Thank you for your interest in St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, a destination posting for exceptional educators. Recognizing that great schools are only as good as the people who teach and learn in them, we devote significant resources to the recruitment, competitive compensation, ongoing professional growth, and retention of talented faculty and staff. We are proud that approximately 45% of our current employees have been at St. Patrick’s for 10 or more years. We welcome resumes from individuals interested in employment at St. Patrick's, even when no available positions are posted on our website. Our hiring policies and program support our commitment to diversity. We firmly believe that our community is strengthened by the presence of different backgrounds, voices, and viewpoints.
For teaching positions, we require a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and, except for assistant teachers in Nursery and PK, prefer candidates with a master's degree and teaching experience. Candidates must display a genuine commitment to children, excellence in teaching, a determination to continue growing as professionals, and the depth of understanding necessary for effective participation in a diverse learning community. All appointments are contingent upon the successful completion of a required background check.
St. Patrick’s offers among the highest starting salaries for independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area, based on a comparison of 25 peer schools, and remains competitive at every experience level. In the 2019-2020 school year, St. Patrick’s median faculty salary is in the top quartile of that competitive peer set, which includes schools that are significantly larger and many that are Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools.
Health insurance is provided through CareFirst BlueChoice. The premium is split between the school and the employee, with each paying 50%. Employees can select between HMO and Point of Service (POS) plans.
Recognizing the importance of the settings we provide for young people and of our employees having deep confidence in their children’s care, St. Patrick’s offers an extraordinary level of care for faculty and staff children. That care includes:
For three decades, St. Patrick’s has offered an onsite Infant-Toddler Center (ITC) for children of faculty and staff from six weeks to three years old. Employees pay a below-market rate for the ITC, which operates under a license issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and is supervised by St. Patrick’s Head of Nursery School. During the 2019-2020 school year, six caregivers work with 21 students. While the ITC has grown to include children from families beyond faculty and staff, St. Patrick’s employees always have priority.
Although there is no tuition remission for their children attending St. Patrick’s, faculty and staff receive particular consideration under the Financial Aid Program.
Children of faculty and staff who are St. Patrick’s students may participate in the Day School’s Extended Day program without charge so that their parents can fulfill their professional duties, including planning, faculty meetings, and parent conferences.
St. Patrick’s provides childcare at no charge to faculty and staff members when classes the children would otherwise attend at St. Patrick’s are not in session because of professional and planning days or Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Approximately 85% of St. Patrick’s lead teachers have earned master’s degrees. For those members of the faculty and staff who do not hold master’s degrees—and, from time to time, those earning a second master’s—the Day School supports graduate work that is part of a degree program related to one’s field of teacher or administrative responsibilities. As part of that program:
The Day School reimburses participating faculty and staff up to 75% of the cost of a graduate degree course up to a maximum of $1,200 per course.
Approval by the Head of School is necessary to ensure availability of funds.
If a member of the faculty and staff requires special training, a specific course, or a seminar and is asked by the school to enroll in such a program, St. Patrick’s will pay the full cost of the course, separate from the Master’s Degree Program.
Professional Development Opportunities
St. Patrick’s provides funding in support of a wide range of professional development opportunities for members of the faculty and staff in addition to the Master’s Degree Program. This funding is consistent with the expectation that faculty and staff will use various means during the school year and summer to grow, enhance and broaden skills, and strengthen talents. Participation ranges from a morning or one-day workshop, to institutes or workshops of longer duration, to professional conferences locally, regionally, and nationally. Recent professional development activities have included:
Responsive Classroom Training
Teachers College Reading/Writing Workshop Institutes
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference
NAIS People of Color Conference
NAIS School Leadership Institute
National Association of Episcopal Schools Biennial Conference
FIRST Lego Robotics Coordinator Orientation and Training
AIMS Talking About Race Workshop (conducted by St. Patrick’s Faculty)
The Educational Innovation Grant Program represents a joint initiative of the Parents Association and the Day School to promote innovation in educational programs, pedagogies, and technologies. The program makes available up to $20,000 total to one or more teams of faculty members who want to undertake program design work that is innovative in nature and will make a significant contribution to the current and future Day School program. The grants are made available thanks to fundraising supported by the school community and led by the Parents Association.
The O’Neil-Carew Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching annually provides a St. Patrick’s faculty member with funding for a project s/he undertakes to make a significant contribution to the quality of teaching and his/her own—and colleagues’—teaching at St. Patrick’s. The endowment was established by a gift directed by the Board for this purpose.
The Parents Association Summer Travel and Study Grant Program has as its general purpose the personal enrichment of individual members of the faculty and staff. The original and continuing intent of the program is to recharge and reinvigorate recipients through their summer studies, travels, and experiences. The Parents Association raises funds for these endeavors at Family Fun Day, the Holiday Greens Sale, and the Book Fair, which are enthusiastically supported by the school community.
The Teachers of St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's relies on a cadre of regular substitute teachers. If you are interested in being considered for a substitute position at St. Patrick's, please email Trissy McHenry or call 202-342-2830 for more information.