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Early Childhood Afternoon Assistant

Detroit Waldorf School

Detroit, MI, USA Remote

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Jul 28

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks an early childhood afternoon assistant for the 2022-2023 school year. The hours are 11 am-6 pm Monday-Friday.

The assistant supports the Early Childhood teacher in their work and helps to maintain a warm supportive class environment while caring for the children and the physical space that is consistent with the best practices in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. The ideal candidate has familiarity with or interest in Waldorf education and brings experience, warmth, joy, and enthusiasm for working with young children. The position also requires motivation, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and families and to engage in a physically active day caring for the indoor and outdoor classrooms and supervising inside and outdoors in all weather throughout the school year, break camps, and summer camp.

 A background that includes experience working with children in a childcare or similar setting and interest or training in Waldorf early childhood education is preferred.  A minimum of 12 semester hours in early childhood or child development is required or the ability to immediately pursue the training.

This is an hourly position that includes paid professional development, vacation, and sick time and a monthly health care stipend.  The position begins in mid-August. 

Our strong commitment to increasing and supporting diversity in employment and our programs are expressed in our desire to hire candidates underrepresented in Waldorf Education. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education are encouraged to apply.

The application process includes, but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to helenamitchell@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214.  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org.

The Detroit Waldorf School is a multi-racial and multicultural school, celebrating over 50 years in the heart of the Detroit renaissance. We have the honor of being one of the ten oldest Waldorf schools in the United States. We offer a full curriculum and we are accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the Waldorf Early Childhood Association, and the Independent Schools Association of Central States, and our Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Michigan. 

The Detroit Waldorf School, founded in 1965, is located just three miles east of downtown in the city’s historic Indian Village neighborhood. Our school resides in a beautiful 1920’s historical building designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and situated on a beautifully landscaped 4-acre campus with an organic garden. This central location, combined with the school’s curriculum, provides the diverse student body with a respect for people of different religious, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds while fostering a sense of world citizenship. 

Our school has a strong early childhood program with 3-day, and 5-day preschool classes, and Kindergarten classes that serve as a bridge to the grades. Our grade 1-8 elementary program includes German and Spanish, eurythmy, handwork, woodworking art, remedial resource program, music including orchestra and band, physical education and after-school athletic and creative arts and games activities, extended care, and camps programs. 

The Detroit Waldorf School does not discriminate in admissions, hiring, or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or age.  Furthermore, parents, students, faculty, staff members, and board members are all expected to conduct themselves and discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the school's non-discrimination policy.

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