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Art Teacher: Sculpture

Chicago Waldorf School

Chicago, IL, USA

Full time

High School

May 16

Chicago Waldorf School has an opening for an Upper School Art Teacher with experience in sculpture and three-dimensional art. We are seeking a colleague to be a carrying faculty member of our high school who has a passion for their subject, the students, and Waldorf Education.

Metal, Clay, Soapstone, and Wood, are all core classes in the CWS arts curriculum. Each of these subjects are taught three times per week in 7- or 8-week blocks to particular high school levels according to our Art Department scope and sequence. The person we hire to teach these subjects will be a skilled artisan who has knowledge of historic and modern techniques from around the world and can transmit appreciation for the ways in which diverse aesthetics have developed in different cultures. We teach to give students an experience of the different media, and of facing the outer as well as inner challenges involved in the process, rather than refinement to achieve technical mastery.

You would be hired to teach:

● 2 blocks of Metalwork, approximately 8 weeks each.

● 4 blocks of Wood, Stone and/or Clay Sculpture, approximately 8 weeks each.

● 2 additional blocks of 9th – 11th grade art, 4 - 8 weeks each.


● High level artistry in all three categories

● Experience teaching one or all of the above

● Bachelor’s degree preferred

● Waldorf Teacher Training completed or the willingness to begin a Waldorf Teacher Training program by the second year of employment with CWS

● Significant high school teaching or experience working with teens

● Enthusiasm and flexibility

● Classroom management skills

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching duties include preparations for classes, including preparation/clean-up of the classroom as necessary, constant evaluation of student progress, and classroom management. The Art Teacher is also responsible for taking daily attendance and providing a narrative evaluation for each student at the end of the semester. The narrative evaluations and grades are to be submitted electronically twice a year. The Art Teacher is expected to attend Art Department meetings in order to collaborate with other art faculty in identifying and procuring the needs of the department, and faculty meetings once a week (Thursdays 3:30pm-6:00pm). The Art teacher is also expected to contribute to committee work and support students as an advisor as well as participate in Admissions events as requested. There may also be a future opportunity to be a class advisor.

Benefits and Compensation:

This is a Full-Time position. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as the opportunity to contribute to a retirement 403(b) plan. We are able to provide tuition remission for eligible dependents.  We also offer funds for ongoing professional development. Salaries are paid on a 12-month schedule.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

● Be able to occasionally lift to 30 lbs.

● Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including heat and cold

● Regularly sitting or standing hours

Equal Opportunity Employer


The Chicago Waldorf School does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and further, has a deep commitment to respect and celebrate the differences in students and staff from widely diverse social, economic, cultural, linguistic, gender identities, intellectual, racial, educational, and religious backgrounds. There is a sustained effort and clear recognition that our educational excellence and fulfillment of our school’s mission is dependent on embracing diversity in our school community. We seek to fully include and affirm faculty, staff, and students in all of their identities. In everything we do we work toward freedom, responsibility and excellence. The Chicago Waldorf School provides its teachers, staff and families ongoing opportunities increase each person’s sense of belonging in our community.

About the Chicago Waldorf School

CWS, founded in 1974, is one of the most established Waldorf Schools in the United States, offering a full curriculum in grades 1 through 12, and which from its inception committed to remaining in the City of Chicago’s vibrant urban setting. We seek to explore and enrich the Waldorf curriculum through the arts, equity and inclusion, human relationships and the time in which we live. Our work stems from the core values of Waldorf Education.

We have been in our permanent home for four years, the landmark Lyman Trumbull building, which includes 49 classrooms and offices, a gym and an auditorium. Our 100,000 square feet make us the largest Waldorf school in the United States. We are proud to partner with many businesses and organizations in the surrounding Andersonville neighborhood.

Our faculty come from around the world and all stages of life. For new teachers we have excellent mentoring opportunities, and access to professional development funds. Each year our whole faculty receive training in first aid, sexual harassment, trans-inclusivity and 94% of our faculty and staff have participated in year-long SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminars. The faculty also study the pedagogical insights of Rudolf Steiner in weekly faculty meetings. In additional to core academic subjects we teach music, German, Spanish, Eurythmy, gardening, parkour, and practical and fine arts. Our families are also international and reflect diversity in all its aspects, but are united in their desire for a developmental curriculum that recognizes the whole child and celebrates difference.

We encourage you to forward this job opening to others who may be interested. To apply please send your resume and letter of interest to: recruitment@chicagowaldorf.org.


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