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.
Games and Movement Teacher
We invite applications for an experienced Movement and Games Teacher. The Waldorf teaching philosophy engages the imagination with enlivening, fun-filled games that build and develop capacities for physical and inner growth through a wide range of movement and games, including after-school team sports and activities, schoolwide festivals, and fifth grade Pentathlon. A strong movement foundation based on cooperation rather than competition is our objective so that our students can experience camaraderie and joy in the activity.
Dedicated to excellence in teaching and with a demonstrable commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, our ideal candidate will develop professional and collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community. The Movement and Games teacher will have a strong awareness of the Games and Movement program’s role within the whole education at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, including exploring and developing content that supports our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals.
The successful candidate will possess constructive, positive and inclusive interpersonal skills, and will be dependable and patient with children. You will be able to effectively teach children of all abilities, cultivate effective classroom management and ensure the appropriate mood and tone for the developmental stage of each class. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and experience teaching movement/games/physical education, you may also have a background in or knowledge of Waldorf education. However, other movement training and experience are also valued. The Movement and Games teacher will be expected to deepen their understanding of child development based on the philosophy of Waldorf education through continued professional development, such as Spacial Dynamics and/or Bothmer Gymnastics.
This is a full-time position. 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 [email protected]
We invite applications for an experienced Eurythmy teacher to join our innovative faculty. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and with a demonstrable commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, our ideal candidate will develop professional and collaborative working relationships with colleagues, parents, and the wider community. The Eurythmy teacher provides a varied eurythmy curriculum for EC-8th grade which mirrors the whole education at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, including exploring and developing content that supports our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals. The successful candidate will possess positive and inclusive interpersonal skills, and will be dependable and patient with children. You will be able to effectively teach children of all abilities, cultivate effective classroom management and ensure the appropriate mood and tone for the developmental stage of each class. With a Eurythmy degree from an accredited Eurythmy training center and experience in teaching, you may also have a background in or knowledge of Waldorf education. The successful candidate will bring leadership to all aspects of Eurythmy at our school and will base their practice of teaching on the ever-evolving needs of students of our time, including selecting teaching material and program content carefully according to the school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mission statement. Duties will include:
- Preparing and teaching Eurythmy curriculum to students in EC-8 grade
- Evaluating the progress of students and preparing oral and written student reports to discuss with students, parents, and faculty
- Administrative tasks and non-teaching student supervision, including recess duty
- Attending faculty meetings, professional development sessions, and school-specific events
- Interest/experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work
Skills required include:
- Eurythmy training from an accredited Eurythmy Training Center
- Experience with and/or knowledge of Waldorf Education
- Previous teaching experience desired
This can be a full or part-time position or a full or partial year. The conditions of this position can be flexible and modified to fit the right candidate. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia offers a competitive salary and benefits package, full-time benefits include healthcare, dental. There are also 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 [email protected]
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
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking proposals for part-time residencies in creative and intentional movement education. We request proposals from a diverse range of experienced teachers who can provide a 6-8 week (or longer) program to our grade school students, ages 61⁄2 - 14 years of age. We are eager to consider proposals for educational programs in yoga, folk and country dance, classical, modern, ballroom and/or multicultural dance, etc. Other diverse movement activities not mentioned will also be considered. This request for proposal’s objective is to find teachers or artists who will support our school’s diversity goals and provide the best overall experience and engagement for our students. We hope to have a residency schedule in place by the beginning of October for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.
For more information, please see the Request for Proposals.
Classroom Substitute Teachers
We are actively seeking dependable and active individuals to join our team of substitute teachers. As an hourly paid substitute, 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, but not limited to, monitoring recess and outdoor play, classroom management, and the supervision of students. Our ideal substitute teacher will have classroom teaching experience and 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, [email protected].
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.