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.

First Grade Class Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is looking for a First Grade Class Teacher for the 2017-18 school year. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a completed 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.

Competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development benefits are offered. Please direct questions and applications to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School Earth Sciences, Physics and Math Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is seeking a Waldorf trained and experienced High School Earth Sciences, Physics and Math Teacher for the 2017-18 school year. This is a full-time position beginning Fall of 2017. We are looking for an individual dedicated to Waldorf education, with love and enthusiasm for teaching. We value collaborative working relations among our colleagues, and confidence in representing Waldorf education to the broader community.

Please direct questions and applications to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org

High School Outdoor Education Coordinator & Guide

This is a part-time position for the 2017-2018 school year that can be combined with other job openings to create a fuller position at our school. It would be ideal of the applicant could attend at least one of the upcoming spring trips (April & May 2017) to learn from our current Coordinator. The high school outdoor program consists of a week-long outdoor experience in each of our four grades, which results in this position usually leading two week-long trips in both Fall and Spring for a total of four trips.  This position would be responsible for all planning and logistics, including, but not limited to: securing campsites & backcountry permits in advance, hiring additional outdoor guides as needed, coordination with school personnel, communication to parents, arranging transportation, food, supplies, and maintenance of gear/equipment, working from existing curriculum and contributing additional age appropriate outdoor curriculum design and implementation, and acting as lead guide during the trip. There is the opportunity to create extra-curricular offerings for the students during spring and summer break, using an established format for fee-based experiences that would result in additional compensation and great happiness for the student body.  The ideal candidate will be organized, have training and experience leading meaningful outdoor experiences for teens, experience managing outdoor program logistics particularly in a school setting, maintain medical certifications including WFR and CPR, and be well versed in Waldorf pedagogy. To apply, please send a cover letter and detailed resume to the Teacher Search Committee at teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org, and describe any other skills you have that could result in increased hours of work at our school.

High School Spanish Teacher

This is a part-time position for the 2017-2018 school year that can be combined with other job openings to create a fuller position at our school. Teaching responsibilities will likely include 12 classes each week with grades 9-12. We are looking for a teacher with broad qualifications in teaching Spanish as a second language. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience teaching four levels of high school Spanish, designing curriculum and lesson plans, adjust existing lesson plans to meet needs of the class, facilitating learning when students in the same class have different skill levels, and communicating with parents effectively. The ideal candidate would also have Waldorf training and Waldorf teaching experience, but this is not required. To apply, please send a cover letter and detailed resume to the Teacher Search Committee at teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org, and describe any other skills you have that could result in increased hours of work at our school.

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

The young child learns through imitation; therefore it is of the utmost importance that the adults working in the Early Childhood Program at the Portland Waldorf School strive to be worthy of a child’s emulation and imitation, in all aspects of their lives.

Position Overview:  This full-time 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.

Position Begins: July 2017

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and carry out all areas of curriculum according to Waldorf pedagogy
  • Create and maintain a clean and orderly classroom space and common areas, including outdoors
  • Participate in non-teaching duties including weekly meeting attendance, outreach events
  • Actively engage in healthy parent relations through parent-teacher conferences, regular class meetings

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
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Preferably a 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
  • Understanding of Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to work with group process and consensus decision-making

Skills include:

  • Ability to work well with young children, parents, and colleagues
  • Good communication processes and skills
  • Proficiency in handwork and music
  • Reliable and punctual, well-organized and efficient

Compensation and benefits:  $37,740-$46,920 depending on education and experience; medical and dental insurance; paid time off; tuition remission.

To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Grades Aftercare Lead Teacher

The Grades Aftercare Lead Teacher at the Portland Waldorf School will provide after school care for the students in the Grades from 12:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday. This person is responsible for providing care to all students in alignment with the ideals of Waldorf pedagogy. The position follows the school year, starting in September and ending when school is out 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, Summer Camps).

Areas of responsibility include:

Support and Care of the Child

  • Create a nurturing rhythm to the afternoon with a flow of in-breath and out-breath
  • Care for the physical and emotional well-being of the children
  • Through observation and contemplation, develop an understanding of each child
  • Foster positive relationships (teacher to child, child to child, parent to parent)
  • Know and implement the behavior guidelines
  • Create and maintain an aesthetically pleasing and calm environment using care in choice of materials, form and color
  • Guide children in cooperative play – indoors and outdoors, craft activities, etc.

Parent Relationships

  • Maintain professional relationship with parents and be available as questions and/or concerns arise

Teacher/Assistant Relationships

  • Share the daily/weekly rhythms together with the Assistant Aftercare Teacher
  • Instruct Assistant in ways to support classroom activities

Safe and Healthy Classroom Environment

  • Ensure that all equipment and materials are appropriate and in good repair
  • Ensure that children are in sight of a supervising adult at all times
  • Model and uphold safe standards of behavior
  • Ensure that cleaning compounds or other potentially harmful materials are kept out of reach of children
  • Regularly clean classroom materials and equipment
  • Practice good health standards
  • Prepare food from biodynamic/organic sources whenever possible
  • Request that sick children stay home
  • Dress children appropriately for weather conditions
  • Create and maintain a rhythmic, consistent and organized daily/weekly routine

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend all in-services and professional development days as required
  • Record keeping: attendance, injury reporting, documentation of concerns/conversations about children
  • Order supplies and stay within allotted budget
  • Work with evaluator provided by the PWS Evaluation Committee
  • Interface with business office on billing
  • Maintain accurate attendance records
  • Process drop-ins

State Licensing Requirements

  • Maintain enrolled status in Oregon Central Background Registry
  • Hold a current certificate in “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” training
  • Hold a current Food Handler License
  • Hold a current Child First Aid and CPR card
  • Attend 15 clock hours of ongoing education each year per state licensing requirements
  • Abide by all state licensing requirements

Grades Aftercare Lead Teachers at Portland Waldorf School will have the following education and skills:

  • Experience or interest in Waldorf education and the view of human development found in Anthroposophy
  • Well-versed in computer skills
  • Good communication process and skills
  • Calm, gentle manner
  • Works cooperatively with groups
  • Proficiency in handwork and crafts
  • Musical ability, especially singing
  • Reliable and punctual

This position is an hourly, non-exempt position. The pay rate is $17/hour. This position does not qualify for health insurance benefits or tuition remission benefits. To apply, send resume and cover letter to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Early Childhood Aftercare Lead Teacher

The Early Childhood Aftercare Lead Teacher at the Portland Waldorf School will provide after school care for the students in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes from 12:00 to 5:30 Monday through Friday. This person is responsible for providing care to all students in alignment with the ideals of Waldorf pedagogy. The position follows the school year, starting in September and ending when school is out 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, Summer Camps).

Areas of responsibility include:

Support and Care of the Child

  • Create a nurturing rhythm to the afternoon with a flow of in-breath and out-breath
  • Care for the physical and emotional well-being of the children
  • Through observation and contemplation, develop an understanding of each child
  • Foster positive relationships (teacher to child, child to child, parent to parent
  • Know and implement the behavior guidelines
  • Create and maintain an aesthetically pleasing and calm environment using care in choice of materials, form and color
  • Guide children in cooperative play – indoors and outdoors, craft activities, etc.

Parent Relationships

  • Maintain professional relationship with parents and be available as questions and/or concerns arise

Teacher/Assistant Relationships

  • Share the daily/weekly rhythms together with the Assistant Aftercare Teacher
  • Instruct Assistant in ways to support classroom activities
  • Lead Teachers provide the Assistant with:
    • Job description
    • PWS Parent Handbook

Safe and Healthy Classroom Environment

  • Ensure that all equipment and materials are appropriate and in good repair
  • Ensure that children are in sight of a supervising adult at all times
  • Model and uphold safe standards of behavior
  • Ensure that cleaning compounds or other potentially harmful materials are kept out of reach of children
  • Regularly clean classroom materials and equipment
  • Practice good health standards
  • Prepare food from biodynamic/organic sources whenever possible
  • Request that sick children stay home
  • Dress children appropriately for weather conditions
  • Create and maintain a rhythmic, consistent and organized daily/weekly routine

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend all in-services and professional development days as required
  • Record keeping: attendance, injury reporting, documentation of concerns/conversations about children
  • Order supplies and stay within allotted budget
  • Work with evaluator provided by the PWS Evaluation Committee
  • Interface with business office on billing
  • Maintain accurate attendance records
  • Process drop-ins

State Licensing Requirements

  • Maintain enrolled status in Oregon Central Background Registry
  • Hold a current certificate in “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” training
  • Hold a current Food Handler License
  • Hold a current Child First Aid and CPR card
  • Attend 15 clock hours of ongoing education each year per state licensing requirements
  • Abide by all state licensing requirements

Early Childhood Aftercare Lead Teachers at Portland Waldorf School will have the following education and skills:

  • Experience or interest in Waldorf education and the view of human development found in Anthroposophy
  • Well-versed in computer skills
  • Good communication process and skills
  • Calm, gentle manner
  • Works cooperatively with groups
  • Proficiency in handwork and crafts
  • Musical ability, especially singing
  • Reliable and punctual

This position is an hourly, non-exempt position. The pay rate is $17/hour. This position does not qualify for health insurance benefits or tuition remission benefits. To apply, send resume and cover letter to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Early Childhood Lead Teacher

The young child learns through imitation; therefore it is of the utmost importance that the adults working in the Early Childhood Program at the Portland Waldorf School strive to be worthy of a child’s emulation and imitation, in all aspects of their lives. This position is for our three day per week Pre-K program and 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:

  • Plan and carry out all areas of curriculum according to Waldorf pedagogy
  • Create and maintain a clean and orderly classroom space and common areas, including outdoors
  • Participate in non-teaching duties including weekly meeting attendance, outreach events
  • Actively engage in healthy parent relations through parent-teacher conferences, regular class meetings

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
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Preferably a 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
  • Understanding of Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to work with group process and consensus decision-making

Skills include:

  • Ability to work well with young children, parents, and colleagues
  • Good communication processes and skills
  • Proficiency in handwork and music
  • Reliable and punctual, well-organized and efficient

To Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is accepting applications for a teacher’s assistant position in our Three Day Pre-K Early Childhood program, beginning in August 2017. The ideal candidate has experience teaching in a Waldorf Early Childhood setting and has completed some or all of the Waldorf Early Childhood training at an accredited teacher training center. The teacher’s assistant works under the direction of the Lead Teacher, and the hours are approximately 8:00am – 2:00pm three days per week. This is an hourly position and the pay rate is $15/hour, depending on experience. To apply, send your resume and cover letter 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.