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Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Ethical Culture Fieldston School
New York, NY 10023
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Who we are?

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, located in Manhattan, has approximately 450 students and 75 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.

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.

Position Requirements

  • 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

  • Bachelors 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

    • Writing workshop (including effective mini-lessons)

  • Skilled in designing instruction that is data-driven, differentiated, and actively engaging

  • Familiarity with technology to support teaching, including iPads and SMART Boards

  • Experience in developing social studies curricula with a hands-on, developmentally appropriate focus

  • Commitment to progressive education as outlined on our website

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience communicating with constituents representing various identifiers

  • Initiative, creativity, flexibility, and collaboration

To be considered for the above mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Incomplete 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.



Posted: 2022-05-05 Expires: 2022-06-05

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