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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about MCS, see www.manhattancountryschool.org. 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
Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at email@example.com with “Lower School Music Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
Lower School Resource Teacher
Manhattan Country School seeks a resource teacher interested in child development and how children learn to support the 4-5s (Pre-K) through 9-10s (4th grade).
The role of the resource teacher includes the following:
- Support Lower School teachers in the classroom, especially during whole group classes
- Work with children one-on-one to provide academic support in all subjects
- Collaborate with MCS Support Team to support students with learning accommodations
- Substitute as needed as head or assistant teacher
- Support special curricular projects
- May go on 1 Farm trip a year
- Help with snack, lunch duty, park time, and dismissal
- Assist Lower School director with administrative tasks such as sports program and electives
The resource teacher is a one or two-year position designed for an educator looking to grow and learn more about elementary school education. Ideal candidate will be flexible, take initiative, be collaborative, have high expectations for all students, be comfortable with technology, demonstrate strong listening and communication skills, have experience working in a diverse community and with elementary school students, and be open to learning. A Bachelor’s degree is required; experience with teaching and with supporting students with diverse learning styles is preferred.
Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced learning specialist to meet the needs of the school’s growing enrollment. The learning specialist will join a team of specialists and administrators working closely together to support children, teachers, and families.
The learning specialist works closely with the Support Team at MCS. The Support Team currently consists of a learning specialist, a school psychologist, the LS and US directors, and sometimes the Afterschool and Farm directors. MCS also has a math coordinator who focuses on curriculum and teaching and a school nurse, who sometimes join Support Team meetings.
The Learning Specialist will be responsible for:
- Collaborating with Support Team to ensure the educational program of the school reflects the range of learners at MCS
- Confirming that children are receiving the learning supports they need within the school’s capacity and presenting information to teachers regarding differentiation in their classrooms
- Administering screenings to classes and analyze student assessment data; consulting with teachers to increase their understanding and use of assessment data
- Identifying children, through informal and formal assessment, who may need more support
- Creating teaching and learning strategy profiles for students; support faculty to understand student learning profiles
- Guiding families through the processes of assessing children and connecting with services
- Collaborating with teachers to meet the range of needs in their classrooms, which could include working with individual children or small groups of children to teach study skills, organization and planning skills, reading comprehension strategies, writing skills, and math skills
- Conferring regularly with teachers, parents, and MCS Support Team, including sitting in on parent conferences and planning meetings
- Maintaining active communication with outside support services
- Documenting learning plans and student progress; keeping careful anecdotal and assessment records to contribute to the writing of accurate, comprehensive reports
- Participating in ongoing professional development to keep abreast of developments in the field
- Providing professional development to teachers around topics related to learning diversity
- Actively engaging in identity, equity and inclusion work
- Full-time experience and master’s degree required
- Experience in administering, scoring and interpreting screenings, reading assessments and diagnostic tests
- Experience strategizing techniques in study skills, time management, and organization as well as mathematics and literacy, in addition to other subjects
- Experience working individually with children who have a complex learning profile, both within a functioning classroom and in tutorial situations
- Strong knowledge of differentiation, assessment, child development, and meeting the social and emotional needs of children; able to provide examples of supporting students within a pedagogy of inquiry and student voice
- Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
- Ability to effectively integrate technology when needed; experience and interest in working with latest technologies
- Have high expectations for all students
- Take initiative
- Demonstrate strong listening and communication skills (verbal and written)
- Advanced degree or coursework in a related field
- Experience teaching differentiation strategies to fellow faculty members
- Experience working with pre-K-8th grade students
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.
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Tiffany Tsung at email@example.com with “LS Assistant Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
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.