Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, PreK-12, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all members can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community.

RCDS is committed to providing invigorating and supportive work experiences for its diverse community of employees. Faculty and staff are offered meaningful opportunities for professional development, growth, and leadership; highly competitive salaries; and extensive benefits. RCDS is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the community and curriculum. Please explore our website to learn more about the School's rigorous curriculum, values, and strategic initiatives.

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 French Teacher

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach four French sections to Upper School students (Middle School experience a positive)
  • 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
  • Advanced degree in foreign language 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

Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York is a coeducational, PreK-12, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all members can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Rye Country Day seeks faculty who support our mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world, and who share our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive multicultural learning community.

Middle School Drama

Rye Country Day School is seeking a full time Middle School Drama Teacher to join the faculty beginning in the fall of 2018. Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, PreK-12, college preparatory school located in Westchester County, New York dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all students can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community.

Guided by the Rye Country Day School Drama and Dance Department mission to stimulate the imagination of our students, to motivate them to understand their strengths and weaknesses, and to encourage self-confidence and clarity in life goals, the Middle School Drama Teacher will implement all aspects of the Middle School Drama Curriculum.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Teach drama courses for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
  • Direct the annual 7th/8th Grade Integrated Performing Arts Musical
  • Mentor Upper School students as part of the Upper School Evening of One-Acts
  • Co-direct the fall Upper School drama production
  • Serve as an academic advisor
  • Maintain a yearly curriculum map
  • Write student reports, as required
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with students, colleagues, and families
  • Maintain an optimal work environment that ensures students’ safety and well-being
  • Utilize technology in classroom, as appropriate
  • Attend all school, division, and department meetings
  • Seek and participate in professional development opportunities
  • Provide periodic support for the Lower School drama curriculum

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and/or Theatre Education required; Masters degree or higher preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience teaching and directing drama in a middle school setting
  • Excitement for working with middle schoolers
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, directing, and teaching skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience with theatre production (both performance and technical aspects)
  • Ability to continue to build a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative middle school drama program
  • Commitment to professional development and personal growth
  • Excitement for the school’s various initiatives

RCDS seeks faculty and staff who support our mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world, and who share our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive multicultural learning community. The school is committed to providing invigorating and supportive work experiences for its diverse community of employees. Faculty and staff are offered meaningful opportunities for professional development, growth, and leadership; highly competitive salaries; and extensive benefits. RCDS is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the community and curriculum. Please visit our website - http://www.ryecountryday.org - to learn more about the school's rigorous curriculum, values, and strategic initiatives.

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.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to employment@ryecountryday.org, and in the subject line of the message include the words “Middle School Drama Teacher.”

Grade 1 Lead Teacher

Preferred Qualifications:

Rye Country Day School is looking for candidates who possess a Master’s degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) with a minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience including at the first grade level. Ideally, the candidate would have a background in Responsive Classroom, and be willing to work as a team to foster the intellectual and social development of six and seven year olds. Facility with technology such as the SMARTBoard, iPad, and other tools to enhance program is important. Lastly, experience with Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Workshop, Preventing Academic Failure Phonics Program, and Singapore Math are a plus.

The responsibilities of the first grade teacher include, but are not limited to:

  • Possessing a deep understanding of the social /emotional milestones of this age.
  • Working collaboratively with pre-k, kindergarten, and second grade teachers to ensure continuity in the curriculum.
  • Maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and parents; contributing in a supportive manner to the life of the community; treating information related to students as strictly confidential.
  • Assuming responsibility for instructional planning, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum.
  • Providing progress reports three times a year that reflect both an assessment with clear benchmarks and narrative pieces.
  • Communicating with families on a regular basis.
  • Mentoring an assistant teacher or teaching fellow by collaborating on a daily basis as a first grade partnership in planning lessons so as to take on responsibilities of a classroom lead teacher.
  • Instilling a love of math, reading, and writing, with underpinnings in phonics.
  • Attending all meetings called by the Headmaster as well as all division and grade level meetings.
  • Willingness to attend workshops, conferences and other professional growth opportunities as approved by the Lower School Principal and the Headmaster.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to employment@ryecountryday.org, and in the subject line of the message include the words “First Grade Lead Teacher.”

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.

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.

Teaching Fellows Program

Please note, we are no longer accepting teaching fellows applications for the 2018-19 school year.

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.

Learn More

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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