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. Located at 3901 Fieldston Road in the Bronx, Fieldston Lower has an enrollment of approximately 272 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 79 faculty members.
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.
What are we looking for?
The DEI Coordinator serves as a leader in promoting and developing the school’s capacity to create and sustain an inclusive community. The Coordinator is charged with working on a divisional and an all-school level to oversee the development of social and academic programs designed to support all constituents. This 11 month position works with a team of practitioners across the four divisions and reports to the Director of Community & Inclusion and to the Fieldston Lower Principal. The successful candidate is a progressive educator with a strong passion and experience working with elementary students, familiar with diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) frameworks and anti-racist practices, is compassionate, flexible, and dynamic. Additionally, the DEI coordinator joins the admin team which is made up of the Principal, AP of Student Life, AP of Academic Life, Math & Science Coordinator and office managers.
Work with the FL leadership team to support teachers and grade-level teams in the enrichment and refinement of curriculum though a comprehensive DEIJ lens
Lead parents and staff professional development on issues of anti-bias education including divisional and cross-divisional meetings
Partner with the AP for Academic Life to monitor and enhance the support mechanisms in place for underrepresented student groups
Conduct and stay abreast of feedback, data and research as it pertains to student and staff participation and attrition and success rates
Support divisional hiring process, serving as a member of search committees
Serve as a member of the FL admissions committee; participate in open houses, accepted family receptions, and other morning and evening admissions events as needed
Coordinate all aspects of the Conversations About Race & Ethics/Empathy (CARe) affinity group program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
Attend student academic and social support meetings with classroom teachers, school psychologist, AP’s and Principal (Guidance Team) to create and enhance support systems to promote the socio-emotional learning/growth of children
Serve as a liaison and resource for students, families, faculty, and staff
Oversee diversity related organizations including faculty groups and Pre-K student affinity groups
Coordinate all aspects of the PreK-5 students of color additional programming beyond CARe
Partner with divisional ASMC parent representatives and monitor goal setting, programming, and other topics of interest
Partner with colleagues to plan and support community time assemblies, trips, and retreats to enhance community understanding
Attend and chaperone important events in the life of the division and wider community
Teach independent and collaborative lessons about diversity, equity, and inclusion as needed
Attend regular meetings and maintain contact with the DEI coordinators in other divisions
Maintain a divisional calendar of events and monitor all school programming in order to minimize conflicts
Prepare announcements and flyers to advertise programming and keep community members informed of events
Create and maintain external relationships with agencies that support students of color throughout the independent school community as well as local and national equity based organizations
Stay up-to-date on progressive, diversity, equity, and multicultural best practices
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.
Bachelor’s degree, Master's preferred
Experience in elementary division is essential
Four years of professional experience in DEIJ program development, particularly affinity groups
Experience with independent school admissions process
Strong leadership, communication, facilitation, presentation, and organizational skills
Experience in a progressive school a plus
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
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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.