Full Job Description
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. The Fieldston Upper campus, located in Riverdale, is comprised of approximately 600 students in Grades 9-12th.
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 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 and professional development 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 and anti-bias work 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. Currently, we have a full-time 1.0 FTE position for an Upper School English Teacher.
The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about a diversity of subject material, with an emphasis on writing pedagogy and practices, and with a background in literary analysis and a familiarity with American Literature who can competently teach texts that and authors who wrestle from multiple perspectives with themes including but not limited to age, gender, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, religion and ethnicity. The ideal candidate also possesses a background and teaching experience in two (2) of the following four (4) areas: African American Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Literature, Asian American Literature and Queer Literature.
Responsibilities include teaching a course load of 4 sections per semester; attending faculty meetings; and other shared upper school responsibilities.
Ideal candidates have experience employing a range of pedagogical approaches and will be excited by the opportunity to teach a diverse student body in a values-based community. The ideal candidate has also demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within and outside the classroom. A passion for working with upper school students, a flexible attitude, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred in English.
Expertise in writing pedagogy and practices, and American Literature preferred
Expertise and experience in teaching two (2) of the four (4) areas required: African American Literature, Asian American Literature, Queer Literature, and Latin American & Caribbean Literature.
An understanding of and commitment to cultural competency and how to support a diverse student population, especially through the teaching of texts that and authors who wrestle from multiple perspectives with themes including but not limited to age, gender, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, religion and ethnicity.
A minimum 2 years of relevant teaching experience, preferably with upper school students.
Proficient with technology, including Smartboards, Google Suite, and apps.
Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please submit the following 4 items: a letter of interest, a resume, a statement of your educational philosophy, and email and phone contact information for three professional references. Complete applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 17, 2021 to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the school.
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.