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 Middle campus located in Riverdale is comprised of approximately 390 students in Grades 6-8th.
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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.
We are looking for passionate educators to join our community who are committed to progressive education, 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 of our students. Currently, we have a position as a Middle School Grade Dean.
The ideal candidate has extensive experience working with middle school students who range in age from 11 to 14, and exhibits a high level of empathy, cultural competency, compassion and understanding of the social and emotional needs of students in this age group. The Grade Dean intersects with students, parents, parent representatives,, faculty, counselors, and administration on a regular basis and must have a high EQ, as well as proven effectiveness in proactive planning, organization, and written and oral communication. A passion for working with middle school students, a flexible attitude, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
The Dean at Fieldston Middle School works to ensure the intellectual, artistic, emotional, ethical, physical, and social development of every student in the grade throughout the school year. In order to accomplish this purpose, the Dean must work closely with individual students and their parents on academic and affective issues, and serve as a resource for the advisors and teachers in the grade.
The Middle School Dean reports to the Middle School Principal, but works closely with and is also supervised by, the Assistant Principal for Student Life. S/he works in close collaboration with the other MS Deans, the MS Department Chairs, the school psychologist and counselor, and the school nurses.
The MS Dean has a 10 month appointment, teaches one class per year in his or her area of expertise, and travels with the grade as they move through the middle school.
In working with individual students, the MS Dean:
Consults with the student, his or her parents/guardians, teachers, advisor, and other adults in the School community to help that student resolve any concerns that the student is experiencing at school.
Serves as a faculty advisor to a group of students.
Monitors the grade level discipline and works with the teaching team to resolve disciplinary issues, including implementing consequences that involve personal and community responsibility.
Hosts detentions for students who have disciplinary or attendance policy infractions.
Sits on the MS Disciplinary Committee, as needed.
Coordinates with the AP for Student Life for disciplinary issues that involve a student’s physical or emotional well being.
Consults and collaborates with the school psychologists/counselors and meets with students in crisis and their families to support them about issues related to the student’s emotional, psychological health, or well-being.
Collaborates with learning specialists, counselor/psychologist and families around psycho-educational evaluations as part of the Student Support Committee (SSC)
In conjunction with the Learning Center Department, the Dean facilitates students’ transitions between grades by collaborating with the Assistant Principal for Academic Life, learning specialists, advisors and the families to prepare and support students to enter the next grade.
Helps to monitors the hallways and common spaces during passing periods
Develops and facilitates a grade level Advisory Council to support student generated initiatives
In working with the other grade-level teachers and advisors, the MS Dean:
Supports advisors in their work with individual teachers and each other.
Plans and facilitates monthly (at least) grade level gatherings for students during advisory time.
Schedules, plans, and facilitates all Student Review meetings to discuss student concerns and establish support systems for these students.
Works with individual teachers to resolve any issues that arise between a student and a teacher.
Helps teachers mediate parent questions and concerns about students.
Support students around their ethical use of technology
Oversees the grade level home report review, and consults with a student’s teachers, advisor, the student, and his or her parents to monitor the student’s academic progress and overall well-being.
In working with the other Deans, Grade-Level Coordinators, Diversity Coordinators, Assistant Principals, and Principal, the MS Dean:
Meets weekly to coordinate efforts, discuss student issues, plan events, and ensure general cohesion across the grades.
Meets weekly with the Assistant Principal of Student Life to discuss grade-level happenings, concerns and activities.
Supports our school’s mission and values and initiatives across all three grades.
Discusses all major disciplinary concerns and issues that involve a student’s physical and emotional well being with the AP for Student Life
Collaborates with the AP for Academic Life around student academic concerns
Collaborate with Grade Level Coordinators in supporting the experience of each grade level.
Collaborates with Diversity Coordinators in addressing and supporting topics of diversity, equity and inclusion
Support the design and delivery of an advisory curriculum
In working with parents, the MS Dean:
Is often the first person a parent will call if there is a concern about a child’s overall experience- the MS Dean will work with the student’s teachers, advisors, and others to address and support parent inquiry and concerns
Meets with the P&T grade level representatives on a regular basis, to arrange events, discuss concerns, and receive feedback.
Sends out periodic emails to the MS families about grade-level happenings.
Attends grade-level dinners and evening programs to interact with families.
Administrative duties that the MS Dean is responsible for include:
Monitor and update team websites, grade-level whiteboards/screens and all relevant calendars.
Circulate weekly meeting agendas and notes to all teachers and advisors in the grade.
Work with the Admissions Office to coordinate newly admitted students visit days and buddy partners for incoming students.
Participate in the admissions process as an interviewer, and on the admissions committee for incoming 6th grade class, as assigned.
Coordinate the logistics for field trips, both day and overnight, special events, and other grade-wide experiences for the grade.
Manage and support advisors in maintaining online student records
Manage grade level discipline and communicate discipline infractions to advisors, parents, teachers and principals, as appropriate and based on the level of behavioral concerns
Follow-up on students’ tardiness and absences within a grade (policy)
Design and maintain the grade level agora space to support the school mission and values.
Deans attend two summer retreats in order to plan for the upcoming year. Once in June and again in August with mutual dates set with the AP for Student Life.
Bachelor’s Degree required. Masters degree in educational leadership, counseling, or social work preferred.
8 years+ of excellent and prior middle school teaching experience
Have an understanding of cultural competency and how to support a diverse student population
Proven effectiveness in time management, organization, and short-term and long term planning
Must have a keen sense of understanding of the developmental age group of middle school aged students (11-14 years of age)
Exhibit a high level of emotional intelligence and ability to have nuanced conversations with different constituencies
Experience and comfort with having difficult conversations, as needed
Is a systems thinker and can modulate between macro and micro perspectives in supporting students, their families and colleagues effectively
Must be flexible, collaborative, have a sense of humor, and open to feedback
Excellent and effective oral and written communication
Proficient in Technology- Google Apps
To be considered for the above mentioned position, please submit the following 4 items: a letter of interest, a resume, a statement of your educational philosophy, and email and phone contact information for five professional references to the ECFS employment portal. Please generate all documents in one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Complete applications must be submitted in the employment portal by March 15th, 2019 to be considered. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed. Please do not contact the school.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment qualified people of color, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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.