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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. 

5th-8th Grade Spanish Teacher

Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced Spanish language teacher to teach conversation, vocabulary, grammar, and culture in a primarily Spanish-speaking environment. Small classes are grouped heterogeneously with beginners and native speakers. The Spanish teacher engages students in cultural exploration and experiential learning while building language skills with a goal of intermediate high school placement. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Upper School Spanish teacher

  • teaches 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Spanish to about 80 students
  • continues to develop curriculum to include a balance of grammar and vocabulary studies, speaking practice, and cultural studies with connections to social justice and identity
  • advises students and communicates with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
  • accompanies students on one 1-week trip to our Catskills farm
  • teaches 6th-8th grade electives
  • fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
  • collaborates with the 7th and 8th grade team on sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary collaborations, including the 7th and 8th grade activism project

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Full-time teaching experience
  • Masters degree in Spanish or Spanish education
  • Native speaker preferred
  • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
  • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
  • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
  • Integrate technology to enhance teaching (student projects, listening labs, etc.)
  • Work closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the learning specialists and math coordinator, and the Upper School director
  • 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 3 references to Ellen Porter at with the subject line “US Spanish teacher”. No calls please. 

Admissions Associate

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a full time Admissions Associate to begin July 2019. Working alongside another associate, this position reports to the Director of Admissions and Enrollment and supports all aspects of the Admissions’ office. The ideal candidate will take responsibility for a range of clerical/administrative duties and assist in the admissions process for prospective families. They should have strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. This professional must be warm and welcoming, respect confidentiality and be able to speak knowledgeably about the school’s mission, culture and the value of progressive education.

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 to achieve the school’s mission.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing phone, online and in-person inquiries and applications
  • Communicating with prospective families about Manhattan Country School and its admissions process
  • Organizing and conducting playgroups or child visits
  • Leading tours for prospective families
  • Working with the Admissions team to execute strategic plans and initiatives that meet enrollment goals
  • Assisting in the scheduling and running of Admissions Office functions and events (Open House, Alumni Panel, New Parents Reception, etc.)
  • Representing Admissions at various MCS community-wide functions or outside events such as school fairs
  • Managing database and digital records systems related to online applications and admissions documents
  • Coordinating and supporting efforts to welcome and integrate new families into the MCS community
  • And any other duties needed to meet Admission/Enrollment goals and fulfill our school Mission


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree in education or a related field preferred
  • 2 – 4 years teaching experience or equivalent in early childhood education (ages 3-6)
  • Interest in or experience with progressive education
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with adults and children
  • Strong time-management and problem-solving abilities in deadline-oriented environment
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Suites (Filemaker or database management experience preferred)
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize responsibilities and complete assignments in a timely manner in a shared office
  • Experience in school admissions and familiarity with nursery/early childhood programs (New York City and/or independent schools preferred)
  • Commitment to MCS’ mission and a desire to work in an inclusive community
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Spanish proficiency a plus

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy and contact information for three (3) professional references to Ellen Porter at with “Admissions Associate” in the subject line by Friday, June 14th. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered; no phone calls, please. Salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Lower School Assistant Director 

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a full-time Lower School Assistant Director for the 2019-2020 school year who will help oversee the curriculum and support teachers, children, and families in the Lower School.  The Lower School Assistant Director reports to the Lower School Director and they work closely together to direct the program. The Lower School Assistant Director will work with the administrative team to design the staffing structure as we continue to expand the school and determine our shifting needs as we expand.  The Lower School is comprised of 4-5s/pre-K – 9-10s/4th grade and by September, 2019, there will be 12 classes in the Lower School with approximately 225 children.  

Manhattan Country School is a pre-K - 8th grade elementary school in New York City that is recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, social justice activism, and an emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills in Roxbury, N.Y. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, MCS 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 excitement and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and who appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice.

The role of the Lower School Assistant Director will include the following responsibilities to be carried out in conjunction with the Lower School Director:

  • Oversee the development and the scope and sequence of the current curriculum and assist teachers in creating new pieces of curriculum
  • Support lower school teachers and identify professional opportunities geared toward teachers’ growth in all curricular areas
  • Guide the collaboration between classroom and specialist teachers and the farm in planning and implementing the overall curriculum
  • Supervise the assistant teachers and the teacher training program
  • Expand the school’s connections with other schools and organizations
  • Design and lead staff meetings
  • Support students in various areas of their growth and communicate to families about their progress
  • Assist the Lower School Director and administrative staff in overseeing the daily operations of the division and the school at large

The ideal candidate will be able to articulate an educational vision that is in keeping with the school’s mission. The candidate should be able to work collaboratively, be flexible, take initiative, enjoy working with children of all ages, demonstrate strong listening and communication skills, be skilled with technology, and be able to think creatively and holistically about ways to strengthen the program and support the children and teachers in a variety of ways. 


  • Master’s degree in Education
  • At least 7+ years in a lead teaching role with various ages in the lower school, including mentoring of teachers
  • Expertise in curriculum development using a progressive,
  • developmental approach
  • Experience teaching students with diverse learning styles
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and managerial skills

To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé and three references to Tiffany Tsung at

For more information about MCS, see Please, no phone calls. 

Lower School Music Teacher

Manhattan Country School is seeking a part-time (4 days/week) Music Teacher for its four youngest grades, Pre K – 2nd grade. The job is for the 2019-2020 school year with potential to continue if the fit is right. The musical repertoire draws from social justice issues, the civil rights movement and our progressive philosophy. Classes encourage individual engagement as well as group music-making.

Qualified candidates should be enthusiastic, flexible, and excellent at collaborating. We are seeking an energetic, ambitious, hard-working, and talented musical individual, who is good at connecting with students, faculty and the community.


  • Teaching half -and whole-group singing classes
  • Organizing and helping to lead school assemblies
  • Arranging an end-of-year Sing Along


  • Able to play piano and portable accompaniment instruments
  • Experience teaching music in an early childhood setting
  • Master’s in Music Education or Education
  • Relevant training in Kodaly, Orff, or Dalcroze methods preferred

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at with “Lower School Music Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.




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