Career Opportunities

Careers at Woodberry

List of 5 items.

  • Archivist

    The Archivist bears primary responsibility for management and care of the Woodberry Forest School Archives, collecting, preserving, and managing access to secure records and materials with enduring value to the school’s history and traditions.  The archivist will perform essential archival responsibilities and collaborate with key stakeholders throughout the School community to document the history and development of the School while promoting knowledge and understanding of the history, programs, goals and purposes of Woodberry Forest School.  At present, the Archivist reports to the Director of the William H. White Jr. Library and Reynolds Family Learning Commons. 
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:
    • Develop in depth knowledge of current archives collection
    • In accordance with the collection policy, acquire and preserve school documents, publications and other valuable items for permanent storage, which are retained because of their historical significance and future value to the School
    • Oversee the arrangement, physical care, research and exhibition of the collections and maintain records in accordance with accepted standards and practices that ensure the long-term preservation and manageable retrieval of the archived material
    • Prepare record descriptions and reference aids for the use of the Archives in sustainable formats such as indexes, guides or abstracts
    • Work closely with the staff in the office of the Headmaster, Alumni and Development Department and Communications Department to facilitate response to inquiries from the internal and external community with care given to appropriate external release of information in accordance with School policy
    • Promote a school-wide records collection schedule supported by the community in the gathering of materials relevant for preserving the institutional memory
    • Stay abreast of technological advances in electronic information storage and work to expand skills that benefit the preservation of and access to the archival holdings
    • Be involved in educational outreach programs within the school community, such as displays, publications, presentations, or assisted class activities.
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Knowledge of archival principles and practices
    • One to three years archival experience in an educational setting preferred
    • Familiarity with office productivity software, digital imaging, and other archives-related information technologies for storage and access to digital collections
    • General understanding of computerized cataloging systems
    • Strong communication, organizational, and writing skills
    • Accuracy and attention to detail while working under deadlines
    • Experience formulating and maintaining budgets
    • Must work well independently and as part of a team, multi-task and adapt to changing situations
    • An enthusiastic attitude and strong service orientation 
    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and professional references to to the attention of Debbie Lloyd, director of personnel and benefits.
  • Medical Director/School Physician

    Woodberry Forest School Position Description                             
    Section 1. General Information
    Position Title: Medical Director/School Physician                                                      
    Immediate Supervisor: Dean of Students
    Department: Health Services
    Incumbent: Vacant, New Position
    Section 2 Position Purpose (Objective)
    The medical director is responsible for providing medical care to Woodberry Forest students and will develop, implement, and sustain proactive health and wellness programs recognizing each of the dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental. The medical director will work in close coordination with the school’s Wholeness Team which consists of the Dean of Students, Residential Life Director, Head Nurse, School Mental Health Counselor, and Chaplain/Assistant to the Headmaster for Student Wholeness.  
    Section 3. Managerial Responsibilities
    Supervision of the school’s nurses and athletic trainers
    Section 4. Financial Responsibility
    Along with the Head Nurse, oversees the Infirmary operating budget
    Section 5. Principle Duties and Responsibilities
    Job Goal:  The physician/medical director will oversee all facets of Health Services including direct medical care of students; supervision of nurses and athletic trainers; as well as developing and implementing strategies, plans, and programs for the health, safety, and well-being of all students.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Serves as the school’s Medical Director working collaboratively with the school’s Wholeness Team.
    • Provides medical care for students, including referral to outside specialists as necessary.
    • Responsible for directing the administrative functions of the Infirmary and its staff in a manner that assures the continued delivery of high quality medical care to students, including updating and developing health care treatment policies and procedures 
    • Responsible for referrals to outside medical providers as appropriate.
    • Works collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and community-based health care providers to assure that medical needs of the students are met. 
    • Maintains accurate records of all visits and treatments provided via Magnus Healthcare system.
    • Plans and implements training for nurses, athletic trainers, faculty and staff as needed.
     Section 6. Skills and Knowledge
    • Strong commitment to education and care of the whole boy.
    • Ability to develop and implement wellness programs in collaboration with the school’s Student Wholeness team and within the School’s overall culture.
    • Ability to work well with boys from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
    • Ability to work effectively and professionally with outside medical providers.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely with others both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to work as an effective team member; function independently; exercise sound judgment and initiative; maintain confidentiality; establish and maintain effective work relationships; actively work toward the goals and objectives of the school.
    • Familiar with the use and operation of a personal computer and basic software.
    Section 7. Formal Education, Training, Experience and Certification Requirements/Expectations
    • Current licensure as an MD/DO (preferred) in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Board of Medicine; board certification in pediatrics or family medicine preferred; but we may consider a NP or PA. 
    • Current DEA certification.
    • Five or more years of experience in caring for adolescents in a clinical setting.
    • Current CPR certification.
    Section 8. Physical Requirements
    Section 9. Additional Comments
    This is a full-time, 12-month position.
    Section 10. Signatures/Approvals
    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references to
  • Faculty Careers at Woodberry

    What makes teaching and living at Woodberry Forest School special? Three things: Our people, our culture, and our place. Our student body is all-boarding, and more than 90 percent of faculty live on campus, creating an intimate, tight-knit community. We’re an all-boys school, focused on developing young men who are lifelong learners with a strong moral character. One of the school’s defining characteristics is a nearly 120-year-old honor system that is entirely student run. 
    Our campus is set on 1,200 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a place where we can focus on teaching and learning without distractions. Students, faculty, and faculty families take full advantage of our safe and beautiful campus, enjoying hiking and biking trails in the woods or the natural beauty of the Rapidan River, which borders our land. 
    Our culture is based on moral integrity, intellectual thoroughness, a reverence for things sacred, and good sportsmanship. We seek faculty who are passionate about and trained in their discipline  but who are equally committed to working with boys on stage, on the athletic fields, and on dorm. Living and learning at Woodberry doesn’t just take place inside our classrooms. View the faculty guidebook
    Biography/contact info
    Matthew C. Boesen is Woodberry’s dean of faculty. Before beginning that role in 2015, he was a member of the history department for fourteen years. He previously taught for three years at Phillips Exeter Academy. Matt earned an AB from Yale University and a MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Please direct any questions about professional opportunities to Matt.
    Phone: 540-672-6021
    Byron C. Hulsey became the school’s ninth headmaster in 2014. He graduated from Woodberry in 1986 and was senior prefect. He was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia and studied history. He taught for two years at Bryanston School, a boarding school in Blandford, England, before returning to his native Texas to earn MA and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin as a Patterson-Banister Fellow in American History. Byron served on the Woodberry faculty from 1998 to 2000 as assistant director of college counseling and in the history department. He was assistant headmaster at Norfolk Academy and was head of school at Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama for eight years before coming to Woodberry. 
  • Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program

    The Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program at Woodberry Forest School gives recent college graduates a two-year appointment to the school’s faculty. Established by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of alumni Frank Hawkins Kenan ’31 and Lawrence Lewis, Jr. ’37, the program provides a guided, hands-on teaching and coaching apprenticeship designed to create a solid foundation in the profession. As the two years unfold, fellows gain independence, and by the end, they are qualified to seek full-time positions at top independent schools and will have attained a masters degree in education from the Curry School at the University of Virginia. 

    Fellows are assigned to an academic department, where they work with experienced mentors, observe master teachers, and learn to design lessons and teach classes. Outside the classroom, they serve as assistant coaches in one of our extra-currucular programs such as athletics or the arts, where again they work with mentors to gain practical experience, from running practices and teaching skills to coaching a game or directing a scene. 

    Living on campus — supervising dormitories and extra-curricular activities — they experience fully the work of the school and the life of the community, and they learn the art of guiding students in daily life and building substantial relationships. 

    Each fellowship carries a salary of $26,000 plus living quarters, meals in the school dining room, and health care benefits.

    We accept applications from college seniors and very recent graduates for the upcoming academic year until January 15.

    Candidates chosen to interview will be notified by February 15. Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a résumé indicating previous education, employment, athletic and extracurricular experience, and special interests and skills; (3) their college transcript; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

    If you have filed an application with one of the major faculty placement agencies, such as Carney Sandoe & Associates, Southern Teachers Agency, or Educator's Ally, the only submission required is a letter of application and an email to Ben Hale, director of the Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program, to ensure your information on file has been downloaded from the agency for consideration. 

    To discuss this opportunity further please contact, Ben Hale, director of the Kenan-Lewis Fellowship Program. 

    Phone: 540.672.3900 ext. 5005 

    Please submit all application matierials to
  • Meet Two Recent Kenan-Lewis Fellows

    Meet Kristyn Wilson
    2016-18 Teaching Fellow, now a member of the English faculty

    Huntsville, AL
    Randolph School, BA in English and Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill
    Teaching and coaching assignments:
    English 300, English 500 JV Cross Country, varsity swimming

    Observations about teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
    The rate at which boys cultivate relationships with both peers and teachers is exciting and astonishing. After only a few weeks, my students have crossed the threshold of familiarity and are willing to be vulnerable and take academic and personal risks in class, on the field, and on dorm, knowing already that their classmates will encourage them. Given the high level of access we as teachers have to the boys throughout the day, I am able to more fully support and challenge my students in these risks, which is an awesome opportunity for
    all of us.

    Meet Ty Adams
    2016-18 Teaching Fellow, now a member of the history faculty

    West Hartford, CT
    Kingswood Oxford School, BS History from Appalachian State University
    Teaching and coaching assignments:
    US History, Stories & Histories: An Introduction to Historical Analysis
    varsity soccer, varsity baseball
    Memorable Woodberry moment:
    My first seated meal and chapel night was pretty noteworthy. Watching the old and new boys interact with one another and their teachers made it clear this place was special. There was a palpable feeling in the air; everyone was finally home again. Following dinner, watching the procession of 400 boys fill in the beautiful St. Andrew's Chapel was a humbling experience. 
    On teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
    I have seen the impact a residential community has on these boys from the start. The boarding school environment makes teachers so accessible to the boys and allows us to know each student and their needs.  We can effectively impact their lives in the classroom and as a whole. Whether it’s in class, on the playing fields, or just on dorm, the boys are extremely willing to learn how to be the best versions of themselves. 
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.