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Deputy Head of School

Lake Champlain Waldorf School

Shelburne, VT, USA

Full time


Apr 5

Lake Champlain Waldorf School is seeking a warm, grounded, and effective administrator to join our leadership team as Deputy Head of School.

Our well-established K-12 school is both grounded and innovative, rooted in the tried and true Waldorf curriculum while also reaching into the future through an educational emphasis on social, racial, and environmental justice. We offer a vibrant learning community, a highly capable Board of Trustees, and a clear and collaborative governance structure. Our two campuses are located on over 25 acres in beautiful northern Vermont. In addition to offering a cornucopia of outdoor recreational possibilities, the area is a rich artistic and cultural center, and has a major University and several colleges.

We are a close, collaborative, and dedicated group of teachers and administrators who are working to develop new models of teaching that serve the students of the 21st-century. We are dedicated to supporting and promoting the qualities at the heart of our mission: creativity, compassion, collaboration, and innovative problem-solving.

Position Description
The Deputy supports the full range of job responsibilities of the Head of School and is able to act on behalf of the Head of School, including:

- Accountable for coordinating multifaceted aspects of the school's strategic vision plans and facilitates coordination among the school's leadership bodies to achieve the stated goals and objectives.
- Responsible for and conscious of the overall experience of school parents.
- Monitors and addresses the well-being of the whole school community and facilitates positive interactions and working among school constituents.
- Represents the Lake Champlain Waldorf School and its values to the broader community, region, and the Waldorf movement.
- Monitors and reports to the relevant bodies of the school regarding the effectiveness of school policies.
- Responds in a timely and appropriate manner to questions and concerns from community members, Board, staff, and faculty.
- Oversees and assists in parent orientation sessions and annual school meetings including State of the School, Faculty/Staff/Board retreats.
- Supervises admissions, enrollment, and retention policies and goals.
- Provides strategic leadership, support, and oversight for fundraising activities.
- Directs crisis management when dealing with unexpected situations, emergencies, risks/threats to the organization's operations, mission or effectiveness
- Oversees annual update of the parent and employee handbooks and ensure compliance.

- Oversees the preparation of the school payroll and ensure proper maintenance of records related to auditing requirements, tax laws, and employee benefits.
- Assists Board Treasurer and Finance Committee in the preparation of the annual school budget and implement all phases of the budget throughout the year.
- Provides daily oversight of school budgetary affairs as delegated by the Board of Directors and executed by the Business Administrator and Finance Office.
- Member of the Finance Committee and attends all Finance Committee meetings.
- Collaborates with Board of Directors to facilitate fundraising and grant writing activities.

- Provides daily oversight of school operations, the management and implementation of the policies, procedures, and resources of the school as set by the Board and executed by the Business Administrator.
- Oversees buildings and grounds maintenance and upkeep for Turtle Lane and Bostwick Road campuses.
- Manages security infrastructure/upgrades to enhance safety and security; Responsible for the physical security of all occupants of the school's campus.
- Accountable for the school’s compliance with all applicable federal, state, county, and local governing authorities’ laws and regulations.
- Responsible for ensuring that reports to licensing and other regulatory agencies are prepared and executed in a timely and professional manner.
- Accountable for establishing and maintaining membership and accreditation with regional and national educational associations (e.g. WECAN, AWSNA and NEASC.)

- Oversees the recruitment of faculty and administrative staff.
- Participates with the faculty and staff on the development of school programs and pedagogical policies.
- Collaborates with College in establishing professional development growth plans and budgets.
- Oversees personnel resource planning, professional development, performance evaluations, the hiring and firing of personnel in partnership with the College of Teachers and in accordance with school policies and procedures.

Salary & Benefits
$50,000-$60,000 per year. Eligible employees also receive a healthcare stipend, 403(b) account, professional development funds, and tuition remission.

Required Qualifications
- College degree from an accredited four-year college or university
- Waldorf Foundation Studies and Waldorf Administration certification, or related baseline of knowledge about Waldorf pedagogy and commitment to pursue
- Exceptional communicator in writing and in person
- Compelling teller of our story (written, visual, and verbal) and enthusiastic spokesperson for Waldorf education
- Ability to establish and maintain rapport with the school’s stakeholders
- Acquire and maintain up-to-date training, certifications, and other requirements as mandated either by law or by school policy
- Database management proficiency

Apply through our website: https://lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org/careers/

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