Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive pre K-12 independent school serving students 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 co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of 1,700+ students from PreK to 12th grade on two campuses--one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan. The middle school, located in the Bronx, is comprised of approximately 400 students and 55 faculty members.
Fieldston Middle School seeks a highly qualified and experienced Assistant Principal for Academic Life beginning in July 2017. The successful candidate will join an administrative team that includes the Middle School Principal and the Assistant Principal for Student Life; both assistant principals report to the Middle School Principal.
The Assistant Principal for Academic Life will partner with the Principal and Assistant Principal for Student Life to ensure that the middle school academic program is dynamic, progressive, and serves the mission of ECFS. In collaboration with the Principal, s/he will oversee the academic program in the middle school and also serve as an instructional coach to faculty. In coordination with the middle school administrative team, duties include support, supervision, and evaluation of faculty; overseeing the trimester grade reporting process; collaboration with middle school department chairs regarding all aspects of the middle school academic program; review of faculty and student handbooks annually; liaising with the middle school admissions committee; participation in hiring and retention of faculty; assisting with coordination of special events as they relate to the academic program; consultation on disciplinary action with students as needed; and teaching one class.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience as an instructional coach supporting teachers’ pedagogical and professional growth.
- Experience with supervision, evaluation, and support of faculty and knowledge of different approaches to supervision and evaluation, including the Charlotte Danielson framework.
- Knowledge and demonstrated effectiveness with curriculum design and planning, and specifically interdisciplinary curriculum development.
- Knowledge and understanding of research on best progressive pedagogical practices, including inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, as well as differentiation and performance-based assessment models.
- Commitment and passion for creating and nurturing an inclusive and diverse learning environment to support the development of the whole child.
- A positive, flexible, and professional approach to working with various school constituencies including faculty, students, parents, and school staff.
- Cultural competence and understanding with experience implementing culturally responsive approaches to teaching and learning.
- Excellent problem-solving skills and high emotional intelligence, an important combination in working with young people and colleagues in a dynamic middle school.
- A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to take intellectual risks, ask questions, be open and welcoming of feedback, and comfortable having candid conversations in offering professional feedback to colleagues.