Elgin Academy

Preschool through grade 12 on the hill in downtown Elgin.


Founded in 1839, Elgin Academy is the oldest coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school west of the Allegheny Mountains. The school is dedicated to a challenging liberal arts curriculum, a belief in rigorous academic standards, the development of high moral character, and a true spirit of community. Elgin Academy currently serves approximately 370 students from Preschool through Grade 12, with 140 students in the Upper School. The campus is located 35 miles northwest of Chicago.

Elgin Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution that fully and actively supports equal access for all.

Elgin Academy Employment Application

Part-Time Early Childhood and Extended Day Assistant

This position starts in late August 2017.

The early childhood assistant will support and follow the direction of the lead teacher in providing an active and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children in the afternoon preschool/prekindergarten program, 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.

The extended-day role starts when the afternoon preschool/prekindergarten day ends and continues up to 6:00 p.m.as needed. Here the assistant is responsible for engaging a group of students mainly in the range kindergarten - 4thgrade, but with the potential to include a small number of younger or older students at times. The assistant must possess the versatility to respond to the needs of students in the relevant age range while being proactive in shaping their extended-day experiences.

The early childhood and extended day assistant roles combine to form a single part-time position that involves up to 30 hours per week when school is in session. The position qualifies for benefits such as health insurance and paid sick/personal days. The hourly rate of pay is competitive.

Elgin Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution that fully and actively supports equal access for all.

Candidates with a background of success in similar or related positions should submit their letter of application and resume via email to:

Mr. Harry Gould
PS – 4th Grade Director

References will be required of short-listed candidates.

Elgin Academy Community and Events Coordinator

The Elgin Academy Community & Events Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a positive on-going relationship with the EA parent and alumni community in support of the school’s long-term development strategy. Additional responsibilities include planning and implementing approximately 10 events per year. These events include, but are not limited to, Homecoming, Reunion, Commencement, Golf Outing, additional parent and alumni events, and Extravaganza, Elgin Academy’s annual fundraising auction.

Reports to: Director of Development

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience


  1. Bachelor’s degree and three years of successful development, volunteer management, or event management experience.
  2. Efficient time and project management skills and ability to work on multiple projects at once.
  3. Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  4. Strong inter-personal skills and professional demeanor.
  5. Strong computer and analytical skills along with excellent writing skills. Database experience a plus.
  6. Must be flexible and available to work some evenings and weekends.

Essential Functions: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Community Liaison
  • Support the Director of Development as a connection between Elgin Academy and our parent and alumni communities.
  • Build relationships with key leadership volunteers and supporters.
  • Team with the Development Director to develop a comprehensive strategy to increase parent community engagement, including cultivation and stewardship.
  • Increase outreach to alumni community in order to cultivate relationships with eye toward growing donations.
  • Collaborate with the Development and Strategic Marketing and Communication Directors to develop an annual Alumni communications strategy and relations program.
  • Monitor Elgin Academy Alumni Council for activity, updates, and recruiting new participants.
  • Special Events
  • Lead events and work with the Development Director and parent volunteer committees (as needed) to establish timelines and division of tasks.
  • Manage Elgin Academy’s signature fundraising event, Extravaganza.
  • Coordinate timelines, budgets, meetings, vendors, and event set-up and clean-up for all events.
  • Oversee all event solicitations and collaborate with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication on the dissemination of all event marketing, including invitations, e-mails, e-blasts and updates for the parent newsletter.
  • Prepare ongoing event progress reports and event summaries.

Term of Employment: full-time, 40 hour per week, year-round employee

Elgin Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution that fully and actively supports equal access for all.

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and names of at least two references electronically.

Marnie Kut, Director of Development (July 1, 2017),
Elgin Academy, 350 Park St.,Elgin, IL 60120

Assistant Athletic Director

Taking learning personally defines every aspect of Elgin Academy’s close-knit community. In our intentionally small-scaled environment, our students actively engage in academics, arts, and athletics while building trusting relationships with their teachers coaches, and administrators. These interactions, in turn, create empowered learners who are willing to take risks that enable them to grow in self-confidence. Our students work collaboratively, but are also capable of studying independently, responsibly, and with self-direction.

For the 2017-2018 school year, we are seeking candidates for our Assistant Athletic Director position. The Assistant Athletic Director supports the vision of the Athletic Director to ensure congruence between the athletic program and the overall school mission. This person will report directly to the Athletic Director and perform tasks including but not limited to scheduling contests, preparing our athletic facilities for events, and arranging for game officials and team transportation.

The ideal candidate will be well-organized, a strong communicator, and have a strength for attention to details. They should also plan to coach for at least one sports season (Fall or Spring preferable). They will be involved in the life of the school and grow professionally within our school community. A bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports management or a related field is required.

Elgin Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution that fully and actively supports equal access for all.

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references electronically.

Rick Williams - Athletic Director
Elgin Academy, 350 Park St. Elgin, IL 60120

Coaching Positions

The Athletic Department has the following positions available:

  • Middle School Volleyball Assistant Coach (fall 2017)
  • Middle School Boys Basketball-Head Coach (winter 2017)
  • Upper School Boys Soccer Coach (fall 2017)
  • Upper School Girls Soccer Coach (spring 2018)
For more information please contact Rick Williams, Athletic Director, at rwilliams@elginacademy.org

Substitute Teacher

If you are interested in being considered as a substitute teacher, please email your resume and cover letter electronically to Harry Gould, hgould@elginacademy.org.

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