With a main campus blocks from the Mississippi River, and an Early Childhood Center in an historic Uptown neighborhood, the Waldorf School of New Orleans is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality or ethnic origin in its admissions, educational, and hiring policies.

As the only Waldorf School in the state of Louisiana, our faculty and staff enjoy the fantastic opportunities that come with living in one of the most unique cities in America.  From exploring the French Quarter and spending all weekend at Jazz Fest, to enjoying fabulous restaurants and experiencing Mardi Gras (with a school break!), we celebrate life.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, and will grant moving stipends to qualified applicants from outside the New Orleans area, so come on down!

(posted Nov 2017)

Position:      Early Childhood Assistant

Status:          30 Hours per week


Required Qualifications:   

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university

Experience with children

Openness to Waldorf philosophy

Annual 12 hours of continuing education in early childhood


Preferred Qualifications:

1 – 2 years previous classroom experience

Experience in a Waldorf setting


Primary Function:

The job of the early childhood assistant is to support the lead teacher in meeting the needs of the children, the program, and the well-being of the classroom. The assistant teacher understands the essential needs of the young child and supports both children and parents by helping create joy-filled and life-nourishing environments that enhance growth and development during the critical first seven years of life. Understanding that a healthy early childhood provides a strong foundation for the future development of individuals and humanity as a whole, the assistant teacher will help bring healthy movement opportunities, purposeful activities, nourishing images, and clear speech into his/her daily work with the children. The assistant teacher will guide the children toward self-control, cooperation, social awareness, and a feeling of belonging in the group.

Classroom Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Arrive by 8:00am and help prepare the classroom for student arrival at 8:30 a.m.
  • Help to maintain the classroom and EC common areas with duties such as sweeping, dusting, washing dishes, tidying up the bathroom (paper towels, trash, water spills), weeding, watering, etc., throughout the school day.
  • Preparation of the snacks, crafts, painting and other activities, as determined in consultation with lead teacher.
  • Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a safe, harmonious social environment for the students. Continual communication with lead teacher and fellow faculty are vital for the success in this area.
  • Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a clean, orderly classroom environment.
  • Support circle activities and puppet shows as needed.
  • Be prepared to carry the role of lead teacher if the lead teacher is absent.
  • If a full time position, lead the Nap Group. If a part time position, assist with Nap Group, days and hours to be determined.

Supportive Responsibilities

  • Participate in weekly early childhood meetings.
  • Participate in Child Studies.
  • Participate in Festival planning, preparation, and celebration, as outlined in employment agreement and requested by the Lead Teacher.
  • Participate in Open Houses, Parent Nights, and EC community events, as outlined in employment agreement and as requested by the Lead Teacher.
  • Be available and willing to participate in Parent-Teacher conferences, as requested by the Lead Teacher.

Additional Responsibilities:

All teachers share responsibility for the well-being of the school.  Aspects of this responsibility are:

  • Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the Anthroposophical underpinnings of Waldorf Education and child development.
  • Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Trustees.
  • Be available and willing to participate in enrollment process of new students, as determined by Lead Teacher.
  • Attendance and participation in weekly faculty meetings, as well as certain work days throughout the academic year as scheduled.
  • Clear all planned absences two weeks in advance with Lead Teacher and Pedagogical Administrator and arrange in finding a substitute.
  • Participate in a professional development and accountability plan.
  • Attendance at open houses.
  • Must complete 12 hours of continuing education annually for licensing purposes.