Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School (CGPS) is a PreK-12 co-educational school located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, steps from Central Park. It was founded in 1764 and has a long and storied history of nurturing our students’ potential and passions both inside and outside the classroom, unifying and inspiring members of its community in a rigorous but relaxed learning environment, preparing them for the finest colleges and instilling in them the confidence, ethical values and sense of purpose to embrace challenges, to achieve their dreams and to improve the world. 

CGPS seeks faculty members who are well-trained in their respective disciplines and are committed to the growth and development of every student in our care. Teachers new to our community are given a comprehensive orientation to the School, its procedures and culture to ensure a smooth transition. New faculty are mentored by long-tenured teachers and administrators to help guide them through their inaugural year. 

CGPS employment packages include: highly competitive salaries, paid family leave, a generous professional development allowance, long-term disability, group term life insurance, faculty yoga, faculty swimming and free breakfast and lunch.

Employment Opportunities

The Early Childhood (Pre-K & K) Associate Teacher is a unique role for talented individuals who are looking to gain experience and hands-on practice to become a successful full-time classroom teacher. Associate Teachers have an opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction from experienced teachers and school leaders. Associate Teachers observe and learn from Head Teachers, co-teach with teacher-leaders, provide in-house substitute teaching coverage for teachers, and support teachers with whole class and small group student instruction. At times, Associate Teachers may also teach their own class of students, allowing for direct teaching experience within a more limited teaching load. The Associate Teachers will meet regularly with a coach for mentorship and to receive feedback on lessons and instruction. The Head Teachers are ultimately responsible for the curriculum and academic program, parent teacher conferences and speaking to families about their individual children. The Associate Teacher is to play a supportive role to the Head Teachers in these areas. We look for candidates with intelligence, energy, optimism, commitment to students, and creativity. 

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The Seventh Grade-Level Dean reports to the Division Director and is responsible for overseeing the social-emotional learning, culture, and personal development of students within their grade. The Dean plays a critical role in shaping middle school student life as a member of the middle school leadership team. The Dean will advocate for the social, emotional, and academic interests of the students in their respective grade levels. The Dean represents the face of the grade and serves as the primary liaison for students and families in the 7th grade and will constantly promote the very best interests of students. The Dean will lead grade level and full school community-building activities and promote the most positive and constructive school culture. Through meetings, support, and collaborative planning, the Dean will ensure that the school is partnering with families to support the holistic growth of children, working closely with the other grade-level coordinators and the division head to discuss and develop aspects of the school.

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The Grammar School Spanish Teacher holds primary responsibility for the implementation and development of the Grammar School Spanish curriculum and the success of its students. The Grammar School Spanish Teacher is committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction through collaboration as part of a content area team. The Grammar School Spanish Teacher motivates students to develop the necessary skills for language acquisition and appreciation for culture by providing rich, instructional experiences as a foundation for the introduction of the Spanish language. 

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The CGPS Learning Specialist appreciates the joy of teaching, has fun in the classroom and embraces the challenge of teaching diverse learners. Learning Specialists believe in differentiated and developmentally aligned models of teaching and learning; understand the importance of cultural competency and instructional technology, and are attuned to the social and emotional growth of students. They collaborate with other members of the department to utilize innovative assessments and differentiate instruction to create an exciting learning environment.

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The Database Manager and Advancement Services Coordinator is responsible for all database management, prospect research and office support. As manager of the constituent database, this staff member works closely with the Advancement team, supporting each campaign and event, and manages the overall maintenance of electronic records. Will work under the direction of the Assistant Director of Advancement, employ best practices in prospect research to identify individuals, corporations and foundations with the capacity and inclination to make major gifts to CGPS. In addition, this staff member assists the Director of Advancement in implementing all ongoing advancement plans and initiatives.

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The Grammar School Math Coach will work as a colleague with classroom teachers to support student
learning in all content areas. The Math Coach will focus on individual and group professional
development that will expand and refine the understanding of research-based effective instruction. In order to fulfill these expectations, the Math Coach will provide personalized support that is based on the goals and identified needs of individual teachers and grade-level teams (1-4th grade / PK-4th grade). The Math Coach will collaborate with the GS Math Coordinator to design scope and sequence for math instruction in the Grammar School.

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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School seeks a full-time college counselor to guide 11th and 12th students and their families through the college admission process while working with a caseload of approximately 22 to 25 students.

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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions including hiring, transferring and promotions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health choices, pregnancy, marital/partnership status, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, alienage, citizenship, military status, veteran status, mental or physical disability, genetic predisposition, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

Working at CGPS

"Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School has been my professional home for over 18 years. I have grown so much here because the school values and trusts their faculty. The smart, mature and engaged students make every day of teaching an opportunity to witness that ‘ah-ha’ moment that makes this job so rewarding."

Adam gerson, director of technology