Manhattan Country School faculty and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, warmth and commitment to the vision and mission of the school. Our community of more than 50 employees, in New York City and at our 180-acre farm in the Catskills, mirror the diversity of our student body.
Current job openings are listed below. Application instructions are provided within each job posting.
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year, and may be sent to Michèle Solá, Director, Manhattan Country School, 150 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10128 or e-mailed to Ellen Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm-Based Cooking Teacher
Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre K-8th grade elementary school in New York City founded more than fifty years ago by educators who were inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and their own education at the Putney School. Today, MCS is a diverse progressive elementary school in New York City recognized for its multicultural community, economic diversity, unique academic program, and environmental literacy program that features the MCS Farm.
The MCS Farm, a working farm in the Catskills, is located 150 miles northwest of New York City, on over 200 acres in Roxbury, NY. The Farm is the rural campus of MCS, and a central feature of an MCS education. Teachers at the MCS Farm live offsite in the local communities, but work actively on the Farm. MCS students make the first of 17 Farm trips starting in second grade and eventually spend three week-long trips there per year. Some also attend Farm camp in July. Additional weeks of Farm program are made available to other public and independent schools. The MCS Farm program is visited often by farm-based education programs across the United States and internationally.
The MCS Farm house has a large kitchen and pantry, dining room, and outdoor brick oven. Gardens, a greenhouse, farm animals, and maple bush all provide food for a local, sustainable food program at the Farm. MCS and MCS Farm are peanut-free and nut-free.
The Cooking teacher is a full time, twelve month per year position. The Cooking Teacher is responsible for teaching cooking classes, providing and serving lunch and dinner for up to thirty students and faculty Monday through Friday. Other food preparation, composting, and related activities are also expected. The Cooking teacher works as part of a team, including a breakfast cook, and reports to the Farm Director.
The Cooking Teacher teaches the comprehensive, child-centered, experiential Cooking Classes. While the Cooking Class is likely to follow our present curriculum, the Cooking Teacher will also be encouraged to develop and implement new initiatives that further students’ experience with a variety of cooking practices. This program will include:
- Working with, demonstrating and teaching students best practices in cooking, baking, nutrition and food systems. Kitchen safety, including cross contamination, safe cooking and baking temperatures, and the proper use of tools and appliances.
- Finding appropriate connections with the curriculum in classes at our MCS city campus.
- Providing effort marks for 7th and 8th grade students.
- Participating in our July Farm Camp
- Drafting periodic MCS Blog posts or newsletter articles on the MCS Farm Cooking Program in collaboration with the MCS Communications Coordinator.
- Participating in Farm staff meetings, staff workshop days and occasional general staff meetings at MCS.
- Participating in Farm-based events for the school and Farm.
Other MCS Farm Responsibilities
In addition, the MCS Farm Cooking Teacher has the following responsibilities:
- Maintain the kitchen and pantry per NYS DOH standards and guidelines.
- Use MCS Farm-raised produce, meats and dairy in as many recipes for meals as possible.
- Practice due diligence in ordering products the MCS Farm does not or due to seasonality, cannot produce, to insure that items are sourced from a local/regional producer.
- Order and maintain stores of ingredients used in recipes not produced at the MCS Farm i.e. grains, spices, beverages etc.
- Order and maintain stores of cleaning supplies, paper goods, tools etc.
- Provide and maintain student appropriate utensils, cookware, appliances etc.
- Participate in gardening, including; planting, cultivating, harvest and processing of produce.
- Participate in maintenance projects as needed, for the smooth functioning of the Farm
- Prior farm-based cooking experience and familiarity with various dietary preferences as well as food allergy protocols.
- Prior teaching experience working with similar age students.
- Ability to work collaboratively with both children and adults.
- Applicants should be eager, positive, mindful, and patient.
- Candidates should be comfortable working outside, rain, snow or shine.
- Due to Roxbury's rural location, a valid driver’s license and car are required.
Familiarity with or experience in a diverse community.
First Aid, CPR, Epi-pen and AED certification or willingness to obtain
Application deadline is March 1, 2018. The position begins April 1, 2018.
Salary and Benefits:
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter and 3 letters of reference to MCS Farm Director, John McDaniel at email@example.com. John McDaniel can also be contacted for additional information on the position.
6th Grade Head Teacher
Manhattan Country School seeks a 6th grade head teacher who brings passion and experience to teaching and working with children. The 6th grade teacher is responsible for teaching math, language arts, writing, history (U.S. Constitution; American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and Civil Rights Movement) and activism and reports to the Upper School Director.
Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre K-8th co-educational elementary school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. This is a dynamic time for MCS as we begin our 51st year as a school and the second year in our new home at 150 West 85th Street and continue to double enrollment from 200 to 400.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The 6th grade head teacher
- teaches math, language arts, writing, history (U.S. Constitution; American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and Civil Rights Movement) and activism
- advises students and communicates with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
- accompanies students on three 1-week fall, winter, and spring class trips to our Catskills farm
- fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
Requirements and Qualifications
- Full-time teaching experience
- Masters degree
- Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
- Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents
- Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
- Integrate SmartBoards, laptops/iPads, Google applications, and other technology
- Take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
- Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org with “6th grade teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a School Nurse beginning the 2018–2019 school year. The school nurse will be part of a dynamic team of progressive educators who work to build and sustain a healthy school and classroom environment. The School Nurse will provide direct care to all students, monitor school health forms, and ensure that the school is in compliance with city and state health mandates. The School Nurse will periodically review and update health policies and procedures, at the school and at the school’s off-site farm, to best meet the changing needs of our community. The nurse will also be actively involved in health education initiatives.
Manhattan Country School is a pre K-8 co-educational elementary school in NYC recognized for its progressive approach to teaching, racial and economic diversity, and a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. Over the next few years, enrollment will grow from 268 to 400 students, still in pre-K through 8th grades.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Promoting a healthy school environment and educating the school community. This involves collaboration with members of the administration and support team. It also involves getting to know diverse families and healthcare traditions.
- Developing relationships with local healthcare providers (physicians, clinics, hospitals) and relevant health research institutions.
- Providing first aid and CPR training for faculty and staff.
- Evaluating ill and injured students, referring as needed
- Directing all emergency care in the school community
- Overseeing lice checks
- Dispensing medication as appropriate
- Communicating care plans to staff, administration, families and students
- Communicating with the farm staff regarding medical care at the farm and ensuring that medications and forms are in order for farm trips
- Collecting and ensuring the school is in compliance with immunization forms, health records and other necessary information. School’s main contact with state and city departments of health.
- Working with online health forms collection company, Magnus Health.
- Monitoring student health issues in the school and on local, regional, and national levels.
- Acting as a resource to the school community on health-related issues, including occasional interaction with students or writing for school publications.
- Supervising Department of Health reviews.
- Protecting professional practice and school liability based on knowledge of best practices and Department of Health mandates.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of nursing
- New York State RN license in good standing
- CPR trainer certification
- Familiarity with Magnus School forms a plus
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Experience working in diverse communities
- Appreciation for urban and rural New York State communities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Meets all mandated health requirements
- Experience working with the pediatric and adolescent populations
- Compliance with drug-free workplace rules and board policies
- Fluency in Spanish a plus
To Apply: please send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references to email@example.com
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year, and may be sent to e-mailed to Ellen Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.