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Sculpture Teacher-Middle/Upper School

Who we are?
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 and Upper campus located in Riverdale has approximately 400 students in 6-8th grades and 600 students in 9-12th grade.

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. 

Role Summary
We have a position for a Middle and Upper School Sculpture teacher. Primary responsibilities include teaching approximately a three-quarter course load; primarily in Sculpture to 7th through 12th-grade students. The candidate will implement a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the ages of students and skill and experience levels.. The candidate should have a passion for working with young people of this age range in a school with a diverse student body in a values-based community. They will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within and outside of the classroom.  

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in teaching and working with a variety of three-dimensional media that might include wood, plaster, moldmaking and casting, fibers, installation, and more. 

This is a a one year position (.675 FTE) from Sept 1, 2022- June 30, 2023.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture, or equivalent. Masters preferred. Personal studio practice, a plus. 
  • Prior experience teaching Middle and High School students   
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to maintain the studio space and keep track of materials and supplies  
  • Ability to collaborate with teachers across all departments
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills 
  • Sense of humor 
  •  Passion for progressive education   
  •  Ability to apply a variety of pedagogical approaches
All candidates should visit our employment page by clicking the "Apply Externally" button to apply. Please send a letter of interest, a resume, statement of your educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.  

ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.