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. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 80 faculty members.
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 beliefs 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.
What are we looking for?
The Diversity Coordinator serves as a leader in promoting and developing the school’s capacity to create and sustain an inclusive community. The Coordinator is charged with working on a divisional and an all-school level to oversee the development of social and academic programs designed to support all constituents. This 11 month position works with a team of practitioners across the four divisions and reports to the Assistant Head of School and to the Ethical Culture Principal. Responsibilities include:
Monitor and support curricular priorities as they pertain to diversity, equity, and multicultural education
Attend student academic and social support meetings
Lead staff professional development on issues of anti-bias education including divisional and cross-divisional meetings
Monitor and enhance the support mechanisms in place for underrepresented student groups
Participate as a member of the divisional leadership team and consult as needed on issues
Conduct and stay abreast of research as it pertains to student and staff participation and attrition and success rates
Support divisional hiring process, serving as a member of search committees
Regularly meet with ethics teachers and counselors to create and enhance support systems to promote the socio-emotional learning/growth of children
Serve as a member of the EC admissions committee; participate in open houses, accepted family receptions, and other morning and evening admissions events as needed
Coordinate all aspects of the Conversations About Race & Ethics/Empathy affinity group program for 4th and 5th graders. Work with the Ethics teacher to coordinate all aspects of the Conversations About Identity program for 3rd graders
Work with EC leadership team and classroom teachers to examine and enrich social studies curriculum through diversity lens
Support teachers and grade-level teams in the enrichment and refinement of curriculum though an inclusive diversity lens
Serve as a liaison and provide informal counseling to students, families, faculty, and staff
Serve as a resource for students, families, faculty, and staff
Oversee diversity related organizations including faculty groups and student affinity groups
Coordinate all aspects of the PreK-5 monthly students of color breakfasts
Attend Parent Multicultural P&T meetings and monitor goal setting, programming, and other topics of interest
Partner with colleagues to plan and support community time assemblies, trips, and retreats to enhance community understanding
Attend and chaperone important events in the life of the division and wider community
Teach independent and collaborative lessons about diversity, equity, and inclusion as needed
Serve as a member of the EC Discipline Committee
Attend regular meetings and maintain contact with the diversity coordinators in other divisions
Maintain a divisional calendar of events and monitor all school programming in order to minimize conflicts
Prepare announcements and flyers to advertise programming and keep community members informed of events
Create and maintain external relationships with student placement agencies as well as local and national equity based organizations
Stay up-to-date on progressive, diversity, equity, and multicultural best practices
Bachelor’s degree, Master's preferred
Three years of professional experience in program development, especially as it relates to diversity and inclusion program implementation, particularly affinity groups
Experience in elementary division is essential
Experience with independent school admissions process a plus
Strong leadership, communication, facilitation, presentation, and organizational skills
Experience in a progressive school a plus
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
PLEASE NOTE: TO APPLY PLEASE VISIT OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE WWW.ECFS.ORG WE WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS UNTIL 4/28/19. PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME, COVER LETTER AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
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.
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.