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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 eporter@manhattancountryschool.org.
 


7-8s Head Teacher Position

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a full-time 7-8s Head Teacher (2nd Grade) for the
2018-2019 school year. The 7-8s Head Teacher reports to the Director of Lower School.

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 are in 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing a well-balanced program that provides students with opportunities to
  • observe, question, and investigate
  • Implementing activities designed to promote children’s physical, intellectual, and
  • social development
  • Accompanying students on a two-night trip to our farm in the Catskills
  • Writing progress reports about children
  • Communicating with parents regularly and during parent-teacher conferences
  • Mentoring Assistant Teacher

Requirements and Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree
  • Full-time Head teaching experience with elementary age children
  • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on differentiated
  • instruction of an inquiry-based, experiential approach to learning
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience interacting with various constituencies of a school community
  • Self-motivated, innovative and supportive of the school's philosophy
  • Flexible, collaborative, and sense of humor

To Apply : Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact info for three references to Chloe
Morin, Assistant to Lower School Director, at cmorin@manhattancountryschool.org 


Farm-Based Education Intern

The Manhattan Country School Farm is seeking candidates for its Farm-Based Education Intern for the 2018-19 school year. The Farm-Based Education Intern is supported by the Farm Director and mentors. The intern will gain incredible, hands on experience while making a positive impact on the lives of others.

The MCS Farm, located in New York’s Catskill Mountains, is the rural campus of Manhattan Country School, a diverse and progressive elementary and middle school in New York City.

The Farm-Based Education Intern consists of two overlapping parts: a residential component that includes overnight responsibilities and some kitchen duties. An educational component includes participation in our teaching program run by our Farm Faculty.

Applicants should be eager, positive, mindful, and patient. An MCS Farm intern must possess the ability to work collaboratively with both children and adults. Candidates should be comfortable working outside, rain, snow or shine.

Candidates must:

  • be at least twenty one years old
  • possess a valid driver’s license
  • have current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Due to the rural location, a car is required.

The internship begins September 1, 2018 and runs to June 30, 2019. A stipend of $9000. for the year, along with room and most meals is provided.

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to jmcdaniel@manhattancountryschool.org.  Application deadline is April 15, 2018.
For more information, contact John McDaniel, Farm Director at 607-326-7049 or at the above email.


8-9s Head Teacher (3rd Grade)

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a full-time 8-9s Head Teacher (3rd Grade) to for the 2018-2019 school year. The 8-9s Teacher reports to the Director of Lower School. 

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 are in 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing a well-balanced program that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate
  • Implementing activities designed to promote children’s physical, intellectual, and social development
  • Accompanying students on two four-day trips to our farm in the Catskills
  • Writing progress reports about children
  • Communicating with parents regularly and during parent-teacher conferences

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Full-time Head teaching experience with elementary age children
  • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on differentiated instruction of an inquiry-based, experiential approach to learning
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience interacting with various constituencies of a school community
  • Self-motivated, innovative and supportive of the school's philosophy
  • Flexible, collaborative, and sense of humor

Preferred:

Spanish language a plus.

Please feel free to visit our website at www.manhattancountryschool.org to gain a greater understanding of our program and philosophy. 

To Apply: Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact info for three references to Chloe Morin, Assistant to Lower School Director, at cmorin@manhattancountryschool.org


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

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “6th grade teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please. 


School Nurse

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:

EDUCATION/COMMUNICATION:

  • 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.

DIRECT SERVICE:

  • 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

COMPLIANCE:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 kpatterson@manhattancountryschool.org

Teacher-training programs

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 eporter@manhattancountryschool.org.