Who are we?
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 Lower School located in Riverdale is comprised of approximately 275 students in Grades PreK-5th.
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 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.
Fieldston Lower seeks an Assistant Principal for Student Life beginning in July 2018. The successful candidate will join an administrative team that includes the Principal, the Assistant Principal for Academic Life, the Language Coordinator, the Office Manager, and the Assistant to the Principal. This 12-month position reports directly to the Principal.
Fieldston Lower is seeking a leader in the role of the AP for Student Life who is passionate about building community and co-creating an environment where the whole child is a priority and who has demonstrated both understanding and support of students from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will help shape this new position and work to support colleagues, families, and students in supporting the dynamic, child-centered student life experience at Fieldston Lower. The AP for Student Life oversees many aspects of the student life experience in the Lower School and partners with multiple constituencies of the school to operationalize the school’s progressive and social justice-oriented mission. The AP works to foster the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, physical, and artistic development of all students in Fieldston Lower.
The responsibilities of the AP for Student Life include:
Fostering community and healthy relationships within Fieldston Lower.
Coordinating and implementing the student behavioral policy to maintain community and discipline norms for the division.
Supervising the Psychologist, Nurse, Specialists, and School-wide Assistants, PreK-5.
Overseeing the Ethics, SEL, health and human sexuality curriculum, and advisory program.
Serving as member of the Guidance Team.
Partnering with the Principal, the AP for Academic Life, and Fieldston Lower Diversity Coordinator to support student initiatives and other programs relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural education.
Collaborating with the Fieldston Lower Psychologist, Nurse, and Ethics and Technology Integrator to support students’ health and wellbeing.
Supporting teachers in building positive relationships with parents and students.
Regularly representing Fieldston Lower at parent and other evening gatherings; this includes coordinating and presenting at those events, as appropriate.
Serving on the Fieldston Lower Admissions Committee; interviewing students and families, as needed.
Participating in the faculty hiring process.
Undertaking other duties as assigned by the Principal to address divisional priorities.
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 in a dynamic lower school.
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 had experience with supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty and knowledge of different approaches to supervision and evaluation.
Has exemplary organizational skills and the ability to establish and manage multiple priorities.
Can work independently with diverse constituents while maintaining high professional standards.
Is flexible, empathetic, and has a sense of humor.
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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, a separate statement of your educational philosophy, and the email, phone contact, and title for at least five professional references, two of which must include a current or former supervisor. Applications should be addressed to Fieldston Lower Principal Joe McCauley through the school’s web portal. No phone calls or emails, please. Incomplete applications, unfortunately, will not be reviewed.