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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

Maintenance Worker

This maintenance worker position is responsible for helping to maintain and troubleshoot a diverse range of plumbing issues.  Additionally, the position requires good analytical skills, attention to detail and the ability to work independently in a timely manner.  Other duties required are to maintain all tools, equipment and supplies in proper condition and perform routine facility maintenance, as directed by supervisor. Event set-ups and takedowns are needed on a regular basis, as is lawn and groundwork.

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

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 Early Childhood Lead Teacher, Lotspeich Division

Seven Hills Lotspeich seeks an experienced early childhood teacher.  Our new Nellie Taft Early Childhood Center serves children ages 2-5 designed specifically for children of this age group.  The environment, both indoor and outdoor, supports our philosophy of learning through discovery and play while guiding academic growth through a sequential and carefully planned curriculum.  The skilled team of teachers are collaborative and supportive in providing a nurturing, caring and challenging program for our youngest and able learners.

Candidates are expected to have a degree in Early Childhood, experience with this age group, a knowledge of child development for young children and a collaborative working relationship with colleagues.  A high degree of energy and enthusiasm are required as our program includes exploratory outdoor education, a highly motivated teaching team and hands on learning activities.

Part-Time Computer Science Teacher

This part-time position involves teaching a section of our introductory computer science course, Programming 1, in the Upper School each semester.  Candidates should be skilled at working with adolescents and should have knowledge of the software development process.  The course primarily uses Python on Apple desktops and laptops to teach concepts of computational thinking and of a programming language.  Having experience using and teaching Unix shell commands, Javascript, Processing, and HTML would be a plus.

Part-Time Mandarin Chinese 1 Teacher

This part-time position involves teaching a single year-long section of the Upper School’s introductory Mandarin Chinese 1 course.  Candidates should have fluency or near-fluency in the language and should be skilled at working with adolescents.

Resale Shop Manager

The Seven Hills School is looking for a manger for its Resale Shop, a store selling gently used clothing, furniture and other household items. This position markets the Resale Shop to donors and advertises for the general public, providing the communication link with the school. 


  • maintain bill payments and monthly accounting, balance and close out sales at the end of day
  • hang clothes and assist in their distribution
  • administration of courtesy cards for school employees
  • assist with donations, along with receiving, ticketing and pricing items as needed
  • schedule staff hours
  • maintain supplies
  • oversee employee purchases
  • plan and coordinate future growth
  • schedule pick-ups for furniture
  • process consignment report and consignment checks bi annually.

MidDle school science Teacher

This full-time position includes the teaching of 7th grade Earth Science, a laboratory-based course introducing students to the systems and processes at work on earth and in our solar system.  Experiments and investigations are a frequent and regular part of the course, and students are expected to effectively communicate their findings. 

Candidates must have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree in a related science field, be proficient in science instruction techniques, and have the ability to create and design curriculum that reinforces the essential skills of science. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and enthusiastically with Middle School students, as well as understand and have empathy for the development of this age-group. Additionally, candidates 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 Mathematics Teacher

This full-time position includes teaching 5 sections of high school math.  Preference is given to candidates experienced and comfortable teaching algebra through calculus.

Candidates must have excellent skills in mathematics and the ability to communicate this knowledge effectively and enthusiastically.  They must have experience with inquiry-based learning and with the use of technology in the classroom as well as in the support of colleagues.  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. This position also includes normal faculty duties, such as advising students, supervising study areas, chaperoning occasional activities, and contributing to another school activity by coaching or moderating a club.  The position requires energy, creativity, organization, and a strong commitment to a lively community of students and educators.

UPPer School College Counselor

Seven Hills School is seeking a knowledgeable and empathetic College Counselor to join our vibrant school community.  

Our College Counseling department of four shares responsibility for:

  • Meeting regularly with students and their parents
  • Educating and counseling them about the college search and application process
  • Composing compelling letters of recommendation for each senior advisee (average load per class is 25-30 students)
  • Reading and providing feedback on college essays and supplemental application questions
  • Planning and conducting college information programs regarding college admission, office procedures, financial aid, etc.
  • Creating and maintaining strong professional ties with college admission officers

Seven Hills students come from 65 zip codes around Cincinnati.  They value our open, trusting environment and relish the challenges they find in our classrooms, playing fields, art studios and stage.  A menu of school programs encourages them to explore the world beyond the walls of the school; they graduate ready and eager to take their talents to the next level. Working with them is an enormously rewarding enterprise.  


  • Emotional intelligence, collegiality, energy, a collaborative spirit
  • Sensitivity to the needs of students and parents and the ability to be both supportive and realistic through the college application process
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of Naviance and strong computer skills 
  • 3-5 years of college advising and/or college admissions experience preferred. 


This is a 10-month position (mid-August through mid-June).

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.