Employment

Portland Waldorf School, fully accredited through AWSNA, was founded in 1982, and continues to work out of the insights of Rudolf Steiner to educate students for the whole of life. With an experienced and dedicated faculty, the school serves over 300 students from Early Childhood through High School, and is active in supporting Waldorf education in the northwest. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum including eurythmy, music, handwork, woodwork, drama, outdoor education, Spanish, German, PE as well as a middle and high school athletics program.

Portland is a city with a thriving Anthroposophical community including several schools, medical clinics, a teacher training program and a branch of the Anthroposophical Society. Portland is also full of cultural opportunities, near outstanding natural areas, and only an hour and a half from the beach and Mt. Hood ski areas. Our school is located on 7 beautiful acres in Milwaukie, four miles from the heart of Portland.

Pedagogical Chair

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Pedagogical Chair beginning in the 2020-21 school year.  Successful candidates will work collaboratively with colleagues and the parent community to create an educational environment aligned with Waldorf pedagogy, our school mission, and program goals.   

This position provides pedagogical administrative support to all faculty from early childhood through high school. Working out of a model of servant and collaborative leadership, the Pedagogical Chair attends regular faculty meetings and works closely with all faculty, the College of Teachers, the School Chair, and section chairs to oversee the daily and yearly responsibilities in all areas listed below. This includes, but is not limited to, leading and overseeing the following tasks and committees:

  • Teacher development, including coordinating and tracking evaluations, mentoring, establishing teacher support plans, and peer review program.
  • Hiring committee, including recruitment, interviews, decisions, and onboarding of new hires, which could include establishing a buddy system.
  • Curriculum development and oversight, including curriculum sharing, maintaining an awareness of ongoing curriculum and pedagogical developments in both Waldorf Education and the larger educational community, and providing curriculum support.
  • Oversee a student care committee, including chair positions at both lower and high school levels. Provide support to student care work as needed.
  • Support Auxiliary Program Director; work with teachers and staff to develop programs that reflect Waldorf values, including the aftercare program, clubs, and camps.
  • Oversee task of substitute planning, class scheduling, recess/dismissal duty protocol. 
  • Oversee planning of in-service days, professional development planning, and guest speakers throughout the year.
  • Ensure that parent and employee handbooks have appropriate pedagogical content; collaborate with the School Chair to develop policies and procedures that are supportive of the school as a whole.
  • Ensure adequate report-writing process, including advice, editing and proofing; academic probations/sports exclusions for middle school; midyear reports for middle grades.
  • Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled, planned, and completed with clear procedures, including documentation.
  • Support healthy parent/teacher communications; guidelines for parent meetings and parent educational opportunities; school disciplinary processes among parents and teachers.
  • Work closely with the Parent Association.
  • Leadership role in accreditation process.

Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf teacher and/or administrative training are required.
  • Preferred candidates will have a Master’s degree and at least five years Waldorf teaching/leadership experience, ideally in a K-12 Waldorf school. 
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.
  • Commitment to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Portland Waldorf School.
  • Knowledge of and connections with wider Waldorf Education and Anthroposophical organizations.

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA.  We serve over 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve on a beautiful seven-acre campus.  We offer a full Waldorf curriculum, including eurythmy, handwork, instrumental and choral music, blacksmithing and woodworking, drama, Spanish, German, games/movement, Living Lab, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

This is a full-time, exempt, salary position and compensation is commensurate with experience and training.  This position reports to the School Chair and the College of Teachers. Benefits offered include medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.  Please send a brief one-page biography/letter of interest, resume, and three professional references, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Enrollment & Outreach Director (Full-Time)

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a proactive and experienced enrollment professional who can represent the benefits of a K-12 Waldorf Education with authenticity and enthusiasm.

The Enrollment & Outreach Director is responsible for developing the overall strategy, tactics, and data analysis to achieve optimal enrollment throughout the whole school. They oversee admissions and re-enrollment activities for Portland Waldorf School’s early childhood and lower school sections, as well as supervising the work of the High School Admissions Coordinator. The Enrollment & Outreach Director reports to the School Chair, and would oversee admissions and marketing staff as well as an Enrollment & Outreach Committee and various other volunteers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • A minimum of three years of experience in an independent school admissions office is preferred
  • Experience working with children from ages 3 to 15 in a progressive, independent school setting
  • Outstanding organizational and presentation skills
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with photography, videography, website content management and design, and social media marketing
  • Excellent time management skills; detail and goal oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all the school’s constituents 
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development and networking in the realm of independent school enrollment
  • Highly resourceful and motivated – a “self-starter” with infectious energy and enthusiasm
  • Exemplary work ethic
  • Ability to be highly confidential in handling sensitive information
  • Fluency with Google applications and enrollment database systems
  • Waldorf teacher training, a plus
  • Skill at supporting traditionally marginalized groups throughout the admissions process, a plus

Overview of Duties:

  • Develop comprehensive admissions and retention strategies to meet PWS’s strategic enrollment goals
  • Serve as a compelling ambassador for the school, thoughtfully building relationships with inquiring parents, feeder and other local schools and educational consultants
  • Respond to inquiries and tour registrants in a timely, proactive and professional manner (i.e. 24-48 hours)
  • Use an analytic, data-driven approach to guide admissions efforts
  • Articulate the mission of PWS in a knowledgeable, professional and positive way
  • Manage the enrollment process from initial contact to onboarding
  • Schedule and conduct school tours, open houses and other admissions events
  • Represent PWS at Open House events, educational fairs and other internal and external Admissions events
  • Keep detailed records tracking all interactions
  • Schedule prospective student visits, parent interviews, and other admissions-related steps
  • Keep abreast of best practices and national/local trends in independent school enrollment, including other Waldorf schools
  • Create and post on the website a yearly admissions calendar
  • Create and implement a strategic marketing program, including social media
  • Be an active member of the administrative team
  • Prepare and deliver periodic Admissions reports for the Board of Trustees

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA.  We serve over 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve on a beautiful seven-acre campus.  We offer a full Waldorf curriculum, including eurythmy, handwork, instrumental and choral music, blacksmithing and woodworking, drama, Spanish, German, games/movement, Living Lab, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

This is a salaried, exempt position and compensation is dependent upon education and experience.  Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, and paid time off.  Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Communications & Marketing Coordinator (Part-Time)

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications from qualified candidates for our Communications & Marketing Coordinator position. This position supports Portland Waldorf School by creating and providing editorial assistance for communications directed to and from a variety of school stakeholders. They will promote clear, warm, consistent communication through deeply collaborative strategy and implementation. This position reports to the School Chair and works very closely with other administrative staff and faculty.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create, edit, and support outgoing communications independently or on behalf of administrators, teachers, or other individuals or groups; directed to a wide variety of constituencies ranging from internal news to external outreach and marketing.

  • Create and edit content for Weekly Bulletins, monthly/seasonal newsletters, website blog, and other community publications.

  • Manage social media content and strategy.

  • Create graphics and layout for events, outreach, and marketing as requested, including digital collateral, flyers, invitations, etc.

  • Work collaboratively with photographers to maintain an ongoing photo archive for use in outreach and marketing materials.

  • Maintain and develop content and structure of school website; restructure as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Understanding of mission and values of Waldorf education

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

  • Strong digital competency, including experience with social media, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress

  • Experience creating and implementing communications/marketing strategy

  • Strong editorial skills, including ability to differentiate voice/tone and craft neutral messaging

  • Artistic/aesthetic sensibilities (graphic design experience a plus)

  • Flexibility and understanding of collaborative workflow

  • Ability to understand and contextualize the big picture and the details

  • Ability to independently or collaboratively organize and prioritize workflow

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications-related field or commensurate work experience

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA.  We serve over 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve on a beautiful seven-acre campus.  We offer a full Waldorf curriculum, including eurythmy, handwork, instrumental and choral music, blacksmithing and woodworking, drama, Spanish, German, games/movement, Living Lab, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position at 20 hours per week. Compensation is dependent upon education and experience.  Benefits include paid sick time, per Oregon state law.  Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Aftercare Teachers 2020-21

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for part-time Aftercare Teachers for the 2020-21 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. These positions are an integral part of the school, which offers a secure, healthy, and nurturing environment for children with weekly and seasonal rhythms that include stories, creative and active play, and nourishment. We are looking for individuals dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community, and dedication to the whole school.

Skills Required and/or Preferred:

  • Required: Abide by State of Oregon regulations for Childcare Certification including holding of current Food Handler’s card and Infant and Child First Aid/CPR card and “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” certification; maintain enrolled status in Oregon Central Background Registry which includes a background check with fingerprinting.
  • At least one year teaching (preferably Waldorf)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and staff
  • Maintain a clean and organized classroom
  • Good communication skills, including email
  • Reliable, punctual, well-organized and efficient
  • Preferred:  Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate or equivalent as recognized by AWSNA (completed or in process)
  • Proficiency in storytelling, art, handwork, music, and/or games

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA. We serve over 300 students in Early Childhood through 12th grade on a beautiful seven-acre campus. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum including Music, Handwork, Blacksmith and Woodwork, Drama, Living Lab, Outdoor Education, Spanish, German, Foreign Exchange program, Eurythmy, Games/PE, as well as a middle and high school Athletics Program.

These positions are part-time and non-exempt. The pay rate for an Aftercare lead teacher is $17.86/hour and the pay rate for an Aftercare assistant teacher is $15.00/hour. The work hours vary during Monday through Friday afternoons, between the hours of 12:00-5:30pm, based on student attendance. There could also be up to one hour each week for meetings, as well as attendance at school in-service meetings, as requested. The positions follow the school year, starting in September and ending in June. There is also an option of working during school vacations when the school provides vacation camps for students (Thanksgiving break, Winter break, February break, Spring break, and Summer Camps). Benefits offered include paid sick time. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

First Grade Assistant Teacher 2020-21

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time First Grade Assistant Teacher at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. A Bachelor’s Degree is required and a Waldorf Teacher training certificate is preferred (either completed or in progress). This position also allows the person an opportunity to gain experience and mentorship from experienced Waldorf teachers. Candidates who are dedicated to Waldorf education, working out of Anthroposophy, and possess a love of teaching are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the Lead Teacher in executing a variety of activities and lessons
  • Provide instruction to individual students or small groups
  • Help students who need more support
  • Redirect student behavior as needed
  • Prepare classroom supplies and equipment
  • Meet regularly with lead teacher for planning and review of work
  • Maintain harmonious and orderly classroom
  • Substitute teach as necessary
  • Responsible, reliable, flexible, enthusiastic, and good communication skills are necessary

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value collaborative working relations among our colleagues, confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community, and dedication to the whole school. Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA. We serve over 300 students in Early Childhood through 12th grade on a beautiful seven-acre campus. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum including Music, Handwork, Blacksmith and Woodwork, Drama, Living Lab, Outdoor Education, Spanish, German, Foreign Exchange program, Eurythmy, Games/PE, as well as a middle and high school Athletics Program.

This is an hourly, non-exempt position with a pay rate of $15.76 per hour. Work hours are 8:30-10:30am Monday through Friday (except for non-school days); plus weekly meeting with class teacher. Attendance is also required at in-service and training meetings in August, upon request. Term of service currently runs from September 1st through December 18th, 2020 and may be extended to the full school year dependent upon school needs. Benefits offered include paid sick time per Oregon state law. To apply, please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including emails and phone numbers (in PDF format only) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School Science and Math Teacher 2020-21

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for High School Science and Math teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. A Bachelor’s Degree and teaching experience is required; Preferred candidates have received a Waldorf Teacher training certificate from an AWSNA-accredited training facility and ideally have Waldorf high school teaching experience.

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value collaborative working relations among our colleagues, confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community, and dedication to the whole school. Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA. We serve about 300 students in Early Childhood through 12th grade on a beautiful seven-acre campus. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum including eurythmy, music, handwork, woodwork, drama, outdoor education, Spanish, German, PE as well as a middle and high school athletics program.

This is a full-time, exempt, salary position and compensation is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, tuition remission, 401(k) plan, and professional development opportunities. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references (in PDF format only) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

African Drumming Teacher 2019-20

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time African Drumming Teacher in our High School for the 2019-20 school year.  Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. This position is an integral part of the music program at our school, which offers a secure, healthy, and nurturing environment for students. We are looking for individuals dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community, and dedication to the whole school.

Students take African drumming class as a group with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced in the same class. Class size is roughly 15 students.

Job duties include:

  • Inspire student enthusiasm for playing music.
  • Write syllabus that clarifies goals of class, expectation in class and grading criteria.
  • Introduce traditional African rhythms and songs on Djembe and Dun Duns using call and response.
  • Identify and monitor individualized learning goals for each student to ensure their continued growth as a musician, and tie those goals to the assessment of each student.
  • Help with concert set up, staging and take down.

Class times are:

  • Two 45 minute classes per week
  • Two concerts per year (usually January/May)

Grading:  A calculated grade and personalized comment for each student are due at the end of each term – in January and in May.

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA. We serve about 300 students in Early Childhood through 12th grade on a beautiful seven-acre campus. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum including Music, Handwork, Blacksmith and Woodwork, Drama, Living Lab, Outdoor Education, Spanish, German, Foreign Exchange program, Eurythmy, Games/PE, as well as a middle and high school Athletics Program.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position with a pay rate of $36.77/hour. The position follows the school year, starting in September and ending when school is out in June. Benefits offered include paid sick time. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Substitute Teachers

Portland Waldorf School is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers in all sections of the school, including Early Childhood, Aftercare, Grades main lesson, Grades Subjects, High School main lesson, and High School Specialty. Bachelor’s Degree required; Preferred candidates have received a Waldorf Teacher training certificate from an AWSNA-accredited training facility or a State teaching license. Once approved, you will need to complete a background check. Other licensing requirements must also be met for Early Childhood and Aftercare substitutes. Pay rates vary depending on position. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to: teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Portland Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, tuition assistance programs, staff hiring, or other school programs.
We review each job candidate’s credentials on the basis of their overall qualifications and their individual qualities and abilities.  We recognize that Waldorf teacher training at AWSNA certified training programs is a valued professional qualification aligned with our goals and value as a school.  We also acknowledge that such training is not the only path toward preparation and excellence as a Waldorf teacher.  We will continue to look carefully and holistically at each candidate’s qualifications; for us, the person is always more important than the program.
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