Riverdale Country School is a preK - 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles - developing minds, building character and creating community - we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.
This individual is responsible for maintaining and establishing meaningful connections and partnerships in the Bronx and the greater New York City area, with a special focus on opportunities for Upper School students and faculty that promote civic engagement, student activism, character development and moral reflection.
This person will join a Service Learning Program that was developed in 2012 at Riverdale, a school deeply committed to developing service learning experiences for all constituencies and that believes that every student should graduate with a commitment to engage with their community, even beyond their years at Riverdale. Service hours are not required of our students, a decision made intentionally and with the larger purpose to foster a community where all members engage with our surrounding neighbors and partners. This individual is responsible for helping to establish and sustain meaningful links between Riverdale’s academic curriculum and its partners, working with our Department Chairs, Deans and faculty across departments in order to create specific, concrete and sustainable models of engagement. This position also centers around student leadership development, overseeing student-run activities and clubs.
Riverdale’s mission, to change the world for the good, drives our Service Learning Program. Through the program, we partner with local and global community and non-governmental organizations to further their missions and ours. Our school currently honors over a dozen local community partnerships with organizations, including Best Buddies, Riverdale Neighborhood House, Safe Passage Project, Part of the Solution, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services and local public schools.
In addition to this curricular and community-centered work, the US Director of Service Learning works closely with Riverdale’s Director of Service Learning and Director of Middle School Service Learning in many capacities. Weekly check-in meetings and regular communication are essential. This individual will also work with our Upper School Head, Director of Global Studies (when applicable to service-oriented trips and experiences), and Coordinator of Experiential Education, as well as each class dean to design and implement grade-wide service initiatives.
In addition to the learning day, the US Director of Service Learning often leads trips off-campus and attends community events approximately 2 evenings and/or weekends per month. The US Director of Service Learning oversees the Upper School LEARN Program, a twice-weekly partnership with Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH), a local community center. This individual serves as a facilitator, chaperone and liaison for our US LEARN Tutors who visit RNH on Mondays and reflect after school on Wednesdays throughout the academic year.
This position includes classroom teaching in an academic discipline or co-curricular area outside of service learning, approximately half-time. The ideal candidate will have experience in a service context, either in a school or working with educational programming in a community organization. Professional development opportunities are available and encouraged.
The candidate must be highly organized and possess the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with different expectations and guidelines. This position involves substantial outreach to partners, local non-profits and other organizations and schools in the New York City area, as well as with colleagues and students in academic and co-curricular areas across the Upper School. A willingness to engage in this kind of communication and collaboration in a sustained way is essential.
All candidates for Riverdale teaching positions should demonstrate an interest in engaging students in an environment that is both supportive and rigorous. A Bachelor's degree is required; Masters and Doctoral degree holders will receive additional consideration. Riverdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending an email to Ricky Lapidus, Dean of Faculty, at email@example.com. Included should be a letter of interest and resume.