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Preschool and Parent/Child Teacher 2023-24

PORTLAND WALDORF SCHOOL

Milwaukie, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Jan 5

Portland Waldorf School is welcoming applications for a full-time early childhood lead teacher to teach a 3-day preschool class for 2.5-3.5 year olds, as well as two parent/child classes per week to small groups of families with children from newborn to age 3 years.

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 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.

Responsibilities:

·       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

·       Collaboration with other faculty and staff regarding student care

·       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

Requirements:

·       Licensed by the State of Oregon, Early Learning Division and hold a 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 or AWSNA

·       At least two years teaching in a classroom of young children preferred

·       Understand Waldorf early childhood development

·       Understanding, and willingness to work out of, Anthroposophy

·       Commitment to work with group process and consensus decision-making

·       Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and staff to support the mission of Portland Waldorf School

Skills:

·       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

This position is also responsible for early childhood community outreach, including leading children's activities at school fairs, open houses, and farmers markets, leading storytime, playtime, and puppet shows for families with young children at PWS and in the community, and leading parent education workshops on child development and Waldorf education at PWS and in the community. This may require working occasional evenings and weekends.

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, Mandarin, games/movement, middle and high school athletics and a high school foreign exchange program.

Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Benefits offered include health insurance, retirement 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 hiring@portlandwaldorf.org.

Portland Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class. We acknowledge that a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender expressions, sexual orientations, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhance our school’s learning environment, and we are committed to cultivating equity and inclusion. We are seeking individuals who are committed to self-development, educational equity and inclusion, and have a willingness to participate in ongoing work related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. People of color and others underrepresented in our community are encouraged to apply.

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