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.
We have an immediate opening for a capable and organized Administrative Assistant to support our Faculty Chair. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for scheduling and management of substitution teaching staff. By cultivating relationships with the pool of substitutes, they will make appropriate placement decisions and schedule staff to replace teachers on a scheduled or emergency basis. This will require early morning “on-call” availability (6-8 am M-F and Sun evening). The Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Chair will also be responsible for communicating with faculty to arrange classroom visits for the Faculty Chair throughout the week, maintaining the Faculty Chair’s morning visitation calendar and organize the documentation created during those visits. The Administrative Assistant of the Faculty Chair will also be asked to support the preparation and organization of the materials for the school’s Accreditation Self Study that will commence December 2021. This may include opportunities for research, interviewing community members and some collaborative writing assignments.
Reporting to the Faculty Chair, the Administrative Assistant is a member of school administration, Our school administration team values initiative, collaboration, flexibility, humor, positive energy and a collegial spirit. Our team is committed to the continuous development, evaluation, accountability, and transparency of our school’s DEI efforts and dedicated to demonstrating leadership in this realm at every opportunity.
This is a part-time, hourly paid position for 20 hours per week throughout the school year. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Kelly Beekman at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is looking for a caring and capable Assistant Teacher for our Early Childhood program. In this hourly paid, September to early June position, you will provide key support to the Lead Teacher in the life of the Early Childhood Program. You will arrive in the classroom by 8:00 am each day, ready to begin by 8:15 am, and remain on campus until 3:30 pm. Lunch and rest time with the students are part of the daily schedule. Up to 16 children may be in the classroom each day. Essential Job Functions
- Daily snack preparation.
- Participation in all aspects of classroom routine, including washing dishes and ensuring the kitchen is kept clean.
- Help and support in times of transition.
- Directing questions and concerns to the Lead Teacher, meeting weekly to exchange information and ensure cohesive work together.
- Holding the class for a period of time each day while the Lead Teacher is attending to other tasks.
- Assisting and monitoring children in the bathroom, classroom, and on playgrounds.
- Other duties as they arise or are requested by the Lead Teacher or EC staff.
Our ideal Assistant Teacher will have a passion for teaching, the ability to form warm relationships with children, and 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@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.