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. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 350 faculty and staff and 1,700 students on two campuses - one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. The Upper School, located in the Bronx, is comprised of approximately 600 students 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 the 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 College Office is searching for a full-time Associate Director of College Counseling to start on July 1, 2020. The application deadline is November 8, 2019.
The ideal applicant will believe in the principles of progressive education as defined by John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Felix Adler, Fieldston's founder. The college office has been and will continue to be poised to support and serve a diverse community of students, parents, and faculty in the spirit of equity. This practice of equity is deeply intertwined with the mission and vision of the school.
Fieldston is fortunate to provide resources for students needing financial assistance to visit colleges and prepare for standardized tests with the goal of providing a more equitable college exploration process. The Associate Director will assist with providing each student with a comprehensive college search process that includes: helping families research colleges and plan visiting trips, navigating the financial aid process (if applicable), understanding standardized testing requirements, and helping each student prepare an authentic and accurate college application for submission.
Work collaboratively with the College Counseling team and Form Dean
Identifying and prioritizing tasks particularly during peak cycles of the college admission process
Maintain an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion as an advocate for every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious preference, and physical ability
In partnership with the Director of College Counseling, cultivate and maintain relationships with college admission professionals as well as secondary school counselors
Lead efforts in data collection for admitted students as well as retention analysis for matriculated students
Assist the Director of College Counseling with the coordination of the Junior College Symposium, Financial Aid Evening Programs, and Junior Parent Program
Assist the Director of College College Counseling with updating the school profile and college counseling website
Write thorough and personal letters of recommendation for assigned students
Assist with college research, essay review and interview preparation for each student
Guide students and families through course selection and standardized testing options
Maintain an accurate knowledge of the financial aid process and assisting with families as needed
Effectively advocate for each student along with articulating the mission and curriculum of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Show resourcefulness and self-reliance in working without constant supervision
Guide families through the college process with discernment and empathy
A commitment to being knowledgeable regarding current trends in financial aid and college admission
Travel to colleges and universities over the summer as well as during the academic year for selected counselor programs
Attend and present at local, regional and national conferences
A minimum of 3-5 years as a college counselor in an independent school and/or 3-5 years working at a selective college admission office. Preference will be given to applicants with combined experience in secondary schools and higher educational institutions
Comprehensive knowledge of the college admission process and financial aid requirements
The ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and remain flexible during a demanding fall and spring application cycle
An interest in intellectual inquiry and ease in helping families manage the transition from high school to college
Superior writing ability, strong organizational and time management skills
Genuine desire to work with high school students and their families
Patience, empathy, and a sense of humor are appreciated
Understanding and respect for confidentiality are required
Exuding a calm center and professionalism in the presence of stress and anxiety
Teaching experience is preferred but not required
How To Apply
To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references to the online employment site by November 8, 2019. Applicants should be prepared to submit three examples of letters of recommendation as well. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. Please do not email or call the school directly.
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.