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Pedagogical Director

Portland Waldorf School

Milwaukie, OR, USA

Full time


Feb 18

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Pedagogical Director beginning July 1, 2022. The Pedagogical Director is responsible for providing administrative and pedagogical leadership and support to teachers in Early Childhood, Grades, and High School. They work closely with the School Director and College Chair to ensure effective communication with all school sections and constituents.

Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to four areas of focus:
1. Pedagogical Development/Support of Faculty
 Lead and oversee curricular policy and development
 Direct oversight of college-mandated committees (Hiring, Teacher Development, DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice)
 Support faculty work with students and parents
 Maintain awareness of ongoing curriculum and pedagogical developments in both Waldorf education and the larger educational community
2. Parent/Community Liaison
 Serve as the “public face” to the parent body for the pedagogical program.
 Work closely with Parent Association to develop an effective adult education program.
 Support resolution of any individual or class-wide concerns or issues arising.
3. Board of Trustees Liaison
 Act as the principal advocate of Waldorf pedagogy to the Board of Trustees
 Prepare pedagogical reports to the Board as needed or requested.
 Work with the Board as needed to ensure the ongoing health of the school

4. Administrative/Governance
 Act as the pedagogical leaders, overseeing processes that ensure the school’s pedagogical quality, consistency, coherence, and continuity.
 Work with school leadership groups and Finance Manager to develop responsible budgets that ensure the quality of essential Waldorf curriculum and programs.
 Work with the College and School Director to develop and refine school policies and procedures.
 Oversee and manage the school’s accreditation in partnership with the School Director.
 Provide leadership in the school’s strategic planning initiatives.

Qualities and Expected Skills:

● BA or higher degree from an accredited educational institution
● Waldorf teacher and/or administrative training certificate
● At least 7 years of successful experience as a teacher in a Waldorf School
● Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Waldorf education and Anthroposophy
● Knowledge of and connections with wider Waldorf Education and Anthroposophical organizations
● Independent worker who can adapt to a continuous changing environment.
● Strong interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills
● Collaborative and decisive
● Accessible to the school community of students, parents, teachers, and community members

Our Mission
Portland Waldorf School educates children for the whole of life to uplift humanity. Out of the insights of anthroposophy, the school nurtures the imagination, cultivates the intellect, and recognizes the unique spirit of each child in the community. In this way, children are surrounded by striving adults and strengthened individually and socially to meet the challenges of life. Students emerge as creative, independent thinkers who meet the world with initiative and purpose.

Our school embraces the opportunity to serve children and their families from all walks of life, from early childhood through high school, building on Rudolf Steiner’s transformative vision of the human being to educate toward a more equitable and sustainable society.

Portland Waldorf School, a 7-acre campus comprising wetlands, fields, streams, and gardens, stands at the intersection of city and country, drawing its strength from easy access to river and island, as well as farmland, forest, public transit and urban environments. From this diversity of experience its heart beats – where history meets innovation, culture meets nature, and family meets community.

Our teachers and staff members work enthusiastically and energetically to engage their students and are dedicated to Waldorf education. They work collaboratively with their colleagues and the parent community to create an educational environment that is aligned with the school mission and program goals.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include medical and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission and professional development opportunities. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three professional references including emails and phone numbers (in PDF format only) to leadershipteam@portlandwaldorf.org

Portland Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class. We acknowledge that a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender expressions, sexual orientations, learning differences, and life experiences within out community enhance our school’s learning environment, and we are committed to cultivating equity and inclusion. People of color and others underrepresented in our community are encouraged to apply.

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