Nichols School is committed to attracting and maintaining an outstanding faculty and staff. The Board of Trustees recognizes that the quality of our School is measured by the people who compose it and who support the necessary intellectual, physical and character development for our students.

Simply stated, Nichols seeks a faculty of men and women, who are competent and excited about their teaching field, are committed to a high standard of academic excellence, and who are sensitive and respectful of the needs of young people. The School maintains a well-rounded faculty of diverse background. We expect our faculty to commit to the School’s procedures, philosophy and standards, and serve as worthy role models for its students. Furthermore, Nichols seeks staff members, who are proficient and enthusiastic about their field of expertise, and who are supportive of the needs of the School and its students.


Appointment, Reappointment and Advancement

The selection, appointment, retention and remuneration of the faculty is primarily the responsibility of the Head of School. All faculty appointments are for one year only; there is no tenure in the public school sense. The first three years of full-time employment or the first five years of part-time are considered probationary. Nichols is committed to the professional growth and job satisfaction of the faculty and will provide every encouragement and help to create an optimum atmosphere in which to teach. Ongoing professional evaluation is a vital part of the Nichols teaching experience. All faculty appointment decisions are made by the Head of School on the basis of his knowledge, the recommendation of the Division Head and Department Chairman, and the faculty member’s own assessment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Full-time teaching at Nichols encompasses a number of major areas of responsibility.

1. Instruction: Teachers in Upper School English, Arts, History and Lab Science generally have four sections. As a rule, two to three preparations are required. Teachers are expected to be available to students throughout the school day, 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

2. Extracurricular Duties: Typically, these include two major assignments – either administrative or guidance in nature, coaching, club/activity advisor, or directing student publications and productions. Further, there are additional duties of a minor and limited nature such as proctoring study halls, late duty and monitoring lunch tables. In making such assignments, the schedule, talents and interests of the faculty member will be taken into account in order to be fair and equitable, as well as meet the needs of the School.

3. Advisors: Faculty members are expected to be advisors to a group of students, assisting the class Deans in helping and caring for the concerns of Nichols students. In addition, faculty must be available for parent nights and conferences, attend periodic faculty and department meetings, serve on faculty and Trustee committees, and participate in School events.


Nichols seeks to provide its faculty and staff with a competitive salary/benefit program in which the median salary is in line with other co-ed independent day schools in the country.


Nichols seeks to provide its faculty and staff with a competitive salary/benefit program in which the median salary is in line with other co-ed independent day schools in the country.


Over the years, the administration and Trustees have increased benefits offered to faculty members and they now amount, in dollar value, to approximately 20% of the cash salary for a typical full-time faculty member. These include:

1. TIAA/CREF Retirement Program: Nichols contributes 2-5 percent of the employee’s base salary if matched by the employee’s 2-5 percent. After 10 years, a 6% match is offered, as long as the employee contributes 2%.

2. Medical Insurance: Three health plan options are offered to all qualified employees.

3. Life Insurance: 2 times salary – 0-5 years; 2 1/2 times salary – 5-10 years; 3 time salary – over 10 years. Maximum benefit is capped at $100,000. Nichols pays the life insurance premium.

4. Voluntary Life Insurance: Life insurance is available, over and above what is provided by the School.

5. Dental Insurance: Dental insurance is available for purchase.

6. Wage Continuation:
Short-Term Disability: Nichols continues normal wages for all full time qualified faculty and staff during a disability of up to six months or 180 days, according to the following schedule: 100% for the first 60 days; 80% for the next 60 days; 70% for the last 60 days.
Long-Term Disability: Nichols pays for long-term disability insurance over six months, which provides replacement income up to 60% of salary.

7. Tuition Remission: After one year, tuition remission is available to full-time employees at an 80% level.

Professional Development

1. Professional Growth Grants: Faculty may apply for grants and stipends to be used for study, travel, conferences or enrichment opportunities related to their professional development. Faculty members at Nichols are encouraged to take advantage of this benefit. There is a fund available for summer enrichment of the faculty as well.

2. Sabbaticals: A full year or semester sabbatical is available for faculty after seven years of employment.

3. Lunch: The School provides lunch to the faculty and staff.

4. Computer: The School provides a laptop computer to full time faculty members. After one year of service, the School provides up to $2,000 in an interest-free loan for employees to purchase personal computers and computer equipment, such as a printer.

Contact Us

Aranya Maritime
Head of Upper School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
Fax: 716-875-2169

Paul Errickson
Head of Middle School
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
Fax: 716-877-1090

Jennifer Clarey
Director of Human Resources
1250 Amherst St.
Buffalo, NY 14216
Fax: 716-332-6310


Faculty members are appointed after a careful review of their academic and professional background and an evaluation of their personal commitment on the basis of interviews with members of the faculty and staff. Nichols is an inclusive community and does not discriminate on any basis.

Current Openings

Advancement Services Coordinator

Nichols School is seeking an Advancement Services Coordinator. The Advancement Services Coordinator works closely with Director of Advancement Services to process, reconcile and transmit donations and pledges as well as thank you letters on a daily basis. This position is also responsible for maintaining and updating all constituent records in the donor database (Raiser's Edge), processing daily gifts and acknowledgements, assisting in the development of donor and volunteer pipeline through prospect research and ultimately providing support for the fulfillment of Nichols School goals. Please click here to learn more.

Interested candidates should send their resumes by email to Jennifer Clarey, Director of Human Resources at


Zamboni Driver

Nichols School is seeking part-time, seasonal, Zamboni Drivers for nights and weekends.  Individuals will be responsible for the proper operation and basic maintenance of the machine, maintain the bay areas that house the machinery and prepare the ice surfaces for scheduled skating events. They will also be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of all locker rooms, team benches, bleachers, the mezzanine, lobby, and restrooms, employee only areas, and outside spaces. Qualified candidates must love to work in the cold, be willing to have a flexible schedule and have previous experience with the Zamboni machine.  

Email or call Brian Parkot, Rink Manager at (716)332-6338 for more information.

Our aim is to train minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life, and to carry into all we do the highest ideals of character and service.

Fast facts
Average Class Size: 14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Acres: 30
Founded: 1892
Average Enrollment: 555
Boy/Girl Ratio: 50% / 50%
Endowment: $30 million
AP Classes: 20

Pursuit of Excellence
At Nichols, inspired teachers and students are committed to a quality standard of learning and achievement in all aspects of school life.

Integrity of Character
Our community strives to cultivate each student's sense of responsibility, compassion, honesty, and self-discipline, producing confident and ethical young people.

Tradition and Change
Grounded in the wisdom of the past, we stimulate adaptive and innovative abilities to prepare our students for the future.

Rigor and Balance
Our challenging expectations and structured environment bring out potential. Each student is encouraged to find the balance among academic, artistic, athletic and extra-curricular involvements.

Diverse Community
Nichols School reflects the region's neighborhoods and the wider world, building mutual respect and understanding. In our daily school life, we strive to be a caring community for each individual.