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.
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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.
We are looking for passionate educators to join our community who are committed to progressive education, who consider ethics to be at the core of their work with students and colleagues, and who will contribute to the academic success of all of our students.
We have an opening for a 1 year, part-time position for a 6th grade Ethics Teacher/ Co- Supervisor for the 2021-2022 school year to begin immediately.
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s middle school division seeks a teacher for their 6th grade Ethics curriculum. Teaching experience in both middle and upper school settings is desired as well as demonstrated leadership in progressive and innovative ethics curriculum. The ideal candidate has knowledge of the following aspects of our programs:
Ethics as a branch of philosophy and history of secular ethics, including multiple global approaches
Issues of health and wellness as they relate to adolescent development
Issues of identity, equity, systemic power and social justice
Experience working collaboratively with students in leadership training and mentoring
Good humor, collegiality, flexibility, and excellent writing skills are a must. A range of knowledge in ethical learning, moral philosophy, diversity/social justice, community building, and leadership is also desired, although depth and expertise in any specific field will also be considered.
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, belonging, and privilege, within and outside the classroom. A passion for working with middle school and high school students is essential.
Teach a weekly 6th grade Ethics course to 4 sections of 6th grade students
Co- Supervise a peer mentorship program administered by high school students
Develop service learning opportunities for 6th grade students
Attend faculty meetings, and other shared divisional responsibilities
ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.
Bachelor’s degree – in Ethics, Philosophy, Sociology, Adolescent Psychology (or related fields). Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum 5 years of prior relevant, classroom teaching experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
Prior work in a school environment, preferably at the middle school level
Understanding of and desire to work with middle and upper school aged students
Proficient in the use technology, including learning management systems, video conferencing and smartboards
To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please submit the following 4 items: a letter of interest, a resume, Email and phone contact information for three professional references. Candidates should submit by 27th August 2021, to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the 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.