Careers

More than 300 people work at Riverdale, finding professional and personal fulfillment through working alongside creative and committed colleagues, pursuing opportunities for professional development, and enjoying benefits such as on-site daycare and yoga.

Lee Pearson is a fifth-grade teacher and a Lower School parent. He has worked at Riverdale for seven years.
378Riverdale Employees
140Zip Codes Represented

120passion grants awarded
37Employees with 10+ Years here


Professional
& Personal
Development

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 &
Stipends

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
Employer

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
Statement

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.


Stories

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Vanessa Izquierdo, Lower School Academic Technology CoordinatorVanessa Izquierdo, Lower School Academic Technology Coordinator, received the Al Davis Teaching Award in 2020.
Portrait of Pablo MartinezIn a 2020 article for Independent School magazine, a publication of the National Association of Independent Schools, Pablo A. Martinez…
Erica Babad, director of the Infant-Toddler Center, has announced that she will retire in June.
Phil Mapfumo from Ridgeway College in South Africa teaches a Middle School math class during his visit to Riverdale.

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