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.

Fifth Grade Teacher 2019-20

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Fifth Grade Class Teacher starting in the 2019-20 school year and continuing the journey with the class through eighth grade. 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. 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 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.

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 including emails and phone numbers (in PDF format only) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher 2019-20

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time Kindergarten Assistant 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. 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 two additional hours per week for meetings, as well as attendance at school open houses and festivals as requested. Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance; tuition remission; 401(k) plan; and professional development opportunities. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including phone and email (in PDF format) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Community Development Director (Fundraising)

Do you believe human relationship lies at the heart of fundraising? That successful community development takes patience, strategy, humor, and vision? Do you enjoy connecting people with opportunities for their values to take form?

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a creative, dynamic, and audacious fundraising professional–one who is highly collaborative, but self-driven; experienced, but hasn’t stopped learning; current, but dying to innovate; looks for their blind spots, and keeps children at the center.

The Community Development Director supports Portland Waldorf School by coordinating fundraising and friend-raising efforts that engage and enliven the school community, support its budget, and help carry out its mission. The successful Director will promote positive relationships both within the school community and the community at large in ways that inspire people to become involved and support the financial and general well-being of the school. This position is founded on a model of service-based leadership committed to collaboration, consensus, transparency, and Waldorf education.

You will join a supportive and adaptable administrative team, to usher PWS into an exciting new phase of growth and transformation. While the school has been around for 36 years, this is an opportunity to reanimate and invigorate its development program for the next 100 years of Waldorf Education. We need someone who’s not afraid to take on new challenges, from software to a capital campaign, and can balance pioneer initiative with professional skill.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Create and implement the school’s current and future plans to engage the community in the economic realm of the school, working with parents, alumni, the Board of Trustees, and administration.
  • Lead philanthropic efforts to raise funds that support salaries, operations, tuition assistance, and capital improvements by working closely with faculty, staff, trustees, and parents to match needs and resources.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors, grandparents, alumni and parent volunteers to conduct the Annual Support Campaign and annual fundraising events.
  • Encourage and facilitate activities that build positive relationships with parents, grandparents, alumni and friends from the greater community so that gifts of work, wealth and wisdom are welcomed and integrated into the school’s achievement of its plans.
  • Collaborate with the Admissions and Communications functions to ensure a strong, positive profile and image of the school in the greater community.

A Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of community-oriented fundraising experience are required. Experience in major gifts development, capital asks, event management, annual campaigns, and current development software are strongly preferred. An enthusiasm for Waldorf education and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are also highly valued. This is a full-time, year-round position beginning July 1, 2019, with a salary range of $40,000-50,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance, tuition remission, retirement plan, and paid time off. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including emails and phone numbers (in PDF format only) to crystal.lawrence@portlandwaldorf.org.

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.

Faculty Administrator (Part-Time)

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a Faculty Administrator to support the School Chair for the 2019-20 school year.  This is a one-year, part-time position that provides administrative support in the faculty realm, primarily to the School Chair, who oversees both the pedagogical and operational sides of the school. The ideal individual combines excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a love of creating clarity and consistency with a demonstrated understanding of, and dedication to, Waldorf pedagogy.

Working out of a model of servant and collaborative leadership, the faculty administrator attends regular faculty meetings, and communicates closely with all faculty, the College of Teachers, and the School Chair to oversee daily and yearly rhythms in the pedagogical life of the school. A background in Waldorf Education is required; familiarity with the PWS community is strongly desired.

After one year, the position will be revisited with an eye on expansion toward a full-time faculty chair-type role.

HIGH PRIORITY responsibilities include:

  • Professional development tracking and coordinating

  • Evaluations

  • Mentoring (external and internal)

  • Substitutions / guest teachers

  • Licensing (Early Childhood + Aftercare)

  • Required training/in-service planning

  • Work week planning

  • Curriculum sharing and reviewing

  • Liaise w/ Student Care Group

  • Provide administrative support for report writing/reading/advising

  • Role in creating and administering teacher support plans

  • Help with editing/drafting policies for faculty and family handbooks

  • Parent-Teacher conference procedures

A FEW POTENTIAL AREAS FOR EXPANSION:

  • Assisting with teacher hiring process: onboarding, new faculty orientation

  • Assistance with scheduling: class and recess

  • Overseeing recess duty protocol

  • Maintain an awareness of ongoing curriculum and pedagogical developments in both Waldorf Education and in the larger educational community.

  • Work with parent meeting curricula / parent education opportunities in lower school

  • Support healthy parent-teacher communications in the lower school

  • Track and report teacher absences

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.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include paid sick time per Oregon law. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including emails and phone numbers (in PDF format only) to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

German Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a part-time German Teacher (Grades 5-8) 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. Oral and written fluency in German, a Bachelor’s Degree, and at least two years teaching experience is required.  German as your native language and a Waldorf Teacher training certificate is preferred (either completed or in progress).

The German curriculum strengthens and balances the growth of the child. Teachers are expected to bring curriculum and activities to their subject area with the principles of Waldorf pedagogy while working in close collaboration with the other German teachers and the class teachers to support the developmental needs of each particular class. In the older grades, we seek a higher level of language fluency as well as mastery of vocabulary and grammar.

Responsibilities include:
•       Provide classroom instruction to students in Grades 5-8; helping students who need more support
•       Lesson preparation working within the framework of Waldorf education and curriculum
•       Familiarity with not only the mechanics of the language, but knowledge of the cultural experiences, songs, verses, festivals, history, games, food and art of people in German-speaking countries – bring elements of German culture to life in the classroom
•       Prepare written reports at regular intervals during the year
•       Meet with parents during parent/teacher conferences
•       Strong Classroom management skills
•       Responsible, reliable, creative, flexible, enthusiastic, and good communication skills

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 a part-time, non-exempt position with a pay rate of $35.70/hour. There are two classes per week for each grade for a total of 8 classes per week (exact class times are yet to be determined). Benefits offered include paid sick time per Oregon state law. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to teachersearch@portlandwaldorf.org.

Guitar Teacher

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for part-time Guitar 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 guitar 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.
  • Assess students’ abilities at the start of the year.
  • 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.
  • Teach a wide range of skills starting with playing from chord charts or imitation, and leading to reading music, basic music theory and improvisation.
  • Identify songs that can be played by the entire group together with each skill level having a different degree of difficulty to reach (beginners strum basic chords, advanced students do the more complex picking, etc.).
  • Facilitate students breaking into smaller ensembles of at least two people to select their own song to learn. Help them select songs that are appropriately challenging and appropriate in length and language for a school concert.
  • Provide chord charts and/or sheet music for all songs that you teach to the entire group and songs selected by the small ensembles.
  • Help with concert set up, staging and take down.

Class 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 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 $35.70/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 to michelle.averill@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.