Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive Pre-K-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECF 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 is looking for an inspiring, dynamic, and creative Assistant Principal for grades 3-5. The Assistant Principal reports to the Principal and works collaboratively with the administrative team, which also includes the Assistant Principal for grades Pre-K-2, the Assistant Principal for Student Support, the Diversity Coordinator, and the administrative assistant team. In close partnership with this team and the faculty, the AP will be responsible for delivering an innovative, rigorous, integrated program in the grades that they coordinate. Our program is one which is experiential, project-based, interdisciplinary, and differential.
As the coordinator of several grade teams, the Assistant Principal provides day-to-day support for faculty, which includes supervising and evaluating teacher performance, developing curriculum on a continuing basis, and liaising with parents about the program and the specific needs of their children.
Candidates should be well-versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and comfortable working in collaborative environments with a highly talented and experienced faculty. Candidates should also have a commitment to the tenets of our mission: progressive education, academic excellence, ethical learning, and diversity.
The position of Assistant Principal requires vision, organization, and attention to detail; the ideal candidate will move comfortably between the macro and micro aspects of the job. A passion for working with lower school students, a creative and dynamic approach to curriculum development, exemplary “people skills,” and a sense of humor are essential.
Serve as the instructional leader for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade teams
Coordinate the alignment of skills and content across each class on the grade and vertically across grades 3 through 5
Partner with the Diversity Coordinator in supporting the school’s work around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and its centrality in the curriculum
Oversee proactive communication with parents
Support assessment implementation to drive differentiation and to ensure consistency of progress and caliber of program
Support progress of individual students through collaboration with the guidance team and others
Facilitate grade and team meetings incorporating topics including instruction, pedagogy, integration, curriculum, diversity and inclusion, service learning, SEL issues, and collaboration
Aid new teachers with their transition
Evaluate and support new and experienced teachers
Partner with EC admin team on schoolwide issues
Meet with parents as needed
Edit and revise report cards
Other duties as delegated by the principal
The ideal candidate...
Is passionate about working with lower school children and creating a joyful learning environment where student growth is central.
Has extensive knowledge and understanding of the social-emotional development of early childhood as well as experience and training in working with a diverse student population; knowledge and background in multicultural education, identity development theory, and culturally relevant pedagogy and practices.
Has knowledge and demonstrated leadership with the development and coordination of co-curricular and student programming.
Is committed to and has demonstrated experience in creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child.
Exhibits a positive, flexible, and professional approach to working with various school constituencies including faculty, students, parents, and school staff.
Possesses excellent strategic and problem-solving skills and exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence, an important combination in working with young people and colleagues.
Has a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions; is open to and welcoming of feedback, and is comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.
Has exemplary organizational skills, the ability to establish and manage multiple priorities, and the ability to work under pressure.
Can work independently with diverse constituents while maintaining high professional standards.
Is flexible, patient, and has a sense of humor.
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree, preferred)
Administrative experience preferred
Minimum 5 years of elementary school classroom teaching experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Extensive knowledge of curriculum development
Technology proficiency, including familiarity with Smartboards and Google platform and apps
To be considered for the above mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Please apply via school website www.ecfs.org
Ethical Culture Fieldston School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ethical Culture Fieldston School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location.
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.