Careers at Doane Academy


Thank you for your interest in a career at Doane Academy.

Doane Academy welcomes qualified candidates seeking to join the ranks of our professional faculty and staff. We are interested in applicants who are devoted to an education for life, who are willing and able to embrace our small school culture, are committed to mastering the art and craft of educating, and can combine enthusiasm for their expertise with an understanding of the many different ways students learn.

Application Process

Interest applicants should send a cover letter and C.V., to George B. Sanderson, Head of School,
Doane Academy at

Current Positions:

Assistant Director of Development

Founded in 1837, Doane Academy is an independent, coeducational school of 250 students in grades PK through 12 in Burlington, New Jersey, seeking an Assistant Director of Development to join our Development office team.  This position is full-time and central to the School’s ability to achieve fundraising goals for annual giving, a new capital campaign, and other fundraising initiatives. The ideal candidate will manage the administrative operations of the Development office, assist with the solicitation of annual fundraising from parents, alumni, and friends, and have a proven track record in gift processing and reporting using Sustain or a similar program.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Update and manage donor database, process gifts, and create and produce comprehensive reports that will provide data to analyze fundraising efforts and inform decisions involving strategies for growth;
  • Using research tools, provide prospect screening and identification and basic prospect research profiles;
  • In tandem with the Director of Development, support the donor stewardship plan (examples include first time donor postcards, acknowledgement letters, phone calls and notes to alumni donors) and the annual fundraising plan (examples include copy writing and editing, email solicitations, social media postings);
  • Manage “DoaneNation Day”, the school’s annual day of giving in May;
  • Write grant proposals and provide stewardship for a recently received grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust;
  • Work directly with the Business office to reconcile finances;
  • Provide support for school and development events;
  • Manage mailings and printing projects;
  • Serve on the team that produces Ivy Leaves, the alumni magazine of Doane Academy;
  • Prepare reports for benchmark surveys such as NAIS and NJAIS;

Capital Campaign Responsibilities

Following a comprehensive strategic planning process completed by the Board of Trustees in October of 2019 and an extensive process led by the Capital Campaign Planning Task Force that was completed in June of 2021, Doane is poised to launch a $16 million comprehensive campaign, which will be the first in the school’s history. 

The Assistant Director of Development will play a critical role in providing campaign organization and oversight. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall campaign management and organization including managing prospect pipeline reports, prospect strategy, volunteer assignment and status updates;
  • Oversee the scheduling of campaign meetings and provide support on campaign presentations, take minutes and capture next steps for campaign volunteers and staff;
  • Manage campaign gift agreements and the accurate recording of campaign pledges and gifts; work closely with the Director of Development to ensure timely and appropriate acknowledgement and stewardship of gifts;
  • Responsible for maintaining all campaign reports including Gifts/Pledges to date, cash flow projections, and volunteer assignment and productivity reports;
  • Manage campaign budget and ensure purchase orders are set up and campaign expenses are tracked against campaign budget line items;
  • Maintain master calendar for all campaign activity and events and support Development team on the design and implementation of campaign events; 
  • Working with the Director of Development, help to plan and execute all cultivation and recognition events, reports, signage, plaques and personalized stewardship; 
  • Assist with the production of campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests and follow up; 
  • Organize and monitor volunteer assignments and provide timely information and materials to support their solicitation work; 


  • Bachelor’s degree; 
  • At least 3 years of independent school or non-profit fundraising experience strongly preferred;
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency with Sustain (or a similar development software), Google Drive, Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Proven experience and expertise in social media marketing and marketing design;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including proofreading;
  • Experience using prospect research tools and developing prospect profiles; 
  • Experience with capital campaigns strongly preferred; 
  • Experience with organizing and executing cultivation events;
  • Highly detailed oriented with excellent problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as an integral part of a collegial team; 
  • Ability to connect with a variety of constituencies including alumni, current parents, and parents of alumni; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor;
  • A strong sense of the importance of confidentiality and discretion;
  • An ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends when events require such availability.

This position is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position working daily, Monday through Friday. The employee must be available for overtime and travel as needed for school events and projects.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé, by email to Kathleen Keays, Director of Development,


Second Grade Leave Replacement

The Second Grade leave replacement teacher will be a long-term substitute teacher from early April, 2022 through the end of November, 2022.   
During this time, they will have the opportunity to bring our mission to life as they deliver an inclusive curriculum that engages our students in valuing multiple perspectives; develops their knowledge of and empathy for the diversity of human experience; and builds their social-emotional skills.  The teacher is responsible for teaching the subject areas of reading, word study, social studies, and writing–they will not teach math.  Because of our looping model, this teacher will teach both 2nd and 3rd grade writing students.  A strong background in one or more of the following curricula is preferred:  TCRWP reading and writing workshop, Wilson’s FUNdations/Just Words, and Responsive Classroom.  
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Positively support the school’s mission while managing the demands of curriculum and lesson planning, teaching, collaboration, and parent communications.
  • Implement curriculum plans for writing, reading, word study, and social studies. 
  • Demonstrate skill in differentiating among students with clear methods to provide appropriate challenge and support. 
  • Consistently communicate and document clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Regularly assess student progress by observing and evaluating performance and development and providing appropriate feedback to students and their parents.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of dedicated colleagues; communicate regularly with colleagues about student progress (including fellow teachers as well as the division head, director of learning support, and director of wellness). 
  • Write narrative student evaluation reports in June, 2022 and lead parent-teacher conferences in October, 2022.
  • Establish and enact community norms with students, using a positive, asset-based approach to classroom management.
  • Attend school, department, team and parent meetings.
  • Be vigilant about student health and safety.

Qualifications and Skills

  • BA degree required; masters degree and/or teaching certification is a plus.
  • At least 2 years in a lead teacher role, preferably as an elementary homeroom teacher.
  • Independent school experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the social-emotional needs of children.
  • A clear, warm, and effective communicator with colleagues and families.
  • Experience with technology integration is strongly preferred.
  • A proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is required.
  • Candidates should display a growth mindset toward student learning, teaching practice, and personal/collective professional development.
  • Candidates should have enthusiasm for joining an entrepreneurial, collegial, enthusiastic, creative, fun group of professionals who are committed to innovative, transformative teaching.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Kate Hewitt, Head of Lower School, at

Facilties Professional

Doane Academy seeks a Facilities professional to assist in the maintenance of the buildings and grounds associated with our 15-acre historic campus in Burlington, New Jersey. This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position. The successful applicant will have at least 3 years of work experience and a wide range of skills needed to maintain and improve the condition and operation of our buildings. Knowledge of or interest in Electrical, Plumbing, & Carpentry preferred.

  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience required;
  • Experience working in a school environment preferred;
  • Clean Driving Record and ability to pass a background check required.

Job Type: Full-time

Applicants are asked to forward a resume and cover letter to Chance Van Sciver, Chief Financial Officer, at

Substitute Teacher

Doane is seeking substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 academic year. In the absence of a full-time teacher, substitute teachers provide instruction using existing lesson plans and manage the classroom environment. Candidates are required to have earned a college degree; classroom teaching experience, especially in an independent school environment, is preferred. To apply, email your letter of interest and resume to George Sanderson, Head of School, at



About Doane Academy


Doane Academy, founded in 1837, is an independent Episcopal day school serving students from age 3 through grade 12 in Burlington, New Jersey. The student body includes approximately 236 students. Doane maintains a deep commitment to academic excellence, leadership, the arts, athletics, and character development, which you can learn about by exploring this website. We are located on the banks of the Delaware River, about 30 minutes from Philadelphia and slightly over an hour from New York City.