Language and Learning Specialist - 5th Grade (Leave Replacement)

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



33 Central Park West
New York
United States



Who we are?

Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 80 faculty members.

What is essential about working at our school?

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities, and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self. 

We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic and progressive school a reality.

We are looking for passionate educators to join our community who are committed to progressive education, who consider ethics to be at the core of their work with students and colleagues, and who will contribute to the academic success of all of our students. The Language and Learning Specialist is a member of the Language and Learning Team, which supports the work of the classroom teachers by helping students who experience difficulties in reading, writing, organization and executive functioning.

The dates of leave are November 26, 2018 - December 21, 2018 (estimated).


The Language and Learning Specialist works collaboratively with teachers, coordinators, outside support personnel, and families to support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation. The Specialist provides support to teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom. S/he contributes to curriculum development and modifications with a focus on students’ differing learning styles. S/he also performs both formal and informal assessments in order to monitor student progress and inform individual educational goals.

The Specialist attends team, grade level and administrative meetings to discuss student issues and progress. S/he participates in meetings with the parents of children who may be experiencing difficulties and facilitates coordination between the school, family and outside service providers. 


  • Master’s degree or higher, specifically with a degree in literacy, learning disabilities, special education, or a similar field
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a learning specialist or related experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with learning differences and differentiated curriculum


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls or emails, please.

EEO Info

Ethical Culture Fieldston School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ethical Culture Fieldston School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location.