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 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 Ethical Culture Fieldston School Office of Admissions is seeking a mission-driven, dynamic, people-person who is passionate about progressive education, social justice and early childhood to fill the role of Admissions Associate for the Fieldston Lower Division. The successful candidate will be creative, eager to learn, a team player, and have a good sense of both ethics and humor. The person filling this role will report to the Director of Admissions, Fieldston Lower, and will join a team of committed and collaborative colleagues.
The primary areas of responsibility include:
Conduct playgroups for candidates applying to PK-1st grade and write detailed narrative evaluations for each applicant
Maintain ongoing communication and follow-up with prospective families throughout the application process
Read and evaluate admissions files
Serve on the Fieldston Lower Admission Committee and recommend decisions to the Director
Arrange and conduct off-site evaluation visits to preschools
Assist in managing parent tour guide program
Communicate with prospective families specifically about the Fieldston Middle and Upper School programs, as well as the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in general
Assist in the planning and execution of all prospective and newly admitted family events
Represent ECFS at all relevant school fairs, meetings, and panels (some evenings and Saturdays required)
Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with students, families, faculty, administrators, and other members of the ECFS community
Attend ISAAGNY meetings
Bachelor’s degree required
Previous admissions and/or early childhood experience preferred
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential situations and materials
Strong communication and interpersonal skills; comfort in speaking to small groups
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
Strong time management and organization skills
The ability to improvise, stay calm during stressful situations, and to laugh at one’s self
To apply please visit our school website www.ecfs.org
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.