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Employment

 

Waldorf School of Princeton is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that hires qualified candidates and does not discriminate on the basis of color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation. Job openings are posted throughout the year.

 

Love where you work!  The Waldorf School of Princeton sits on 20 acres of beautifully tended campus, including access to a creek, forest walks, and carefully tended gardens. The campus is within easy reach of the thriving village center of Hopewell and the college town of Princeton. Further afield, New York City, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore provide endless entertainment at weekends.

 

An Associate Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the Waldorf School of Princeton is committed to providing a rich Waldorf education to all its students, from pre-K through 8th grade. In 2021, the school committed to a nine-year plan to build our school into a beacon for the local community, with a team of dedicated, well-supported, excellent educators at its heart.  We are excited to welcome new members of our team to help us on this journey.

 

Joining the Waldorf School of Princeton, you will find yourself among kindred spirits. Our faculty and staff form a supportive group, working together for the children in our care, encouraging one another to do their best work, and extending grace when we struggle.

 

Teachers who are not familiar with Waldorf education will be supported through the training and professional development needed to deliver our carefully crafted curriculum that meets the developmental needs of each child.

 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Pamela Shafer, Faculty Chair, pshafer@princetonwaldorf.org

Faculty Chair 

Read the full job description here. Interested applicants may send a CV and references to Schoo Administrator Zoe Brookes.

 

Part-TimeEarly Childhood Assistants

 

The Waldorf School of Princeton is looking for part-time Early Childhood Assistants to join our growing program. Experience in working with younger children, ages 2-6, is beneficial.

 

The Early Childhood program is housed in our old farmhouse building that has been extended and updated. Each classroom has its own play area adjacent to our biodynamic garden, which the children visit. There is a CSA farm next door, where the children visit to feed the chickens and do small tasks. The children take walks through the woods and play at the creek. Students have beautiful, inviting indoor spaces for creative play and building, circle time, meal sharing, and creative projects. The morning program runs until 12 p.m., an extended program continues until 3 p.m., and Aftercare is available until 6 p.m. Assistants typically work half days, from 8 to 1pm or from 12 to 3pm. A person in this position must be able to take long walks with the class. 

 

This is a part time role. The hourly rate is $19.

 

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with life experiences less well represented in the independent school sector.

Practical/Fine Arts Teacher

To teach fine and/or practical arts to students from 1st through 8th grade. Offerings may include drawing, painting, ceramic arts, crafts, handcrafts, woodworking, or other media.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and present daily lessons 

  • Set and carry out goals for student learning and achievement

  • Collaborate with class teachers to support all students

  • Communicate any apparent special needs or learning difficulties to school specialists

  • Communicate with parents about student needs and student progress

  • Write student reports twice a year

  • Conduct Parent Teacher Conferences 

  • Supervise students during recesses and dismissal as assigned

  • Substitute as requested 

  • Attend 1-3 regular weekly meetings

Skills required:

  • Strong ability in at least two fine or practical arts.

  • Ability to manage a classroom and support students in acquiring skills and applying creativity.

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, ability to organize activities for class, ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and parents.
     

Training required:

Many teachers in this role hold a Bachelor’s degree plus completion of Waldorf training. We are open to applicants with a range of educational and professional backgrounds who show an aptitude for teaching, and a true curiosity for and affinity with Waldorf education.


Minimum Experience Requirements:
Demonstrated experience in teaching fine and/or practical arts
Preferred Experience Requirements:
3 years of classroom teaching experience in fine and/or practical arts

Minimum Education Requirements:
None

Preferred Education Requirements:
Bachelor or Masters in Teaching

Physical Requirements:
   1.    Walking between buildings, standing in class
   2.    Light lifting and carrying of books and teaching materials

Pay, terms and benefits:

This position is currently part time, 12 hours per week. A candidate bringing teaching skills in multiple areas would be considered for a full time position.

If part-time, $33-$40 per hour without benefits.

If full-time, $49k - $79k based on our teacher scale. Health and retirement benefits included.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio of artistic work to:

Zoe Brookes, School Administrator, administrator@princetonwaldorf.org

Early Childhood Teacher 

Waldorf School of Princeton is seeking an early childhood teacher to open a third mixed-age Kindergarten class, though we also welcome applications from teachers who prefer working with nursery-aged students.

Love where you work! The Waldorf School of Princeton sits on 20 acres of beautifully tended campus, including access to a creek, forest walks, and carefully tended gardens. The campus is within easy reach of the thriving village center of Hopewell and the college town of Princeton. Further afield, New York City, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore provide endless entertainment at weekends.

 

An Associate Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the Waldorf School of Princeton is committed to providing a rich Waldorf education to all its students, from pre-K through 8th grade. In 2021, the school committed to a nine-year plan to build our school into a beacon for the local community, with a team of dedicated, well-supported, excellent educators at its heart. Since 2020, our enrollment has grown from 107 to 150 students and we are preparing for continued growth in the coming years.

Teachers who are not familiar with Waldorf education will be supported through the training and professional development needed to deliver our carefully crafted curriculum that meets the developmental needs of each child.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Pamela Shafer, Faculty Chair, pshafer@princetonwaldorf.org

Early Childhood Teacher Job Description and Specifications

Full-time position from August 2023. Pay range from $44k to $70k commensurate with experience. The upper range represents 20 years of lead classroom experience. Health-care and 3% pension contribution included.

Role and Responsibilities

Lead a classroom of 12 to 20 students according to Waldorf principles.

Encourage the development and understanding of the value of Waldorf education among early childhood families.

Specific duties include but not necessarily limited to:

  • Welcome new families to class, including making home visits

  • Prepare room and materials before the start of the school year

  • Maintain the play yard as an appropriate environment for children

  • Maintain accurate attendance records

  • Select and request ordering of materials used in the classroom

  • Assume full responsibility for children during the school day

  • Direct, train and support one or more classroom assistants

  • Create and carry out a well-planned age-appropriate kindergarten curriculum including circle, story, practical and artistic work, puppet shows, festivals and birthday celebrations

  • Maintain close communication with parents, within appropriate boundaries

  • Attend and contribute to outreach and marketing events

  • Interview prospective children and parents and contribute to determinations on accepting students

  • Host parent/teacher conferences two times/ year

  • Work with parent representatives and the Parent Caregiver Association in support of the school

  • Host at least three parent meetings per year

  • Offer regular written parent communication 

  • Prepare festivals for the larger school community: Michaelmas, Lantern Walk,Winter Garden, etc.

  • Attend weekly faculty and section meetings

  • Complete tasks required by administration in relation to recordkeeping, policies, procedures

  • Conduct developmental assessments of all eligible first-grade ready children

  • Attend yearly EC conference

Working Conditions

We are committed to teaching outdoors in all weathers, so a willingness to work outside is essential.

The Early Childhood team works together to support one another and reports to the Faculty Chair. Mentorship is provided for new teachers.

EC teachers supervise one or more classroom assistants

Minimum Experience and Education Requirements:

One year working as a class lead in a Waldorf school OR three years working as a classroom assistant in a Waldorf school OR three years working as a class lead in another early childhood setting

Committed to taking Waldorf teacher training

Preferred Experience and Education Requirements:

Three or more years working as a class leader in a Waldorf school

Complete Waldorf teacher training

Required Skills

Ability to follow a Waldorf early childhood curriculum

Physical Requirements:

  1. Lift 30lb

  2. Walk with students, move between indoors and outdoor
     

Additional Notes

We particularly encourage applications from individuals with identities less well-represented in independent school settings

 

Grades Teacher

 

  

Primary Function: 

To serve as guiding teacher for a class in grades 1-5 (lower grades teacher) or 6-8 (middle school team teacher). Class teachers typically stay with a class for several years, teaching the same group of children. 

The central part of the school day in Waldorf education is the main lesson, delivered in the mornings. Main lessons are typically divided into 3-4 week blocks, focusing on one topic at a time. The class teacher teaches the main lesson content and developmentally appropriate study skills. 

The class teacher also coordinates with special subject teachers, communicates with parents, and carries responsibility for the welfare of the students in the class.

Responsibilities:

The class teacher begins the day with the students and incorporates an introductory warm up with the class which can include poetry, music, recorder, speech, mental math, or movement. Besides the Main Lesson blocks for the curriculum for the year, the class teacher offers support skills depending on the needs for that grade level. We do offer time in the day for lesson planning. 

Teachers are expected to attend faculty meetings, offer parent meetings (about 4 per year), and meet with parents in conferences twice a year. Teachers write individual reports for each child in time for the end of the school year.

The social life of a class is dependent on the guidance of the class teacher with support from subject teachers. It is important to enforce discipline, respect, and safety in the classroom. Sometimes this requires extra conversations with parents. A class teacher stays with their class for snack, lunch, and dismissal, and has some recess duties. Extra duties are Open Houses and Festival days with the community.

Part of the life of a class is a class play each year and a class trip (except grade 1 and 2). The Class teacher is expected to plan each of these, supported by the parents and the school. In the middle school, teachers may work together to create one middle school play. 

The teacher maintains a relationship with the class parent representative who attends Parent & Caregiver Association meetings. The class teacher also writes a weekly update to parents that reviews class work and updates them on upcoming class events. 

The class teacher is responsible for the class supplies budget. 

All teachers follow the employee manual and school policies.

Required Skills: 

Ability to engage a class of up to 20 students in line with the Waldorf curriculum, ability to communicate in English effectively verbally and in writing, ability to organize activities for class, ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and parents, ability to address social conflict among students.

Desirable Skills:

We value teachers who bring additional specialist skills e.g. handwork, music, movement and games, dance, circus arts, digital literacy, second language etc.

Required Training and Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree, plus experience working with children aged 6-13.

Willingness to complete Waldorf teacher training while working at the school.

Desirable Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education. 

Completed Waldorf teacher training.

Experience teaching in classrooms in school settings. 

Remuneration:

Teachers' salaries are set based on an assessment of their prior experience and qualifications according to a salary scale. Increments are awarded for experience and training both inside and outside Waldorf education, with a higher weighting given to Waldorf-specific training and qualifications. Teachers earn increments for each year of teaching experience up to 15 years, and additional increments for the breadth of skills and experience that they bring to the school. The anticipated range for 2023/24 is $48,000 to $92,000, with most salaries falling in the middle of this scale. Full-time employees are entitled to health benefits and will receive 3% pension contribgution.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: Pamela Shafer, Faculty Chair, pshafer@princetonwaldorf.org

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” —Albert Einstein