English and American Studies Teacher

Hill Campus /
MS/US – English Department /
Full Time
Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good. Riverdale seeks to reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) is the foundational core of the anti-racist, anti-bias, and transformational work that Riverdale is doing to help students, faculty/staff, families, and alumni feel seen, heard, and valued. The school enrolls about 1,200 students who collectively reside in 104 different zip codes. Approximately 42% of our student body are students of color. 

We seek to employ people who engage in all aspects of work with a student-centered approach, an open mind, passion, and a willingness to support the greater community. At Riverdale we recognize that the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is iterative and requires a consistent commitment. Ideal candidates display that commitment in their work and in their approach to teaching and learning. 

As the world faces the immense challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverdale Country School continues to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of its community members. Individuals are required to wear masks at all times except when eating and our strict adherence to physical distancing guidelines means that we limit the number of students in our classrooms. We currently provide free ongoing COVID-19 testing for all employees and also require students to be tested regularly. We are fortunate to have a sprawling campus with ample outdoor space and have upgraded the air filtration systems in our buildings. These elements have allowed us to maintain a rich learning experience for students during this difficult time.

Riverdale is searching for a teacher of English and Constructing America. Constructing America is our required junior-year  interdisciplinary American studies class, team taught by an English and history teacher together in the classroom. Riverdale faculty often teach a range of ages between sixth and twelfth grade, though this position would require the successful candidate to be well-suited to teach Constructing America. Additionally, we would give close consideration to candidates willing and able to teach ILS (Integrated Liberal Studies) in the future. ILS, a required course for seniors, is a multidisciplinary examination of questions of fundamental human importance organized primarily into two major units - Self (“Who are we?”) and Virtue (“How are we meant to live?”). Any hire would also be required to teach our core English department courses. Riverdale’s English Department seeks to develop in students a love of reading, enhanced understanding of ideas through writing, and the dispositions to consider literature as a way to better understand themselves and the world. In addition to emphasizing critical reading, analytical and creative writing, teachers are expected to teach students how to speak and listen thoughtfully.  

All candidates for employment at Riverdale should demonstrate an interest in engaging students in an environment that is both supportive and rigorous and will participate in community activities, including advising student groups, service opportunities, or other co-curricular programs. 

Riverdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital or partnership status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, disability, active military or veteran status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other basis protected by applicable law.