Teacher Search for Ethics for Children Program

Job Description:
Ethics for Children Teachers (ages 6-­‐8 and 9-­‐12)

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) seeks part-­‐time experienced, progressive educators to teach the 6-­‐8 and 9-­‐12 age groups of our Ethics for Children 2018-­‐2019 program.

Ethics for Children is a multi-­‐age humanist education program addressing the social – emotional, developmental and ethical needs and questions of young people. The Ethics for Children program provides fun, creative and play based curricula, activities, and tools in an effort to support our young people as they pass through the stages of childhood, come to understand the nature and value of community, learn to make ethically conscious decisions, explore world religions, learn about ethical heroes and ground their own life journey. Please visit http://bsec.org/efc/  for more detailed information about our program.


The chosen candidate will teach a class for either ages 6-­‐8 or 9-­‐12 on Sunday mornings from 11 am to 12:30 pm most Sundays between Sept and June (we do not meet during public school breaks). There are approximately 30 classes/year. You can view this year’s Ethics for Children calendar.
Teachers must be on site from 10:30-­‐1 on Sundays and attend one Ethical Education Committee meeting each month from 1-­‐2 pm (on site after classes).
Additional responsibilities will include:
• Providing a description of each week’s class for parent outreach
• A fall and spring syllabus as well as preparing weekly lesson plans

Skills & Experience:
• Strong teacher, communicator and motivator.
• B.A. in education or humanist studies preferred but not required and a minimum of 3 years experience teaching elementary school aged students in school or community programs.
• Interest in and/or knowledge of ethics, social justice, Ethical Culture, Humanism, world religions, environmental issues, social-­emotional learning, human rights education and conflict resolution is a plus.
• Experience in creating student centered, play-based lesson plans.
• Familiarity with inclusion programs where special needs children are integrated within the program is an asset.

To Apply:
• Cover letters and CVs should be uploaded using the form below.
• Candidates should be prepared to provide references and authorize a background check prior to accepting a final offer.
• Compensation is $150 a week ($6000 annually). This includes compensation for prep work/orientation starting in mid-­‐August.
– 2 meeting will be scheduled during the summer. Additional compensation might be available for Summer meetings.

To apply for this position, please CLICK HERE to fill our application form.

300 HOPE Dinners and counting

By Kim Brandon

On the third Sunday in May, 1993, four guests and twice as many volunteers sat down together in the Dempsey Center here in Brooklyn to begin a journey of building community in the face of one of the worst epidemics of our time.  We are still far from a cure for AIDS, yet there have been strides made that have increased awareness, treatment and understanding.

Over the past 25 years, the HOPE Dinners have provided a sage and nourishing environment to celebrate personal and collective milestones, declare our hopes and dreams and mourn our losses.  One constant throughout the years is the love that has found its way into the home-cooked, nutritious food, the friendly conversations and the material and spiritual support for our guests.

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the HOPE Dinners.  We have served over 20,000 guests and hosted 300 HOPE Dinners and counting.

We would like to acknowledge our Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture member, the late Donna Roberts, and Rev. Janine Deitz for starting the HOPE Dinners.  Thank you, Donna and Janine, for showing us the powerful legacy of building helping and
healing communities.