Top private school in NJ The Elisabeth Morrow School of Bergen County
The Elisabeth Morrow School's shared purpose is to provide exemplary academics and character development in a diverse and inclusive child-centered community, inspiring students to become curious scholars, ethical leaders, and global citizens.

With an enrollment of 63% students of color, The Elisabeth Morrow School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of our school community. The Elisabeth Morrow School is located 10 minutes from Manhattan.

Submit resumes and job-related inquiries here.

Chief Strategy Assistant to the Head of School

The Elisabeth Morrow School, a three-year-old through eighth-grade independent school in Englewood, NJ, seeks a Chief Strategy Assistant to directly support the Head of School. This is a new position that will report to the Head of School starting November 1, 2019. This position 
is responsible for providing support to the Head of School and for ensuring the smooth operation of her office. This involves performing a wide variety of executive and administrative duties. The Chief Strategy Assistant represents the Head’s Office to the School’s constituents at the request of the Head of School. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Schedule appointments and maintain Head’s calendar. 
  • Screen Head of School’s mail, email, voice mail, and appointments using judgment and knowledge; route people and correspondence to the Head’s senior staff for attention. 
  • Initiate and prepare correspondence for Head’s signature. 
  • Make travel arrangements for the Head of School, and as necessary, visitors.
  • Establish office procedures and systems.
  • Draft reports and meeting minutes on behalf of Head. 
  • Provide support to the Board of Trustees, including schedule and attend committee meetings as requested, maintain board and committee rosters, prepare agendas and supporting material, and maintain documentation. 
  • Coordinate certain all-school events.
  • Maintain databases and Excel spreadsheets for professional development, faculty/staff contracts, and other projects.
  • Organize and maintain meticulous files for Head’s office. 
  • Undertake special projects as requested by Head. 

The ideal candidate will be:

  •  Mirrors the Head’s principles of good practice. 
  • Supports the Head’s daily operation of the school. 
  • Embodies and communicates the school’s mission and core values. 
  • Handles confidential situations with discretion, respect, and sensitivity.
  • Provides stability in an ever-changing environment. 
  • Is accessible and approachable by all constituents, maintaining a friendly and professional tone at all times. 
  • Takes an active part in the full life of the school. 
  • Understands and promotes the standards and policies of the school, providing leadership as they evolve and are evaluated. 
  • As a mentor and role model to all office personnel, the Chief Strategy Assistant sets high standards for performance and moral/ethical behavior. 
  • Works collaboratively with all constituencies. 
  • Fosters partnerships between faculty and staff to create a positive environment for students’ academic and social-emotional learning. 
  • Respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each member of the community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice. 
  • Is a life-long learner who enhances his/her skills, seeks out new technologies and participates in local, regional, and national associations. To achieve work/life balance, he/she sets professional boundaries, manages his/her time well, and uses state-of-the-art technologies to deliver the most efficient work product 


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working in an educational institution preferred
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required

How to Apply

Salary is commensurate with experience.  An excellent benefits package and a generous vacation schedule are provided.  Applicants should submit their resume with a cover letter to

Major and Planned Gifts Officer

Overview: This position will be responsible for planning and executing The Elisabeth Morrow School’s (EMS) Major and Planned Giving program for leadership and major gift donors. This person will work strategically with the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement to develop a plan for all leadership and major gift donors to EMS.

Reports to: Senior Director of Institutional Advancement

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a sophisticated major and planned giving program based on industry best practices, with an emphasis on high ROI fundraising activities.
  • Identify, research, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned giving prospects.
  • Support the creation of major gift and planned giving annual goals and metrics alongside the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. 
  • Manage a portfolio of 120-140 major gifts ($25,000+) prospects.
    • 130 major gift visits a year to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects
    • Convert prospects into donors
  • Manage a portfolio of 20-40 planned giving prospects.
  • 15-20 planned giving visits a year
  • Build a base of leadership corporate and foundation partners.
  • Create and manage customized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for each prospect in their portfolio.
  • Work with the Head of School, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, and Volunteers to develop prospect strategies and coordinate their participation as needed.
  • Work closely with the Director of Annual Giving to effectively move Annual Fund donors through to the major gifts pipeline and coordinate comprehensive campaign solicitation strategies.
  • Participate in campaign prospect visits, as appropriate.
  • Participate in fundraising and cultivation events, and follow-up with major gift prospects.
  • Provide planned giving educational opportunities to planned giving prospects and staff.
  • Track all activities including meeting briefs in Raiser’s Edge and work with Development and Stewardship Manager to pull appropriate reports as needed.
  • Prioritize and commit to participation in internal Development staff meetings including:
    • Prepare agenda and check in points for weekly 1-1 meetings with Senior Director of Institutional Advancement.
    • Attend and report at regular Advancement office prospect strategy meetings.
    • Attend and report at regular Advancement office staff meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree required, Masters Degree preferred.
  • 5-7 years of major gift or planned gift experience, preferably in an independent school environment.
  • Ability to match the needs and interests of school leadership with major gift donors in order to align the philanthropic needs of each party. 
  • Experience working with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Google Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated frontline fundraising experience and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Success in developing and qualifying prospects, cultivating relationships, and closing solicitations.
  • Willingness to travel, including some nights and weekends for prospect visits.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Send cover letter and resume to Laura Heffron, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, The Elisabeth Morrow School, 435 Lydecker Street, Engelwood, NY 07631 or email at

Associate Director of Content Strategy and Storytelling

The Associate Director of Content Strategy and Storytelling is an experienced writer and editor with the ability to leverage the mission, values, and differentiating elements of The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS) to tell EMS’s story in an easily understandable, compelling narrative. The Associate Director of Content Strategy and Storytelling works in partnership with the Associate Director of Digital Strategy and Branding to meet the demands of a fast-paced office, helping to better communicate the EMS mission and value proposition to all constituents. This position reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement and works collaboratively with the Office of Advancement as well as all departments across the school to fulfill their storytelling needs. 


  • Creates timely, persuasive, attention-worthy articles, blogs, whitepapers, bylines, and other content that is personalized for various platforms and audiences.
  • Works with EMS faculty and staff to establish content best practices and build and apply editorial for online and print.
  • Develops content strategies aligned with both short-term and long-term goals of EMS.
  • Brainstorms new ideas and story angles and leads messaging projects from concept to creation while serving as copy writer and editor.
  • Sources information, interviewing experts and analyzing trends and date to uncover compelling, unique angles.
  • Supports leadership (Head of School, Chair of Board of Trustees) in using narrative to connect the school’s past, present, and future. This includes writing talking points and full speeches.
  • Implements effective strategies to improve content distribution and viewing.
  • Understands the EMS voice and Identifies and generates new content opportunities for engagement and participation.
  • Participates in admission and enrollment management efforts.   
  • Ensures that the value of content is measurable and measured and monitors industry trends to drive future success.


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred or equivalent experience plus at least 5+ years of related experience in a role writing with an agency or similar setting.
  • Ability to create, write, and publish engaging content for online and print.
  • A passionate and effective storyteller.
  • Experience managing tight deadlines and juggling multiple priorities.
  • Thrives in a demanding environment.
  • Experience with speech writing.
  • Understanding of traditional media and best practices.
  • Skilled at brainstorming, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills such as communication, active listening, flexibility, and responsibility.
  • Strong work ethic with a dedication to excellence.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and G Suite required.
  • Experience working with donor management tools such as Blackbaud's Raiser’s Edge required.
  • Experience in a newsroom or editorial setting a plus.
  • Experience with photography and videography a plus.

To Apply:

  • Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, and a link to an online portfolio or at least three writing samples to Marissa Bholan at

Substitute Teachers

The Elisabeth Morrow School seeks energetic and knowledgeable substitute teachers for all grades for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Substitute teachers are responsible for delivering daily lesson plans, providing a caring and safe classroom experience for students, monitoring lunch and recess, and other teaching duties as requested.

EMS offers instruction in many subjects, including:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Art
  • Reading and Writing Workshop
  • History/social studies
  • Spanish and Latin Language instruction 
  • Physical Education 
  • Library Science

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree.  Work experience with children ages 3-14 is preferred.  This is a rolling position and substitute teachers are hired based on the availability of openings.  Please send your resume to

Divisional Administration

Middle School Head

Phil Cox

Lower School Head

Beth Anne Brennan

Director of Early Childhood Programs

Lauren Mactas