Philadelphia is one of the largest, most optimistic, diverse, and exciting cities in America. Widely considered one of the most livable cities in the world, Philadelphia is known for its balance of work and play.
Functioning as a collection of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity, Philadelphia has a strong history and deeply rooted identity. Historic Germantown, Chestnut Hill, Fairmount, Fishtown, West Philadelphia, and Society Hill are just a few of the neighborhoods where Philly Waldorf families choose to live, work and play.
Over recent years the city has seen a major expansion of commercial and residential areas. With a resurgence in the makers' industries, innovations in green architecture, farm-to-table, and an explosion of small businesses, Philadelphia offers a diverse, accessible, and sustainable lifestyle. It’s no wonder the city is attracting a growing number of families from areas like New York, Brooklyn, and Portland. As a school community, we are perfectly at home in this urban, energetic, and diverse setting.
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s award-winning campus is located in Germantown's diverse neighborhood at 6000 Wayne Avenue, PA 19144. Designed and built by Frank Furness and George Hewitt in 1873, it is as charming as it is enchanting.
There has never been a more exciting time to join the Philly Waldorf community. We are a diverse, energetic, and urban community with a strong commitment to a deep understanding of each student's needs.
Our love, reverence, and respect for childhood are reflected in our collegial community of teachers, a diverse mix of seasoned professionals, and those who are relatively new to teaching in a Waldorf setting. A magnet for creative, community-minded people, we seek to foster and support thoughtful, socially conscious, and engaged citizens. In this regard, the community at Philly Waldorf is exceptionally active, engaged, and thriving.
Our strong commitment to increasing and supporting diversity in employment and our programs are expressed in our desire to hire candidates underrepresented in Waldorf Education.
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is a full member of AWSNA, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and WECAN, the Waldorf Association of Early Childhood in North America.
Head of School
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking an inclusive leader who fully embraces its mission and philosophy to become our new Head of School.
The Head of School is appointed by the Board of Trustees to implement the school’s strategic plan, provide management and oversight of the school’s operations and staff, and ensure that the school is financially and operationally sustainable. The Head of School collaborates with pedagogical leadership in the development of school programs and pedagogical policies that will continue to meet the needs of our students now and in the future. The Head of School is an active member of the school community, our surrounding neighborhood, and both the larger Waldorf and local independent school movements. Learn more at phillywaldorf.com/head-of-school-search
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking an inspiring individual to lead our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
The inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will be responsible for leading a mission-centered organizational change effort that results in improved outcomes for all members of the school community, especially members of minoritized social groups. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will partner with varied stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, families, and community members and help us realize our vision of building a fully inclusive and welcoming school culture where everyone can belong.
Learning Support Coordinator
Join our growing Educational Support Team and bring your experience working with the therapeutic education indications of Rudolf Steiner and other complementary methods, including the Extra Lesson and Early Movement Integration Therapy. We invite applications from experienced Learning Support Coordinators to support Pre-K - 8th-grade students with physical, academic, cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties, and to work directly with students, teachers, parents, in-house specialists, and outside specialists.
The Learning Support Coordinator's role includes collaborating with faculty regarding student development, learning ability, and behavior; making classroom observations; coordinating referrals, making and documenting recommendations; coordinating meetings between parents and teachers; arranging and documenting in-house and outside services; delivering specialized learning support therapy services in a designated classroom; evaluating student progress; attending weekly faculty meetings; periodic meetings with faculty, staff, and administrators; and informational meetings with parents; continued professional development or research of best practices for learning support beyond Waldorf pedagogy
Our ideal candidate will have certification from a Waldorf Learning Support training program; experience teaching The Extra Lesson and working in a Waldorf school; knowledge of Anthroposophy; and a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in education.
This is a full-time position that will starting after April 1st, 2021. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including healthcare, dental, and significant opportunities for professional development. If applicable, consideration will be given to providing relocation support.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Kelly Beekman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Lead Teacher - 2021-2022
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking an energetic, flexible and warm Early Childhood Lead Teacher to join our vibrant community starting in September 2021.
We actively seek candidates who demonstrate a real commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education. Our Lead Teachers are responsible for developing effective methods for teaching every child in his or her class, always working out of an understanding of the child based in Waldorf insights and pedagogy. In addition to classroom teaching, the Lead Kindergarten Teacher supervises the activity of a classroom assistant, holds at least three parent education meetings and two parent-teacher weekend conferences during the year, and holds responsibility for communications with parents. They also attend weekly meetings of the full faculty and early childhood section meetings.
To join our team of teaching staff you will have a BA, be fully trained in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, or on your way to becoming fully qualified, and you’ll have a history of collegial work, parent education, and communication. You may wish to know that our school actively encourages and supports professional development through mentoring support and attending courses and conferences. The School offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including healthcare, dental, and significant opportunities for professional development.
We hope that you’re interested. To apply, send a letter, your resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kelly Beekman at email@example.com.
Substitute Classroom Assistants
We are actively seeking dependable and active individuals to join our team of substitute classroom assistants. As an hourly paid Substitute Classroom Assistant, you'll become an invaluable member of our community. You will support our faculty with our students' general care in either the Early Childhood Program or the Grades Program and your varied duties will include monitoring recess and outdoor play, classroom management, and the supervision of students during certain classes when remote learning is in session.
Our ideal Substitute Classroom Assistant will have the ability to form warm relationships with children, a high school diploma or higher. CPR/First Aid training and all relevant State and Federal clearances to work in a school setting are a plus but don't worry if you don't have these because we'll support you through these processes as part of our onboarding.
If interested in this position, please contact Kelly Beekman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. The school does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, language, or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply.