Employment

Our City

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.

wsp-1-782x1024Our Campus

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.

Our People

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.

Accreditation

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.

 

Our Opportunities

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

 

Learning Support Coordinator

Join our team and help us to realize our vision. As the leader of our school’s Learning Support Team, you already have professional experience and expertise in the Special Education field and demonstrate commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. You value a hands-on, multi-faceted approach to learning and engagement with each student and your educational philosophy includes immediate openness to adopting the Waldorf understanding of the growing child. As a life-long learner, you will consider rounding off your experience with eventual certification from a Waldorf Remedial and/or Extra Lesson training. You value continued professional development and research of best practices for learning support beyond Waldorf pedagogy including a strong willingness to explore and develop applied practice that supports our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals.  Your certifications in reading/math interventions or school counseling complement your expertise. 

We invite applications from experienced Learning Support professionals to support our 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. Tasks will include:

  • making classroom observations and based on the observations make recommendations for any learning support
  • delivering specialized learning support services in a designated classroom; evaluating and documenting student progress; 
  • arranging, scheduling and documenting in-house and outside learning support and tutoring services
  • coordinating and facilitating meetings between parents and teachers
  • attending weekly faculty meetings
  • periodic meetings with faculty, staff, and administrators

The Learning Support Coordinator’s tasks will include coordinating our relationship with the School District of Philadelphia and managing our Title I/II/III and Act 89 allocated support services. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in education.

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 facultychair@phillywaldorf.com

Games and Movement Teacher

We invite applications for an experienced Movement and Games Teacher to join our innovative faculty. 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, Pentathlon, and circus arts. 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 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 successful candidate will be expected to deepen their understanding of child development based on the philosophy of Waldorf education through continued professional development, such as Circus Arts, Spatial 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 facultychair@phillywaldorf.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 on-boarding.

If interested in this position, please contact Kelly Beekman, facultychair@phillywaldorf.com.

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 the 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 on-boarding.

If interested in this position, please contact Kelly Beekman, facultychair@phillywaldorf.com.

 

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.

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