The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking the ideal candidate for Faculty Chair to collaboratively support and lead faculty in their roles as educators and to cultivate an optimal environment to uphold and deliver Waldorf teaching of the highest quality.
The Faculty Chair is responsible for fostering the continued growth of our school through collaborative pedagogical leadership. The Faculty Chair will energize and inspire a culture of professional best practices, work to support the faculty, and manage day-to-day decisions through the collaborative development and implementation of policy, procedure, and practice. The Faculty Chair advocates for and represents the will of the faculty in the governance of the school to achieve our strategic goals.
The Faculty Chair is responsible for a faculty group of approximately 25 teaching professionals and reports to the Head of School. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is committed to collaborative governance and strives towards the ideal of consensus based decision making, wherever possible. The Faculty Chair works collaboratively with all areas of the school including the Faculty Development Group, the Administration, and the Board of Trustees.
- Experience in Waldorf school leadership and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings and best practices for independent Waldorf school leadership.
- Demonstrable commitment to the ideals and pedagogy of Waldorf education with a strong grounding in AWSNA shared principles for Waldorf Schools.
- Commitment to the practice of consensus based decision making and collaborative leadership.
- Proven administrative skills including the ability to multitask, with strong prioritization, organization and planning skills.
- Dedication to providing a safe and respectful learning environment for students.
- Able to work collaboratively and effectively with various stakeholder groups including faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, parents, and students.
- Demonstrable commitment to DEIJ and an openness and commitment to cultivating an inclusive community actively striving to create a sense of belonging in students, peers, parents and the wider community.
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
- Completion of, or commitment to enroll in leadership and administration training at an AWSNA accredited institute.
- Waldorf teaching experience is essential.
- A US Citizen or holding an appropriate work visa and an ability to pass a background check.
As a full-time employee, the Faculty Chair will join a team of professional teachers, and a community of dedicated administrators, board members and families with an unwavering commitment to the education of children through the transformative philosophy of Waldorf education. The Faculty Chair shares the vision of working as a servant leader, creating an environment of stability in a balanced and healthful way so that the school is able to fulfill its vision and each member of the team is able to live life fully.
The faculty of the Waldorf School of Philadelphia is committed to developing an integrated curriculum, differentiated learning, place-based studies, and immersion experiences. Our innovative team of faculty are working to develop new models of teaching that serve the students of the 21st-century. We are a diverse, energetic community with a strong commitment to understanding each student's needs. Our love, reverence, and respect for childhood are reflected in our collegial community of teachers, a diverse mix of seasoned professionals and those who are relatively new to teaching in a Waldorf setting. A magnet for creative, community-minded people, we seek to foster and support thoughtful, socially conscious, and engaged adults. We are dedicated to increasing and supporting diversity in employment and our programs by hiring candidates underrepresented in Waldorf education.
The Waldorf School of Philadelhpia is an independent prek-8th grade school with 250 students and over $3 million in tuition and fees. Our well-established school has been delivering excellent, heart-filled Waldorf education for 25 years. Accredited by AWSNA and Middle States, and a member of WECAN, ADVIS, and NAIS. Visit our website at www.phillywaldorf.com to learn more about our school.
Compensation: Salaried, exempt, with benefits commensurate with FTE, including competitive salary, health insurance, tuition remission, and 401k. We invest in our employees by prioritizing professional development and providing regular mentorship opportunities.
To initiate your application, please send a letter of introduction, resume, brief biography and contact information for three professional references to Alexandra Borders, Interim Head of School - firstname.lastname@example.org
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