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Early Childhood Assistant

Charlottesville Waldorf School

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Mar 24

Job Title: Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Duration: school year from August through June; plus Faculty Work Days

Work Hours: 7:45 am - 2:00 pm except on meeting days (generally Thursday afternoons + one other afternoon for meeting with Lead Teacher)
Verse: All teachers and assistants are warmly invited to join at 7:50 am.
”hands-on” with children from 8:00 am-1:45 pm

Areas of Responsibility:
Class size: approximately 10 - 16 children with one Lead Teacher and one Assistant
Share in care of children with Lead Teacher
Prepare daily snack
Maintain supplies of snack foods and other household supplies
Prepare shopping lists for shopper
Clean up classroom after activities
Participate in circle time
Accompany class on field trips
Participate in all-school Open House once per year
Attend first class meeting of the year and others as possible
Check school email daily
Check phone messages each morning in case of colleague emergencies

Summer responsibilities
Attend Graduation in June
Attend orientation tea the day before school starts
Attend faculty work days in June and August
Attend staff orientation meetings at each campus (logistics, playground boundaries, etc.)
Assist Lead Teacher with set-up of classroom (during Faculty Work days in August)
Opportunity to supplement employment by teaching CWS summer camps

Required meeting attendance:
Meeting times to be announced at beginning of each school year
Full Faculty
Committee meetings: full-time assistants are asked to participate on one faculty committee. Part-time assistants are invited to participate, but not required.
Planning meeting with Lead Teacher
Early Childhood department meeting: sharing, handwork, study and marionette work (see below)
Marionette Play at Holiday Bazaar and one additional performance thereafter to be determined. All EC faculty participate in the preparation and performance of this play. We generally meet once/week during our Thursday department meeting time for this work beginning in the summer work week and culminating at the Bazaar.

Conference/professional development requirement:
Professional Development: All assistant teachers will determine professional goals and professional development plans for the year based on gaps in their study of Waldorf pedagogy. It is recommended that all teachers in the Early Childhood department be on a gradual path toward attaining a certification in Waldorf Early Childhood education.

Conferences: Assistants are encouraged to attend the annual WECAN conference in February or the regional WECAN conferences; some funding may be available.

Red Cross/CPR First Aid certification (classes are usually offered during Faculty Work Days)
Assistants should read the Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers (available online and in our files)

Periodic evaluations and observations:
First and second year Assistants are evaluated by the CWS Professional Development Committee.
Faculty members are encouraged to spend a day in another class doing a peer observation.

Guidelines for faculty conduct and responsibility:
--are described in the CWS Faculty Handbook. These should be reviewed by applicants before employment is accepted.

Background required:

high school diploma; related college-level course work preferred
Waldorf early childhood training certificate, or willingness to develop a plan for study of Waldorf early childhood pedagogy

Related work with children, preferably in a classroom setting
Study of Waldorf pedagogy and study of anthroposophy
Work with group process, and consensus decision making preferred

Skills, etc.:
Works well with children
Good communication skills
Calm, gentle manner
Well-organized, efficient
Works cooperatively in groups
Proficiency in handwork (knitting, sewing, etc.) preferred
Musical ability, especially singing
Reliability and punctuality is a MUST
Willingness to work out of Anthroposophy

Wage/Salary: full-time (5 day) Assistants receive one-half of base salary of $33K plus applicable increments, based on certification, degrees and experience. Part-time (3-day) assistant’s salary is prorated. Specific amounts should be discussed with the school’s Business Manager.

Leave/sick days: as determined by the Board.
Tuition reduction: Full time Assistants receive 90% remission for 1st child; part-time Assistants received prorated remission.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to hiring@cwaldorf.org.

Charlottesville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in its hiring practices.

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