About Us

Working at Hackley

Hackley is a mission-driven school, filled with faculty and staff committed to helping students grow in “character, scholarship, and accomplishment” and to “learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.” These adults are committed to one another and the community as a whole, embodying our core value, “United, We Help One Another” through a spirit of passionate engagement.
Hackley is an Equal Opportunity Employer, intentionally committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. We welcome candidates representing a full spectrum of race, ability, gender identity, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. A Hackley education embraces both the open exchange of ideas and learning from varying perspectives, inclusive of the beliefs and identities reflected within the community. Qualifications for employment include a demonstrated commitment to these principles. 

Hackley is a nonsectarian coeducational K-12 independent school located in Tarrytown, New York, 20 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. Founded as a boarding school in 1899, Hackley enrolls around 840 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, including approximately 30 five-day boarding students in Grades 9 to 12. With more than 40% of our faculty residing in school housing, Hackley combines the community cohesion of a boarding school with the stimulation of a day school, all in close proximity to one of the great cities of the world.

Employee Directory

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  • About Faculty Positions

    Hackley not only seeks those who excel in their chosen field but those who desire to be active participants in a dynamic educational environment. At Hackley, it is not sufficient to simply “know your stuff,” although it is clear our faculty members do; most possess undergraduate training in their specific curriculum area, as well as a graduate degree either in education or in their field. Successful faculty relate well to their students and the age group with whom they work, understanding them as people and learners. We look to hire faculty who will serve as good character role models for students, demonstrating a willingness to help others and contribute to the community.

    Teaching responsibilities vary by division and generally include such extra duties as advisory, committee work, coaching and after-school programs. Additional responsibilities include student grade reporting, comment-writing and parent conferences. Faculty are expected to participate in the life of the School by volunteering to chaperone dances, school trips and other activities. Hackley is committed to our mission statement and the continued growth of our faculty. Professional development is an expectation of working at Hackley, ensuring that faculty remain current in their curricular area, expanding their understanding of pedagogy, and continue learning around issues of diversity and inclusivity.

    Faculty hiring generally takes place late winter into spring. Our search process may include a phone interview(s) and/or a visit(s) to campus during which candidates will teach a class and meet appropriate administrators (head of school, assistant heads of school, division director(s), and/or department chair(s)), additional faculty and/or students.

    Our employees enjoy competitive salaries, benefits and 403b. Due to the day and boarding structure of the School, housing is sometimes an option as well.
  • About Staff Positions

    Staff members at Hackley are the backbone of the organization, providing critical support to faculty, administrators, families and students. All staff positions require a great attitude, strong interpersonal and communications skills, excellent computer and phone skills, and the ability to work as a participating team member. Staff work a 40-hour week (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Hiring occurs as positions need to be filled.
  • About Administrative Positions

    The Head of School is charged by the Board of Trustees with enacting the School’s mission. In addition to assembling a collaborative and highly skilled group of faculty and staff, the Head seeks to build a team of dedicated administrative leaders. A smaller group — the Senior Administrative Team — reports directly to the Head and assumes responsibility for the major functions or divisions of the school. Additional administrators work within their respective area to ensure its continued smooth operation, while also positioning the School for future success.

    Administrators must possess strong leadership and supervisory skills, a track record of collaboration and professionalism, and a desire to work in a mission-driven organization.

    The Senior Administrative Team
    • Charles Franklin, Head of School
    • Cyndy Jean, Associate Head of School
    • Basil Kolani, Director of Academic Affairs
    • Andrew M. King, Director of the Upper School
    • Shazia Durrani, Director of the Middle School
    • Lisa Oberstein, Director of the Lower School
    • Erin Bernstein, Chief Financial Officer
    • Robert Aldrich, Director of Operations and Campus Planning
    • Sheila Hicks-Rotella, Director of Enrollment Management
    • John Gannon, Director of Advancement
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