Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive Pre-K-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECF 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.
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 informs our practice today. We have just completed work on an ambitious ten year plan which seeks to place ethics and servicelearning at the heart of our program, making this an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate.
Teaching Ethics to our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders in accordance with our mission:
Ethical learning at ECF 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 ECF 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:
Service is a vital part of our mission. 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.
Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum 3 years of elementary classroom experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Extensive knowledge of ethics theory and philosophy.
To apply please visit our school website www.ecfs.org
Ethical Culture Fieldston School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ethical Culture Fieldston School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location.
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.