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High School Outdoor Education Coordinator

San Francisco Waldorf School

San Francisco, CA, USA

Full time


Mar 13

This is a .8FTE - 1 FTE exempt faculty position.

Start Date: August 1, 2023


San Francisco Waldorf High School seeks an enthusiastic and experienced Outdoor Education Program Coordinator and trip leader for a position starting with the 2023-2024 school year. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in leading adolescents, ages 13 - 19, on trips that are challenging physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. This person will have a high degree of skill in managing experiential learning environments, teaching survival skills appropriate to the different grade levels and ushering students through threshold experiences. Deep enthusiasm for transmitting love and respect for nature is a must.

We are looking for a candidate who wants to be part of a Waldorf faculty and work in a highly collaborative environment. 

Waldorf teacher training is preferred, but a strong candidate need only bring the willingness to learn about our approach and attend a training program within the first two years of employment. 

Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.  This dynamic, 100-year-old approach to child development and education—based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner—is continually reinventing itself to meet the needs of current students. Waldorf education inspires life-long learning in students and enables them to fully develop their unique capacities.

San Francisco Waldorf School (SFWS) was founded in 1979 and currently enrolls 400 students throughout a parent-child program, a preschool program, kindergarten, and Grades 1-12.  The high school campus is located in the West Portal neighborhood which is easily accessible via public transportation.  Fifty percent of students identify as people of color.  

Requirements Overview

The candidate will have highly developed and specific skills in outdoor trip leadership that include: 

  • Hiking, backpacking, camping, route finding
  • Facilitating adolescent group and solo experiences
  • Program Oversight and Management including health and safety of students and documentation  
  • Transportation safety and procedures 
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Knowledge of California’s environment 
  • Manage program budget

Responsibilities of the Outdoor Ed Coordinator include, but are not limited to: 

  • Scouting and booking locations for all trips (4‐5 day/3‐4 overnight) for grades 9-12 (approx. 6 trips per school year)
  • Equipment management and maintenance 
  • Keeping a yearly calendar of school trip dates and recruit chaperones
  • Booking transportation for all trips (some in‐house transportation is available)
  • Driving school or rental vans/valid driver’s license
  • Purchasing food for all trips  
  • Leading all trips with teachers 
  • Curriculum development and willingness to work with Waldorf pedagogy
  • Liaising with teachers to organize class groups into teams for trip tasks: set‐up, cooking, clean‐up etc. 
  • Leading two periods weekly of OE activities as part of the PE program  
  • Member of the Safety Committee on the High School campus

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher  
  • Waldorf Teacher Training/Knowledge of or interest in Waldorf Education
  • Significant experience working with teens  

Benefits and Compensation

Benefits include medical, dental, flexible spending plans, retirement plan (employer contributions after one year of employment), and tuition remission for eligible dependents. The full 1 FTE annual salary range is $60K - $85K depending on experience.  It will be prorated based for less than full FTE.  Salaries are paid on a 12-month schedule.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Be able to lift to 50+ lbs.
  • Work often in outside weather conditions, including heat and cold
  • Regularly sitting or standing 4-8 hours

FLSA Classification: Faculty; Exempt from overtime

Reports to: High School Chair 

Hired by: High School Steering Committee

Date Modified: March 2023

San Francisco Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhance the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion. 

Please send resume and letter of interest to jobs@sfwaldorf.org

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