Jobs at Sem

Chief Financial Officer

Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School seeks a Chief Financial Officer.

Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and strength of character, there are abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary has always been a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 174 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

The CFO will find ready collaborators among the President, trustees, and other administrators. Preserving Sem’s strong community ethos with its guiding core values of the True, the Beautiful and the Good and culture requires care and accompanying financial resources. The new CFO must develop a nuanced understanding of this approach to be successful.

Reporting to President as a member of the school’s senior Cabinet, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) holds comprehensive responsibility for all aspects of the School’s financial management including oversight, strategies, fiscal policies, hiring, programs, and practices.

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

Wyoming Seminary seeks a CFO who is thoughtful, even- tempered, a strategic thinker and a team player. In addition to overseeing members of the Business Office, the new CFO will oversee security and food service. The most appealing candidates will instinctively understand the interdependence of all aspects of an educational institution and the overriding need to best serve the students, teachers and staff who comprise the Sem community. Below are a list of the major responsibilities.

  • Report directly to the President and work closely with other senior administrators and the Chair of the Finance Committee as well as the Board’s Finance and Investment Committees.
  • Supervise members of the financial team.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the senior administrative team. The CFO will function as a financial coach for all senior administrators, assisting them with all aspects of their financial responsibility.
  • Steward the organization’s resources effectively and, by the application of sound business principles, maximize the School’s resources and improve its operating efficiency. The CFO will also enhance the School’s financial stability by developing, implementing and monitoring effective systems of financial control and decision-making.
  • Develop a sustainable, multi-year financial model capable of ensuring the School’s fiscal stability as part of the School’s strategic plan.
  • Champion the budgeting process to ensure a high degree of financial literacy among all budget controllers.
  • Oversee the preparation of periodic financial statements for the President and the Board of Trustees.
  • Remain knowledgeable of emerging trends and their potential impact on the School’s future and its opportunity landscape. The CFO must be prepared to “see beyond the numbers” and provide vital business insights from a financial perspective. The CFO must have the ability to develop insights and communicate them to others on the leadership and governance teams.
  • Manage relationships with external parties including financial consultants, auditors, investment advisors, bank representatives, as well as other advisors to assist in the organization’s financial and legal affairs.
  • Be a skilled project manager: developing project plans, communicating changes and progress, and completing projects on time and within budget.
  • Research, analyze, and present excellent benchmarking data that will advise all financial decisions.
  • Implement investment decisions of the Investment Committee; and coordinate with the endowment consultants.
  • Provide sound and consistent employment policies, adequate staffing levels, compensation, and appropriate benefits programs for all facets of School operations.
  • Oversee and work collaboratively with others on specific responsibilities including financial aid, risk management, employee salaries and benefits, compliance with federal and state regulations and the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Oversee the annual financial and 403b plan audits and filings of tax returns.
  • Attend and support Board and Finance/Investment Committees meetings.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; M.B.A. preferred
  • 10-plus years of financial and business leadership
  • Strategic thinker who sees the larger picture
  • Ability to understand and embrace Wyoming Seminary’s mission
  • Ability to balance and prioritize the needs of the School
  • Ability to manage and mentor staff
  • Be process-oriented
  • Experience on senior administrative teams and working with nonprofit Boards; independent school experience a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • High energy – brings a sense of urgency to the organization
  • Superb people skills; compassionate
  • Demonstrated ability to take complex subjects, distill them, and then communicate them to various audiences
  • A strong team player
  • Fair, but demanding; a willingness to say “no”
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion practices
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Evident integrity

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this particular position
  • A current résumé
  • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission) to:

Nicole Brogan

Executive Assistant to the President

nbrogan@wyomingseminary.org


Director of Communications

Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School seeks a new Director of Communications. This is a wonderful opportunity for candidates to work with a talented, committed faculty and staff. Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individually and academically, there are also abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary remains a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 173 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

Wyoming Seminary is seeking a Director of Communications. The Director of Communications reports to the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and manages the school’s internal and external communications, advertising and marketing, public relations efforts, as well as print and digital content.

The Director of Communications strategizes and implements Wyoming Seminary’s marketing and public relations objectives. This position assumes responsibility for the school’s branding, search engine marketing, video, digital communications, and print publications. Additionally, the Director of Communications is the Editor-in-Chief of the school magazine, which is sent to approximately 10,000 constituents. This position works collaboratively with all divisions and departments of the school. The ideal candidate will have the ability to balance the needs of the school’s admissions, advancement and academic offices. A goal of this position is to generate interest among prospective families in admissions, as well as to engage our families and constituents with current and meaningful information about the life of the school.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop, maintain and execute the school’s strategic marketing plan according to a determined timeline
• Develop strategies to optimize advertising expenditures, identifying marketing vehicles (print, online, etc.) that will most effectively reach Wyoming Seminary’s target audiences
• Analyze and report on performance results; identify ways to assess ROI and effectiveness of advertising efforts
• Manage and collaborate with communications team and freelance artists to create content
• Manage advertising deadlines
• Develop/write/release compelling stories and press releases about Wyoming Seminary students, faculty and other constituents
• Collaborate with Wyoming Seminary leadership and faculty to develop thoughtful pieces to promote Wyoming Seminary’s expertise and value proposition
• Develop relationships with local and regional media to advertise news stories. Coordinate articles and interviews with the press, upon request
• Provide editorial oversight/proofreading for division/department publications, as needed
• Develop and maintain the school’s style/brand guide to maintain common editorial and graphic standards across school publications and online content platforms.
• Manage all front-facing content for the Wyoming Seminary website.
• Identify creative strategies to optimize the delivery of content on website and through social media (e.g. video, slideshows, infographics, etc.)
• Manage school-wide social media platforms and postings, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook.
• Coordinate special event photography and videography, including vendor outsourcing
• Serve as school photographer to capture day-to-day moments on both Wyoming Seminary campuses and classrooms
• Edit photos and videos for publication; maintain school-wide photography and videography archives
• Develop and maintain productive and creative partnerships with designers, printers, photographers and videographers
• Manage RFP process to secure best pricing/value
• Participate on Board of Trustees Marketing Committee
• Represent the school at various gatherings
• Support the school’s mission and philosophy
• Perform all other duties as assigned by the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
• This position requires work on evenings, weekends and early mornings, i.e., communicating with Deans at both divisions, and subsequently the school community, regarding delayed openings, etc.

Experience and Qualifications
• A creative, strategic, analytical, self-starter
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications, and public relations activities
• Experience developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training, developing, supervising and appraising personnel
• Demonstrated successful experience in marketing, communications or public relations
• Demonstrated success in writing press releases, making presentations, and negotiating with media
• Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications
• Computer literacy in word processing, database management and page layout
• Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams
• Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
• Prior experience with Finalsite and eNotify software
• Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
• Experience in art direction
• Experience in social media administration
• Working understanding of DSLR cameras
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
• Knowledge of HTML
• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
• Independent school experience a plus

The appointment is a full-time, year-round position and the compensation package will be competitive nationally and commensurate with experience, degree attainment and the national independent school and college markets. Wyoming Seminary offers a generous tuition remission package to the children of full time employees. Housing may be available.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Randy Granger, Executive Hiring Coordinator, at rgranger@wyomingseminary.org.

Director of Creative Arts Enrollment

Wyoming Seminary seeks a Director of Creative Arts Enrollment.

About Wyoming Seminary
Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and strength of character, there are abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well-developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary has always been a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 174 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

Sem is where students can study their creative craft and present it on stage, in an ensemble, on the dance floor, or in a gallery. Sem’s creative arts programs are broad and deep, with a seasoned, dedicated faculty who nurture students to develop the full range of their creative talents. Our recently completed $16.3 million Kirby Center for Creative Arts provides professional-level practice rooms, classrooms, a dance studio, as well as a 600-seat theater with technology, lighting, and acoustics that rival those found on many college campuses. Recent acts to appear on stage at Sem include the world-renowned José Limón dance company and Wynton Marsalis and his jazz quintet, among others.

The Director of Creative Arts Enrollment will coordinate the student admission process for our vibrant summer arts programs as well as for students who will enroll in our full-year program in grades 9-12; boarding and day. The director is a member of the Wyoming Seminary Summer Programs team, reporting to the Director of Summer Programs. The director will work collaboratively with the Upper School Directors of International and Domestic Admissions, our Theater Arts Marketing Officer and our Director of Communications.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills and bring a “can do” attitude to the position. Experience with student recruitment processes and independent boarding school marketing along with a passion for the arts will prove desirable. The director will maintain and grow the Sem arts referral network including, but not limited to, students, alumni, current and past parents, professional artists and educators, performing arts supporters, school counselors, junior boarding school representatives and school consultants. Attendance at placement fairs, travel for showcases and other opportunities for prospective boarding and day students is required. The ability to positively articulate the many benefits of the arts at Sem and effectively relate to young adults and parents is essential.

Job Description
Coordinates the admission process for students particularly interested in the Creative Arts for both the summer and full-year programs. This director is a member of the Summer at Sem team, reporting to the Director of Summer Programs. Significant collaboration with the full-year admission team, fine arts department and the summer arts program directors is also expected.

This is a twelve-month position that requires work on some evenings, weekend, and holidays and extensive recruitment travel.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop promotional campaign for recruiting students
• Establish strong relationships with potential and current parents, staff and faculty
• Maintain and grow the arts referral network
• Attend placement fairs, travel for showcases, and establish other opportunities to yield student applicants
• Attend essential programs, events and performances at feeder schools and at Sem
• Manage student inquires
• Review, interview and accept student applications, organize student audition process
• Prepare monthly and annual reports of enrollment trends
• Serve as a contributing member of the Summer Financial Aid Committee
• Manage and coordinate advertising and public relations efforts with the communications office
• Work in unison with the fine arts department and summer directors to identify specific enrollment needs
• Manage student enrollments and registration process
• Support the summer art programs and campus activities during the summer months
• Manage distribution and archive of summer art images, recordings and videos
• Perform all such other related duties consistent with the position as assigned

Qualities Sought
• Knowledge of and a willingness to grow an arts referral network and a market for student recruiting
• Passionate and capable recruiter
• Clear understanding of the creative arts
• Self-directed: ability to grasp a vision and build effective strategies to achieve the vision without significant oversight
• Seasoned interpersonal and management skills
• Success as an organizational leader
• Exceptional written and spoken communication skills
• Ability to build rapport and establish credibility to affect positive outcomes
• Ability to lead, inspire and partner with a team
• Highly organized, detail oriented and creative
• Ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure—with a sense of humor, integrity and professionalism
• Authentic people skills

Candidate Background
• Bachelors degree required, masters degree preferred
• Three to five years of admission/recruiting experience
• Experience working within the creative arts/working with and supporting artists

To apply, please complete an application.

Groundskeeper

Wyoming Seminary seeks candidates for full-time groundskeeper position. Candidates must be capable of obtaining all required clearances to work in a school, have a valid Pa. driver’s license, be customer service focused, familiar with athletic facilities, and available for after-hours event support. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. Respond to: Physical Plant Manager, Wyoming Seminary, 201 N. Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

Lower School Maintenance Mechanic

Wyoming Seminary is seeking a full-time maintenance mechanic for Lower School in Forty Fort. Candidates must be capable of obtaining all required clearances to work in a school, have a valid PA driver’s license, must be customer service-focused and available for after-hours emergencies. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Respond to:
Physical Plant Manager
Wyoming Seminary
201 North Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

Summer Opportunities

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Registrar and Dean of Scheduling

Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.

Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and strength of character, there are abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well-developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities. Wyoming Seminary has always been a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 174 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.

The Position:

The Registrar is a key member of the Upper School (9 – 12) Leadership Team and also provides targeted administrative support to the Lower School (Toddler – 8). The role is directly responsible for all student academic records and in conjunction with whole school academic leadership teams takes responsibility for all aspects of student scheduling and works to maintain integrity across all academic programs.

The Registrar is a highly motivated, creative professional with a good sense of humor and an ability to cope with the unexpected. The Registrar is capable of working in a dynamic environment and is able to balance detailed oriented work with the need to think and work strategically. This is a year-round position with specific responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

Grade Reporting and Transcript Management

  • Responsible for organization and reporting of all comments, grades, advisor letters, and transcript reporting.
  • Handle incoming phone calls and email from graduates, school reps, parents, prospective and newly enrolled parents and students. Respond to faculty and student requests for data and process transcript requests.
  • Collaborate with Admissions and College Counseling to support students through their primary, secondary, and college (including NCAA requirements) as applicable needs
  • Interprets international academic reports to evaluate status against graduation requirements and to build a transcript.

  • Registration, Enrollment, and Scheduling

  • Coordinate with Admissions to ensure timely and accurate course selection for all new students and graduation / withdrawal of departing students and appropriate transfer of records.
  • Responsible for course selection process
  • Liaise with academic leadership and student service teams to develop the master schedule
  • Coordinate with division and academic leadership to maintain and manage the online course catalogue
  • Coordinate with division and academic leadership, deans, advisors, parents, and students to ensure each student’s compliance and progress against graduation requirements.

  • Other

  • Liaise with academic leadership teams to drive strategic improvements to the enrollment process and development of the master schedule
  • Work in partnership with the Class Deans office, US administrative office, and all department chairs to ensure all aspects of records, academic scheduling, and grading are accurate and best support students
  • Serve on several school wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in an equivalent educational administrative support role
  • Bachelors degree required, MA or MBA preferred
  • Experience in the building and management of a school’s master schedule preferred
  • Experience with Student Information Systems (specifically Powerschool) preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft office, database programs, and google drive
  • Strong detail and systems orientation
  • Ability to communicate complex information to faculty, staff, students, and parents
  • Love of schools, learning, and students
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative with ongoing tasks and meet deadlines
  • Personable, positive, helpful personality; customer service mindset
  • Creative problem solver

  • The ideal candidate will be available to start in January or February. Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Lauren Streifer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, at lstreifer@wyomingseminary.org.