I'm in a predicament about changing jobs
January 11, 2013 3:25 PM Subscribe
I teach at an independent boarding school in the United States (aka: a private high school). It is time for me to move on to a new position, so I'm beginning a job hunt. My present school requires its faculty to sign a contract for the next academic year in February. However, private schools don't begin to post their available positions until spring. The school surely knows that this puts its faculty in a bind. What to do? More about this quandary after the jump.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
If I don't sign a new contract (which is not, by the way, legally binding), my school will immediately begin a search for my replacement and I'll risk not finding a job and being out of work next year. If I do sign, continue my job search, and then find a job, I'll have to break the contract. This is the same as breaking my word, which I am reluctant to do. Plus, the school will learn of this the first time a prospective employer requests a recommendation.
However, I think the school is unethical in requiring a commitment that makes it impossible for faculty to honestly explore new positions elsewhere. Sure, faculty retention is important to a school, but here it is done in a heavy-handed way.
Talking directly with the head of school or others in administration is unfortunately not an option. I'm told that they're not flexible in this matter. Yes, I am confident in my ability to land a new position, but one never knows. No, I don't know what others have done when in this situation. I'll see if I can find a former faculty member who can help.
It seems to me that I'm stuck between the risk of unemployment and a dishonest act of signing a contract that I will not likely fulfill.
Your thoughts please.