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.

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.

Pedagogical Chair

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Pedagogical Chair.  Successful candidates will work collaboratively with colleagues and the parent community to create an educational environment aligned with Waldorf pedagogy, our school mission, and program goals.   

This position provides pedagogical administrative support to all faculty from early childhood through high school. Working out of a model of servant and collaborative leadership, the Pedagogical Chair attends regular faculty meetings and works closely with all faculty, the College of Teachers, the School Chair, and section chairs to oversee the daily and yearly responsibilities in all areas listed below. This includes, but is not limited to, leading and overseeing the following tasks and committees:

  • Teacher development, including coordinating and tracking evaluations, mentoring, establishing teacher support plans, and peer review program.
  • Hiring committee, including recruitment, interviews, decisions, and onboarding of new hires, which could include establishing a buddy system.
  • Curriculum development and oversight, including curriculum sharing, maintaining an awareness of ongoing curriculum and pedagogical developments in both Waldorf Education and the larger educational community, and providing curriculum support.
  • Oversee a student care committee, including chair positions at both lower and high school levels. Provide support to student care work as needed.
  • Support Auxiliary Program Director; work with teachers and staff to develop programs that reflect Waldorf values, including the aftercare program, clubs, and camps.
  • Oversee task of substitute planning, class scheduling, recess/dismissal duty protocol. 
  • Oversee planning of in-service days, professional development planning, and guest speakers throughout the year.
  • Ensure that parent and employee handbooks have appropriate pedagogical content; collaborate with the School Chair to develop policies and procedures that are supportive of the school as a whole.
  • Ensure adequate report-writing process, including advice, editing and proofing; academic probations/sports exclusions for middle school; midyear reports for middle grades.
  • Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled, planned, and completed with clear procedures, including documentation.
  • Support healthy parent/teacher communications; guidelines for parent meetings and parent educational opportunities; school disciplinary processes among parents and teachers.
  • Work closely with the Parent Association.
  • Leadership role in accreditation process.

Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf teacher and/or administrative training are required.
  • Preferred candidates will have a Master’s degree and at least five years Waldorf teaching/leadership experience, ideally in a K-12 Waldorf school. 
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.
  • Commitment to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Portland Waldorf School.
  • Knowledge of and connections with wider Waldorf Education and Anthroposophical organizations.

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA.  We serve over 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve on a beautiful seven-acre campus.  We offer a full Waldorf curriculum, including eurythmy, handwork, instrumental and choral music, blacksmithing and woodworking, drama, Spanish, German, games/movement, Living Lab, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

This is a full-time, exempt, salary position and compensation is commensurate with experience and training.  This position reports to the School Chair and the College of Teachers. Benefits offered include medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.  Please send a brief one-page biography/letter of interest, resume, and three professional references, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses (in PDF format) 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.
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