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.

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is accepting applications for a teacher’s assistant position in our Early Childhood program. 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.

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 Lead Teacher and other faculty and staff as needed

The teacher’s assistant works under the direction of the Lead Teacher, and the hours are approximately 8am – 2pm daily. This is an hourly position and the pay rate is $15-16/hour, depending on experience. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School ESL Teacher

Position Overview: Part-time High School position providing English language instruction and academic/homework support to approximately seven international students.

Position Begins: September 2017

The ideal candidate will have:

  • TESOL certification, Oregon Teaching License with ESOL Endorsement or similar qualifications
  • Experience working with adolescents
  • Experience teaching high-intermediate/ advanced English language learners in an academic setting
  • Familiarity with Waldorf pedagogy

Compensation: This is a 10-15 hour per week position at a rate of $35/hour.

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

Elementary and Middle School Remedial Tutor

Ideal candidate has tutoring or teaching experience, has completed a training that enables them to offer reading tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham approach, and is able to offer remedial support in spelling, reading, writing and math. Tutor will usually work one-on-one with six to eight students (based on teacher referrals) which results in an average of twelve to sixteen hours of work per week. To inquire, send resume and cover letter to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

High School Math Teacher

Portland Waldorf High School is currently seeking a math enthusiast to join the math department in the 2017-18 school year. Working together with other members of the math department, this part-time position will be responsible for coaching and tracking students at several levels of mathematics from Pre-Algebra to Calculus (not in a traditional lecture format).

We are looking for an individual with a love and enthusiasm for teaching and for mathematics. This position in particular emphasizes collaborative working relations between colleagues. Candidates must have a strong facility to teach all levels of high school math.   Preferred candidates have a Waldorf teacher training certificate from an AWSNA-accredited training facility.

Please direct questions and applications to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Games/P.E. Teacher

Position Begins: September 2017

Portland Waldorf School is seeking candidates to fill the following curriculum needs in the field of Games & Movement:

  • Teach Games class twice a week for Grades 2-5
  • Teach P.E. class twice a week for Grades 6-8
  • Teach P.E. class twice a week for Grades 9-12 (combined)
  • -Coordinate and participate in all lower school annual regional athletic events including
  • Olympiad, Medieval Games, Grade 7/8 Track Meet

Depending on the successful applicant’s interests and abilities, some of the above responsibilities could be combined to make a full time position. Successful candidates will enthusiastically and energetically engage students of all ages, with a working understanding of their 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. Preferred candidates have received a Waldorf Teacher training certificate from an AWSNA-accredited training facility and/or have completed the Spacial Dynamics program.

Please send applications and inquiries 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.

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.

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.