Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at Girls Preparatory School. We are committed to finding educators and staff who have excellent credentials and who are dedicated to educating girls and supporting girls’ education.

If you have questions about careers at GPS or need assistance, please contact Mark Vosskamp, CFO, by email or phone at 423.634.7632.

Faculty + Staff Positions

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  • + Director of Annual Giving

    ABOUT GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL
    Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since then. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve 520 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses, and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
     
    General Description 
    The strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual fund program for unrestricted giving, including the coordination and oversight of supporting initiatives designed to cultivate, solicit and steward alumnae, current and past parents and grandparents, friends, and other Impact giving constituents.
     
     Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • Collaborate with the Development team to create and communicate messaging on the importance of supporting GPS through the unrestricted giving by increasing outreach and understanding;
    • Establish alumnae class giving and participation goals for all reunion classes, and take the lead in working with volunteers to meet goals;
    • Establish target ask amounts for all active alumnae, current and past parents and grandparents, friends, and other Annual Fund giving constituents;
    • Recruit and train co-chairs for Annual Fund, Parents’ Fund, and Grandparents’ Fund;
    • Partner with the Development team to recruit, train, and manage all volunteers working to cultivate, solicit, and steward Annual Fund prospects or to assist with fundraising events;
    • Manage a portfolio of 100-150 assigned Annual Fund prospects ($1-$5,000) to build and strengthen pipeline donor relations with GPS;
    • Design and implement the quarterly multimedia Annual Fund appeal strategy for all constituencies in partnership with the Marketing & Communications and Development Teams;
    • Develop strategies for cultivating, acquiring, and stewarding graduates of the last decade; and
    • Work with Development Team to plan, develop content for, and conduct GPS Development events designed to solicit and steward Annual Fund donors including Grandparents' Day, Phone-a-thons, Senior Class Campaign events, Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign meetings, and other Annual Fund events.  

    General Skill & Experience Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of annual fund campaigns experience, preferably in independent schools, and two or more years of volunteer management experience;
    • Understanding of women's philanthropy, current giving trends, and factors that influence constituent giving;
    • Ability to convey the value proposition for girls’ education and supporting the work of GPS for prospects who may or may not have daughters;
    • Willingness to seek professional development and learning to build the skills needed to successfully raise support for GPS;
    • Act in congruence with the school’s stated values of honor, respect, curiosity, individuality, and relationships; 
    • Ability to identify and establish connections with donor prospects, analyze their needs, and develop strategies to capture the interest of these prospects and make the connection to the work of GPS in ways that build and maintain donor loyalty and trust;
    • Professional demeanor, good judgment, and the ability to work independently yet collaboratively in a goal-oriented team environment; 
    • Must possess a personable demeanor, a sense of humor, and a willingness to be engaged in the life of the school;
    • Proficiency in social media, Google Suite, and constituent, relational databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge NXT by Blackbaud; and
    • Demonstrated project management skills working specifically with multifaceted projects and diverse constituents.
     
    Competencies
    •  Alignment with the GPS Mission and Values; and
    • Commitment to professional development and self-improvement.
     
    Physical Requirements and Work Environment
    • Generally works in standard office conditions and climate; and
    • Ability to work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.

    To apply, click here
     
    It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
     
    All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.
  • + Director of College Counseling

    ABOUT GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

    Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since then. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve 520 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses, and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Director of College Counseling is responsible for developing and leading a successful, mission-driven, and developmentally appropriate, college counseling program, forming meaningful relationships with students and families to help each girl find the best match during the college search process. The Director works both individually and collaboratively with other members of the College Counseling staff to meet the needs of the girls, their families, college representatives, faculty, and administrators. The Director utilizes and optimizes the collective knowledge of colleges and universities, and the college application and financial aid process, to assist students in identifying and enrolling in schools where each girl will thrive. Additionally, the Director cultivates a culture of girls actively seeking and earning academic and career-focused enrichment and skill development beyond the classrooms of GPS.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Assume responsibility for providing students (grades 9-12) and their parents with information, advice, and counseling as relates to secondary and higher education; 
    • Consider specific needs, equity, and access of service; identify and utilize data, and provide students with tools as well as encouragement and inspiration; address both general college planning and specific areas such as athletic recruitment, scholarships/financial aid, fine arts, honors programs, and the transition to college;
    • Assign, train, delegate, and supervise the work of the College Counseling staff, which includes a part-time Administrative Assistant and one Associate Director;
    • Judiciously manage the budget for the department;
    • Create formal programming for grade-level specific parent and student meetings, college nights, daytime college visits, financial aid meetings, etc.; 
    • Write and teach curriculum for Senior College Seminars in the fall term and Junior College Seminars in the spring term;
    • Provide strategies, advice, support, and sound counsel to students and families regarding course selection, standardized testing, essay and résumé writing and editing, interviewing, and the college research, application, and selection process from initial discovery to the final matriculation;
    • Maintain confidential records relevant to students and the college search and application process, including letters of recommendations, transcripts, test scores, and essays;
    • Serve as the Standardized Testing and AP Coordinator for all relevant college preparatory tests (PreACT, PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP exams); administer and proctor all on-campus standardized tests; assist Learning Support Services with testing procedures and administration of students with testing accommodations;
    • Collaborate with the Head of Upper School, Associate Head of School, advisors, class deans, and other relevant constituencies regarding appropriate course selections for each rising junior/senior student;
    • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the Upper School curriculum in order to translate it to college representatives, as well as parents, and to be able to resolve any misinformation;
    • Seek, maintain, and foster relationships internally with the GPS Development and Alumnae offices, and externally through alumnae and community contacts, when appropriate;
    • Stay informed on current admissions and counseling trends through reading and research, maintaining active membership in organizations such as NACAC, College Board, ACT, SACAC, and ACCIS; attend local professional programs and coordinate events with area independent schools and colleagues; represent the school at relevant state and national meetings, networking extensively at conferences and workshops and by visiting various college campuses;
    • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with college and university admission representatives, nationally and internationally; provide opportunities for representatives to visit GPS in person and virtually during day or evening programs;
    • Oversee the process of developing and finalizing college and program-specific recommendations that accompany each application to every school to which a student applies;
    • Develop, update, and provide guidance and oversight on all materials that represent the College Counseling office’s mission, process, and goals, as well as any supporting documentation;
    • Ensure that accurate and updated information is available on the College Counseling access points, including but not limited to the GPS website, portal, and SCOIR; 
    • Provide timely, accurate, and topical information to students and families through various means of communication (emails, individual and family meetings, newsletters, and social media outlets);
    • Remain apprised of changes in financial aid practices, requirements, and deadlines; educate families on how to understand and research which colleges meet Expected Family Contributions, which schools have merit scholarships, and how to identify the requirements and the deadlines for those scholarships; provide access to that information to students and families in an appropriate time frame;
    • Coordinate programs and events in alignment with College Counseling in conjunction with various campus and external partners;
    • Attend, participate, and strategize in Department Head meetings, Upper School Division meetings, all-school meetings, and any other committee meetings as deemed important by the Head of the Upper School;
    • Engage in the full school experience and be a visible presence for students and families; and
    • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

    QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in school counseling, psychology, education, or a related field; 
    • MA or MEd is highly desirable;
    • A minimum of three to five years’ college counseling experience is required; management or director level position preferred;
    • Understanding of and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and goals for their futures; 
    • Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences;
    • Outstanding and varied effective written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate leadership and facilitation skills; and
    • Collegiality and eagerness to collaborate with fellow faculty members.

    To apply, click here.


    It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.
  • + Middle and Upper School Spanish and French Teacher | Longterm Substitute

    ABOUT GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL:
    Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since then. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve 520 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses, and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.

    POSITION SUMMARY:
    The candidate for this position will be expected to design and maintain a class environment favorable to girls’ academic and personal growth and to establish effective rapport with students while maintaining proper classroom management. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching girls at various grade levels and adjusting classroom management skills accordingly. The teacher will work within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner. Daily instructional plans should demonstrate knowledge of best practice in differentiated instruction and implementation of 21st-century pedagogical approaches, encouraging student-led inquiry and creative critical thinking. 

    The teaching candidate should be a student of world languages and be able to demonstrate a deep educational and academic background in world languages, including pedagogy. The candidate must be able to teach beginning and intermediate-level Spanish and French. The ideal candidate will also have experience with interdisciplinary connections and cultivating global perspectives in students.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Reporting to the Division Head, GPS World Languages faculty are expected to:
    • Plan, develop, and execute lessons that reflect the World Languages curriculum;
    • Adapt World Language course curriculum for individual or small group instruction to meet the needs of identified students or subgroups of students;
    • Evaluate student progress and, with the assistance of support services, develop a path for all students to meet course standards in knowledge and skills;
    • Employ a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, including, but not limited to, direct instruction, guided practice, and inquiry-based learning activities to facilitate knowledge and skill development;
    • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students;
    • Attend and participate in departmental and conference meetings and other required activities;
    • Implement and maintain a standard of performance consistent with GPS’s goals of academic excellence;
    • Serve as an advisor within the school’s advisory program;
    • Know and follow school procedures and regulations; and 
    • Perform other related duties as directed by the Head of School or Division Heads.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in Spanish and/or French required;
    • MA or MEd is highly desirable;
    • A minimum of three to five years of teaching experience is required;
    • Native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written Spanish and/or French;
    • Capacity and commitment to teach Introductory French, French I, and Spanish III;
    • Familiarity with and expertise in ACTFL standards;
    • Proficiency in educational technology and 21st-century pedagogy;
    • Understanding of and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths;
    • Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences;
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills;
    • Outstanding and varied written and verbal communication skills; and
    • Collegiality and eagerness to collaborate with fellow faculty members in a cross-disciplinary fashion.

    Click here to apply.

    Girls Preparatory School is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination and unlawful harassment. It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

    All employees are responsible for complying with the School’s equal employment opportunity policy.

Coaching Positions

Food Services

If you are interested in applying for a position in Food Services, please contact Mr. Brad Grafton, Food Services Director, by email or by phone at 423.634.7635. 
Girls Preparatory School is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination and unlawful harassment. It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.

It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
 
Based on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CAREs Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities.  Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Mark Vosskamp, 423.634.7632, MVosskamp@GPS.edu205 Island Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA.  Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.
 
This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.  

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