Who are we? 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.
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 who 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 Theatre and Dance Department provides students with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of performing arts in this mission-centered program. Students receive training and experience in acting, dance, directing, choreography, stagecraft, design, writing and more. The Fieldston Theatre and Dance Department challenges its members by striving to achieve the highest quality work as a result of an even higher quality process. The department seeks to create a space in which artists can create, take risks, and explore. The department strives to keep its work cutting edge, alive within the greater community, and appropriately challenging for its students. The Fieldston Theatre and Dance Department prides itself on creating work and producing a season that is responsive to the needs and conversations happening in our world as we seek to both join in and propel these dialogues in a contemporary, real-time way.
The Middle and Upper divisions are seeking a Technical Director and Instructor for the Theatre and Dance Department. The candidate will work with students from sixth through twelfth grade teaching all aspects of theatrical design, technical direction, and stagecraft. The position requires an ability to craft and execute an engaging curriculum while managing the logistics of a robust season of theater and dance performances.
The candidate must be able to be both teacher and mentor in and out of a traditional classroom setting, creating an inclusive space, placing the highest premium on diversity and inclusion. The candidate must be able to work with various constituencies both in and out of the department.
The candidate will also:
- serve as technical director, production manager, scenic and lighting designer for various departmental productions and concerts, collaborating with various staff and students grades 6-12
- assist in supervising tech areas of assembly programs and various school activities. - responsible for the teaching of all departmental technical theatre and design classes to students grades 8-12. - supervision of the scene shop and auditorium, both functioning student-centered workspaces and teaching studios - provide technical direction, - timely building and load-in of all scenic elements for department productions; - management of all shop operations and use; - equipment maintenance and ordering of materials; - ensuring standards of safety and best practice.
Candidates are expected to be on campus Monday through Friday during school hours and must be available evenings and weekends during production weeks.
EEO All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment qualified people of color, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor's Degree in Technical Theatre and/or Design preferred; Master’s degree a plus Minimum 2 years of experience working in the field of technical theatre/design and/or educational technical theatre/design, previous and ongoing professional experience in theatre and/or dance, ideally in related work in a school setting Passion for progressive education Excellent written and oral communication skills
Expectations Flexibility, problem-solving skills, a collaborative spirit, knowledge of contemporary best practices in the field, and a sense of humor.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston 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.