Ethics Teacher and Service Learning Coordinator - One Year Leave Replacement
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
May 7, 2018
New York, New York
Full Time - Faculty
Who we are?
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. The Fieldston Middle campus located in Riverdale is comprised of approximately 400 students in Grades 6-8th.
What is essential about working at our school?
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities, and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self.
We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic and progressive school a reality.
We are looking for passionate educators to join our community who are committed to progressive education, who consider ethics to be at the core of their work with students and colleagues, and who will contribute to the academic success of all of our students. Currently, we have a position as an Ethics teacher in our Ethical Culture division.
Ethical Culture is seeking a dynamic, creative, and collaborative educator to teach ethics to our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students and coordinate the servicelearning program. Ethics is at the heart of our program and has been since the inception of the school in 1878. Our founder, Felix Adler, started the school with the belief that it would produce individuals prepared to enter society and change it in accordance with ethical ideas. This still forms our practice today.
Teaching Ethics to our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders in accordance with our mission:
Ethical learning at ECFS is based on the personal, social, and intellectual development of students and responds to the moral issues that our students experience and witness in the world. We encourage students to identify and develop their personal code of ethics, and we help them uncover the ethical dimensions of their everyday interactions with others. We offer a course of study that identifies moral and social intersections, draws on our school’s ethical humanist traditions, and expands student understanding of the larger field of ethics. At ECFS our unique approach consists of a formalized program and pedagogy that builds skills of critical inquiry and self-examination at each stage of development so that a student’s social, emotional, and academic development is addressed hand in hand with moral development.
Leading our ServiceLearning Program:
We have recently attempted to reconnect with our founder’s ideas around service. The successful candidate will coordinate service programs across each grade as well as school wide. In addition, the coordinator will liaise with outside agencies and be a resource for faculty members.
Candidates should be well-versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and be comfortable working in collaborative environments with a highly talented and experienced faculty. Candidates should also have a commitment to the tenets of our mission: progressive and multicultural education, academic excellence, ethical learning, and diversity. A passion for working with lower school students, a creative and dynamic approach to curriculum development, exemplary “people skills,” and a sense of humor are essential.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Master’s degree or higher preferred
Minimum 3 years of elementary classroom experience preferred.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience with facilitation of age-appropriate conversations about complex topics.
Extensive knowledge of ethics theory and philosophy
How to apply
For more information and to apply, please visit the school’s employment web portal at www.ecfs.org. A complete application will include a cover letter stating your interest along with a resume and the email, phone contact, and title for at least three professional references, two of which must include a current or former supervisor. External applicants should apply through the school’s web portal. No phone calls or emails, please.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive preK-12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.