Work at the Academy

The Academy values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of its private school community, and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity of the community as a whole. We are committed to inclusion, and we actively support equal opportunity for all people and encourage all qualified applicants to apply for employment at the Academy. Please find a complete listing of current, open positions below, and take a note that if hired, you will be required to complete and submit the five forms posted in the Documents & Links box (with the cost of obtaining these clearances covered by you, the employee).


Administrator Positions

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Harrisburg Academy, a preschool through 12th grade coeducational, college preparatory day school of 400 students, seeks an experienced, results-oriented, and collaborative senior fund-raising professional to join our development team as Director of Development and Alumni Relations. This full-time position is available April 1, 2017.

The director serves as the chief development officer of Harrisburg Academy and is a highly visible member of the administrative leadership team reporting directly to the head of school. The director is responsible for researching, planning, managing, implementing, benchmarking, and leading fundraising activities to secure major gifts for endowment and capital purposes, the annual fund, special events, alumni relations, stewardship activities, and internal/external communications regarding these initiatives.  The annual average of major gifts and annual fund contributions secured is $400K and $300K, respectively.

The director will provide entrepreneurial leadership and strategic direction in a wide range of activities, including parent and alumni relations, publications, and communications. The director will nurture long-term philanthropic relationships with members of all constituencies on behalf of the Academy, focusing particularly on the annual fund and cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift donations. The director will also manage and actively participate as a member of a task force dedicated to securing Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship funding.

Currently, Harrisburg Academy is in the process of completing its Bold Ambition campaign — a comprehensive campaign dedicated to raising $5.5 million for renovations and new construction, $1.5 million to expand our endowment resources, and another $1.5 million to lift our annual Academy Fund levels of giving to new heights.  To date, we have completed the first two phases of the campaign. The director will be central to this extensive effort, working with leadership, managing volunteers, liaising with campaign counsel, and soliciting major gifts.

The director supervises the Development and Alumni Relations Office professional staff and will serve as primary contact with the Executive Alumni Board and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. The director’s efforts should be guided by a commitment to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice.

The following responsibilities for the director of development include but are not limited:

  • To devise and manage a program designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution. This program will include annual fund solicitation; planned giving programs; corporate and foundation proposals; and planning for major capital and endowment gifts and planning/implementation for the remainder of the Academy’s Bold Ambition campaign.
  • To further develop and coordinate all aspects of the Bold Ambition campaign and ongoing efforts, including expansion of The John Harris Circle, a philanthropic society for leadership giving.
  • To work collaboratively as a member of the internal Advancement team with the director of enrollment management and marketing, and director of communications, to successfully promote a coordinated advancement strategy for Harrisburg Academy.
  • To create a coordinated development and alumni-related publications program which will most effectively communicate with various constituencies.
  • To develop a complete program of research into and an action plan of solicitation of the school's key prospects.
  • To serve as staff support for the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and Board of the Harrisburg Academy Foundation.

This is an excellent time to join a thriving and dynamic school with stable and energetic leadership.  Current parents and Academy alumni are very pleased thus far with the success of the Bold Ambition campaign. The results have produced renovated facilities, new construction, additional endowment resources, and a successful John Harris Circle. The leadership of Harrisburg Academy is prepared to forge ahead and achieve similar success. 

The near future is a time to broaden our efforts and set the standard for new ambitions in program growth and educational enhancement for all students. Harrisburg Academy welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in Central Pennsylvania. We are committed to inclusion of and actively support equal opportunity for all people, and encourage under-represented minorities to apply. Harrisburg Academy offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary. An International Baccalaureate World School, Harrisburg Academy is proud to be an internationally minded community of learners.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated success in an annual advancement programs that includes alumni relations, annual giving, major gifts/planned gifts with five to seven years of progressive responsibility;
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, closing,and stewarding annual/major gifts donors in $25,000+ level of gifts;
  • Demonstrated supervision of staff with two years or more experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree

Preference for independent school, higher education setting.

How to Apply
Interested individuals should electronically send a letter of application that indicates how their skills and experiences align with the stated qualifications for the position, and their resume. Finalists will be required to provide five references upon request. Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.

Information should be sent electronically to The subject line in the email should be DODHA. Confidential inquiries may be made by contacting Cynthia Woolbright at or at 585.787.9325.

We thank all candidates in advance for their interest.  For full consideration, all information should be received on/about Feb. 13, 2017 and will remain open until the successful candidate is identified.


Faculty and Staff Positions

After-School Staff

Harrisburg Academy is currently accepting applications for both areas of our part-time after-school program (Early Childhood/Lower School-aged students and Middle School/Upper School-aged students).  We are seeking individuals who have a love of working with children. The position requires good communication skills, a sense of creativity and enthusiasm, the ability to plan and implement age-appropriate activities, and the skills to work well with parents and community members. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old, are required to pass a full background check, and must be able to adhere to the school's dress code policy. Please send cover letter and/or resume to and indicate the age group with whom you are most interested in working (details included below).


Extended Day Program (EDP)—late August to early June, 2:30-6 p.m., plus special days

Located on campus, the Extended Day Program is a blend of recreational and enrichment activities based around a series of themes. Teachers / counselors who love working with children, demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, responsibility, and friendliness.  The Extended Day Program helps preschool through elementary school-age students develop both socially and physically through organized recreation and positive encouragement.  We provide a variety of structured and free-choice activities that promote individual and social development.  Daily favorites include crafts, games, and reading, as well as inside and outside play.  Please note that the EDP team also offers child care from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days when classes are not in session (such as faculty in-service days, parent-teacher conferences, and some school breaks). 

After School Study Clubs—late August to early June, 2:30-6 p.m.

Study hall monitors ensure a safe, studious environment for our Middle School and Upper School Study Clubs (5th through 12th grades). 


Essential Functions for After-School Staff Members:
•    Supervise, monitor, and assist children ranging from 3 to 18 years old as they participate in a wide variety of after-school activities, both inside and outside
•    Organize and lead both large- and small-group games and activities that are age-appropriate
•    Clearly communicate and collaborate with all co-workers, parents, and participants
•    Maintain a consistent environment, which includes working as scheduled (flexible schedules are available during program hours)


Summer Day Camp Counselor—early-June to mid-August 7:30am-6:00pm

An all-day version of our Extended Day Program with added summer activities, including pool time and field trips.
All positions require good communication skills, a sense of creativity and enthusiasm, the ability to plan and implement age-appropriate activities, as well as the skills to work well with parents and other community members.  There are also opportunities to share special knowledge or skills (language, culture, sports, music, etc.).  Applicants for all positions need to be at least 18 years old, are required to pass a full background check for the safety of our children, and must be able to adhere to the school’s dress code policy.  Please send cover letter and/or resume to


Athletics Department

Varsity Girls’ Assistant Soccer Coach, Middle School Head Girls’ Soccer Coach and Assistant Coach -- Varsity 2017 Season

Employment begins Aug. 14, 2017.  Applicants should have prior coaching experience and must submit the required clearance applications.  If interested, please email a letter of interest and resume to director of athletics, Jeane Serino.

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