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EC Lead Teacher 2022-2023 (Immediate)

Portland Waldorf School

Portland, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Oct 17

Early Childhood Lead Teacher 2022-23

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time Early Childhood Lead Teacher starting immediately. Successful candidates will enthusiastically engage students and work collaboratively with colleagues and the parent community to create an educational environment aligned with Waldorf pedagogy, our school mission, and program goals. Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf teacher training training certificate or equivalent are required; preferred candidates will have Waldorf teaching experience as well. Candidates who are dedicated to Waldorf education, working out of Anthroposophy, and possess a love of teaching are encouraged to apply.

This position is an integral part of the school's Early Childhood program which offers a secure, healthy, and nurturing environment for children with weekly and seasonal rhythms that include circle time, story, creative and active play, and nourishment. The young child learns through imitation, therefore it is of the utmost importance that the adults working in the Early Childhood program at Portland Waldorf School strive to be worthy of a child's emulation and imitation, in all aspects of their lives.


  • Plan and carry out all areas of curriculum according to Waldorf pedagogy
  • Create and maintain a clean and orderly classroom space and common areas, including outdoors
  • Participate in non-teaching duties including weekly meeting attendance, outreach events, committee work
  • Actively engage in healthy parent relations through parent-teacher conferences, parent education, and regular class meetings

Minimum Requirements:

  • Abide by State of Oregon regulations for Child Chair Certification including holding of current Food Handler and Infant and Child First Aid/CPR card and "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse" certification; maintain enrolled status in Oregon Central Background Registry
  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certificate or equivalent as recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
  • At least two years teaching in a classroom of young children preferred
  • Understanding, and willingness to work out of, Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to work with group process and consensus decision-making

Skills include:

  • Ability to work well with young children, parents, and colleagues
  • Excellent communication processes and skills
  • Proficiency in handwork and music
  • Reliable and punctual, well-organized and efficient
  • Interest in continued personal and professional development, innovation, and renewal

Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 and is fully accredited through AWSNA. We serve over 300 students from early childhood through grade twelve on a beautiful seven-acre campus. We offer a full Waldorf curriculum, including eurythmy, handwork, instrumental and choral music, blacksmithing and woodworking, drama, Spanish, German, games/movement, Living Lab, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

This is a full-time, exempt, salary position starting July 1, 2020. Salary range is $40K-50K per year and is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, tuition remission, paid time off, mentoring and professional development opportunities. Please send a brief one-page biography/letter of interest, resume, and three professional references, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses to leadership@portlandwaldorf.org.

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