Philosophy Instructor

New York, NY
Entry Level



MISSION STATEMENT: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latinx students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.


JOB TITLE: Philosophy Instructor

REPORT TO: Director of Academic Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Academic Affairs

POSITION TYPE: Seasonal part-time — Summer

FLSA: Exempt

SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a Philosophy instructor to plan and implement a curriculum for ninth grade students. All applicants must have proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination. The instructor’s primary objective is to prepare students to academically succeed at rigorous independent schools. Students should gain improved competency, skill, and habits of mind to excel. The instructor will assist the Admissions & Placement and Academic Affairs departments to outline expected curricular outcomes and track student progress. This position reports to the Director of Academic Affairs and is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of scholarship and youth development with an educational nonprofit organization. 


  • Teach in person July to August 2024 and be available for office hours, study hall, faculty meetings, and parent-teacher meetings. The role entails 5 weeks at a day school in NYC and 1 week at a boarding school in MA, for which Oliver Scholars will provide transportation and room & board.
  • Use the Oliver Scholars course description and pedagogy to design a high school Philosophy (Part I: Logic and Part II: Ethics) curriculum— including syllabus, lesson plans, assignments, readings, and test/quizzes. The Logic module must be taught ahead of the Ethics module in order to assure a strong logical reasoning foundation not impacted by the emotion and bias that might accompany topics discussed in the Ethics module. The Philosophy course will progress from completing “problem sets”, to writing short essays that analyze current events through the lens of philosophical frameworks, and then writing long essays that use history as a context for philosophical writing.
    • The Logic module is an introduction to logic and to the philosophical study of language. Some of the questions raised are the following: How do we commonly think? What is thinking correctly? What is the difference between a good argument and a flawed one? What are the common fallacies of thought that often mislead us? What are the limitations of formal logic? Can we think without the rules of logic? What is the meaning of “meaning” and the truth about “truth?” The module stresses the development of individual and collaborative skills in evaluating information and includes a critical examination of the patterns of thought one encounters every day in magazines, in newspapers, and on television.
    • The Ethics module is an introduction to a variety of approaches to ethical reflection. Through the use of classical texts and personal and literary stories, as well as video clips from TV shows and the news, students will develop a common vocabulary with which to understand and critically evaluate their moral experience. They will apply the logical reasoning skills acquired during the Logic module to ethical discussions and arguments, and they will learn and apply—in making sense of their own moral experience—the basic characteristics of the most prominent approaches to ethical thought in the philosophical tradition.
  • The instructor will teach and require use of MLA writing format and citations. The instructor will also incorporate AI (e.g. ChatGPT) as a learning tool in order for students to appreciate that education is a process-oriented undertaking that entails struggle and use of analytical resources, and not a product-oriented undertaking focused on neatly delivering an answer.
  • Write detailed Interim and Final Evaluation Reports
  • Team with tutors, counselors, and Oliver Scholars leadership to instruct and support students
  • Attend a paid instructor orientation.
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings
  • Participate in parent-teacher conferences


  • Proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination booster. Individuals are considered fully boosted for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a single-dose course (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). 
  • A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • Two or more years of teaching experience at the middle school or high school level
  • Two or more years of experience designing curriculum
  • Knowledge of independent schools preferred
  • Outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills
  • Deep knowledge of the principles of teaching students
  • A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Oliver’s mission and values
  • A flexible, creative individual able to find alternative ways to connect with students
  • Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations
  • A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities
  • A good listener who is comfortable receiving feedback


  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to learn new techniques and procedures; Manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Innovation & Initiative - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
  • Planning/Organizing & Project Management - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new 

COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range $6,100 to $7,300. 


We are committed to ensuring our office and alternate educational and event locations are safe for employees and the constituents we serve. The policy of the organization requires all employees to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 to safeguard the health of our employees, visitors, partners, and the constituents we serve.


Oliver Scholars is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.


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