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Chicago Waldorf School

Chicago, IL, USA

Part time

High School

May 16

German Language Teacher Position

We are hiring a Part-time High School German Teacher beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. Please join us!


The school currently teaches both Spanish and German beginning in first grade and continuing through twelfth grade. We have an active international exchange program, with more than 60% of our high school students participating. Our students often compete and earn high honors with their writing and speaking skills: https://german.uic.edu/resources/yearly-events/high-school-day/2021-winners/   


Candidates should possess strong classroom management skills, excellent communication and an ability to collaborate with colleagues. We seek to integrate our academic subjects and arts curriculum to deepen our students experience with the material presented.


The German language teacher in our school will work with other colleagues in the world language department to provide a well-rounded, innovative, rigorous instruction in the German language to a variety of classes in grade school and high school. These lessons are developed in accordance with the principles of Waldorf pedagogy and in light of the needs of the class and individual students.


Desired Skills and Qualifications


The ideal candidate will be someone who:

·       Is a native speaker, or who has excellent German language skills

·       An enthusiasm for German language and culture

·       Enjoyment of working with adolescents from diverse backgrounds

·       A feeling that teaching is an art

·       Undergraduate degree  

·       Interest in pursuing Waldorf teacher training and/or three years successful Waldorf teaching experience

·       be open to mentoring and/or further training

Compensation & Amenities


The Chicago Waldorf School offers a competitive salary for this position.  The salary for the German position is commensurate with experience.


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.



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.


Equal Opportunity Employer


The Chicago Waldorf School does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and beyond that has a deep commitment to respect and celebrate the differences in students and staff from widely diverse social, economic, cultural, linguistic, 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 to study and discuss aspects of diversity.

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