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 Middle campus located in Riverdale is comprised of approximately 400 students in Grades 6-8th.
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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. Currently, we have a position as a MS/US Photography teacher.
Primary responsibilities include teaching a .75 course load in photography to 8th through 12th grade students, primarily in a traditional darkroom. The candidate will implement a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the range of age, skill and experience levels for middle school through high school students; they should have a passion for working with young people of this age range in a school with a diverse student body in a values-based community. They will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within and outside of the classroom.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in teaching and working in the traditional darkroom. Additionally, they will have experience with digital cameras, scanning and imaging software, and inkjet printing. The ability to apply a variety of pedagogical approaches and to be flexible is a must, a sense of humor is a plus. A proven ability to collaborate with teachers within the visual arts department and across a range of disciplines is also required. Their responsibilities include maintaining the photo lab and its equipment and chemistry as well as maintaining the digital lab with its computers, software, scanners and inkjet printers.
Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. Masters preferred
Prior experience teaching Middle and High School students
Understanding of cultural competency
Proficiency in darkroom and digital photography
Excellent writing skills for reports and communication with families
Passion for progressive education
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 five professional references to the ECFS employment portal. Please generate all documents in one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Complete applications must be submitted in the employment portal by April 1, 2019 to be considered. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the school.
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.
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.