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 285 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.

School Chair

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a School Chair to help steward the school into its next phase of growth and development. The ideal candidate is Waldorf-trained and has significant administrative experience and a commitment to working collaboratively. The Chair:

  • Is responsible for the day-to-day and long-term leadership of the school
  • Advances the strategic vision for the school as defined by the College of Teachers and Board of Trustees
  • Supports the principles of Waldorf pedagogy and partners with the College to promote these principles in all areas of the school
  • Supervises all Directors and ensures that internal practices are financially sound
  • Works closely with the College of Teachers to ensure a clear and fair process for evaluating, supporting, and giving feedback to Faculty
  • Participates in the hiring of faculty and staff
  • Executes decisions related to major program changes
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees

Candidates should have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred from an accredited educational institution
  • Significant experience in/knowledge of Waldorf education and philosophy
  • Ability to think strategically with excellent analytic and abstract reasoning skills
  • Familiarity with current best practices in independent and Waldorf schools
  • Successful management or supervisory experience
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to a continually evolving environment
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and written communication skills
  • Strong oral communication skills which convey compassion and accessibility
  • A sense of humor combined with warmth and a professional presence and manner

Located in historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon on a beautiful seven-acre campus with natural waterways, multiple gardens and play areas, Portland Waldorf School offers a dynamic combination of urban convenience with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In its 35th year, PWS is both well-established and financially secure, and is the only Waldorf school in the state with a full program from preschool through high school.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to crystal.lawrence@portlandwaldorf.org.  Application deadline for this position is February 1, 2018.

Accounting Assistant/Registrar

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time Accounting Assistant/Registrar in our Business Office.

Job Duties:

  • Accounts Payable: prepare voucher packets, enter in accounting system, route for approvals, maintain vendor files, generate canned reports, serve as administrative contact with vendors
  • Reconciliations: reconcile bank accounts, subsidiary to general ledgers
  • Journal Entries: prepare and enter routine journal entries on a scheduled basis, enter additional ad hoc journal entries as requested
  • Accounts Receivable: monitor client accounts and create invoices for miscellaneous (not tuition) receivables, enter payments in accounting system; enter gift pledges in accounting system
  • Cash Receipts: prepare complete documentation of cash receipts, including donations, and enter in accounting system
  • Registrations: Create paper and electronic files for current and new students; request information from other schools for new students; ensure medical, contact, and assessment information is current and complete for all students
  • Database management: for student registration system only
  • Most employees participate in monitoring a couple of recess periods on the playground for students each week.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Accuracy in data entry and analysis; strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with standard Office software
  • Minimum education: Associates Degree in Accounting or Business Administration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of GAAP and non-profit accounting—know your debits and credits
  • Experience with Veracross or other accounting software
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration

Located in historic downtown Milwaukie, Oregon on a beautiful seven-acre campus with natural waterways, multiple gardens and play areas, Portland Waldorf School offers a dynamic combination of urban convenience with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In its 35th year, PWS is both well-established and financially secure, and is the only Waldorf school in the state with a full program from preschool through high school.

This position is non-exempt with a pay rate of $15/hour, working 20 hours per week.  Paid sick time is offered with this position. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to deena.fishbein@portlandwaldorf.org. No phone calls please.

High School Chair

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time High School Chair starting in the 2018-19 school year. The ideal candidate loves adolescents, has intuition and visioning skills to ensure the high school meets what is needed for the new generation of students, is able to give eloquent public presentations about the value of a Waldorf High School education, is able to work in unity with the grades school to bridge the grades and high school, is very organized and good with time management, prioritization and follow-through, is collaborative in decision making, has been successful in managing personnel issues warmly and directly, is confident and warm in upholding form and policies, is able to remain calm during conflict, has been successful in facilitating disagreements between two groups, and understands how to work with parents, faculty and students in a way that they feel heard, held accountable for agreed upon policies, and empowered to make a difference in the life of the school.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required; Preferred candidates will also have a Waldorf High School Teacher training certificate and experience teaching in a Waldorf High School. This position could be combined with another part-time position at our school.

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for our school’s mission. 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 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.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include paid time off and professional development opportunities. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Kindergarten Lead Teacher beginning immediately or for the 2018-2019 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.

This position is an integral part of the school’s Early Childhood Program which offers a secure, healthy, and nurturing environment for children with weekly and seasonal rhythms that include circle time, story, creative and active play, and nourishment. Responsibilities include curriculum planning, maintaining a clean and organized classroom, participating in meetings and outreach events, and engaging parents through parent education and regular class meetings. Skills required include understanding and working out of Anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy; ability to work well with young children, parents, and colleagues; good communication processes and skills, including email; proficiency in handwork and music; reliable, punctual, well-organized and efficient; commitment to work with group process and consensus decision making.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certificate or equivalent as recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
  • At least two years teaching in a classroom of young children

We are looking for an individual 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.

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.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development opportunities. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher (Long Term Substitute)

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time Early Childhood Assistant Teacher as a Long-Term Substitute for the rest of the 2017-18 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. This position is an integral part of the school’s Early Childhood Program which offers a secure, healthy, and nurturing environment for children with weekly and seasonal rhythms that include circle time, story, creative and active play, and nourishment. We are looking for an individual 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:

  • 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
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certificate or equivalent as recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (or in process)
  • At least one year teaching in a Waldorf early childhood classroom
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Lead Teacher and other faculty and staff
  • Maintain a clean and organized classroom
  • Good communication skills, including email
  • reliable, punctual, well-organized and efficient
  • Proficiency in handwork, music, and eurythmy preferred

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 $15.30/hour. The work hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am-2:00pm, plus one additional hour per week for section meeting and one additional hour per week for class shopping, as well as attendance at school open houses and festivals as requested. Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Vacation Camp Assistant Teachers

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for Vacation Camp Assistant Teachers in Early Childhood and Grades for Summer 2018. The Vacation Camp Assistant Teachers will work under the supervision of the Lead Teachers. PWS is a state-licensed childcare center so all teachers must ensure the program is in compliance with state regulations at all times.

Areas of responsibility include: support and care of the children, know and implement the behavior guidelines, guide children in cooperative play, keep a safe and healthy classroom, abide by all state licensing requirements.

Skills required: experience or interest in Waldorf education; good communication skills; calm, gentle manner; works cooperatively with groups; proficiency in handwork, crafts, music, or singing; reliable and punctual.

This position is non-exempt, with an hourly pay rate of $14.28/hour. Benefits include paid sick time, per Oregon state law.  Hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm (or 5:30pm). 2018 summer camp weeks start June 18 through August 31 (closed July 4). To apply for this position, send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

First Grade Class Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time First Grade Class Teacher starting in the 2018-19 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 a Waldorf Teacher training certificate are required; Preferred candidates will also have Waldorf 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 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.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development opportunities. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Games/P.E. Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Games/PE Teacher for the 2017-18 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students in grades two through ten, will have a working understanding of students’ social and physical development; and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. Bachelor’s Degree and teaching experience over many months required; Preferred candidates have received a Waldorf Teacher training certificate from an AWSNA-accredited training facility and/or have completed the Spacial Dynamics program, and ideally have Waldorf 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. This position will also coordinate and participate in all lower school annual regional athletic events including Olympiad, Medieval Games, and Grade 7/8 Track Meets.  Competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development benefits are offered. Please send resume and letter of interest to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Athletic Director

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for an Athletic Director (middle school and high school) starting in the summer for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students in team sports and will work collaboratively with coaches, faculty and administrators to create an Athletic Program that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. A Bachelor’s Degree is required; Preferred candidates will also have applicable work experience in: complying with OSAA rules and regulations, contracting with coaches, scheduling games and practices, ordering uniforms, attending meetings, communicating with parents, students, and volunteers, coordinating transportation to games, managing a budget, updating students’ records, and participating in training each year. Team sports offered at Portland Waldorf School include Girls Volleyball, Boys/Girls Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Ultimate Frisbee.

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for sports. 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 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.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

9th Grade Physics Teacher for guest teaching block

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for an experienced Waldorf teacher for a 9th Grade Physics guest teaching block in May/June 2018. Ideal 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 and ideally have Waldorf 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 position is classified as an Independent Contractor for a 3-week guest teaching block in May/June 2018.  Competitive pay and travel expenses will be paid.  This position is not eligible for benefits.  Please send resume and letter of interest, including three professional references (phone & email) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

 

High School Math and Physics Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time High School Math and Physics Teacher for the 2018-19 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 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.

Competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development benefits are offered. Please send resume and letter of interest to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Parent/Child Class Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is seeking qualified candidates to teach in parent/child classes of 2-2.5 hours in the mornings to small groups of families with children under the age of three. Teacher responsibilities include curriculum planning and activity preparation, parent communication, classroom maintenance, meeting attendance, collaborative work with other faculty and staff regarding student care, outreach and admissions, school festivals and events, etc.

Ideal candidates have experience teaching in a Waldorf Early Childhood setting, including parent education and parent-child classes, and have completed some or all of the Waldorf Early Childhood training at an accredited teacher training center.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Abide by State of Oregon regulations for Child Chair Certification including holding of current Food Handler and Infant and Child First Aid/CPR card and “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” certification
  • Maintain enrolled status in Oregon Central Background Registry
  • Training and experience in teaching or assisting in an early childhood setting
  • An understanding of early childhood development congruent with a Waldorf educational perspective
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and staff

Compensation dependent on hours and experience. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School Student Assistance Coordinator

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time High School Student Assistance Coordinator starting in the 2018-19 school year. A Bachelor’s Degree is required; Preferred candidates will also have a Waldorf High School Teacher training certificate and experience teaching in a Waldorf High School.  Candidates must have the ability to understand psychological assessments and create support plans that include appropriate accommodations.  The ideal candidate has training and experience in identifying and supporting learning and behavioral differences in adolescents, values neuro-diversity, has empathy for students with learning differences, believes that it is essential to nurture self-reliance in the students, and is able to create and hold firm boundaries for the students, parents and teachers. Candidates must also be very organized, good with time management, have clear and supportive communications skills, and be comfortable using Word, Excel, file sharing, and email.

We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for our school’s mission. 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 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.

Compensation is dependent upon education and experience. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references 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.

Woodwork and Blacksmith Substitute Teachers

Portland Waldorf School is accepting applications for Woodworking and Blacksmithing Substitute Teachers for the Middle School and High School sections. Experience in Woodworking or Blacksmithing 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. This is an hourly, non-exempt position with a pay rate of $35.70/hour. 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.