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 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 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.
Ethical Culture Fieldston Upper School is looking for a ballet instructor to work with students grades 10-12 on our Riverdale campus. We seek to find a ballet instructor with experience in modern/contemporary dance who can infuse ballet technique with somatic awareness in a way that invites students to explore ballet in an open, non-traditional way. While the Fieldston Theatre and Dance Department recognizes that ballet is one of many valued dance techniques, we remain committed to challenging Western dance forms and the hierarchical and pedagogical practices that often center whiteness in dance classrooms and on stages.
The ballet teacher must be able to teach a range of dancers, mainly at the beginner and intermediate level, at one time. The ballet teacher must be available to teach two live, in-person classes a week, while maintaining COVID-19 guidelines and safety standards.
The ideal candidate must have previous teaching experience and enjoy working with young dancers; the ability to collaborate with department members, the Director of Dance, and a live accompanist; a demonstrated commitment to progressive teaching and learning; and an artistic and teaching practice rooted in equity and inclusion. Flexibility, collaboration, responsiveness in teaching and practice, and a sense of humor are all essential.
To apply please visit www.ecfs.org
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.