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 and Upper School campuses are located in Riverdale and are comprised of approximately 1000 students from 6-12th grade.
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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 Middle and Upper School Visual Arts teacher with a focus on architecture and design & engineering. Primary responsibilities include teaching approximately .80 FTE course load primarily in Architecture, Design & Engineering, and Drawing to 7th through 12th-grade students.
The candidate will implement a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the range of ages, 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 with issues surrounding architecture and design & engineering, as well as other 2D and 3D art media. Primary courses are Architecture and Design & Engineering, but there is the possibility of teaching Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and other courses on a rotating basis. 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.
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Studio Art with a concentration in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Engineering, Sculpture, or equivalent. Masters preferred. Personal studio practice a plus
Prior successful experience teaching Middle and High School students
Understanding of cultural competency; a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work
Excellent organization skills and ability to maintain the studio space and keep track of materials and supplies
Excellent communication skills, written and oral.
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 three professional references to the ECFS employment portal. At least one of the references must be a current or former supervisor. Please generate all documents in one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Complete applications must be submitted in the employment portal to be considered. If interested, please apply immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the school.
ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.
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.