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.
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s middle and upper divisions seeks a teacher for its core Ethics curriculum. Teaching experience in both middle and upper school settings is desired as well as demonstrated leadership in progressive and innovative Ethics curriculum. Because the Ethics Department offers courses across a broad spectrum of fields, a range of knowledge in ethical learning, philosophy, diversity and social justice, community building, and leadership is desired (although more demonstrated depth and expertise in one field will also be considered). The ideal candidate will have strengths in: student leadership training and mentoring, knowledge of health and wellness best practices, and is invested in teacher collaboration. Good humor, collegiality, flexibility, and excellent writing skills are a must.
Ideal candidates will be energized by employing a range of pedagogical approaches and will be excited by the opportunity to teach a diverse student body in a values based community. We are looking for a candidate who has also demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of equity, inclusion, and privilege, within and outside the classroom. Given the scope of our student leadership programs, a passion for working with middle school students is integral .
Responsibilities include teaching a full-time course load; working as a member of a grade-level interdisciplinary team, attending faculty meetings, and other shared divisional responsibilities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, 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 qualified people of color, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor’s degree – in fields related to Ethics, Leadership or Health & Wellness. Master’s degree preferred
Minimum 5 years of prior relevant, classroom teaching experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
Prior work in a middle school environment
Clear understanding of how educator identity work relates to classroom practice
To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, statement of your educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.
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.