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.
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 who 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.
The Assistant Principal for Student Life reports directly to the Principal of the Upper School and is responsible for fostering an atmosphere conducive to student learning. The AP for Student Life will oversee issues pertaining to the well-being of students during their attendance at the school.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Assistant Principal of Student Life includes:
Providing direct support and supervision to the Upper School Division’s four Grade Level Deans.
Collaborating with the Form Deans, the AP for School Life will oversee and supervise advising systems. The AP will provide training, support, and on-boarding of new advisors into the role as well as develop programmatic touch points for all advisors and students on an as-needed basis.
Co-chairing student support meeting and maintain records on students of concern.
Co-chairing the Senior Projects Committee which includes supervising, counseling, and collaborating with adults and students committed to Senior Projects
Overseeing the Discipline Committee and partnering with the Principal and Form Deans to review discipline philosophy and discipline procedures.
Collaborating with the III Form Dean, the AP for Student Life will support and help coordinate the orientation of new students, as well as coordinating the orientation for returning students.
Collaborating with the Principal and other key stakeholders to develop and manage social policies, protocols, and practices that serve to support student development, learning, health, and safety mindful of promoting high standards for student leadership, personal integrity, and community responsibility.
Partnering with the Principal, the AP for Academic Life, and US Diversity Coordinators to support student initiatives and other programs relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural education.
Collaborating with 6-12 Health & Wellness Director, the Counselling Team, and DEI leaders to create and maintain student health & wellness programs.
Collaborating with the Deans, to oversee education and communication systems connected to conduct, discipline, and behavioral norms.
Collaborating with the AP of Academic Life, the Principal of the Upper School, and other key constituents on the Academic Council in designing the school’s master calendar.
Maintaining and developing the Student Handbook, in collaboration with the Principal, AP for Academics, and the Upper School Team.
Coordinating Fire & Lock-Down drills
Partnering with Deans and other offices on the 8th to 9th-grade transition
Partnering with Deans and the Upper School Team in support of Form VI on senior transition day
Work with Form III and Form V Deans on student mentor program between Form V-III
Together with Grade Level Deans, meeting monthly with Parent Grade Chairs to arrange special family events and serving as a liaison between parents and school personnel in arranging those events
Serving on the US Admissions Committee; interviewing students and families, as needed
Serving as Upper School liaison with the campus safety and facilities department regarding US safety & evacuation protocols
Participating in the faculty hiring process
Along with the Principal and AP for Academic Life, supervising and evaluating members of the US faculty annually
Teach one class per semester & serve as a faculty advisor
Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Principal.
The Ideal Candidate
Is passionate about working with high school students and creating a joyful learning environment where student growth is central.
Has extensive knowledge and understanding of the social-emotional development of teenagers as well as experience and training in working with a diverse student population; knowledge and background in multicultural education, identity development theory, and culturally relevant pedagogy and practices.
Has knowledge and demonstrated leadership with the development and coordination of co-curricular and student programming.
Is committed to and has demonstrated experience in creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child.
Exhibits a positive, flexible, and professional approach to working with various school constituencies including faculty, students, parents, and school staff.
Possesses excellent strategic and problem-solving skills and exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence, an important combination in working with young people and colleagues in a dynamic school like Fieldston.
Has a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions; is open to and welcoming of feedback, and is comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.
Has had experience with supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty and knowledge of different approaches to supervision and evaluation.
Is flexible, patient, and has a sense of humor.
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.
Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree or higher encouraged in educational leadership, human development, social work, or counseling
A minimum of 5 years of distinguished classroom teaching experience
A minimum of 3 years of previous leadership experience
Technology proficiency, including familiarity with Smartboards and Google platform and apps
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Dedicated to being a student advocate
Demonstrated success as a confident problem solver
Has exemplary organizational skills, the ability to establish and manage multiple priorities, and the ability to work under pressure.
Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented team member
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, a separate statement of your educational philosophy, and the email, phone contact, and title for at least five professional references, two of which must include a current or former supervisor. Applications should be addressed to the Principal of the Upper School Nigel D. Furlonge through the school’s web portal. No phone calls or emails, please.
Incomplete applications, unfortunately, will be reviewed.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK to 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.