More than 300 people work at Riverdale. A third of us have been here for more than 10 years. Why do we stay? Free lunch, yoga, on-site childcare, creative and committed colleagues, and opportunities for professional and personal learning.

Jesus Viera, a member of the Security staff, has worked at Riverdale for nearly 30 years.
Jesus Viera, a member of the Security staff, has worked at Riverdale for nearly 30 years.
140Zip Codes
120Passion Grants
37Employees With
10+ Years Here

and personal

A generous professional-development budget provides for conferences, skills training, and onsite training in areas such as mindfulness, coaching, classroom technology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Zagat Global Fellows program pays for faculty to make extended visits to schools overseas — teachers have gone to England, China, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Grants &

All employees are eligible for Frankel Fellow grants, known as “passion grants,” which pay for enrichment activities. More than 120 grants have been made to faculty and staff since the program started in 2014. Stipends are available for coaching, advising clubs with significant out-of-school time, and chaperoning trips (including global trips!). After 10 years, faculty are eligible for a sabbatical. You can take a half-year sabbatical at full pay or a full-year sabbatical at half-pay. (Or, you can take a payout of a half-year’s salary while you continue working.)

Age Smart

In 2018, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center presented us with an Age Smart Employer Award for offering programs to support workers of all ages. The Selection Committee took note of the grants established by the Frankel family that allow faculty and staff to explore personal passions during the summer recess.

Equal Opportunity

Riverdale Country School seeks diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body. In admission and employment policies and practices, in financial aid and loan programs, and in all its educational programs, Riverdale does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, and any other protected categories under applicable law.

It is the policy of Riverdale Country School to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, disability, military status, or any other basis protected by applicable law to all qualified employees and applicants for employment.


Five faculty and staff members are featured in this video about companies that promote generational diversity in the workplace.
Riverdale faculty and staff share their stories of lifelong learning.
Six teachers and two students take part in the Sumbandila summer program for high-performing, disadvantaged youth at Ridgeway College in South Africa.