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The Seven Hills School is located in two eclectic suburban neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati. Our Hillsdale Campus is located at 5400 Red Bank Road in Madisonville and our Doherty Campus is located at 2726 Johnstone Place in East Walnut Hills.



The Seven Hills School has roots reaching back to 1906, with the founding of the College Preparatory School by Mary Harlan Doherty. Just a decade later, Helen Lotspeich founded the Clifton Open-Air School to foster natural curiosity and the joy of learning in children around Cincinnati. In 1928, community leaders founded the Hillsdale School as an alternative private education. In 1974, the merger of the College Preparatory School and the Hillsdale-Lotspeich School brought these learning institutions together to form the modern incarnation of The Seven Hills School.


At Seven Hills, our mission is to engage hearts and minds, challenging students to develop their unique capacities and preparing each for a meaningful role in a rapidly changing world. Seven Hills enrolls over 1,000 students ages 2 through grade 12. About 32 percent of those enrolled are from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our class sizes are small, with an average class size of 15 students and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1. At Seven Hills, we pride ourselves on hiring motivated, caring faculty and staff who enhance our school community with their many skills and talents. On average, our faculty have 17 years of teaching experience.

Seven Hills is more than just a school. We’re a close-knit community. And we can’t wait to learn more about you.


Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of university transcripts to Andi Guess, administrative assistant to the Head of School, at or mail materials to Andi Guess at The Seven Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227.

Seven Hills is an independent, nonsectarian college preparatory school.

The Seven Hills School is an equal opportunity employer.

2017-18 openings

Assistant Director of Enrichment & Summer (May, 2018)

The Assistant Director of After School Enrichment & Summer Programs provides support for the planning, organization, and implementation of all After the Bell and Summer Programs.

The Assistant Director will:

  • Assist in program development, marketing, and the hiring and supervision of staff.
  • Assist in daily oversight of all After School and summer programs.
  • Assist with communication with program participants, families, staff, and instructors.
  • Assist in the preparation of all handbooks, manuals and trainings.
  • Coordinate program needs with the maintenance and cafeteria staff.
  • Provide clerical support for program registrations, confirmation, billings, rosters, and payroll.
  • Coordinate the music lesson program and holiday care programs.

The successful candidate will have strong organizational and data entry skills.  Experience with elementary school children, recreation program planning and delivery is a strong plus. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

To express interest, please submit a letter of interest and resume to

Seven Hills is looking for the following coaches this spring.  Please contact Roger Schnirring, Middle School athletic director, at or Brian Phelps, Upper School athletic director, at if interested.
  • Middle School Boys Lacrosse Head Coach and Assistant Coach
  • Middle School Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach
  • Middle School Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Coach
  • Middle School Boys Tennis Assistant Coach
  • Upper School Boys Soccer Varsity Defensive/Goalie Coach

Long-term Middle School Physical Education Teacher

This long-term substitute position (April – May, 2018) includes teaching Physical Education classes in our Middle School (grades 6-8), where the average class size is 16 as well as assuming coaching responsibilities for interscholastic teams.

Candidates must possess excellent skills in teaching Physical Education classes, developing appropriate curriculum, and demonstrated experience working with Middle School aged children.  Along with this, candidates should be willing to coach interscholastic teams at the Middle and/or Upper School levels. Candidates must understand and have empathy for the development of adolescents, should be knowledgeable about appropriate curriculum and materials and should be able to work well with able and highly motivated students as well as students with learning differences. The position requires energy, creativity, organization and a strong commitment to a lively community of students and educators. 

Associate Director of Development

The Associate Director of Development is responsible for overseeing the Annual Fund, as well as managing a small portfolio of major gift prospects. Major program responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning and executing an Annual Fund of over $1.2M, management of annual fund volunteers, development and execution of micro-campaigns and special fundraising efforts, and developing leadership Annual Fund prospects into major giving prospects.  We are currently in the public phase of a $20 million campaign.

Essential Skills

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter, a creative-thinker, and an action-oriented fundraiser with a sense of urgency and passion for implementing strategies and tactics.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently, as well as a participating and supporting member of a team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute all aspects of the Annual Fund, including developing a yearly strategic plan focused on annual giving solicitations and tactics to achieve the budgeted goal for the school.
  • Oversee the development and execution of all annual fund communications and content.
  • Focus on renewing and upgrading current donors, as well as increasing the overall participation rate of all constituencies through the acquisition of new donors.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to integrate annual giving and major gift solicitation strategies.
  • Collaborate with Director of Alumni Engagement on reunion and other initiatives to increase alumni engagement and leverage alumni relations activities to increase annual giving. Serve as a resource for fundraising staff and volunteers.
  • Oversee staff and volunteer outreach efforts that will raise donors’ sights and inspire participation in annual giving.
  • Cultivate new and lapsed donors through personal visits.
  • Develop relationships with a small portfolio of 30-40 major gift prospects.
  • With the Development Associate, manage the annual giving prospect pipeline. Conduct analysis to support data-driven decisions about annual goals and targets.
  • Other appropriate duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum five years fundraising experience.
  • Experience managing an annual giving program, preferably at an independent school.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.

2018-19 openings

Lower School Classroom Teacher

Seven Hills School seeks, for the 2018-19 school year, a full-time Lower School teacher to deliver an engaging, interactive curriculum as part of a high energy, collaborative, grade-level team.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in teaching Lower School math and language arts, including reading comprehension, narrative and expository writing, grammar and vocabulary and the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a diverse and gifted student body.  Experience with teaching Lower School social studies would be a substantial asset as would comfort with instructional technology.

All candidates must have an undergraduate degree and the appropriate certification.  An advanced degree and experience as a lead teacher in a Lower School classroom is preferred.

Upper School Theater Teacher

This full-time position includes the teaching of 9th-12th grade theater classes that incorporate character development, scene work, improvisation, script adaptation, directing, and production; it also includes responsibility for the Upper School’s fall play, winter play, and spring musical productions. Candidates must have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree in the field, be knowledgeable about all aspects of production (e.g. technical, lighting, sound, costumes, etc.) and have the ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically.  Experience directing musicals is important for this role.  Additionally, candidates should be knowledgeable about appropriate curriculum and materials, and should be able to work well with able and highly motivated students, as well as students with a range of learning differences. The position requires energy, creativity, organization, and a strong commitment to a lively community of students and educators.

Upper School Chemistry Position

This full time position involves teaching four classes of lab-based chemistry, primarily to sophomores. Those who can also teach an elective in a different field of science will be at an advantage. Candidates must have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree in the field, be knowledgeable about all aspects of science instruction including computer technology, and communicate effectively and enthusiastically.  They should enjoy and work well with a range of students—both exceptionally able, highly motivated learners as well as less academically independent students.  Additionally, they should work well with colleagues, have strong organizational skills and habits, and possess a sense of humor, creativity and high energy. In addition to specified teaching responsibilities, this position also includes such normal faculty duties as advising students, supervising study areas, chaperoning occasional activities, and contributing to another school activity, such as coaching, sponsoring a club, etc.

MIddle/UPPer School Librarian

The Seven Hills School seeks a trained, experienced librarian to manage reading enrichment and research programs for 602 students in grades 6 -12.

The Middle/Upper School librarian manages a collection of 22,000 volumes as well as the comprehensive electronic resources available over our library network.  The primary goal of the program is to empower students to be enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and critical thinkers, and ethical users of information.

Specific responsibilities include: 

  • managing library resources to ensure that the school library program is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school by:
    • encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
    • maintaining the library’s collection (through shelf-reading, inventory and weeding)
    • processing new books, cataloging, ordering
    • creating library displays (new books, seasonal topics, high interest, etc.)
    • monitoring student engagement in an active learning environment
    • collaborating with subject teachers to design and manage research projects to ensure that students and staff are effective users of information.

In addition, the Middle/Upper School librarian has traditionally developed relationships with students and teaching colleagues by teaching two sections of a semester-long creative writing class to sixth graders

Candidates are expected to have an MLS degree or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training, which provides a comprehensive knowledge of library procedures.

The ideal candidate will be personable, firm but fair, detail orientated and self-directed. He or she should understand the development of young children, should be knowledgeable about appropriate curriculum and materials. 


Substitute teachers are needed for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in a range of disciplines. Substitutes are paid $100 per day. The day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30p.m. Candidates should be college graduates.

Once received, materials will be forwarded to the divisional substitute coordinators for review. They will contact candidates should they have questions regarding an application.