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Faculty Administrator

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Full time

Administration

Jun 15

The mission of the Faculty Administrator is to support faculty members to become the best Waldorf teachers they can be. The Faculty Administrator is the liaison between the faculty, the Head of School, the administrators, and the parent community, providing strategic pedagogical leadership to ensure the educational needs of each child are met.

Responsibilities

The Faculty Administrator is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all decisions are made with a full understanding of the school’s mission, strategic goals, and financial health with the intent to preserve the integrity of the School’s Waldorf philosophy and values
  • Facilitating and ensuring a positive learning environment for all students that meets their diverse learning needs
  • Facilitating and ensuring a culture and climate of professionalism, respect, integrity, and trust, that is supported by the clarity of expectations and boundaries with and among faculty members as well as administrators and parents
  • Collaborating with the Director of DEIJ to engage in the ongoing review of policies and procedures to ensure that our community is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all and there is diverse representation in curriculum and programming
  • Chairing the FDG/Faculty Council meetings with collaboratively developed agendas
  • Facilitating and supporting the FDG/Faculty Council’s work to develop effective pedagogical policies for the School and to nurture its cultural and spiritual life
  • Facilitating and supporting the FDG/Faculty Council’s work to hold itself accountable to the policies it develops.
  • Facilitating and supporting the FDG/Faculty Council’s work in developing and reviewing curriculum, programs, student codes of conduct, and discipline
  • Supporting the faculty, in collaboration with the appropriate faculty committees, to ensure each teacher meets standards and expectations developed by the FDG/Faculty Council in providing a high-quality, caring Waldorf education to its students.
  • Establishing and implementing a professional development plan for faculty, in collaboration with the appropriate faculty committee.
  • Hiring, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members in collaboration with the appropriate faculty committees; provide the support for the Head of School to conduct final hiring procedures.
  • Providing corrective feedback and support, implementing PIP’s, and making decisions about the continued employment of faculty members, in collaboration with the appropriate faculty committee and with the Head of School.
  • Serving as a liaison between the faculty, the Head of School, and the Admissions Director to ensure the admission and retention of mission-aligned students and families.
  • Responding to parents regarding the experience of their children; Field concerns about any pedagogical issues and support resolution through appropriate channels.
  • Supporting healthy communication, problem-solving, and relationship-building between teachers and parents when concerns arise.
  • Managing the allocated budget for faculty and programming.
  • Provide parent education regarding Waldorf principles and methods
  • Supporting outreach endeavors to enhance the School’s public image as a center of quality Waldorf Education.
  • Ensuring that the educational practices of the School adhere to and actively support the AWSNA Principles for Waldorf Schools.

Accountability (supported by and reports to):

The Faculty Administrator reports to and receives support from the Head of School. They receive feedback and support from the FDG/Faculty Council as the body concerned with the spiritual and programmatic health of the school.

Experience, knowledge, and skills:

  • Teaching Experience in a Waldorf School and at least 5 years’ experience in progressively responsible educational management and leadership experience with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Thorough working knowledge of Waldorf School Education and Pedagogy and an ongoing commitment to upholding the foundations of Anthroposophy
  • Experience of successfully observing, evaluating, and guiding teachers
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to work collaboratively within a community
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and objectively with the pedagogical, administrative, and parental realms. Consensus building, conflict resolution, problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment both personally and professionally to engaging in the work of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Experience in coordinating and managing complex/multiple areas of work, organizational planning, and meeting facilitation
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including inspirational public speaking/presentation,
  • An educational degree in School Administration is desirable
  • Personal commitment to spiritual growth and to the ongoing study of Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy

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 - bordersa@phillywaldorf.com

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