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 full time nurse promotes health and safety in the school environment and provides health services to students, faculty and staff. 

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The Early Childhood (Pre-K & K) Head Teacher holds primary responsibility for the implementation and development of the CGPS curriculum and the success of its students. The Early Childhood Head Teacher is committed to continuously improving curriculum and instruction through collaboration as part of a grade level departmental team. 

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The college counselor will guide students through the successful transition to post-secondary education. As a member of a highly collaborative office, the counselor will report to the Director of the College Counseling Office and will work closely with the other counselors in the Office as well as with the Division Director, class deans and faculty. The counselor will maintain existing relationships with colleges and universities, both nationally and internationally, as well as cultivate new ones. The counselor will also be an active member in a number of professional organizations. This role requires excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

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CGPS is seeking a Library Media Specialist to encourage literacy, maintain the library collection, facilitate and encourage professional development related to technology integration for teachers, maintain library computer and technological devices, and perform clerical functions related to the routine and preventive maintenance of the collection. 

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The Prep School receptionist handles the front desk duties and responsibilities including answering, screening and directing telephone calls, greeting visitors, sorting through mail etc. The uniqueness of the Prep School Receptionist is the importance of keeping track of 600 Prep School students while creating a sense of authority, trust and positive rapport with said students. The receptionist provides assistance to all students, parents, staff members and visitors by either referring or directing them to the appropriate person for assistance.  Position performs various administrative and clerical tasks. The receptionist partners with security staff to carry out the post responsibilities that ensure a safe and healthy environment for students and their families, faculty, staff and visitors. 

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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