Careers at AIS
As a leader in all-girls’ education, The Agnes Irwin School fosters the intellectual and personal growth of girls and young women. We are a dedicated community of educators, administrators, and staff known for its commitment to excellence and innovation. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Agnes Irwin is a nonsectarian college preparatory day school for girls in PreKindergarten through grade 12.
The Agnes Irwin School is committed to equity and inclusion. We invite you to read our latest DEIB Philosophy Statement. This statement speaks to what our school values as a community, it is grounded in our mission and values, and addresses why diversity is important and how it is an essential condition of our institution's excellence. It reflects input and contributions from students, parents, faculty, alumnae, administrators, faculty/staff, and the Board of Trustees.
1. Our 150 Year History
Since the school’s founding in 1869, The Agnes Irwin School has dedicated itself to providing an exceptional and empowering education for girls. 150 years later, we are an independent, college preparatory day school for nearly 600 girls in Pre- Kindergarten through 12th grade. We remain rooted in academic excellence, scholarship, community, and collaboration, while consistently tailoring our programs to the distinctive and individual needs of girls, always holding fast to the principle that a girl’s educational journey from childhood through graduation should be joyful, challenging, creative, and inspirational.
2. Our Amazing Colleagues
Agnes Irwin’s 159 faculty and staff members personify the school’s commitment to academic excellence and model a community with a diversity of experience and perspective. The teachers—84 percent of whom hold an advanced degree—cherish and reward determination, creativity, and independent thinking in an academically rigorous and supportive environment. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1 which allows for an understanding of individual student interest, personal development, and skill enhancement. With an average tenure of more than 17 years at The Agnes Irwin School, faculty members serve as intellectual role models, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. With personal and professional pursuits as lawyers, historians, actors, playwrights, engineers, artists, and members of the military, these educators provide a rich, diverse learning and working environment.
3. Professional Development and Innovative Teaching
At Agnes Irwin, professional development starts the moment a candidate accepts our offer of employment. Each new faculty and staff member is assigned a Mentor who provides support and guidance. A three day orientation program introduces new employees to the School’s culture, history, and pedagogical philosophy. Members of the School’s Innovation Team — or iTeam for short — are the “Innovation Experts” at AIS. They serve as catalysts and coaches for teachers and partner with them to bring innovative practices into the classroom to create meaningful learning experiences for students. Throughout the year, the iTeam organizes and leads professional development opportunities.
4. Our Mission and Values
The Agnes Irwin School empowers girls to learn, to lead, and to live a legacy. We strive to achieve this mission by learning, teaching and leading with our school-wide core values at the center of all that we do. Our core values of excellence, character, community, and respect represent the enduring and timeless values of our school, ones that our founder, Agnes Irwin herself, and alumnae throughout our history would recognize.
5. Our Dedication to Equity and Inclusion
AIS fosters an inclusive and equitable community by honoring the individuality of all students, families, teachers, and staff. Diversity of experience, thought, and ideas is not only a pillar of the School, but is also an integral part of the learning process and the AIS experience. Aspects of individuality are explored through inspiring speakers, a rigorous curriculum, faculty development, and student organizations. Guided by the Assistant Head of School for Academics & Inclusive Excellence, equity and inclusion work is a collaborative effort at AIS. Four coordinators—one for each academic division and one for staff—work together across the entire school to implement programming, resolve conflicts, and model and support inclusive excellence.
6. Our Benefits
The School offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package. Faculty and staff may choose from four different Independence Blue Cross medical plans and two dental plans. Employees may participate in a 403 (b) retirement plan and after two years of service, the School will match the employee’s contribution of 5%. Other benefits include: Flexible spending accounts, vision, prescription drug plan, life insurance, employee assistance program, commuter benefit program, prepaid legal services, discounted meals at the Owl Café, and use of the School’s fitness center.
7. Our Location
Situated just 12 miles west of Philadelphia in Rosemont, PA, AIS sits on a beautiful 24-acre campus equipped with extensive classroom facilities as well as spaces dedicated to the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and athletics. The area is home to many excellent colleges and universities and The Agnes Irwin School takes advantage of all that the region has to offer. Philadelphia—the nation’s sixth-largest city and hub of the northeast corridor—offers a diverse population, vibrant cultural life, top-notch entertainment, major league sports, rich history, and abundant opportunities for AIS students and employees.
8. Our Excellent Student Experience
The AIS student experience is rooted in research about what is best for girls: how they learn, how their brains develop, and what their social and emotional needs are as they grow and develop. AIS girls are known, understood, supported, and encouraged to be their very best selves throughout their AIS journey and they are guided by exceptional teachers—the kind who have a gift for bringing out the best in each girl. Students are surrounded by teachers who become lifelong mentors.
9. Our Superpower: The Center for the Advancement of Girls
Only at AIS will you find the Center for the Advancement of Girls: a vital force that infuses girl-centered research into the AIS experience. The Center, a distinguishing signature initiative of AIS, impacts curriculum and drives the school forward by creating programs and partnerships to enable girls to enrich their AIS experiences, hone their leadership skills, and develop their voice. The Center forges partnerships with colleges, universities, and nonprofits to expand the AIS curricula and extend students’ educational experiences, allowing AIS students to apply what they learn in the classroom in innovative ways.
10. Our Community
AIS community life is as unique as it is vibrant. We are a warm and inviting community where colleagues work together, collaborate and create innovative experiences for our students. We like working together at Agnes Irwin; we are a family. Together, we strive to foster an inclusive environment where individuals are valued, contributions are celebrated, deep connections are formed, and traditions are cherished. We treat all members of our community with dignity and understanding, welcoming differences in backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures. We expect honesty, kindness, and personal integrity in all that we do and say.
- Health Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts: Medical & Dependent Care
- Life Insurance and Disability
- Professional Development
- Paid Time Off
- Other Benefits
All regular, full-time and part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours or more per week are eligible to participate in one of the School's health plans. Participation may begin on the first day of the month coinciding with or following hire date. Employees who work a minimum of 75% of a full-time position (or a minimum of 30 hours per week) are eligible for the School’s total contribution toward group healthcare insurance. Part time employees who work a minimum of 50% of a full-time position (or a minimum of 20 hours per week) but less than 75% of a full-time position (or a minimum of 30 hours per week) are eligible for 50% of the School's total contribution toward group healthcare insurance.
All regular, full-time employees and regular, part-time employees who work a minimum of 50% of a full-time position (or a minimum of 20 hours per week) are eligible for group life insurance. Participation may begin on the first day of the month coinciding with or following hire date. No medical examination is necessary. The School pays the full premium for insurance equal to one times annual salary (not to exceed $200,000.) At age 65 coverage reduces by 35%, and at age 70 coverage reduces to 50%.
Effective on first day of disability; Pays an income equivalent of 100% base salary. Employees accrue 1.5 days/month to a maximum of 90 days.
All regular full-time and part-time employees who work a minimum of 50% of a full-time position (or at least 20 hours per week) are eligible for group long-term disability insurance. Participation may begin on the first day of the month coinciding with or following hire date. No medical examination is necessary. The premium is paid by the School. Coverage is effective on the 91st day after disability and pays an income equivalent to 60% of base salary, subject to a maximum of $10,000/month.
The School has a 403(b) Defined Contribution Plan. Employees may elect to contribute a portion of their eligible compensation up to the maximum percentage of compensation permitted by specific IRC sections and as defined in the plan document. The School will also make contributions up to 5% to eligible plan participants based on length of service.
Active full-time employees who work 32 hours or more per week may apply for a maximum grant for graduate school of $1,200.00 per course, with an overall maximum of $3,600.00 per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30.) Grant proposals for graduate education or certification, including the course/program description, must be presented to and approved by the Assistant Head of School. Approved courses may be taken after the completion of one year of service to The Agnes Irwin School. Payment and/or reimbursement toward the cost of other professional development or educational enrichment programs (not related to a degree or certification program) are granted at the discretion of the Head of School or her designee.
Full-time 52-week per year employees are eligible for 20 paid vacation days per fiscal year. These vacation days accrue at the rate of 1.66 days for each month worked. Part-time 52-week per year employees accrue vacation on a pro-rated basis.
Full-time and part-time employees who work the School’s academic calendar year do not receive paid vacation.
Full-time and part-time employees will not be expected to work on those days when the School is closed for holidays and those days when the School’s academic routine is suspended for winter, spring and summer breaks, except on days designated for professional responsibilities (e.g., professional development conferences.)
Regular full-time employees (and regular part-time employees prorated according to their percentage of a full-time position) shall be provided up to ten (10) paid sick days per year at full pay. They may not be carried forward to any subsequent work year.
All employees are eligible to take up to three days paid leave for the purpose of making arrangements, composing family affairs, and attending funerals for the death of a spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.
All full-time and part-time employees (excluding temporary and seasonal employees) are eligible to use up to one personal day at full pay each year. This personal day may be used at the employee’s discretion.
At the discretion of the Head of School, normal business hours may be abbreviated from July through August.
The Fitness Center is available for employee use, with times of availability determined by the Athletics Director.
CULINART DISCOUNT (OWL CAFÉ)
Employees who wish to purchase snack or lunch from the School’s Owl Café can do so at a thirty percent discounted price.
SUMMER AT AIS
Ten-month faculty/staff working for Summer at AIS, and 12-month staff members, may take advantage of cost-free courses for their child(ren). Some restrictions apply, and the components of this benefit may change from year to year.
LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE GROUP RATE DISCOUNTS
Employees of the School are eligible for group discount rates on auto, homeowner’s and renter’s insurance through Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
AT&T PHONE PLAN DISCOUNT
The Agnes Irwin School uses AT&T as its cell phone provider. As an employee, you are eligible for an 8% discount on your personal cell phone service with AT&T.
COUNTRYWIDE PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES
The School offers two voluntary benefits from Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. One of the plans is designed to provide ready access to affordable legal services, and the other plan offers identity theft protection. Both plans are administered through payroll deduction, using post-tax dollars.
TransitChek® is an IRS-approved commuter benefits program that lets employees save money by paying for their commute by transit or eligible vanpools through payroll deduction, using tax-free dollars.