Careers at Thacher

The Thacher School is a vibrant community of students and adults living and working together in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty.

All of the adults working on the Thacher campus—faculty and staff alike—play critical roles in shaping the experiences of the students entrusted to us and thus hold one another to the highest levels of integrity and performance. In return, employees of the School enjoy the many tangible and intangible benefits of fulfilling an important mission in the company of exceptionally talented and motivated colleagues and charges.

We seek candidates with a record of commitment and competency relating to engaging with students and colleagues in a diverse community, advancing the design of culturally responsive programs and practices, and promoting equity and belonging for all, both in and out of the classroom.

On this page you will find information about careers at Thacher and postings for faculty and staff job openings.

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  • About Faculty Positions

    For all faculty positions, Thacher seeks to attract talented teachers who are committed to excellence in the classroom and energetic engagement in the boarding school community. The School recognizes that diversity in backgrounds and perspectives strengthens our community. We seek to attract and nurture a faculty that reflects and supports our commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural community.

    Open positions will be listed on the right of this page until they are filled. Qualified candidates for open faculty positions should send a cover letter, current resume, and list of three references to:

    Tim Sullivan
    Dean of Faculty
    The Thacher School
    5025 Thacher Road
    Ojai, CA 93023
  • Teaching at Thacher

    In addition to a rigorous academic program, Thacher’s identity and core beliefs are rooted in the crucial roles of wilderness, horses, arts, and athletics in the development of young people. We seek teachers who embrace these beliefs and want to engage with students in multiple arenas. Teachers at Thacher typically have a number of responsibilities beyond classroom teaching. Specifically, a typical full-time teaching appointment includes:

    • Four sections with two or three preparations
    • Attending seated meals in the Dining Hall with students and peers several nights each week
    • Two seasons of coaching or comparable duties in our extracurricular program
    • Dormitory duty in the evening once a week
    • Weekend dormitory duty six times per year
    • At least one major committee assignment
    • Advising a group of five or six students
    • Leading or helping to lead two five-night wilderness camping trips and one weekend trip each year

    In order to attract and retain an excellent faculty, Thacher offers a competitive package of salary and benefits. These typically include:

    • On campus housing provided by the school, with utilities included
    • Generous medical and dental coverage
    • Full tuition remission for the children of full time faculty members who qualify for admission
    • A strong retirement savings plan
    • All meals in the dining hall when school is in session
    • Generous support for professional development, including advanced degrees
Equal Employment Opportunities: 
The Thacher School is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.

Faculty Positions

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Staff Positions

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Notice of nondiscriminatory policy as to students: The Thacher School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.