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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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. 

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.

Afterschool Baking Teacher

Schedule: 20 hours per week, 1pm-6pm Monday through Thursday
Salary: $400/week
Benefits: 2 paid sick days per semester 
Reports to: Food Program Manager, Amanda Hallowell​
Application Due Date: December 20, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: January 21, 2020


Manhattan Country School, a progressive, independent pre-K-8th grade school, is seeking a cooking teacher to join our Food Program and work with students participating in our Afterschool Program. The goal of the MCS Food Program is to reflect the school's overall mission of diversity, equality and sustainability by promoting the values and practices of the food curriculum used at the Farm, in which children learn about food production and preparation with a focus on sustainable practices. This includes integration with the curriculum via collaboration with the development of a new rooftop garden, and a variety of classroom-based cooking projects which are used to study different cultures and traditions. The program also seeks to promote diversity and equality through a discussion of food justice. Afterschool Baking Classes are offered by the MCS Food Program and thus the curriculum must reflect the Program’s mission of the importance of creating delicious, homemade food “from scratch” using locally raised products, just like the food we currently prepare for lunch each day.

For more about the school’s mission, vision and values, please see: http://www.manhattancountryschool.org/about-us/philosophyhistory/mission

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

• experience teaching children between the ages of 4-10 as well as enthusiasm for and competency in the preparation of baked goods
• exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
• the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• a professional work style, including timeliness, dependability and good communication skills
• creative ideas for cooking with children and a fun, friendly personality
• a balanced approach to healthy, sustainable, delicious foods and cooking
• an interest in becoming a part of the school community and a commitment to the core values of the school
• the ability to work well with multiple managers, balancing the needs of both the Food and Afterschool Programs


  • Direct class of 8-10 students in simple baking projects, from muffins to scones to bread and more 
  • Create a set of classroom best practices for students under the guidance of the Afterschool Coordinator
  • Work with the Food Program Manager to develop a curriculum for the baking classes
  • Recipe planning and food ordering in conjunction with the Head Chef of the MCS Kitchen
  • Organization and maintenance of food supplies and equipment
  • All set-up and clean-up of daily baking classes, including daily maintenance cleaning of the classroom, dishes and trash & recycling removal 

NYC Food Handler’s Safety Certificate

To Apply:
Please send a resumé, cover letter and two references: one related to your teaching experience and the other related to food/cooking to: ​
Amanda Hallowell, Food Program Coordinator, Manhattan Country School, 150 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024 


Part-Time Basketball and Track Coach

Manhattan Country School seeks a part-time winter and spring coach to help with the JV basketball and track teams from December through May. The PE department currently consists of two people who teach movement and gym classes during the day and coach the JV and Varsity teams after school. The growth of the program requires another person to help coach students and take them to games. The weekly schedule is somewhat flexible and will depend on the skills, experience, and availability of the candidate.


  • Accompany teams to games after school and coach during the game (3-6 pm)
  • Assist with coaching during JV practices after school (2-3 per season, 3-4:30 pm)
  • Possibly assist with coaching at Varsity practices during Tuesday and Wednesday electives (2:15-3:15 pm)
  • Monitor student safety while traveling to and from games as well as during play
  • Coordinate dismissal plans with families to make sure all students get home safely

Strong candidates will have: 

  • Experience coaching at the middle and/or high school level
  • Knowledge of basketball and track
  • Ability to teach athletic skills and build team spirit
  • First aid certification
  • Patience, positive energy, and humor
  • Flexible schedule in the afternoons

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Maiya Jackson, Upper School Director – mjackson@manhattancountryschool.org.


Schedule: Position is from February-June; 2-4 hours a week in February/March, 4-5 hours a week in April and May, Full Time week of June 1 and June 8
Performances: Monday, June 8 at 3:30 pm; Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 pm

Salary: $3000

Manhattan Country School seeks a drama teacher to produce and direct the annual MCS graduation play that is the 8th graders’ gift for the school at the end of the year.  The play should have appropriate content to engage and inspire a group of talented and creative 8th graders, as well as to captivate a multi-age audience.  It should have themes, characters, and storylines that can be performed in front of a graduation audience of families and friends of the school.  In past years, students have either written original plays or adapted already existing plays; both options are possible.  Strong candidates will have experience with theater and teaching middle school, a flexible schedule and mindset, experience with diversity, patience, positive energy, and an ability to build consensus and motivate young people. 

Manhattan Country School is a pre K-8th co-educational elementary school in NYC that is 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.  Manhattan Country School’s educational philosophy relies on role models 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.  
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Maiya Jackson, Upper School Director.


Music education, music and movement, school assemblies and community gatherings are an integral part of curriculum for pre-K through eighth-graders at Manhattan Country School. The school’s mission informs the multicultural repertoire and the commitment to building a community through music. MCS owns a Steinway grand piano (A-series).

The music faculty includes:

1 part-time Lower School music teacher (4-5s through 7-8s). Her Dalcroze Eurhythmics approach incorporates singing, percussion instruments, movement and dance into music classes held twice per week.
1 part-time choral director who introduces choral singing to students in 8-9s through eighth grade. He also teaches group recorder classes to 8-9s and 9-10s.
1 part-time piano accompanist.
Part-time and temporary electives teachers for sixth through eighth grade: e.g. African drumming, handbells, musical theater, piano, choral and band ensemble, etc.

The piano accompanist at Manhattan Country School works the following schedule:

  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings (September through mid-June)
  • Regular assemblies 5-6 times/year (4 Upper School; 2 Lower School)
  • Spring Concert (late May, 9:00 a.m.)
  • Occasional special events for fundraising, community activities (advance notice is provided)

The accompanist has the following responsibilities:

  • support the choral director and students (8 years old through eighth grade)
  • accompany school assembly performances:
  • Thanksgiving Assembly (Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Winter Holiday Assembly – (Wednesday or Thursday the third week in December, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Martin Luther King Holiday Assembly– (Friday before Martin Luther King Day, 9:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Lower School Sing-Along – (Wednesday, 9:15 a.m. in November and May)
  • Closing Assembly (Thursday the second or third week of June, 11:00 a.m.)
  • accompany student chorus at Spring Concert (late May)
  • supervise choral classes in the event of choral director's absence

Interested candidates: Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to Ellen Porter (eporter@manhattancountryschool.org). 

Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a Database Manager to begin immediately. 

The Database Manager is responsible for creating and managing an effective database infrastructure to support advancement and admissions operations including reporting and gift processing, and assisting the registrar and the business office. The Database Manager takes the lead in managing the database processes to ensure data integrity and participates in developing strategies to provide enhanced, accurate and up-to-date reports to support the school’s Advancement and Admissions goals. The position reports to the Director of Advancement.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as lead point of contact on constituent databases; includes database management and assuring that content is consistently up-to-date and correct 
  • Manage and execute functions associated with database operations, advancement services, gift entry and acknowledgements and records, including recording and reporting of charitable gifts and deposits
  • Assist the Business Office with recording and reconciling cash, electronic and stock transactions 
  • Produce queries, reports, mailing and guest lists and labels for events
  • Establish and document departmental policies and procedures, including donations processing policies, procedures, systems in compliance with IRS rules and regulations
  • Work with our website provider, Community Brands, to process and transfer information updates from the database to the website’s parent portal
  • Create and run reports to support data-driven decision making and strategic initiatives for the Advancement and Admissions offices
  • Insure integrity of database through regular review, verification, and data cleanup, to assure accuracy and efficiency
  • Troubleshoot and report malfunctions of database system for the purpose of resolving operational issues and restoring services.
  • Remain knowledgeable about technology trends in schools and universities, and provide suggested improvements and advancements to school's SIS system. 
  • Work with the school nurse to secure student health information on Magnus
  • Monitors records for completeness and accuracy
  • Collaborate with members of various departments in utilizing the database to support the broader mission and goals of the school

Job Requirements:

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Expertise in managing, maintaining and trouble-shooting all aspects of a File Maker Pro database (particularly Sandbox and Generations) 
  • Knowledge of fundraising and advancement systems and procedures
  • Demonstrated competence in records and information management including techniques and principles supporting critical records systems
  • Strong attention to detail in establishing priorities, meeting timelines and efficiently accomplishing duties
  • A high level of discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents or independently as needed
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suites
  • Ability to articulate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to interact with users in a professional, cooperative, and courteous manner

Education and Experience:

● Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Information Systems, Business Administration or other relevant fields required
● Minimum of 3-5 years related experience (professional experience in a school or non-profit workplace preferred) 

To Apply:

Submit a resume, detailed cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “Database 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.

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.


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.