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.

Benefits Overview

Health Insurance Plan

Rye Country Day School, a member of the NYSAIS Healthcare Consortium, offers Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO), EPO Health Savings Account (HSA EPO) and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans through Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. These plans provide for preventive and medical services, including office visits, well baby care, immunizations, hospitalizations, worldwide emergency care and prescription drug coverage. Employee contribution towards premium is 20% based on the EPO plan for single, two-party, and family coverage.

Dental Insurance Plan

Rye Country Day School offers a PPO and Traditional plan through Delta Dental. This plan provides for diagnostic and preventative care, routine check ups, restorative care and oral surgery. Employee contribution towards premium is 20% for single, two-party, and family coverage.

Group Life Insurance Plan

Life insurance in the amount of one times salary is offered to employees. Premiums are paid by the School and coverage is effective the first of the month after employment.

Long-Term Disability Plan

The employee is eligible for disability coverage after one year of employment. The plan pays 60% of salary to the maximum allowable in eligible cases. Premiums for the plan are paid fully by the School. Coverage is effective after one year of employment.

TIAA/CREF Pension Plan

The School contributes a percentage of the employee's base salary to the retirement plan after one year of employment. Credit toward eligibility is given for full-time employment at a teaching institution prior to employment at Rye Country Day School.

Short-term Disability & Unemployment Insurance

The School pays premiums for these coverages effective with employment. Short-term disability pays 100% of the employee's salary for the first six months of disability.

Worker's Compensation

All employees are covered by this plan effective with employment.

Flexible Spending Account

Pre-tax plan for medical, dependent care, parking, and transportation expenses.

Child Care Benefit

Qualified Child Care financial assistance for children who have not yet entered Kindergarten.

School Facilities

Lunch provided at the dining room. Use of the fitness center.

Loan Programs

Various loan programs are available.

Aflac (Personal Lifestyle Protector Cancer Plan)

  • Various amounts of coverage
  • Simplified Medical Underwriting
  • Spouse coverage available

Term Life (voluntary)

  • Generous amounts of this essential coverage
  • Simplified Medical Underwriting
  • Spouse coverage available

Long-Term Care Insurance (voluntary)

  • Up to 30% premium discount through employer-sponsored plan
  • Structure your own coverage
  • Coverage available for spouses, parents, grandparents, children and spouse's parents, grandparents, and children
  • Funds long-term care costs, preserves care choices, protects assets

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.

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Current Openings

Director of Public Purpose (Opening is for 2018-19. Application deadline is August 6, 2018)

The Director of Public Purpose is a senior administrator who reports directly to the Headmaster. A member of the senior administrative team, the Director of Public Purpose is responsible for school-wide public purpose initiatives and leadership. The Director of Public Purpose is charged with advancing the RCDS Public Purpose Mission Statement:

Since 1869, Rye Country Day School’s motto "Not for self, but for service" has been integral to the culture of the School. The Rye Country Day School philosophy states, “A superior education embraces the concept that to educate is to do more than to teach.” Through service learning, we will provide transformative educational opportunities that prepare our students to be responsible citizens with an ethic of service and empathy for our shared human experience. We believe that meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships emanate from a curriculum enhanced by community engagement. Rye Country Day School’s sustained commitment to making a positive impact on the community and contributing to the common good defines our public purpose.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative leadership for the schoolwide public purpose initiative
  • Work with the Board and administration to establish periodic goals for the public purpose program
  • Design, implement, and advance developmentally appropriate schoolwide infrastructure for service learning and community engagement
  • Support faculty/staff professional development related to social justice and service learning and help MS/US faculty integrate service learning and community engagement into the curriculum
  • Create and sustain strategic outreach activities and programs with diverse local and global community partner organizations
  • Guide and support the Public Purpose team, comprised of the division Public Purpose Coordinators, ACTION Program Directors, SET Program Coordinators, SCOPE Program Coordinators, SiSTEM Program Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Public Purpose
  • Collaborate with other administrators and initiative directors to integrate public purpose with other strategic priorities for RCDS
  • Work with the Parents Association and the Development Office to develop appropriate community outreach activities for families and alumni
  • Chaperone public purpose events and trips as needed
  • Oversee and provide all administrative and logistical support for the Edward E. Ford Foundation Community Engagement Fellowship program
  • Oversee SET and SiSTEM program administration, including outreach to partner schools, collaboration with program coordinators and student leaders, and all logistical arrangements
  • Develop and coordinate MS service learning program
  • Plan MS Service Saturdays
  • Serve on the Curriculum Council and Academic Affairs Committee
  • Co-chair the faculty Social Justice Committee
  • Organize the schoolwide Martin Luther King, Dr. Day of Service project
  • Assist with coordination of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Assembly
  • Plan an annual Community Dinner for RCDS students, families, faculty, and community partners to celebrate public purpose work across all three divisions
  • Manage the Public Purpose budget
  • Design and draft publications for the Office of Public Purpose

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in service learning, citizenship, character education, community service and/or outreach
  • Experience with developing a PreK-12 service learning program, including the ability to guide the development of service learning curricula across the grade levels
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects, including confidential information
  • Team-oriented with a demonstrated ability to work with a variety of constituents
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, technology, and public speaking skills
  • Experience with strategic planning in the area of public purpose (service learning, summer and after school programs, community service, outreach)
  • Ability to work thoughtfully and effectively with diverse community partners
  • Experience with integrating technology in teaching and learning

RCDS seeks administrators, 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. Administrators, 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 – 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 current resume and cover letter by August 6, 2018 to employment@ryecountryday.org, and in the subject line of the message include the words “Director of Public Purpose.”

Upper School Administrative Assistant

Rye Country Day School seeks a highly organized individual with excellent communications skills to oversee the daily operations of the Upper School Office, including:

  • Work closely with the Upper School Principal, offering support as needed.
  • Manage the daily tasks of announcements and other regular communications from the Upper School office to students, faculty, and parents.
  • Manage and maintain the various files in the Upper School, including student files, Upper School files, and Principal’s files.
  • Answer the phone and manage the Principal’s daily calendar.
  • Record and report faculty attendance and substitute coverage on a monthly basis.
  • Provide administrative support for various programs that emerge from the Principal’s office and the Administrative team.
  • Manage and/or delegate appropriate requests and needs of faculty.

Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Interim Upper School Principal Jon Leef at jon_leef@ryecountryday.org.

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

What do current faculty say about working at RCDS?

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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