The mission of Waldorf School of New Orleans is to provide a compelling, developmentally appropriate, faculty-led and child-centered Waldorf Education to children from racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse families throughout Greater New Orleans. Our students develop foundational skills for critical thinking, empathy, and engagement in their communities to effect positive change. Administration, Faculty, and Board work collaboratively and respectfully to ensure their own continual growth, so that they can foster a dynamic learning environment.
The Administrative Director at Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO) carries the vision and mission of the school in the administration realm. They will provide service leadership to the school community, with the goals of efficient operations and responsiveness to faculty needs and transparency to the overall school community. They will work together with the Board and Faculty to keep all groups on task toward accomplishing the school’s short and long term goals.
They will act as a liaison, representative, and primary spokesperson between the school and other organizations in the wider community and the general public. WSNO is located at two campuses and currently has just under 160 students enrolled. The uptown campus on Peniston accommodates Early Childhood classes and is tied to the founding of the school in 1999. The main campus, housing nursery through grade 8, recently relocated to a larger building in the historic 7th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, and the next Administrative Director will be expected to continue the work to grow enrollment and engage with the community. The Administrative Director’s cultural competency of New Orleans is key to building and expanding relationships with business owners and organizations to ensure that the diversity of the school is reflective of the city. More broadly they will maintain and grow interest in Waldorf Education in New Orleans and will work to implement the WSNO Strategic Plan.
Another main area of focus will be administrative processes - including public relations, human resources, finance, outreach, coordination of non-teaching staff, overseeing communications with parents, and problem-solving. The Administrative Director reports to the Board, is directed by the Board executive committee (President & Vice President), and will collaborate in shared leadership with the Faculty Leadership Team (who exercise pedagogical oversight) and will attend their meetings. Regular meetings with Board and Faculty leadership as well as attendance at other committee meetings (e.g. Finance) will be required as necessary .
The Administrative Director must have excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and written expression skills with both children and adults. As our primary representative the Administrative Director must embody and model our mission as: “a courageous seeker of truth and knowledge; and an empathetic, enthusiastic participant and innovator in local culture and global society” through collaborative leadership.
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