Careers

Approximately 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 health/dental care, retirement plan, on-site daycare, and yoga.

Fifth Grade Teacher Lee Pearson, now in his 10th year at Riverdale, is also Co-Director of the Students of Color Society (SOCS) on the River Campus and a member of the Community Engagement Team.
298Riverdale Employees
140Zip Codes Represented
120passion grants awarded
37Employees with 10+ Years here

Lower School Homebase Associate Teacher (2024-2025)

Riverdale Country School is seeking Homebase Associate Teachers for the 2024-2025 school year.

Associate Teachers at Riverdale are members of a three-year cohort program designed for individuals who are in the early stages of their careers as educators. Associate Teachers work alongside a Head Teacher to support a homebase class of students for the full year. Associate Teachers are predominantly involved in supporting students through small group or 1:1 instruction, though certainly have opportunities to lead full-group lessons. As full-time faculty members, Associate Teachers are also members of grade-level teams that engage in frequent collaboration related to planning, instruction, and assessment directly connected to student learning.

In addition to the intensive, hands-on, teaching experience, Associate Teachers also receive ongoing professional development. These opportunities are geared toward strengthening foundational teaching practices as well as supporting individuals in their pursuit of future career opportunities. Associate Teachers may remain at Riverdale a maximum of three years and are supported in their pursuit of other opportunities beyond their time at the school.

Director of Finance

Riverdale seeks an experienced Director of Finance. The Director of Finance reports directly to the Assistant Head of School for Strategy and Operations and works closely with the Head of School to support the mission and values of the school by providing direction for long-range strategic planning and financial leadership within the Riverdale community. The Director will lead the Business Office staff in day-to-day functions, which include responsibility for all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and benefits, annual audit, etc, while also ensuring the implementation and maintenance of internal control systems, including fiscal policies and procedures, to comply with GAAP and applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. This role also supports the Board of Trustees and senior leadership team in issues pertaining to the financial governance of the School and is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and submitting the annual budget with the Assistant Head of School for Strategy and Operations. The Director will serve as a staff liaison to board committee meetings and provide timely and accurate analysis and reporting when requested.

Middle & Upper School Computer Science Teacher (24-25)

Riverdale seeks an innovative Middle and Upper School computer science teacher to develop and teach introductory and advanced computer science classes. Our courses use a variety of programming languages, including block-based coding, JavaScript, Processing/p5.js, Python, and Java. In addition, the computer science teacher will assist with various extracurricular activities and programs such as Vex Robotics, Girls Who Code, Rocketry, Game Design Group, and Build a Ware. Riverdale is looking for a candidate who intentionally uses their teaching practice to build and sustain an inclusive learning environment for all students. The candidate must meet the needs of students across a range of academic abilities and identities.

Middle and Upper School Technical Director/Teacher

Riverdale Country School is seeking an enthusiastic and collegial Technical Director in our Theater, Dance, and Film Department. In addition to being the Technical Director for our main stage productions, this person will teach two courses and work closely with our existing full-time Technical Theater Teacher to develop the curriculum and oversee the student-run crew.

Our technical theater curriculum includes five classes/levels for grades 8-12.  The outcomes are structured and scaffolded to provide artistic and personal growth opportunities for each student throughout the program. This is achieved through hands-on projects related to the production of the department’s co-curricular season in which every technical theater student builds each show, and the more advanced students take on design and production leadership roles.

Additionally, and with the support of the other full-time Technical Theater Teacher, this position manages the Jeslo Harris Theater and general school events.

Director of Infant Toddler Center

Riverdale seeks a new Director of the Infant Toddler Center. The Infant Toddler Center provides on-site daycare in a welcoming setting for the young children of Riverdale’s academics and staff. Riverdale grants admittance to children of faculty members from Horace Mann and Fieldston schools, with a specific emphasis on giving priority to Riverdale’s Faculty and Staff. The staff offers care for a maximum of fifteen children, who are categorized into two groups according to their ages, which range from 3 to 35 months. The Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with all restrictions outlined in the NYC DOH license regulations and Article 47.

Penn Fellows Program: Middle and Upper School Teaching Fellowship in World Languages (Spanish)

In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Riverdale will be seeking to hire a World Languages Penn Fellow in Spanish for a two-year position. Fellows teach a reduced course load in the Middle or Upper School while taking graduate classes and pursuing a Master’s degree at Penn GSE.  

More information is available on the Penn website, linked here. To apply, candidates must provide a letter of interest and resume. An academic transcript, though not required as part of the initial application, will be requested following the interview, should mutual interest exist. 



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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.


Transportation

Faculty shuttles are offered from Manhattan and from the 242nd St/Broadway subway station, making stops near transit hubs including the MetroNorth – Harlem Station, subway lines – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, A, B, C, and D, and the Henry Hudson Parkway at the 246th St bus stop, connecting to #7 and #10 bus and Express Buses from Manhattan.


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.


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