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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. 
 


Director of Admissions and Enrollment 

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a full-time Director of Admissions and Enrollment to begin in late June or early July 2019. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic spokesperson for the MCS educational experience, passionate about progressive education and a skilled navigator of relationships between families and schools. They should enjoy being an accessible participant in a school community and invested in fostering connections with students, parents, faculty and prospective families. As a member of a leadership team tasked with defining and achieving MCS enrollment goals, this position reports directly to the school’s Director.

Manhattan Country School is a pre K-8th grade co-educational elementary school in New York City, where its commitment to the principles of equity and inclusivity make it unique among independent schools in the area. MCS is recognized for its strong academic program, unparalleled economic and cultural diversity, and one of a kind environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. The school’s educational philosophy relies on educators possessing strong knowledge of child development and the ability to apply it to pedagogies of inquiry and learning effectively, as well as nurture the exuberance and curiosity of all children. Staff members work together to build a community where multiple perspectives are valued and share a desire to work collaboratively towards social and environmental justice.

This is a dynamic time for MCS, as we enter our 53rd year as a school and continue to pursue the goals of our most recent strategic plan. In 2016, with the intent to double enrollment, MCS relocated to our newly renovated home at 150 West 85th Street.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing all aspects of the admissions and enrollment process (inquires, applications, playgroups, school visits for applicants, work with accepted and enrolled families)
  • Working with the communications, finance and advancement teams to ensure clear, consistent messaging that distinguishes MCS from other schools
  • Articulating the MCS mission and the value of an MCS education clearly and compellingly
  • Preparing monthly statistical reports to inform needed shifts in admissions and enrollment strategies and identify goals
  • Developing and implementing data-driven strategies to ensure admissions and enrollment goals are met
  • Overseeing and supporting the staff and administrative functions of the department
  • Developing relationships with early childhood directors at independent, public, religious and charter schools, as well as educational consultants
  • Working collaboratively with directors to track, manage and minimize attrition
  • Spearheading efforts to welcome and integrate new families into the MCS community
  • Developing, motivating and managing an internal team of parents, students, faculty and staff to support admissions work
  • Maintaining an active presence and full participation in MCS community events

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the school’s vision and mission
  • Ability to articulate the value of progressive education
  • Master’s degree
  • 2-4 years of experience teaching or the equivalent in early childhood education (ages 3-8)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with adults and children of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience working in school admissions (New York City experience and familiarity with nursery/early childhood programs preferred)
  • Experience working collaboratively in an inclusive community
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Advanced computer skills (FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Google, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Organizational and project management skills, including the ability to delegate
  • Spanish proficiency a plus


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy and contact information for 3 professional references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org. No phone calls, please.


9-10s (4th Grade) Teacher Position 

Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time 4th Grade (9-10s) Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  The 4th grade teacher is responsible for teaching math, language arts, writing and social studies and reports to the Lower School Director.

MCS is implementing a strategic plan that involves doubling each grade to two sections. This upcoming year will be the first year that two 9-10s teachers will collaborate and design both independent and inter-related programs. Applicants should demonstrate openness to working closely with another head teacher as the design and implementation process unfolds.

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-emotional development
  • Accompanying the class of 20+ students on two 1-week trips to our farm
  • Writing two progress reports about children
  • Communicating with parents regularly and during parent-teacher conferences
  • Coordinating with grade level team

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Master’s degree
  • Full-time teaching experience with elementary age children
  • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
  • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on differentiated
  • instruction of an inquiry-based, experiential approach to learning
  • Experience interacting with various constituencies of a school community
  • Initiative, sense of humor, and strong communication skills
  • Prior experience in a diverse community and working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resumé, statement of educational philosophy and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.orgwith “9-10s Position” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Lower School Assistant Teacher Position

Manhattan Country School seeks full-time Assistant Teachers –– grades Pre-K through 2nd​​–– for the 2019-2020 school year.

Assistant Teachers work full-time with a mentor teacher. Assistants are hired for one year and may consider applying for a second year in consultation with their supervisors, and the Director of the Lower School.

Responsibilities:

  • Classroom management
  • Designing interdisciplinary curriculum in consultation with the head teacher
  • Providing differentiated instruction to varying learning modalities
  • Writing progress reports
  • Communicating with parents/guardians
  • Attending weekly staff meetings and occasional evening events
  • Substituting for head teacher or other Lower School faculty when necessary

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Enrollment in (or completion of) a training program, such as a Master’s program in Education
  • Commitment to working in a diverse learning environment that necessitates flexibility, ability to work collaboratively, and a desire to enhance professional growth
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To apply:​​ Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “LS Assistant Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Manhattan Country School, a progressive pre K-8th grade coed school located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, seeks a full-time Communications Manager to begin February 2019.

Currently in an exciting time of growth amid a capital campaign to double  school enrollment and fund expansion and renovations at both the city and farm campuses, the Communications Manager will play a key role in furthering the strategic goals of the school’s long-term vision. In addition to skills in photography, videography and social media management, they should possess the ability to clearly and compellingly articulate the ways in which MCS’s pedagogy is academically rigorous through its use of social and environmental justice curriculum, models of activism and experiential learning. Highlighting these unique programmatic aspects across multiple platforms as a way to increase the school’s visibility, promote fundraising and support the general work of the Advancement Department is the central goal of this position.

Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Communications Manager’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Planning and executing strategic communications for all constituents (current and prospective families, alumni, donors, faculty/staff and general public)
  • Cultivating a dynamic communications calendar that works in conjunction with planned fundraising and community events, including arranging for media coverage where appropriate
  • Creating original content for digital and print media that is proofread, edited and fact-checked, including email/news announcements, social media and blog posts, as well as short and long form articles
  • Attending and documenting (photos and video) school and community events with an eye toward utilizing these opportunities to demonstrate MCS’s commitment to superior quality progressive education
  • Compiling a bi-weekly newsletter, Nuestra Semana, showcasing curricular activity at the city and farm campuses and authoring other annual publications related to community events
  • Working with the Admissions and Finance Departments to ensure consistency in messaging and marketing strategies for student recruitment and retention, fundraising, events and special programs
  • Managing the school’s website and social media platforms (gathering and updating content, curating and archiving photos and videos, drafting text for posts, tracking analytics, etc.)
  • Other tasks as defined by the Director of Advancement and/or necessitated by strategic initiatives

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Commitment to the MCS mission and core values
  • Minimum of six (6) years professional experience in communications and marketing, journalism or a related field (experience at a school or nonprofit preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including knowledge of AP style
  • Strong research skills and the ability to draw upon multiple sources to craft a comprehensive narrative
  • Knowledge of and facility with website content management systems, SEO and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn)
  • Familiarity with progressive educational pedagogy (prior writing on the subject preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage multiple projects on differing timelines
  • Experience working collaboratively in an inclusive community
  • Sensitivity to socio-economic diversity
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Graphic design skills (proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign) preferred
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To Apply:

Submit a resume, detailed cover letter, two (2) writing samples and contact information for three (3) professional references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “Communications Manager” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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.