Employment

Located blocks from the Mississippi River, 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 partaking of fabulous restaurants and getting a break off at Mardi Gras, 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!

Grades Faculty Job Description - 1st Grade Lead Teacher

The Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO) is an independent school that believes education should nurture children to become individuals who are whole in body, intellect, and spirit. At WSNO we strive to develop balanced individuals who are able to create a life full of meaning and purpose. To assist us in that goal we are seeking a Lead Teacher for our 2017-18 First Grade class.

Responsibilities

1. Meeting the Needs of the Children

The Class Teacher is responsible for bringing a grade specific curriculum in accordance with the principles and methods of Waldorf education, specifically:

●     Preparing a school-year schedule of subject blocks (block rotation)

●     Researching source materials for subjects

●     Developing educational objectives for each block

●     Preparing daily lesson plans

●     Evaluating student work and providing block assessments

●     Provide on-going guidance and support and assessing the evolving needs of the children in the class

●     Maintaining a healthy and orderly classroom environment

The Class Teacher is responsible for forming and maintaining a healthy social life in their class, specifically:

●     Interviewing prospective students and their families to assess the appropriateness of Waldorf

●     Education for the student, and to convey an understanding of the principles and methods of Waldorf education to parents

●     Addressing student social skills both in and out of the classroom

2. Meeting the Needs of the Families

The Class Teacher is responsible for incorporating the student families into the school life, specifically:

●     Planning and conducting at least three parent meetings per school year

●     Helping parents learn more about the principles of Waldorf education and the needs of children

●     Providing student progress reports in the fall and parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring

●     Writing year-end class summaries and student assessments by June 10th

3. Meeting the Needs of the Community

The Class Teacher participates in the activities of the school community specifically:

●     Participating in and coordinating school festivals

●     Participating in school outreach events

4. Meeting the Needs of the Faculty

The Class Teacher participates in the management of the affairs of the school, specifically:

●     Attending faculty meetings

●     Serving in faculty management positions

●     Serving on school committees

●     Contributing to administration and management tasks

●     Abiding by decisions of the faculty and the Board of Trustees

●     Attending the annual faculty/board visioning meeting

●     Being available the first two weeks in August and attending the work week

5. Meeting the Needs of the Teacher

The Class Teacher makes a commitment to self-improvement, specifically:

●     Working with a mentor

●     Participating in annual self-evaluation/peer-evaluation process

●     Conducting annual class evaluations by parents

●     Developing professionally through reading, conferences, and workshops

●     Developing personally through an on-going study of Anthroposophy

Qualifications

The work of the Class Teacher requires minimum qualifications:

●     Bachelor’s degree or equivalency

●     Waldorf Teacher Training certificate or near to completion in Waldorf Teacher Training

●     Experience working with children between the ages of seven and fourteen

The Waldorf School of New Orleans is located in the heart of one of America's most historic and intriguing cities, the 'birthplace' of jazz music and home to a unique cultural life that includes year-round festivals culminating in the world famous Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. New Orleans, with its sub-tropical climate, offers opportunities for outdoor recreation in beautiful City Park and Audubon Park, along with walking and bicycle paths along the legendary Mississippi River.

Founded in 2000, our school, a developing school with WECAN and AWSNA, serves over 100 children in Early Childhood and Grades programs with exciting plans for growth into a new and larger site in a historic and diverse section of the city. New Orleans is also home to an urban Camphill initiative - Raphael Academy and The Guild, serving middle-schoolers through young adults with special needs. The local Anthroposophical Study Group has been meeting bi-weekly for over 35 years. 

The Waldorf School of New Orleans offers a competitive salary, health benefits, mentorship, professional development, and full tuition remission for children of full time employees. Please see our website at www.waldorfnola.org.

Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, biography, and 3 letters of reference to:

Teacher Search Committee

Waldorf School of New Orleans

517 Soraparu Street, #101

New Orleans, LA 70130

Music Teacher - Grades

The Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO) is an independent school that believes education should nurture children to become individuals who are whole in body, intellect and spirit. At WSNO we strive to develop balanced individuals who are able to create a life full of meaning and purpose. To assist us in that goal we are seeking a Music Teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

The position will be responsible for violin and cello instruction to third through eighth grade students.

Additionally, this position will be responsible for voice instruction with the goal of developing a strong choral experience for our students. A desirable candidate will also be proficient in recorder. The Music Teacher is a member of a team of teachers, guided by the Pedagogical Administrator, committed to developing a strong music curriculum of age-appropriate learning aligned with Waldorf principles of child development. We value excellent teaching and classroom management skills, as well as familiarity or a willingness to become acquainted with the Waldorf approach to child development and the music curriculum.This is a part-time position offering a competitive hourly rate. Desired qualifications include:

• B.A. in Music (or its equivalency)
• Experience teaching elementary and middle-school students
• Experience conducting chorus and orchestra
• Proficiency in piano and/or an orchestral instrument
• Proficiency with recorders
• Certificate or MEd in Waldorf Education preferred
• An understanding of Waldorf school music pedagogy and/or Waldorf teaching experience preferred
• Open to colleagueship and the development of strong, collaborative professional relationships

The Waldorf School of New Orleans is located in the heart of one of America's most historic and intriguing cities, the birthplace of jazz music and home to a unique cultural life that includes year-round festivals culminating in the world famous Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. New Orleans, with its sub-tropical climate, offers opportunities for outdoor recreation in beautiful City Park and Audubon Park, along with walking and bicycle paths along the legendary Mississippi River.

Founded in 2000, our school, a developing school with WECAN and AWSNA, serves over 100 children in Early Childhood and Grades programs with exciting plans for growth into a new and larger site in a historic and diverse section of the city. New Orleans is also home to an urban Camphill initiative – Raphael Academy and The Guild, serving middle-schoolers through young adults with special needs. The local Anthroposophical Study Group has been meeting bi-weekly for over 35 years.

The Waldorf School of New Orleans does not discriminate in admissions, hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, or other statuses protected by law. Interested candidates are asked to please submit intent cover letter, resume, biography, and three letters of reference to: apply@waldorfnola.org or you may also mail your resume to the address below:

Teacher Search Committee
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans LA 70130

 

Nursery Lead Teacher

Status:                              Full-time, salaried

Required Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with at least 12 credit hours of child development or early childhood education or elementary education or a related field, together with Waldorf Education certification from an AWSNA approved program, or commitment to completing such certification. A deep love for children, respect for parents, enjoyment of working in collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues, joy and enthusiasm in their work, and a commitment to self-development in order to become a model worthy of imitation by the children. 

Preferred Qualifications:

1-2 years previous classroom experience
Waldorf Early Childhood Certification

Primary Function:

The Waldorf Early Childhood teacher understands the essential needs of the young child and supports both children and parents by creating 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 teacher will bring healthy movement opportunities, purposeful activities, nourishing images, and clear speech into his/her daily work with the children. The teacher will guide the children toward self-control, cooperation, social awareness, and a sense of belonging in the group. 

Classroom Responsibilities and Duties: 

1.         Class Teaching 

•         Develop a healthy daily and weekly rhythm that supports the growth of the developing child. 

•         Prepare and lead daily activities such as circle, imaginative play, story, hand work, painting, coloring, cooking, baking, domestic work, nature walks, snack, and outdoor activities, based upon the unfolding rhythms and festivals of the year. 

•         Document student progress. 

•         Develop and maintain a safe, harmonious social environment for the students.

•         Develop and maintain a clean, orderly, and beautiful classroom environment. 


2.        Home/School Communication

•         Prepare and hold a minimum of 2 class meetings per year, at least one hour in length, in addition to the parent orientation evening at the beginning of the year. These evenings are designed to educate parents about Waldorf education and child development, to create and nurture a sense of classroom community and to support the challenging task of parenting young children. 

•         Conduct parent-teacher conferences each November and February/March as scheduled on the school calendar. 

•         Arrange and participate in conference(s) with parent(s) and the Pedagogical Administrator or a designated support faculty member, as needed, to discuss student social or behavioral concerns. 

•         Write weekly emails to the parents containing short descriptions of the children’s activities throughout the week as well as any important announcements. 

•         Teachers are encouraged, but are not required, to conduct home visits to foster warmth and connection between the family and the school, and to gain insight into the home life of a child, creating a more complete picture of that child. 
 

3.         Written Reports

•         Complete a Mid-Year Report describing each child’s daily experience, as well as their physical, social and artistic development.

•         Complete End of the Year narratives describing child’s experience, growth and development over the year. Reports are to be submitted by assigned deadline date to be reviewed for suggested edits by an assigned peer. 
 

4.        Planning and Preparation 

•         Prepare circles, fairy tales, birthday celebrations, songs, festivals, puppet shows, painting and additional activities. 

•         Complete/oversee all shopping for food and supplies.

•         Take daily attendance.

•         Participate in weekly Early Childhood Staff meetings as well as regular Full Faculty meetings.

•         Participate in Child Studies. 

•         Maintain and clean rooms daily. 

•         Interview, hire, train, and supervise classroom assistant. Clear assistant’s personal days/absences with Pedagogical Administrator. 

•         Oversee development and changes in play spaces (indoor and out) to reflect the goals of the curriculum. 

•         Work collaboratively with other EC teachers/staff and Pedagogical Administrator through classroom observation (two per semester), peer evaluations, and parent/community/festival work. 
 

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 and participation in weekly faculty meetings, as well as work days throughout the academic year as scheduled. 

•         Make themselves available, as appropriate and applicable to their schedule, to offer extra help to students and their parents. This availability will be communicated to the families in the class. 

•         Service on at least one (1) Faculty committee or serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the school beginning with the second year of employment. 

•         Attendance/assistance at major all-school activities and open houses in accordance with the Faculty Handbook.

•         Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Directors. 

•         Preparation of a yearly class play or presentation as may be suggested by the curriculum. 

•         Create age-appropriate aesthetics in classrooms including nature tables and seasonal displays. 

•         Participate in enrollment process of new students in areas such as, but not limited to, student interviews, parent interviews, student skill assessment and arranging for perspective student’s play date. 

•         Maintain and make readily available a lesson plan that can be given to a substitute teacher in the event of an absence. 

•         Assist in teacher searches and make the decision to hire or release faculty with the input of the Pedagogical Administrator. 

•         Participate in a professional development and accountability plan. In the event of a planned absence, make arrangements for a substitute and ensure that they receive any lesson plans and materials needed to cover the missed class(es).
 

Please send resume, three professional references and biography to: 

Jeff Feldman
Pedagogical Administrator
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130

Early Childhood Assistants - Nursery and Kindergarten

Status:                    25-30 Hours per week

Required Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university

Experience with children

Openness to Waldorf philosophy

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:

  • 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 monthly 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.

 

e-mail: apply@waldorfnola.org