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For all openings, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five professional references in PDF or Word format to the appropriate email address listed in the individual job description below. For teaching positions, please include a statement of educational philosophy with your application materials.
 
When submitting your resume, kindly be sure to clearly reference your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position in the subject line ie: Smith, John - Math Teacher - Friends Website
 
Certain job openings have specific requirements. Please read the job descriptions for details. An acknowledgement email will be sent once we receive your resume. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.

Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.

Current Openings

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER - 2021-2022 School Year

    Friends Seminary is an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786. The Middle School seeks an enthusiastic and experienced English teacher for a full-time position. In addition to teaching four Middle School sections (grades 5-8), this teacher will serve as a 5th or 6th grade homeroom teacher, advising and supporting students in their academic and social development. The Middle School English program at Friends Seminary builds foundations in grammar, literary structures, and skills of close reading, and compositional writing, all while cultivating an appreciation and love of reading and expression.  
     
    Required Experience
    The successful candidate will demonstrate:
    • A love for working with Middle School students and the ability to connect with students in support of their learning and development as young adults
    • Significant experience in Middle School teaching
    • Curiosity, creativity, and flexibility in pedagogical approach
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Commitment to collaborating with other educators, both in English and other disciplines, with respect to content, pedagogy, and use of technology.
    • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in curriculum, pedagogy, classroom culture, and professional development
    • Demonstrated comfort with educational technologies, such as Learning Management Systems, Student Information Systems, and Google Docs 
     
    Required Education
    BA required; Masters Degree highly preferred
     
    Interested candidates must submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and Statement of Educational Philosophy to englishjobs@friendsseminary.org.
     
    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.

    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHER

    Friends Seminary seeks applications for a full time position for our Upper School and Middle School instrumental program. Qualified candidates should be fluent in conducting ensembles as well as teaching beginning and intermediate lessons in a variety of wind and string instruments. Candidates must have experience working with students in grades 5-12 and a commitment to engaging, inspirational, and dynamic teaching. We seek candidates who are proven program builders and who have a natural rapport with students in this age group. The school seeks to grow this program and is looking for a candidate who has done this in settings or can demonstrate the skills and personality to do so.

    Responsibilities will include conducting the Upper School Chamber Players, conducting and teaching the Middle School Strings and Winds, and teaching 5th and 6th grade beginning instrument classes. This position will also include organizing and co-facilitating concerts for both divisions of the school.  As a full time member of the faculty, the successful candidate will engage with the community beyond his/her/their classes. Expectations include: advising a group of Upper or Middle school students; attending and participating in all faculty meetings;  attending community meetings, being a presence and advocating for the performing arts department within the school, amongst other things.

    Requirements
    • Experience conducting and teaching students grades 5-12.
    • Participation and collaboration in designing and implementing an evolving instrumental music program.  
    • Passion and expertise in multiple instruments across a variety of genres. Competency in string instruments is especially desirable.
    • Ability to incorporate music teaching technology into the student learning experience.
    • Appreciation for multiple learning styles.
    Required Education
    Bachelors Degree, Masters Preferred
     
    Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three references to performartsjobs@friendsseminary.org.

    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.

    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND OFFICE MANAGER 

    Friends Seminary seeks a dynamic, organized, flexible multi-tasker to manage our bustling Middle School Office. The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who is comfortable supporting our school community, including students (primarily ages 10-14), faculty, staff and parents. The ability to work nimbly and independently, to employ common sense, to write effectively, to streamline processes, and to troubleshoot are important skills. The ideal candidate will also have a good sense of humor and embody a sense of joy.
     
    Responsibilities
    This position requires collaboration with different constituencies as well as a good deal of individual task management. The ideal candidate will be able to navigate both with ease. In particular, responsibilities include:
    • Assisting the Head of Middle School in scheduling and coordinating appointments, projects and daily tasks. 
    •  Managing the daily operations of the Middle School Office, including student support, and coordination between teachers, parents and other offices in the school.
    • Maintaining records, including daily attendance, school wide calendars and resource boards, reports and transcripts.
    • Processing financials and budgeting.
    • Coordinating meetings and special events, including Middle School Back to School Night and Parent/Teacher conferences.
    • Handling special projects as requested, including preparing yearly student planner.
    • Communicating effectively, in writing and orally, with various stakeholders across the school community
    • Learning new technology and software quickly and troubleshooting when necessary. 
    Required Experience and Skills
    • Proficiency with GSuite
    • Fluent in English
    • Experience in both administrative assistant administration and office management 
    Required Education
    • Bachelors Degree preferred
    Required Documents
    Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, Resume, Writing Samples and contact information for three references to jobs@friendsseminary.org.
     
    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.
     
    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

    Friends Seminary is an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786. The Upper School seeks an English teacher for a full time position. In addition to teaching four Upper School sections (grades 9-12), this teacher will also serve as an advisor in the high school.  The Upper School English program at Friends Seminary builds foundations in grammar, literary structures, and skills of close reading, and analytic writing.

    Required Experience
    The successful candidate will demonstrate:
    • Curiosity, creativity, and flexibility in pedagogical approach
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Experience with reading a variety of literary texts
    • Ability to listen to, respond effectively to, and engage a diverse body of students
    • Commitment to collaborating with other educators, both in the English and other departments
    • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in curriculum, pedagogy, classroom culture, and professional development
    • Comfort with educational technologies, such as learning management systems, student information systems, and Google Docs
    Required Education
    Bachelor's Degree, Master’s Preferred

    Required Documents
    Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume,
    Statement of Educational Philosophy, and contact information for three references to englishjobs@friendsseminary.org

    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are
    applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your
    application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.

    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • LOWER SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER - 2021-2022 School Year

    Committed to a Quaker education, Friends Seminary generates spirit-filled, motivated students across all divisions. Friends Seminary students are a diverse, service-oriented group that pursues character development as much as intellectual achievement. Looking towards the future, the School’s current Strategic Plan focuses on strengthening the educational program, teaching practice, and student experience.

    Kindergarten - Grade 12, Friends enrolls nearly 800 students, 270 of which are in the Lower School. A K-4 division, the Lower School embraces interdisciplinary study, hands-on learning, maker-mindsets, and a focus on childhood. The Quaker tenets focus our work and support a reflective process: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and service.
     
    Friends Seminary is seeking an experienced Head teacher for the 2021-2022 Academic year. Candidates should demonstrate strong organizational skills, flexibility and a passion for working with Lower School students. Solid collaboration skills are critical as this position requires working closely with grade level colleagues and content area specialists.
     
    Candidates should demonstrate proficiency with the use of technology for teaching and learning. The Teacher will report to the Head of Lower School, attend all faculty meetings, write student reports and hold regular parent/teacher conferences.
     
    This position is ideal for the dynamic, knowledgeable, and collaborative teacher who has experience designing, planning and implementing curriculum for elementary grades. Fostering a classroom with a focus on inquiry based learning and the active exchange of ideas is central to our Lower School program.
     
    In support of the Friends Seminary mission, all candidates must be prepared to view curriculum as well as classroom and school culture through a lens focused on the core values of equality, diversity, and community engagement.
     
    This is a full time position with competitive salary commensurate with experience. 3+ years of elementary lead teaching experience preferred. BA required, MA preferred.
     
    Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application a Cover Letter, Resume, Statement of Educational Philosophy, and contact information for three professional references to lowerschooljobs@friendsseminary.org.
     
    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.
     
    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

    Friends Seminary is an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786. The School is seeking a Director of Diversity and Inclusion to begin August 2021. The Director will be a member of the School’s senior administrative team and will serve in a strategic leadership role within the School’s administration, as a key practitioner in the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice (CPEJ), while also sustaining and strengthening current diversity initiatives and developing mindful, innovative school-wide programs that foster an inclusive school climate, cultivate multicultural competencies, and empower learners to promote social justice. This Director will report to the Head of the School on all matters related to policy and school-wide issues. This Director will also report to the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs, who is in charge of CPEJ regarding values-based programming and CPEJ-related work. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will be part of a team that brings to life Quaker values.

    Qualifications for the Position 
    Candidates must have significant experience in diversity work, exhibit a global mindset, and an enthusiasm for the wide-ranging demands of the position. Specifically, the School is looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate:
    • Experience in strategic planning and developing diversity and inclusion initiatives in school settings
    • Experience with empirical and data-driven approaches to reaching goals related to DEI work and measuring institutional growth in this area
    • Awareness of current trends and literature regarding DEI work particularly in independent schools and beyond
    • Experience in promoting anti-bias work with students, parents, and educators and in facilitating dialogues, workshops, and courses
    • Experience in social justice curriculum development and implementation, as well as awareness of best practices in service-learning and civic engagement and global education
    • Advanced knowledge of critical pedagogies and critical social theories (e.g. social justice education, ethnic studies, feminist theory, queer studies, critical race theory, religious literacy)
    • An ability to provide guidance and support on DEI issues to the various constituencies of the School’s community
    • Effective conflict management skills and awareness of (or credentialed in) restorative practices
    • Ability to work collaboratively
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and facility using technology
    • Familiarity with independent schools (appreciated but not required)
    • Understanding of the many identities that fall under the umbrella of “diversity,” and a commitment to support and advocacy of all
    Responsibilities 
    Friends Seminary believes it is everyone’s responsibility to serve as an advocate for underrepresented groups and to help foster an inclusive climate that promotes a more peaceful world through anti-bias practices and civic engagement. In partnership with the Head of School, the administrative team, and other members of the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, the Director will:
    • Serve as an essential participant in major institutional conversations and decision making that has significant implications for the School’s Diversity Mission
    • Consult with division heads, deans, counselors, and advisors to strengthen, develop, and implement both formal and informal systems that will support the overall experience of our diverse student population
    • Collaborate with the Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and CPEJ staff in designing and implementing initiatives and programs for all constituencies of the School
    • Serve on a teaching team for CPEJ-related courses
    • Facilitate the development and implementation of K-12 diversity programming that cultivates cultural competencies, and empowers learners to promote social justice
    • Design, coordinate, and oversee the identity-based affinity and ally group program for students as well as employees, 
    • Serve as a resource for faculty around DEI issues within their curriculum and classrooms
    • Provide guidance and support on DEI issues to members of the senior administrative team as well as other administrative staff
    • Assist in the School’s recruitment, admission, and hiring programs to increase and retain numbers of underrepresented groups within the community, an articulated goal in the current Strategic Plan
    • Serve as a resource for faculty and administrative staff in their professional growth and development, as it relates to DEI
    • Liaises with DEI committees of the Board, Parents Association, and the Alumni Council, as well as the relevant faculty and administrative staff committee
    • Actively participate in national, state, and local DEI organizations relevant to independent school life and develop relationships with other DEI professionals
    Education
    • Master’s or professional graduate degree preferred. Degree(s) in related subject matter highly valued. 

    Required Documents
    • Resume, Educational Philosophy, References

    To Apply: Please email the required documents to adminjobs@friendsseminary.org. Please reference the Director of Diversity & Inclusion position in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please. EOE

    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
  • MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL SPANISH TEACHER - 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

    Friends Seminary is accepting applications for a full time teacher of Spanish. Qualified applicants will be able to teach from beginning to advanced levels of Spanish to students in grades 5-12. Dynamic, creative individuals with teaching experience and proven success in program and curriculum development are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be in touch with trends and developments in language instruction, and will thrive in a work environment where teamwork is highly valued.  Ability to also teach Arabic, Chinese, Latin, or Spanish is a plus but not required for consideration. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference.
     
    Qualifications
    • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish.
    • Work effectively with a wide range of students.
    • Think broadly and innovatively about curriculum and pedagogy.
    • Weave cultural competence into the curriculum and classroom.
    • Value collegial collaboration.
    • Comfort and experience with educational technology including learning management systems, Google Suite apps, and other digital learning platforms.
    • Dedication to anti-bias and equity work and understanding both culturally responsive pedagogy and the social justice dimensions of education.
    Required Education
    Bachelors Degree, Masters Preferred

    Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three references to languagejobs@friendsseminary.org.

    When submitting required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please.

    Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.

    Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.

Substitute Teaching

If you would like to apply to be a substitute teacher at Friends Seminary, please submit a completed Friends Seminary Application, a cover letter and resume to the appropriate divisional administrative assistant.

Lower School:   Laura McGinley
Middle School:   Krysta Wilson
Upper School:   Denman Tuzo
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
FRIENDS SEMINARY
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