Speech and Debate Club Instructor - Afterschool Fieldston Middle

Job Type

Part Time




3901 Fieldston Road
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 beliefs 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.

Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle After School program is currently seeking an experienced Speech and Debate instructor for 6-8th grade. The instructor must have experience working with middle school students, possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; also demonstrate strong problem solving skills, and have experience advising a debate team. Responsibilities of the Speech and Debate instructors are but not limited to:

  • Develop content and curriculum that is challenging and relevant to their lives and interest
  • Teach the principles of argumentation and research techniques
  • Motivate students through effective communication and evaluative feedback
  • Maintain effective classroom management


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • The instructor must have experience working with middle school students and 1-2 years experience teaching debate

The club meets Mondays at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  The instructor must be available during these times for the period of employment.

To be considered for the above mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references to the online employment site. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Please do not email or contact the school directly.

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree