Seattle Waldorf School is seeking an experienced, engaging, and compassionate substitute teacher. 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 and teaching students in early childhood classroom settings. We are looking for individuals who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education.
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: Under minimal supervision, provides an optimal classroom experience for students in early childhood classroom settings.
Plans and conducts classroom activities that provide individual developmental experiences for children
Performs classroom teaching duties
Responsible for the health, safety, and personal welfare of assigned students
Provides some direction for Teaching Assistants
Performs other duties as assigned
Education & Experience:
DCYF Staff Requirements for Child Care Centers required
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university preferred
Waldorf Teaching Certificate preferred
3+ years’ experience teaching in a classroom environment preferred
Advanced degree and State Teacher Certificate 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
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.