Employment Opportunities

Job openings, requirements, and application information are posted on Friends Council of Education.

+ Extended Day

The Extended Day Program at Frankford Friends School is looking for an enthusiastic person to help care for the children during Extended Day from 3-6 each day that school is in session. Opportunities for full day work on Enrichment Camp Days is also available. The successful candidate should have good communication skills, be reliable, trustworthy and should enjoy working with children. Responsibilities include: helping other staff members run themed activities, games and simple art projects, engaging in free play with children and helping children to solve disputes in a manner consistent with the school philosophy. All employees must pass state clearances including child abuse and criminal background.

Please email resume and letter of interest to hiring@frankfordfriends.org.

+ Substitute Teacher

Substitute teachers are needed for Pre-K through 8th grade classrooms. Experience teaching preferred; Associates degree or higher required. All applicants must be able to pass all relevant background checks.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to hiring@frankfordfriends.org.

+ Middle School Social Studies Teacher

The Middle School Social Studies Teacher creates and administers a classroom program that is conducive to student learning and which emphasizes mutual respect for all people. The Middle School Social Studies Teacher is flexible and committed to a continuous process for professional growth. The Middle School Social Studies Teacher is a collegial member of the Middle School teaching team and of the FFS faculty and staff.

The Middle School Social Studies Teacher uses a variety of classroom techniques for learning and implements interdisciplinary, hands-on, project-based work, field trips, outdoor experiences, educational technologies, and collaborative work with other teachers and classrooms into the program. Major responsibilities include developing creative and innovative curriculum, teaching four major classes (grades 5, 6, 7, and 8), cooperating with a team in project-based learning initiatives, and participating in/directing middle school activities. These activities include advising, supervision of study halls, lunch and recess, chaperoning field trips, offering tutorials and office hours, participating in admissions-related events, writing reports, and other related activities that contribute to the Middle School community. All teachers are members of at least one school committee and engage in at least one other activity/job that benefits the school community, as determined by the Head of School, such as leading a team, organizing all-school events, or overseeing activities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement a creative, engaging and stimulating classroom program that entails a high level of collaboration amongst students, includes interdisciplinary, project-based work, incorporates a variety of classroom techniques for learning, and utilizes educational technologies appropriately.
  • Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude, and establish an environment that supports social, emotional, and academic development in students.
  • Frequently communicate with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress (phone, email, conferences, newsletters, report cards). Be available for individual meetings when needed.
  • Evaluate the progress of each student through formal and informal assessment.
  • Use positive and productive techniques for improving student behavior.
  • Integrate the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship into the curriculum and when interacting with community members.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

The successful candidate is a collegial and dedicated teacher who is well versed in their subject area, able to form excellent relationships with 10-14 year old students and has:

  • a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in related age groups and subjects;
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • the interest in and capability to work, plan, and implement project-based learning initiatives;
  • the ability to establish cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and parents;
  • strong organizational skills;
  • a comfort and excitement about working with children from diverse backgrounds;
  • a high level of interest in collaboration;
  • experience with using educational technologies.


Educational Requirements

BA or BS in Education, or a related field. A Middle School specific certification or advanced degree is preferred.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to hiring@frankfordfriends.org.

+ Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher creates and administers a classroom program that is conducive to student learning and which emphasizes mutual respect for all people. The Kindergarten Teacher is flexible and committed to a continuous process for professional growth. The Kindergarten Teacher is a collegial member of the Early Childhood teaching team and of the FFS faculty and staff.

The Kindergarten Teacher uses a variety of classroom techniques for learning and implements interdisciplinary, hands-on, project-based work, field trips, outdoor experiences, and collaborative work with other teachers and classrooms into the program. Major responsibilities include developing and implementing creative and innovative curriculum including learning centers, project-based learning initiatives, and the Lucy Calkins workshop model, working cooperatively with the Early Childhood team, and participating in/directing various Early Childhood activities. These activities include lunch and recess, planning and attending field trips, participating in admissions-related events, writing reports, and other related activities that contribute to the School community. All teachers are members of at least one school committee and engage in at least one other activity/job that benefits the school community, as determined by the Head of School, such as leading a team, organizing all-school events, or overseeing activities.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement a creative, engaging and stimulating classroom program with daily learning centers and interdisciplinary, project-based, collaborative work.
  • Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude, and establish an environment that supports social, emotional, and academic development in students.
  • Frequently communicate with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress (phone, email, conferences, newsletters, report cards). Be available for individual meetings when needed.
  • Evaluate the progress of each student through formal and informal assessment.
  • Use positive and productive techniques for improving student behavior.
  • Integrate the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship into the curriculum and when interacting with community members.
  • Oversee, mentor, and direct assistant teachers.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

The successful candidate is a collegial and dedicated teacher who is well versed in their subject area, able to form excellent relationships with young children and has:

  • a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in related age groups and subjects;
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • the interest in and capability to work, plan, and implement project-based learning initiatives;
  • a knowledge of the Lucy Calkins workshop model;
  • the ability to establish cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and parents;
  • strong organizational skills;
  • a comfort and excitement about working with children from diverse backgrounds;
  • a high level of interest in collaboration;
  • experience with using educational technologies.


Educational Requirements

BA or BS in Education, or a related field. An Early Childhood specific certification or advanced degree is preferred.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to hiring@frankfordfriends.org.

+ Director of Admissions


About Frankford Friends School

Since 1833, Frankford Friends School has offered a values-based Quaker education in the heart of Philadelphia. FFS students explore, problem-solve, and work together to expand their understanding of themselves and the world beyond. Frankford Friends School students are members of a community that is highly diverse and inclusive. The racial composition of the school closely mirrors that of the City of Philadelphia. Frankford Friends School`s curriculum emphasizes the 21st century skills of critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving. We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework to engage our students in understanding issues in our communities. An important aspect of this initiative is the formation of partnerships with people and organizations who are working on the same issues that students explore in class. Not only do students see what action might look like, but they understand the connection between what they learn and local action and service, and become true protagonists for change in their own communities. Project-based learning is a huge component of the program. Our graduates attend selective public and private high schools.


General Position Description

The Director of Admissions is a member of the senior leadership team and reports to the Head of School. They coordinate all recruitment and retention efforts, create messages that attract families to the school and keep the community well-informed and engaged, administer all financial aid and scholarship programs, and lead the high school admissions process. The Director of Admissions is a champion for the school, its students, programs, and leadership, and leads with initiative and passion for the school and its mission.


Reports to: Head of School


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a retention and recruitment strategy informed by FFS’s enrollment needs, demographic trends, culture, and the educational needs of students in the City of Philadelphia.
  • Represent our mission, program, and culture to the school’s current constituents, prospective families, and the broader community.
  • Engage and inform prospective parents and students about the benefits of a FFS education through individual, small group, and large group communication.
  • Lead the design and implement admission events including school tours, open houses, student and parent interviews, and accepted student and family events.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with educational constituencies, including area feeder schools, preschools, peer schools, consultants, and access organizations.
  • Coordinate the efficient handling of applications and communication with applicant families so that the process is honest, caring, supports the student and their family, and values equity and inclusion.
  • Communicate FFS’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work to current and prospective families.
  • Participate in the development of admissions-related communications materials for prospective families.
  • Oversee the selection process of new students in a way that values equity and inclusion.
  • Lead tuition assistance committee, communicate effectively about financial aid and affordability, and assess need effectively.
  • Participate in the life of Frankford Friends School, attend school events, and build relationships with teachers, parents, and students.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in an independent school;
  • Strategic and entrepreneurial thinking;
  • High energy and a flexible growth-minded work ethic;
  • A warm and welcoming demeanor and the ability to communicate with students, staff, and current and prospective parents from a wide variety of backgrounds in a friendly, open, positive and professional manner;
  • Detail-oriented, with outstanding organizational skills;
  • The ability to multi-task and to meet deadlines on or before the due date;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills and a desire to effectively share the story of the school;
  • The ability to manage and track a budget;
  • An understanding and commitment to living the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship;
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, database software, presentation software, Mail Chimp, and Excel and familiarity with publishing software such as Wordpress, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter (or the ability and interest to learn them);
  • Thoughtful and competent in inclusion and diversity work;
  • The ability to work both with minimum supervision, and collaboratively with a team;
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to sustain long-term reciprocal relationships.


Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in education, school administration, or related field of study


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • This position requires significant flexibility and the capacity to work in a variety of settings: office, classroom, community meeting spaces, outdoors, etc. It may require the ability to sit, stand, walk up and down up to three flights of stairs and through the campus, for the entirety of the school day and to occasionally lift up to 35 lbs.
  • The Director of Admissions attends onsite and offsite events throughout the year during the day, evenings and on weekends to successfully promote the school and its mission.
  • The Director of Admissions encounters a wide variety of challenges and deadlines and works with a varied and diverse array of contacts. They must be able to work in an environment that can be highly stressful at times and be willing to be flexible as needed.
  • The Director of Admissions may occasionally need to support classroom or program needs.


Employment Type

  • Exempt
  • Full-time, 12 month


Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to hiring@frankfordfriends.org.

Why Teach at FFS?

We are diverse and inclusive.

We value what is special and unique about ourselves and others.

Our families are supportive and involved.

Educating children is a true collaboration between teachers and parents.

We focus on the whole child.

The social, emotional, and academic growth of our students are equally important.

We have strong values.

We believe in and promote integrity, community, equality, stewardship, and finding peaceful solutions. You will play a major role in fostering both your students’ intellectual growth and the development of their character.

We don't teach to the test.

Our curriculum is planned and developed based on best practices for inquiry-driven learning, and places great value on creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.

We find opportunities to expand our skills and enrich our practice.

Teachers are supported in reaching professional goals and are true collaborators in important school decision­-making.