A commitment to faculty

Teaching at US is, at its core, built on relationships. Our teachers make connections with their students that extend beyond the classroom. With opportunities to mentor boys through a tough stage in life, or challenge them on the athletic field, we have witnessed countless teachers make lifelong relationships that transcend the traditional model of a teacher-student association.

US is committed to finding outstanding faculty and supporting them. This is evident in our just completed $100 million campaign for University School, in which supporting faculty was a main initiative. We are setting the standard for faculty compensation and our faculty has engaging opportunities for both professional and personal growth. From experiences in Cambodia to training with the most cutting-edge technology, US teachers are sometimes learning as much as their students.

While teaching at US, you are surrounded by remarkable colleagues. Authors, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and the like, US teachers practice what they preach. It is no exaggeration to say that our faculty members are one of the most accomplished, driven, innovative, and fun group of professionals you could be around.

About University School

Founded in 1890, University School is a nationally-recognized college preparatory school serving a diverse population from Greater Cleveland; 840 male students, junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school is located on two campuses, with 420 boys in grades junior kindergarten through 8 in suburban Shaker Heights, and 420 boys in grades 9 through 12 in Hunting Valley. VIRTUAL TOURS LINK.

This averages out to class sizes of 14 students, which is a 6:1 student to teacher ratio. We take pride in our accomplished teachers. University School faculty number 137, 118 of whom have master's degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, and one has an M.D.

In the 2019-2020 school year, The National Merit® Scholarship Program recognized 24 University School seniors as Semifinalists and Commended students. One hundred percent of graduates matriculate at four-year colleges and universities.

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In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at University School will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities as required by law. University School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Current employment opportunities

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  • Assistant to the Shaker Admission Office - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School seeks an Assistant to the Shaker Admission Office beginning July 1, 2023. 
    The Assistant to the Shaker Admission Office collaborates closely with the Director of Admission/Financial Aid (Jr.K-12), and provides direct support to the Lower and Middle School Directors of Admission to ensure the admission processes runs smoothly. The Assistant will be the first point of contact for prospective families (grades Junior K-8) and will provide support throughout all parts of the application process. A critical success factor in this position will involve building rapport on the phone, in-person, and through email with all interested families.
    The assistant will oversee all administrative aspects of the admission process for grades Junior K-8 and will help with the planning, coordinating, and execution of admission events. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.  Click here for the full job description.
    The ideal candidate will have a minimum two years of experience in admissions or admissions-related activities is preferred, excellent skills in database management or similar skill-base, ability to analyze data, and a detail-oriented approach to work with outstanding organizational skills.
    Qualified and interested candidates  should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Mrs. Fantozzi-Welker, Director of Human Resources at recruiting@us.edu or University School, 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022. 
  • Associate Teachers - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School seeks Lower School Associate Teachers for the 2023-2024 school year.

    This is an exciting opportunity for individuals early in his/her teaching career to play a significant role in a Lower School classroom, which is centered on integrated thematic learning. We are looking for dynamic individuals who bring their life experiences into the classroom to enrich the lives of our students and our community. This is a unique opportunity to join an engaged and creative staff who are dedicated to the education of boys.

    The Associate Teacher will work in a theme-based in a Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd-grade classroom alongside a Lead Teacher. The role of the Associate Teacher gives an individual an opportunity of one to two years in a classroom with the Lead Teacher as a mentor. The Associate Teacher works collaboratively with and supports the Lead Teacher in classroom management, planning, and working with students.

    Mentors will provide experience and guidance to lead and support Associate Teachers in instructional, curricular, behavioral, and educational issues, enhancing an Associate’s classroom experience and professional development.  The Associate Teacher models professional standards and commitment as he or she teaches and performs other duties in the school.

    We have the expectation that all faculty members live the mission statement of the school each day and grow professionally as a teacher, coach, and school member or representative.  

    Major Responsibilities:
    • Work with students in small groups or individually
    • Conduct literature groups and report on boys’ progress.
    • Help the Lead teacher take anecdotal notes on individual students.
    • Conduct some lessons (morning meetings, spelling, number talks, math, etc.)
    • Support the Lead teacher with classroom management.
    • Organize and chaperone field trips.
    • Attend all team meetings and monthly faculty meetings.
    • Attend parent/teacher conferences.
    • Prepare bulletin boards, Friday folders, and make copies as needed.
    • Escort boys to and from special classes
    • Recess duty
    • After school dismissal
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Lead teacher
    • Participate in the life of the school outside the classroom
     Applications, including resume, cover letters, and references, should be submitted to Renee Comella (rcomella@us.edu), the Administrative Assistant to the Lower School Director, 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., OH 44122.
  • Director of The Center for the Education of Boys - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School seeks the inaugural Director of The Center for the Education of Boys for the 2023-24 academic year.  The Center enables the School to collect, assess, create, and deploy world-class curriculum, programming, research, and expertise to help boys learn, lead, thrive, and serve.

    The inaugural Director will be principally responsible for coordinating the School’s curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular efforts in the Center’s interests, in furtherance of the mission to “create young men of character who lead and serve,” and to solidify the School’s place as the very best at all-boy and whole-boy education and, therefore, support boys everywhere.  The Director will be an enthusiastic team player as well as a dynamic, articulate, and compelling spokesperson for boys’ education.  The ideal candidate will be a multi-tasker, will be effective both working independently and as part of multiple teams, and will be engaged, visible, and vocal across the School community as well as the local, regional, national, and global educational communities.  The full job description can be found here.

    Qualified and interested candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials to Head of School, Patrick T. Gallagher, at pgallagher@us.edu.  
    • A cover letter expressing interest in the position and elaborating on one’s priorities if appointed.
    • A current resume.
    • A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice.
    • A list of five (5) professional references with the name, phone number, and email address of each. 
  • Food Service Associate - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School is seeking a qualified candidate for Food Service Associate responsible for a variety of duties within Food Service including food preparation, opening and closing of the kitchen and operating the dishwasher for the Shaker Heights Campus beginning August 2023.  This position will be cross trained in the kitchen/dining room area, as every position is important to run a solid food service.
    Major Responsibilities include measure and assemble ingredients for the menu items; perform opening and closing kitchen for example, ensure the food prep areas are cleaned and sanitized; able to read and follow standard recipes; operate the dishwasher and assist with washing dishes, pots, and pans; pack to-go meals for classrooms and meetings, and serving lunch on hot lines.
    Candidates must be able to work as a team player in a busy work setting; work in a fast-paced kitchen and dining room environment; demonstrate and practice knowledge of proper food handling; always practice proper food sanitation techniques in both the kitchen and dining room; and communicate appropriately with co-workers, faculty and staff, and well as students, parents, and vendors.

    The scheduled hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Some evenings and weekends may be required.

    Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Mrs. Fantozzi-Welker, Director of Human Resources at recruiting@us.edu or University School, 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022. 
  • HVAC Maintenance Technician - Hunting Valley Campus

    UNIVERSITY SCHOOL is seeking an HVAC Maintenance Technician for the Hunting Valley Campus beginning immediately.

    The HVAC Maintenance Technician ensures that temperature, humidity, and air quality systems are properly working to meet health and safety standards, as well as creating a comfortable environment for all areas of the school.

    Responsibilities include maintaining and repairing various HVAC equipment such as heating lines, thermostats, heaters, motors, air conditioners, air handlers, and air compressors at the campus, resident facilities, and outbuildings; performs preventative maintenance as required; performs plumbing repairs and installations; provides assistance to Grounds as needed and assist with set-ups/tear downs for functions.  Click here for a compete job description and qualifications.

    The qualified candidate should have a knowledge of building automation systems, schedule lighting, HVAC, and doors; basic electrical knowledge for repairs and installations; and five to seven years of experience.

    Qualified and interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to recruiting@us.edu or to Mrs. Fantozzi-Welker, Director of Human Resources at University School, 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022. 
  • Lead Teachers JrK-4 - Shaker Heights Campus

    LEAD TEACHER - Shaker Campus Lower School.  University School seeking candidates for grade levels that may include Junior Kindergarten through 4.
    We are looking for dynamic individuals who bring her/his experiences and knowledge into the classroom in order to enrich the lives of our University School students. The candidate for this position will join an engaged and creative grade-level team dedicated to thematic teaching, Responsive Classroom techniques, and the intentional education of boys.  S/he will also serve as an active part of the Lower School faculty.
    Major responsibilities include designing and facilitating thematic curriculum; working with students in whole group, small group, and individual teaching formats; collaborating with team members, and differentiating instruction and assessment.   Our teachers build positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues through effective communication and their commitment to the school community.  The lead teacher is also responsible for mentoring an Associate Teacher who will assist in the classroom.
    Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and an active teaching license; a master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred.  Please send a resume, three references, and a cover letter to: Renee Comella (rcomella@us.edu), Administrative Assistant to the Lower School Director, 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., OH 44122. 
  • Middle School Woodworking & Design Fabrication Teacher - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School (Cleveland, Ohio) seeks a full-time Middle School Woodworking and Design Fabrication Teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year. Ideal candidates will have an advanced degree in their field, an understanding of aesthetics and the design process, as well as firsthand experience in woodworking, manual and digital fabrication, and/or expertise in design software. Candidates should have an enthusiastic interest in and the capacity to work with early adolescents. In this position, the teacher will design and implement a fifth to eighth grade curriculum that supports students from the inception of a project to its completion using a wide array of design and fabrication tools and is appropriate for students with varying manual skill levels. Classes will be taught in a traditional woodshop setting that also includes a 3D printer and a laser cutter.  The teacher will also have periodic access to a modern makerspace. Outside of the classroom, the candidate should be eager to collaborate with arts department colleagues and to contribute to the larger life of the school. He /she will serve as an advisor to a small group of students. Please click HERE for the full job description. 
    Applications, including resume, cover letter, references, and transcript(s), should be submitted to Alexis Folino Gallo, Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Director, University School, 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., OH 44122 or afolinogallo@us.edu.
  • Program Director - YEI - Hunting Valley Campus

    University School is seeking a Program Director for the Young Entrepreneur Institute.
    Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School (YEI) supports the advancement of youth entrepreneurship education by providing consulting, professional development, and access to curriculum and resources for K-12 teachers in and beyond the classroom across the nation. YEI has received annual grants from Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support the advancement of youth entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio (Morgan) and through the 50-state network of after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs (Mott). The Program Director is responsible for leading these initiatives and will work closely with the YEI team to accomplish this.
    Responsibilities include leading YEI’s Pitch Challenge initiatives in all formats and across all geographic regions.
    • Develop annual goals and objectives for Pitch Challenge as an engagement tool for YEI.
    • Refine and maintain the Pitch Challenge Toolkit curriculum, review and coordinate response plan for Pitch Challenge Toolkit inquiries in collaboration with YEI team.
    • Create timelines, budgets, contest structure, official rules for each contest.
    • Develop/manage marketing and outreach plan to promote contest participation.
    • Review and research online platforms for capturing entries, judging, online voting.
    • Work with YEI and YIPPEE teams to create/update Pitch Challenge products in YIPPEE.
    • Capture and evaluate metrics for each program.
    • Supervise YEI Marketing /Technology Assistant and YEI Pitch Challenge Program team.
    Click here for the full job description and qualifications.

    Qualified and interested candidates should apply to recruitingHV@us.edu.
  • Substitute Teachers, Grades 9 - 12 – Hunting Valley Campus

    University School is currently reviewing applications for substitute teachers for grades 9 - 12. If you are interested in being considered for the upcoming academic year, please submit a resume, two letters of reference, and copies of current teacher certifications to Krystopher Perry at kperry@us.edu; or mail to his attention to University School, 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022.
  • Substitute Teachers, Grades Jr. K-5 & 6-8 - Shaker Heights Campus

    University School is currently reviewing applications for substitute teachers for grades Jr. K-5 and 6-8. If you are interested in being considered for the upcoming academic year, please submit a resume, two letters of reference, and copies of current teacher certifications to either Renee Comella for Grades Jr. K-5 at rcomella@us.edu or Alexis Folino Gallo for Grades 6-8 at afolinogallo@us.edu; or mail to their attention to University School, 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122.
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University School believes that its students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives.  We recruit and support faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to our school.  We admit and support students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. All students have many opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts. During his time at US, each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world. 

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Ranked #1 K-12 Private School Ohio

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved. 
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