Full Job Description
Who we are?
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive Pre-K-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.
Mission of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School Upper Division Community Service Learning Program:
The ECFS Upper Division Community Service Learning Program is guided by three important features: Responsive and enduring community partnerships, student-centered learning and growth, and critical service learning pedagogy. These essential pillars holistically animate our teaching, learning and programmatic priorities. We believe in the expertise of community partners and stand committed to centering the voices and knowledge of our partners in all aspects of our shared work. We recognize the deep and abiding gifts of sharing in and being led by the wisdom of leaders in social justice work, standing in solidarity with the work being done across a diverse array of communities towards liberation as praxis.
About the Position:
Consistent with the mission of the ECFS Upper Division Community Service Learning(CSL) Program, the Community Service Learning (CSL) Coordinator/Program Manager will work closely with the Director of Upper School Community Service Learning, deans, the division principal and assistant principals, teachers, advisors, students, and families to facilitate the daily operations of the upper school CSL program.
Candidates will Demonstrate the Following Competencies:
Creating strong organization systems: Candidates must demonstrate experience creating organizational structures that are clearly defined and can be easily understood and implemented throughout all aspects of the role. They must have strong time management, preparation, and pacing skills, and be detail-oriented with schedules and deadlines.
Student-focused: Candidates must work effectively with students in aspects of the CSL program related to course project planning, tracking requirement completion, and assisting in the management of CSL advising needs in support of student learning.
Critical thinker/decision-maker: Candidates must be able to analyze and manage information from multiple sources and constituents, including but not limited to students, parents/caregivers, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners.
Adaptable: Candidates must demonstrate the capacity to adjust to dynamic and changing circumstances in balancing programmatic needs, goals, and deadlines while prioritizing competing goals and effectively managing multiple tasks effectively.
Understanding Social Identity Development and Critical Race Theory: Candidates must have a clear grasp of the ways in which bias, power, privilege, and systemic oppression as well as activism and liberation work shape impactful community service learning.
Strong writing and collaboration skills: Candidates must possess the ability to organize critical outreach to an array of audiences and stakeholders via email, meetings, website content development.
Student Facing Work
Oversee student and CSL advisor calendar
Coordinate information on CSL projects listed in the bulletin and website
Respond to incoming inquiries, phone calls, and emails from faculty and parents regarding the CSL guidelines and procedures
Maintain student requirements database
Maintain accurate and updated student progress to be shared on Home Reports
Community Partnership Work
Manage CSL project communication and inquiries from new and long-standing community partners, such as contacting agencies, for updated information regarding summer/term internships
Maintain CSL project calendar
Manage partner meetings, including scheduling, agendas, and documentation
Identify new community partnerships, visit potential partners, create virtual discovery calls/meetings
Explore new partnerships with other educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and communities to collaborate on innovative approaches for expanding service-learning opportunities for students
Maintain and strengthens existing partnerships to better meet program goals
Coordinate summer CSL orientation presentations with Deans and Upper School principal and assistant principals
Update the grade deans on all CSL requirements, announcements, changes, ans parent and faculty communication efforts
Provide frequent updates to the grade-level advisors about CSL requirements, announcements, and pertinent changes to the student experience
CSL program support work
Maintain accurate and up-to-date budget and track items related to the overall operation of the CSL Office, including petty cash, travel reimbursements, office supplies, and service project supplies and inventory
Coordinate outreach announcements and informational bulletins/website updates with members of the upper school technology team and main office support staff
Support a team of CSL advisors by coordinating bi-weekly meetings, agendas, documents, professional development opportunities, and social justice practitioner development resources
5-7 years of experience in Social Work or Social Services
Demonstrated experience in an educational or traditional environment
Demonstrated experience with Community Service Learning programming, strategic planning, implementation and management.
To apply: Please upload a letter of interest, a resume, and email and phone contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals who 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.