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. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade 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 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.
What are we looking for?
Ethical Culture School seeks a highly qualified and experienced Assistant Principal for Academic Life beginning in July 2020. The successful candidate will join an administrative team that includes the Ethical Culture Principal, the Assistant Principal for Student Life, the Learning Coordinator and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. The Assistant Principal reports to the Ethical Culture Principal.
The ideal candidate will have:
Experience as an instructional coach supporting teachers’ pedagogical and professional growth.
Experience with supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty and knowledge of different approaches to supervision and evaluation
Knowledge and demonstrated effectiveness with curriculum design and planning, specifically interdisciplinary curriculum development.
Knowledge and understanding of research on best progressive pedagogical practices, including inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, as well as differentiation, and performance-based assessment models.
An understanding of the pedagogical needs and development of children throughout the elementary years
Commitment and passion for creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child.
A positive, flexible, and professional approach to working with various school constituencies including faculty, students, parents, and school staff.
Cultural competence and understanding with experience implementing culturally responsive approaches to teaching and learning.
Excellent problem-solving skills, high emotional intelligence and sense of humor
A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions, be open and welcoming of feedback, and comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.
Plans and supervises our Pre-K - 5 curriculum review to ensure alignment both vertically and horizontally
Oversees a continuum of clear learning objectives and a scope and sequence of skills from Pre-K to 5th Grade
Supervises, coordinates, articulates and evaluates the implementation of PreK - 5th grade curriculum in collaboration with the Principal
Leads the math team in conjunction with the math coordinator
Supports teachers in using assessments to oversee the implementation and effectiveness of curriculum and instruction
Partners with Assistant Principal for Student Life to develop mission-based best practices related to ethics, service learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion
Collaborates with administrators around the hiring, retention, and recruitment of classroom teachers
Supervises and evaluates faculty
Designs and implements new teacher orientation program in collaboration with administrative team
Oversees associate teacher program
Develops and leads meaningful professional development to nurture a vibrant environment for teachers and students in collaboration with the administrative team
Keeps faculty and administration informed of current research-based instruction techniques
A Master’s degree or higher, preferably in educational leadership and/or curriculum and instruction
At least 8 years of distinguished classroom teaching experience with elementary school students
At least 3 years of prior leadership experience preferred
Experience with student-centered/inquiry-based teaching, project-based learning, performance-based approaches to assessment, and progressive pedagogy and instruction
A proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
Strong communication skills
Ability to collaborate with a diverse community of teachers, parents, and students
How to apply
For more information and to apply, please visit the school’s employment web portal at www.ecfs.org. A complete application will include a cover letter stating your interest along with a resume, statement of educational philosophy, and email and phone contact information for three professional references. The closing date for applications is Monday, December 2nd.
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.