North Country School is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres are forest preserve. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails. North Country School has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education, taking full advantage of its campus, the High Peaks region, and the cultural and recreational opportunities offered in nearby Lake Placid.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references as indicated on each job posting. Interviews, including demonstration lessons, will take place until the position is filled.

Chief Financial Officer

Camp Treetops and North Country School (NCS) seek a full-time Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to begin on or before January 1, 2024. Located on the outskirts of Lake Placid, NY, Camp Treetops and North Country School sit on a 220-acre campus amid majestic mountain peaks in New York State’s Adirondack Park. Since 1921 and 1938 respectively, they have been nationally renowned for pioneering educational programs rooted in progressive practices and experiential learning. Both Camp and School guide children to engage the natural world, take on intellectual and physical challenges in a nurturing community, and cultivate independence and creativity.

NCS and Camp Treetops operate under the same organizational umbrella and financial structure. Total annual revenues are approximately $7.7mm with an endowment of $14.6mm. There are currently 70 full-time year-round employees. This number grows by 90 additional Camp Treetops employees in the summertime.

The CFO provides leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of the institution’s financial operations. The CFO is a member of the Administrative Team, reports directly to the Executive Director, works closely with the Board of Trustees and board committees, and supports the long-term strategic and financial planning for the institution. The ideal candidate will ensure institutional integrity on fiscal matters by promoting best practices in finance which includes budgeting, forecasting, managing investments, and assets, annual audits, and reporting quarterly to the Board of Trustees. Additional responsibilities also include managing the institution’s human resources, overseeing facilities and information technology, and guiding the institution’s general operations.

In addition to financial expertise, the successful candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills to facilitate effective partnerships with faculty, staff, and families, along with a spirit of collaboration with all constituencies. Ideal candidates will possess at least ten years of experience in a position of financial leadership, preferably in an educational and/or nonprofit setting. Proven experience directing capital projects, applying complex financial instruments, and developing financial strategies that support strategic priorities are essential.

This is a full-time, in-person, benefit-eligible position with a competitive salary range from $110,000 to $125,000 based on experience.

North Country School has engaged DovetailED Talent Sourcing to lead this search. Interested candidates should email a cover letter (addressed to Executive Director Todd Ormiston), resume, and a list of at least three professional references consolidated as a single PDF document to Zack Lehman at .

Full Time Cook

North Country School and Camp Treetops, located in Lake Placid, NY seeks an Full Time Cook for immediate placement. Starting pay is commensurate with experience. We provide amazing benefits including health insurance from day 1. We cook with produce that has been grown in our gardens or locally procured. Our pork and lamb has been raised on site and cared for by our farm staff and our students and campers. We buy other meats locally, sustaining our local economy. We also raise our own chickens and turkeys for both meat and eggs.

Our cooks have the opportunity to cook using their individual skills. We prepare meals from scratch everyday and provide family style meals to our students and staff (with exceptions due to managing during the pandemic). We bake our own breads and are creative in providing desserts.

This is a full-time position with 2 days off together each week and a schedule that allows you to be home at a reasonable time each night. If you are interested, please contact us with a resume with job experiences.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to . Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

About North Country School / Camp Treetops

Located in Lake Placid, NY, North Country School is a junior boarding and day school for students in grades 4-9. The school educates and nurtures children today in such a way that they develop the resourcefulness and skills they need for tomorrow. For over 75 years North Country School has achieved this by placing daily and equal emphasis on arts and outdoor education and by upholding values, such as our commitment to the environment and the importance of working as a community. www.northcountryschool.org

Camp Treetops is an overnight summer camp for children ages 8-14 years old, which nurtures an inclusive community with an emphasis on values that remain vital to this day – child-centered education, the fostering of self-reliance and self-confidence, living in harmony with nature, and preserving a child’s world through a summer unplugged. www.camptreetops.org

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

Academic Internships

North Country School is seeking one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

All Academic Interns are supported by faculty mentors as they…

  • learn to employ NCS’s unique teaching pedagogy
  • navigate classes and communication structures built around them
  • learn to balance a variety of responsibilities in residential, academic and co-curricular programs
  • develop, refine, reflect, and expand teaching strategies
  • develop a professional growth plan
  • seek non-evaluative feedback on teaching and professional life
  • learn new skills

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, outtime facilitator, tutor and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work towards teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an edible schoolyard class and will assist in houseparenting. Occasional opportunities to fill in

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet regularly with their mentor teacher/s
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Matthew P. Smith, Director of School, at: .

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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Policies on Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at North Country School are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of North Country School.

A. Non-Discrimination

North Country School is committed to:

  • Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;
  • Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and
  • Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.

B. Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by North Country School.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to North Country School contingent on rendering sexual favors,
  • Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between North Country School and the individual; or
  • A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.
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