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.
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 who 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.
Scope of Responsibilities
Report to the Upper School Principal and work collaboratively with administrators, psychologists, faculty, and staff.
In collaboration with the school psychologists, help provide a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment fostering student well-being and success academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
Oversee and coordinate the social emotional learning and health and wellness program in the Upper School.
Build a comprehensive SEL and Health and Wellness program for grades 9-12.
Oversee and coordinate the teaching of the Form III Health course.
Develop and facilitate follow-up programs for Forms IV-VI--with particular emphasis on mental health, stress management, sexuality, consent, gender identity, and substance use.
Help develop and facilitate 8th-9th and senior transition programs.
In working with chairs and departments, promote social and emotional learning across the curriculum.
Provide support for advisories with regard to discussions about health and wellness issues.
Lead faculty discussions on health and wellness issues.
Present to parents on health and wellness issues.
Be a resource for peer mentoring, STS, and similar programs.
MA or PhD in counseling or public health.
Previous experience working with high school students.
Previous experience counseling and/or designing and implementing health and wellness programming and social emotional curricula.
Experience with/appreciation for holistic approaches to mental health.
Previous experience working in an independent school preferred.
Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.
An ability to relate well to all constituencies in a school setting.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive preK-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.