Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive pre K-12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECF offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,000 students from Pre-K to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. The Middle School, located in the Bronx, is comprised of approximately 400 students and approximately 55 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.
Fieldston Middle School is looking for an outstanding, experienced, chorus teacher and accompanist, who is comfortable working in a progressive school with a diverse student body. This is a part-time position.
The candidate must be able to be both teacher and skilled pianist 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.
Duties will include, but are not be limited to:
Teaching 4 classes per week of 7th grade chorus
Accompany the upper and middle school chorus on piano 10 hours per week
Perform at all chorus concerts, opera performances, assemblies and extra rehearsals (approx. 60-80 hours for the year) requiring some evenings.
Ideal candidates will be energized by employing a range of pedagogical approaches, by integrating curriculum with colleagues across disciplines, and by teaching a diverse student body in a values based community. The ideal candidate has also demonstrated a commitment to addressing issues of equity, belonging, and privilege, within and outside the classroom. A passion for working with middle school students, a flexible attitude, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
Bachelor’s degree in music required, specialization in music education preferred.
A thorough knowledge of vocal technique and piano performance
Minimum 5 years of relevant teaching experience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Prior work in a middle school and high school environment is essential.
Understands and exhibits cultural competency
Exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence and proven ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues
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.