Rye Country Day is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, independent day school that offers faculty a very competitive compensation and benefits package, including extensive support for professional development. For all teaching positions, a bachelor's degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply.

Rye Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Current Openings

Unless otherwise indicated, all openings are for the 2018-19 school year.

Upper School Art Maternity Leave Replacement (beginning Feb 2018)

Long-Term Maternity Leave Replacement

RCDS seeks an inspirational and passionate upper school visual arts teacher for a maternity leave replacement to run from approximately late February through late May of 2018. Actual dates may change. Candidates should be comfortable working with teenagers, collegial with adults, and have significant high school or college studio art teaching experience. An advanced degree, experience teaching AP Studio Art 2D and 3D, and significant knowledge of ceramics, would be advantageous. RCDS operates a 6-day rotating schedule.

By re-evaluating the familiar and striving to interpret old ideas and traditions in new ways, visual arts students at RCDS develop a sense of decision-making, a new enthusiasm for the visual arts, and a deep personal involvement in the creative process. Students learn through an ongoing process of material exploration combined with age-appropriate intellectual and creative challenges. Teamwork and positive social support are highly valued in all of our classrooms.

RCDS is committed to an inclusive program and a diverse faculty and student body.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, references and teaching statement to employment@ryecountryday.org, and in the subject line of the message include the words "Art Department Sub."

Substitute Teachers (ongoing)

Substitute Teachers

RCDS currently seeks qualified substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 academic year. Substitutes should have a Bachelor's degree, the ability to work within a diverse community, excellent communication and collaboration skills, and the ability to follow the teacher's schedule and lesson plans. To apply, please send a current resume and cover letter to employment@ryecountryday.org.

Maker Space Coordinator

RCDS seeks a MakerSpace coordinator to develop and lead a Maker program for all three divisions. Rye Country Day School is centrally located in Westchester County (NY) and is easily accessible from southern Fairfield County (CT) and New York City via metro North. RCDS seeks a full time engaged and dynamic innovator to lead their newly built high tech Makerspace, opening in 2018-2019. The MakerSpace will contain a laser cutter, several 3D printers, and other high-end tools of design. The ideal candidate tinkers, makes, designs, and seeks to constantly stay updated on new technology innovations. Rye Country Day encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. EOE

The Makerspace Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating workshops and training for faculty and students in areas including, but not limited to: making, tinkering, innovation, problem based learning, design thinking, and rapid prototyping
  • Researching, developing and prototyping innovative maker activities
  • Providing inspiration and support for faculty and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities
  • Overseeing a cohort of student Makerspace Apprentices and facilitating their role as leaders in the space
  • Creating and maintaining, with student apprentices, a public repository of tutorials on how to use the machines in the space safely, as well as documenting student projects built in the space
  • Maintaining the machines, tools, materials, safe use, and schedule of the Makerspace
  • Attending all divisional, departmental, and school faculty meetings
  • Teaching a course or two within one of the STEAM departments
  • Being committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
  • Desired Qualifications:
  • Varied professional experience, both in classroom settings and outside of schools; Former entrepreneurs encouraged, having demonstrated ability to independently develop professional connections and skills
  • Bachelor's degree in related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Genuine excitement for and ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Knowledge and experience with physical programming, robotics, coding, and wearable technology
  • Experience working on interdepartmental projects
  • Experience using Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and a variety of design software

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Catherine Bischoff, STEAM Coordinator. Catherine_bischoff@ryecountryday.org


Upper School Math Teacher

Upper School Math Teacher

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach four math sections to Upper School students
  • Advise students (starting the second year)
  • Attend all divisional, departmental, and school faculty meetings including professional days
  • Write student reports as required
  • Maintain contact with advisors, deans, and parents as necessary
  • Be committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
  • Desire to be actively engaged in the work of diversity, sustainability, public purpose, and global studies

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience; experience teaching AP Calculus preferred
  • Advanced degree in Math or related field required
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Comfort with technology including a 1:1 laptop program and online course management system
  • Genuine excitement for and ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and parents


Upper School English Teacher

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach four English sections to Upper School students
  • Advise students (starting the second year)
  • Attend all divisional, departmental, and school faculty meetings including professional days
  • Write student reports as required
  • Maintain contact with advisees, deans, and parents as necessary
  • Be committed to student learning, personal growth, and professional development
  • Desire to be actively engaged in the work of diversity, sustainability, public purpose, and global studies

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience
  • Master’s degree in English required
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Comfort with technology including a 1:1 laptop program and online course management system
  • Genuine excitement for and ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and parents

Teaching Fellows Program

The Teaching Fellows Program at Rye Country Day School is a one- or two-year commitment designed for well-qualified college graduates. It provides aspiring teachers of color with the opportunity to work in Rye Country Day’s Upper, Middle, or Lower School while earning a Master's degree.

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Lower School Assistant Teacher

The role of Assistant Teacher is designed to give a beginning teacher an apprenticeship opportunity of one to two years in a classroom with a Lead Teacher as mentor. While the Lead Teacher is ultimately responsible for the overall program and the successful operation of the classroom, the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher together form a collaborative unit that works in concert in the best interests of their students. Some of the key expectations of the Assistant Teacher are as follows:

  • Assist the Lead Teacher with planning for the different class activities. This usually involves at least two “planning” periods during the week.
  • Assume responsibility for instructional planning, implementation, and assessment under the direction of the Lead Teacher.
  • Work with small groups in activities under the Lead Teacher’s supervision.
  • Help children on an individual basis with academic, social, and emotional support and with following directions.
  • Plan and conduct class meetings under the direction of the Lead Teacher.
  • Provide support to the Lead Teacher and give clerical assistance in reviewing student work and in copying and laminating materials for the classroom; with Lead Teacher, assemble instructional materials and prepare display and bulletin board spaces.
  • Help to prepare the classroom prior to the opening of school in the fall, and attend the parent orientation evening and “Back to School Night.”
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in preparing written reports and conducting parent conferences.
  • Maintain positive relationships with colleagues and parents; contribute in a supportive manner to the life of the community; treat information related to students as strictly confidential.
  • Attend all meetings called by the Headmaster as well as all division and grade level meetings.
  • Utilize release time and financial support to attend workshops, conferences, and other professional growth opportunities as approved the Lower School Principal and the Headmaster.
  • Share responsibilities for the Primary Bus Duty, Afternoon Waiting Rooms, Morning Greeters; help with dismissal at the end of the day.

To apply for any of these open positions, please email a current resume and cover letter to employment@ryecountryday.org.

Benefits Overview

What do current faculty say about working at RCDS?

Aundrea Smith, Grade Four Teacher
Aundrea Smith, Grade Four Teacher

When I had the opportunity to enter Rye Country Day School for the first time, I witnessed a strong unified community. As I observed the teachers in action, I saw a great deal of support and motivation, not only from teacher to student, but also from teacher to teacher. Coming to work every day is a pleasure because I know I am not alone. My colleagues continue to share and learn wonderful tools that help them not only become better educators, but also help those around them thrive. I get so much joy out of teaching; working at RCDS I am surrounded by a school culture that represents individuals who feel the same joy that I do.

Jay Gerlach, Head, Drama Department
Jay Gerlach, Head, Drama Department

The Rye Country Day community—really more of a family—is something special. The students, faculty, and staff are a remarkable group—hard working, incredibly committed, creative, encouraging of one another, fearless, diverse in their skills and temperaments. Working in a safe and supportive community like this has allowed me to better articulate and clarify my own artistic and pedagogical process so that I can better enhance the expansion of learning for my students. Working at RCDS has helped me see teaching as an extension of being a theater artist. I absolutely love what I do and I am very proud to be a member of this inspiring community.

Mary Marcell, Head, Music Department
Mary Marcell, Head, Music Department

I teach at Rye Country Day because I get to realize so many of my musical and pedagogical visions. Rye Country Day School has supported me in so many creative projects. I feel that I've been offered tremendous freedom to program repertoire and realize my musical projects... As for professional development, RCDS has supported me in vastly different types of study: from American Choral Directors conferences to a workshop at the Oregon Bach Festival to African drumming workshops to private voice lessons. I know of no school more supportive of professional development and more understanding of the profound effect of personal growth on one's teaching. I also really enjoy the students here at RCDS. In some schools, students are pigeonholed into single areas of interest: "scholars" or "musicians" or "athletes." Here, students participate across all sorts of complementary and contrasting programs. For example, the captain of the football team might easily also be a member of choir and do extensive volunteer work. This translates into teaching really interesting students. We spend a good deal of time with our students, and it's fun to teach such great people.

Ileana Hernandez Carafas, Upper School Spanish
Ileana Hernandez Carafas, Upper School Spanish

While every day brings challenges to the classroom, some that are new and exciting and others that require a traditional approach, I am secure in the knowledge that my efforts are respected and appreciated. At RCDS, I have the freedom to be creative and autonomous with the complete endorsement of both the administration and my colleagues. I find great encouragement to pursue my interests in art and diversity, as well as furthering my own education and professional growth. Most important for me is that, although my days are filled with the demands of teaching, the moments spent in conversation with a student outside of the classroom are the true rewards.

Debra Simpson, Lower School
Debra Simpson, Lower School

I am the Lower School science teacher for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade at Rye Country Day School, have been here for many years now, and have LOVED every moment of my teaching career here. Before becoming part of the RCDS family, I taught for ten years in different states, at different schools, and at different grade levels. Of all my teaching experiences, I have found this school the most supportive, both professionally and personally. Professionally, I daily have the opportunity to work both with colleagues who are eager to collaborate and enrich students' learning and with an administration that supports my curriculum decisions. Personally, I feel uplifted, valued, and constantly intellectually stimulated by the entire RCDS community.

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