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. 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?
We are seeking passionate teachers 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 students.
Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and social justice work including:
ongoing self-reflection and goal setting
curricular development with a DEI lens
engaging in conversations around DEI topics with community members
Bachelor’s degree, Masters degree preferred
Experience teaching Grades 3-5
Knowledge in delivering strategy-based literacy and math instruction including:
Contexts for Learning Math and TERC Investigation
Fountas & Pinnell assessments and instructional approaches
Guided reading, literature discussions, effective one-on-one conferences
Skilled in designing instruction that is data-driven, differentiated, and actively engaging
Familiarity with technology to support teaching including iPads and SMARTboards
Experience in developing social studies curricula with a hands-on, developmentally appropriate focus
Commitment to progressive education as outlined on our
Strong written and oral communication skills and experience communicating with constituents representing various identifiers
Initiative, creativity, flexibility, and collaboration
External candidates should visit our employment page at to submit their resume and cover letter to EC Principal, Rob Cousins.
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.