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Pedagogical Director

Desert Sage School

Tucson, AZ, USA

Full time


Jan 4

The founding board is seeking an experienced and inspiring Pedagogical Director (PD) with a pioneering spirit to help create the very first public Waldorf high school in Southern Arizona. The PD is ultimately responsible for supporting the mission and core principles consistent with the program and curriculum. The ideal candidate will have excellent multicultural interpersonal skills, a collaborative leadership style, a deep love and respect for adolescents, and a commitment to making Waldorf education truly accessible to a diverse population by celebrating diversity, embracing equity, and cultivating inclusion. The PD is the pedagogical voice of the school, providing strategic pedagogical leadership to the faculty and working with the parent/guardian community to ensure the educational needs of each student are met.

Upon hiring, the PD will work immediately with the founding board and School Director to recruit faculty, craft the curriculum and create a program of professional development, ensuring that all aspects of the school are consistent with our Mission and in compliance with the school’s charter. In keeping with our Mission to “... celebrate diversity, embrace equity, and cultivate inclusion…”, Desert Sage School intends to hire teachers with diverse teaching backgrounds-- some of whom will be embarking on their Waldorf training in the summer prior to school opening. Therefore, the PD must possess both a strong foundation in Waldorf pedagogy and an enthusiasm for guiding and educating developing Waldorf teachers. As Desert Sage is a new school, the PD will be flexible in their duties as responsibilities shift and grow.

NOTE: This position begins as a non-exempt part time 20 hours-per-week position and expands to a full time exempt position before the first day of school. This position requires some evening and weekend working hours.

About the School: Situated in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in the city of Tucson, AZ, Desert Sage School will be the first Public Waldorf high school in Southern AZ and the fifth public high school in the nation that is guided by the principles of Waldorf education. Desert Sage School will serve students who are seeking a holistic, academically rigorous and arts-infused education. DSS will open with 125 students in grades 9 and 10, and grow to 425 students in grades 9 through 12, by year four. With a small town community feel, a thriving arts scene and countless hiking and biking trails, Tucson is a wonderful place to raise a family. It is also home to the University of Arizona.

Works collaboratively with the School Director (SD) and founding Board to create and nurture a school culture where each individual is known and valued and where there are opportunities for each individual to contribute to the well-being of the school community
Ensures a supportive and engaging learning environment for all students and a supportive and productive work environment for teachers and staff
Implements a program of benchmark and standardized testing required by the state
Creates a professional development program grounded in both Waldorf pedagogy and Culturally Relevant Teaching
Hires and manages quality teaching staff (together with the Director and faculty)
Serves as an Advisor to student groups
Applies the seven Core Principles of Waldorf education in the workplace
Engages in community outreach and in-reach guided by the school’s Mission and Vision
Collaboratively designs, implements, and oversees a restorative discipline system
Commits to and represents the values, vision, and mission of Desert Sage School; is the “face” of the school
Is passionate about bridging opportunity and achievement gaps
Is passionate about celebrating diversity, embracing equity, and cultivating inclusion
Leads in a warm, positive, and creative way
Waldorf experience preferred
Arizona State fingerprint clearance card
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Three years of relevant job experience
Curriculum experience
Commitment to continued Waldorf training

Salary (exempt): $53,000 - $64,800 [based on education and experience]
Medical benefits
Retirement benefits through the state
Paid holidays, sick leave and personal leave
Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of intent to info@desertsageschool.org.

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