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.

Nursery Assistant Teacher 2019-20

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time Nursery Assistant Teacher for the 2019-20 school year. The Nursery class is for children ages 2.5-3 years old.  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 and experience working with children ages 2.5-3 is a plus
  • 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, and efficient
  • Proficiency in singing, story-telling, and circle time is preferred

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 a part-time, non-exempt position with a pay rate of $15.30/hour. The work hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:00am-2:00pm, plus two additional hours per week for meetings, as well as attendance at school open houses and festivals as requested. Benefits offered include paid sick time per Oregon state law. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Games/PE Teacher 2020-21

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Games/PE Teacher for the 2019-20 school year. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students in grades two through eight, 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. A Bachelor’s Degree and teaching experience is required; Preferred candidates have received a Waldorf Teacher training certificate, have completed the Spacial Dynamics program, and ideally have Waldorf teaching experience. This position will also coordinate and participate in all lower school annual regional athletic events including Olympiad, Medieval Games, Grade 7/8 Track Meets, plus additional duties as needed to reach full-time equivalency.

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.

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.

 

Lead Teachers – Early Childhood Summer Camp

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Lead Teacher for one week of our Early Childhood Summer Camp (August 19-23, 2019). Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students and will work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators, as well as the parent community, to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals.

Areas of responsibility include: plans daily/weekly rhythm of activities in alignment with Waldorf pedagogy, and in collaboration with other faculty and staff; supports and cares for the children, knows and implements appropriate behavior and safety guidelines/policies; guides children in cooperative, developmentally appropriate play; keeps a safe and healthy space; abides by all state licensing requirements.

Skills required: experience or interest in Waldorf education; strong communication skills; calm, gentle manner; strives to conduct themselves in ways that are worthy of children’s imitation; works cooperatively with groups; proficiency in handwork, crafts, music, or singing; reliable and punctual.

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.

PWS is a state-licensed childcare center and all teachers must ensure the program is in compliance with state regulations at all times. This position is non-exempt, with an hourly pay rate of $17.34. 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 if there are students staying for aftercare). To apply for this position, send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School Math Teacher (Part-time)

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time High School Math Teacher 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 educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals. A Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years teaching experience is required.  Waldorf Teacher training certificate is preferred (either completed or in progress).

We are looking for an individual with a love and enthusiasm for mathematics. This position will be responsible for coaching and tracking students at several levels of High School mathematics from Pre-Algebra to Calculus (not in a traditional lecture format). This position could be combined with other openings in the school and has the potential to become a fuller position in future years.

This is a part-time, non-exempt, hourly position with a pay rate of $35.70 per hour.  Benefits include paid sick time per Oregon law. Please send resume, letter of interest, 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.

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.