings, and weekend work required.)

    Application Instructions:

    Interested parties may send a cover letter and resume to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com. Please include "Director of Annual Giving" as the subject line of your email.

    Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
     
    Paul Casadaban
    Human Resources Manager
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
     
    Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
     
    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
     
  • Part-time Woodworking Teacher

    Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced Carpentry/Woodworker/Educator who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Part-time Woodworking Teacher. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of woodworking, wood shop equipment, operation, and safety as well as substantial experience teaching the fundamentals of woodworking to young people. In addition, candidates must exhibit an appreciation of woodworking as a skill, a craft, and an art form along with sensitivity to working with young people from grades 7 to 12 in a diverse academic environment inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and parents.This part-time, 10-month position includes eligibility to participate in our part-time benefits offerings along with all school year holidays. The Woodworking Teacher reports to the Art Department Chair and the Upper School Principal.
     
    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    - Teaching woodworking classes as assigned by the department chair.
    - Plan effective daily lessons, projects, and unit plans incorporating industry standards, Country Day values and woodworking traditions, safety, technical, academic, and technology skills.
    - Work with the department chair and others to build and refine a curriculum to meet the long-term vision of the department and mission of the school.
    - Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of School, a division principal, or art department chairperson.
    - Supporting the Mission of the school and its leadership.
     
    Applicants should also have a willingness to experiment and be able to deliver effective critiques of student work in both group and individual settings, interacting with students in a way that engages them in problem solving and risk taking. In addition, every member of the Country Day arts faculty is expected to be a professional artist or craftsman working in his or her own field, thereby demonstrating our belief that art is not an esoteric pursuit.
     
    Information about Country Day is available on our web site: www.mpcds.com
     
    Interested parties may send a resume, a cover letter with teaching philosophy, and a personal statement with a specific description of what we might see in a class taught by the candidate. Applicants should combine all documents into a single MS Word or PDF file and list their first and last name as the title of the file. Applicants may email that file to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “Woodworking Position” in the subject line of the email.

    Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
     
    Paul Casadaban
    Human Resources Manager
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
     
    Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
     
    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
  • Upper-Middle School English Teacher

    Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an experienced, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys working with young people to fill the position of Upper-Middle School English Teacher. The full-time, 10-month position includes a comprehensive benefits package along with all school year holidays. The Upper-Middle School English Teacher reports to the Upper and/or Middle School Principal.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    -Teaching four or five sections of English
    -Focusing on active reading, text-based discussion in a seminar format, and analytical writing, revision and editing
    -Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of School or a division principal
    -Supporting the Mission of the school and its leadership

    The goals of the Country Day English curriculum are to teach students to read and think critically, to write with clarity and insight, to listen and speak mindfully, and to value reading both for its intrinsic pleasure and its ability to help shape one’s moral and social conscience.

    Information about Country Day is available on our website: www.mpcds.com

    Interested parties may send a resume, a cover letter with teaching philosophy, and a personal statement with a specific description of what we might see in a class taught by the candidate to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com. Emails should use "US-MS English Position" as the subject.

    Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be mailed to the following address:
     
    Paul Casadaban
    Human Resources Manager
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
     
    Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
     
    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

How to Apply

  • Employment Application
    Please send an educational philosophy statement, cover letter, resume, and application to Paul Casadaban.

Contacts

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  • Mr. Paul Casadaban 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Human Resources Manager
    Loyola Law School - JD
    Louisiana State University - B.S. Biological Sciences
    2018
Mentors
Each new faculty member is assigned a fellow teacher as a mentor. This person functions as part of a larger support structure for new teachers, which includes the New Faculty Committee, the administration, and all other faculty members. Mentors are paired with new faculty to help new teachers learn the culture of the school and grow professionally. These experienced and respected members of the Country Day community are a "friendly face" for teachers on campus. Mentors help teachers grow professionally by partnering with them to evaluate their work.

Professional Development
Professional Development opportunities are often fully funded by Country Day because we believe that ongoing training is crucial to teacher growth and development. $100,000 is budgeted each year for the faculty's professional endeavors. Annual ISAS and NAIS conferences, workshops in a teacher's subject or grade area and specialized training with the newest researchers in learning and child development are resources that faculty take advantage of to continue to improve their craft as teachers.

On campus, opportunities for professional growth abound. Department chairs, mentors, division heads, and other administration observe classes and meet with faculty about their professional growth. At the end of each school year, every faculty member meets with the Head of School to discuss their professional development over the past year. This is an opportunity for teachers to bring up concerns with the Head, review their accomplishments, and discuss goals for the coming year. In addition to the ongoing individual professional development during the year, at the beginning and end of each school year, faculty gather to discuss important curricular matters, work together in cross-divisional groups, and meet with experts in the field of education, curriculum, diversity, and child development.

Metairie Park Country Day School considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, or disability.
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.