Top Areas for Hiring
From Long Island to Niagara Falls, New York is home to many job opportunities for educators at all levels of the education system.
The New York City Department of Education is among the largest school systems in the U.S with over 1.1 million students being taught in more than 1,800 schools. The district encompasses all five boroughs of New York City and employs thousands of teachers. Educators seeking available teaching posts can find job opportunities on the district’s employment site. New York City is also home to hundreds of private schools—many offering robust wages and in some cases, other incentives, including subsidized housing for full-time faculty. For openings, check the New York State Association of Independent Schools website. For postsecondary educators, the city is also home to many local universities and colleges. On the public side, there is the City University of New York (CUNY), which operates both two-year colleges, four-year colleges and doctoral-level institutions. Spread across the city, CUNY with its many campuses is a major employer of postsecondary educators, but it is not the most lucrative option. In general, educators working at New York University and Columbia University can expect to make far more money than their counterparts in the public system and usually also have access to subsidized faculty housing. Given the city’s high rental costs (a family of four can easily expect to pay close to $4000 monthly for a two- to three-bedroom, the city’s university’s that offer subsidized housing, which is roughly half the cost of market rent housing, are a huge draw). Conditions for teachers in New York City depends a great deal on where they are teaching, whether or not they hold a full-time position and at the postsecondary level, whether or not they have access to subsidized housing.
Buffalo City School District is the main employer of classroom teachers in the city and employs close to 3,000 teachers full-time. Available job opportunities can be found on the school district’s recruitment site. There are also close to 50 private schools in Buffalo, both faith-based and secular. For openings, the best way to get started is to do a search on the New York Association of Independent Schools website. For postsecondary academic educators, the University of Buffalo is the best bet; job opportunities can be found on the university’s recruitment page. Local colleges include Buffalo State College and Erie Community College. In general, educator wages lag behind the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.
Rochester City School District encompasses 67 schools in the region and employs 2,543 teachers working full-time; educators seeking an opportunity can find current opportunities on the district’s recruitment page. The University of Rochester is the primary employer of postsecondary educators in the region and employs 2,377 full-time instructors; job opportunities at the campus can be found on the university’s recruitment page. Local college teaching jobs can be found at Monroe Community College’s Rochester campus. School teachers working full-time in public schools in Rochester generally earn significantly below the region’s living wage estimates based on the needs of a family of four.
On the K-12 side of the hiring spectrum, the best bet is the Syracuse City School District. For openings, visit the district’s recruitment site. Syracuse University is a city’s largest postsecondary employer. SUNY also have two campuses in Syracuse, including its upstate medical center. Le Moyne College is based in Syracuse and several other colleges are nearby. All and all.
Located just miles outside of Albany, the state capable of New York, teachers in Schenectady can easily work in Schenectady or Albany. For those looking for work in the city, however, the best bet on the K-12 side is Schenectady City School District; for job openings, check the district’s website. On the postsecondary side, Union College is the main employer. The college posts jobs on its website. Educators in Schenectady generally do not meet the region’s living wage needs for a family of four.
In the upstate city of Troy, educators at the K-12 level can find work through the Troy City School District, which includes several smaller local boards. Jobs are posted on the district’s website. Local private schools include the Emma Willard School (a girls boarding school). On the postsecondary side, Russell Sage College and Hudson Valley Community College are the best bets for work on the college side of the hiring spectrum. There are no local universities. Generally, educators’ wages are well below the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.
On the K-12 side of the hiring spectrum, the Niagara Falls City School District is the primary employer; for job openings, check the district’s website. On the postsecondary side of hiring Niagara University and Niagara County Community College are the best bets. While full-time tenured and tenure-track university educators generally make more than the region’s living wage, other educators’ salaries lag behind.