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Academic Director

Charlottesville Waldorf School

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Full time


Mar 7

Payscale: Full-time, $50,000 - $65,000
Benefits: $3,000 Annual Medical Stipend, Tuition Remission

Do you thrive on supporting teachers to be the best that they can be? The Charlottesville Waldorf School is looking for an experienced and energetic Waldorf teacher to be the pedagogical voice of the School. The Academic Director will provide strategic pedagogical leadership to the faculty and work with the parent community to ensure the educational needs of each child are met.

The Charlottesville Waldorf School is celebrating 40 years of providing Waldorf education to the Charlottesville area. Our school serves children from 2 years old up to 8th grade, and also offers Parent-Child classes for children 18 months to 6 years old. Having recently shifted to a mixed aged learning model in our elementary and middle schools, we are invigorating our curriculum to fully integrate the pedagogy’s innate wisdom with the unique needs of the 21st century.

The Academic Director has the authority to:
Speak for the School in pedagogical matters
In collaboration with the College of Teachers, set, implement and review pedagogical goals to support the Strategic Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees.
Supervise faculty and facilitate regular evaluations of the work of the teaching faculty.
Form and oversee task groups as needed, soliciting leadership and membership for such groups.
Inform the School Director of problems and issues which may interfere with the ability to carry out the responsibilities below.
Arrange in-house staff development opportunities at Faculty meetings, including Grade School meeting, and Early Childhood meetings, on In-Service Days during the year and during the summer.

The Academic Director is responsible for:
Ensuring decisions are made with a full understanding of the financial health and strategic goals of the School and with the intent to preserve the integrity of the School’s mission
Supporting/developing the faculty to ensure they can provide a high quality Waldorf Education to the students
Leading and supporting teachers in caring for student relationships within their classrooms
Developing and implementing a comprehensive plan with the School Director to ensure that issues of retention are identified and responded to proactively;
Providing assistance to parents with questions and concerns about academics and pedagogy.
Facilitating the College of Teachers’ work to effectively develop pedagogical policy for the School and to nurture its cultural and spiritual life
Supporting outreach endeavors to enhance the School’s public image as a center of quality Waldorf Education.

The Academic Director will work collaboratively to:
Address student academic concerns, difficulties or issues jointly with teachers and the College of Teachers.
Supervise the process of student evaluation and parent communication
Work with the Faculty and School Director when social and behavior issues interfere with learning and academics in the classroom.
Review Language Arts and Math curricula. Clarify expectations and work with teachers to establish how each is to be implemented during the school year.
Establish protocols for all teachers to track student’s growth and needs through informal assessments. Work with teachers to establish interventions for use with students. Structure an assessment calendar and protocol for formal assessment reporting to teachers and then parents.
Carry out teacher observation and evaluation process, documenting Professional Development activities. Work with teachers in the goal-setting process.
Work with Lead Early Childhood and Class Teachers in the development of the curriculum as outlined in the AWSNA Accreditation Action Plan.
Supervise and support the administration of school personnel processes related to teacher recruitment, orientation, ongoing support, and mentoring.
Oversee the formation of the School’s Educational Support Plans and implementation of accommodations in classrooms in accordance outside Formal Assessments.
Assist parents with their questions and concerns about academics and pedagogy
1. Be available to parents as a senior member of the School administration. 2. Answer pedagogical questions and/or concerns of parents.
3. Create an atmosphere of professionalism, support, clarity of expectations and boundaries with and among parents.

General responsibilities and duties
1. Maintain on-going relations with AWSNA, WECAN, and other educational groups as needed
2. Participate in workshops and conferences which address the current and future needs of the School or develop personal skills needed for the position, including but not limited to workshops regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
3. Perform other duties as required.

Accountability (supported by and reports to): The Academic Director reports to and receives support from the School Director. S/he receives support from the College of Teachers as the body concerned with spiritual and programmatic health of the school.

Education and Experience Requirements
Required: Bachelor’s Degree
Highly desirable: Educational degree in School Administration is desirable
Highly desirable: DEI training
Required: At least 5 years teaching Experience in a Waldorf School and 3+ years’ experience in school management and leadership with a demonstrated record of success.

Qualities, knowledge, and skills
Required: Experience of successfully observing, evaluating, and guiding teachers
Required: Thorough working knowledge of Waldorf School Education and Pedagogy and the ability to include current best practices for DEI in curriculum development
Required: Ability to develop strategic plans and to implement and administer these plans
Required: Leadership skills, used to working collaboratively within a community
Required: Demonstrated ability to work effectively and objectively with the pedagogical, administrative, and parental realms. This requires consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills
Required: Experience in coordinating and managing complex/multiple areas of work, organizational planning, and meeting facilitation
Required: Excellent verbal and written skills, including public speaking/presentation
Hold mission and vision of the School in light of its foundation in Anthroposophy
Personal commitment to the on-going study of Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.

Belongs to:
The Administration

Grades and Early Childhood Department meetings; Full Faculty; College of Teachers; Leadership Team, Board meetings as required.

Hired/ Fired/ Evaluated by:
The CWS Leadership Council (Board Chair, School Director, College Chair)

CWS offers a comprehensive and supportive mentoring program for all of its new teachers and administrators, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not exclude anyone on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

To learn more about the Charlottesville Waldorf School, please visit our website at www.cwaldorf.org, and Facebook page @CVILLEWALDORF

Interested applicants should submit a resume, a letter of interest and 3 references to board@cwaldorf.org.

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