Seattle Waldorf School is seeking an experienced, engaging, and compassionate educator to be a part of our early childhood program. We are looking for someone who can work effectively as part of a team and independently. We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching, who is interested in collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches, and who is passionate about caring for young children. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. Salary is competitive with independent schools. Seattle Waldorf School offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
Who We Are: At Seattle Waldorf School, students become creative problem-solvers—imaginative thinkers who journey toward intellectual excellence, human compassion, and artistic skill. Our modern curriculum is rooted in tradition—for children 18 months to 18 years. We lead students on a joyful journey that fosters critical thinking, synthesis, and creativity. We are privileged to employ some of the most highly trained Waldorf teachers in the country. Founded in Seattle in 1980, we are the only Preschool–Grade 12 Waldorf School in Washington. At Seattle Waldorf School we are committed to creating a community that is inclusive for all faculty, staff, families and students, especially those who have been impacted by racism and oppression, and to create a culture that supports racial equity by changing our existing systems and practices.
Our Mission: Daily we strive to inspire learning, courage, and joy in the developing human being.
Job Summary: Provides respectful care for children while working under the direction of a lead teacher
Cares for Preschool or Kindergarten children and the classroom from 12:00-6:00 p.m. with a 30 minute break Monday - Friday
Develops a classroom environment that is welcoming to all, nurturing and takes into the consideration the needs of every child and family individually
Creates an atmosphere conducive to rest
Researches, implements and discusses with morning teachers classroom management strategies
Recommends maintenance and repairs as needed
Observes and communicates student behaviors to class teachers and Early Childhood Pedagogical Chair
Reports all concerns to Early Childhood Director
Meets weekly with team of class teachers
Attends monthly Early Childhood Faculty meetings and College Meetings
Models a culture of flexible, continuous learning for students
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Complies and is familiar with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Engages vigorously in professional development through teacher in-services, Preview Days, Review Days, and conferences as determined in conversation with the Early Childhood Pedagogical Chair
Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility
Responsible for the sign-out system and training the parents to use it accordingly
Responsible for cleaning daily
Performs other duties as assigned
Education & Experience:
Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Staff Requirements for Child Care Centers required*
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university preferred
Experience in a Waldorf school preferred
Experience teaching in a classroom environment preferred
*DCYF required trainings must be completed and documentation received prior to the first day of employment.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Commitment to excellence in teaching, parent education and dialogue, self-development, and collegial cooperation
Strong organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work in a hands-on team environment
Possessing a level of cultural competency necessary for working with a diverse population in an inclusive and equitable community
We have a diverse student body, and we want all our teachers to have the skills necessary to ensure that their classrooms are safe, inclusive places for everyone
We seek a teacher who is aware of the racial, socio-economic, gender, and other inequities present in education, and actively works to eliminate these in the classroom
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows or Mac environment using Office, Google Suite, common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Ability to work outside in all weather
Ability to climb stairs
Ability to travel locally (field trips)
If that sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.
To Apply: Interested candidates should respond immediately by email to email@example.com with a letter of interest, resume, and employment application, available on the school website at: http://www.seattlewaldorf.org/careers/
Thank you for your interest in Seattle Waldorf School and this position. Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
Founded in 1980, Seattle Waldorf School is a Washington State approved school serving approximately 550 students in programs from Preschool through Grade 12. The school is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), a candidate school of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), and a member of the Washington Federation of Independent School (WFIS). Our wooded grade school campuses in north Seattle and Bellevue offer students an intimate setting to learn and grow, while the high school is located in the vibrant Magnuson Park complex. For more information about Seattle Waldorf School, please visit our web site at www.seattlewaldorf.org.