Working at CFL

At CFL, we feel that education is the key to the regeneration of self and society.

Working at CFL is somewhat different from working in other organizations. We are a flat structure. We do not have a principal or headmaster, or a managing committee that tells us how to run the school. Through a process of dialogue and consensus, teachers work together on an equal footing to manage the school across various dimensions: pedagogical, administrative and financial. Thus, the teachers are responsible for all aspects of the school.

CFL is a semi-residential school and all adults spend some part of the week on campus. While each adult at CFL has a few core areas of competence, we all perform a variety of tasks during the day. Our daily work includes teaching, hostel care, kitchen work, land work, outdoor activities and administrative work.

Most importantly, it is our ability, both collective and individual, to look at our own patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour and to learn from each other that makes the daily running of the school possible.

We invite applications from individuals deeply committed to self-enquiry and excited to live on a campus in a rural setting. Currently we are looking for teachers who can work with students both at the middle school (ages 10-14) and the senior school (ages 14-18). If you are interested in working at CFL, please send us the following documents via email to info@cfl.in with the text “Teacher Application” in the subject box:

  • A CV along with the names and email ids of two people who know you well professionally and will be willing to act as referees.
  • A statement of purpose addressing the following three points:

      a) At the centre of our life together in CFL are broad questions regarding our daily lives and how we function on the one hand, and our responsible relationship to society on the other. Please tell us what has excited you, and what has troubled you, both at a personal and at a broader level.

      b) Tell us about your personal situation in life. It would help us to understand your potential involvement in our residential campus, something that we find increasingly important to the running of the school. For instance, do you have family or health concerns that might require your presence in Bangalore or elsewhere? Also, due the small size of our community, we are unable to accommodate adults on campus who do not work in CFL. Thus any relevant information you can give us will help clarify our picture.

      c) The areas in which you would like to contribute (administrative tasks, specific subjects).

  • Below are the links to three readings. We would appreciate it if you could read these and share your questions and thoughts on any one of them (250 to 300 words).

Letters to Schools Volume One 15th November, 1978

Letters to Schools Volume One 15th December, 1978

Letters to Schools Volume One 15th November, 1979

After we receive the above, if your application is carried into the next step of our teacher search process, you will be invited to the school to meet with teachers. We can then take the process forward from there.