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Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Charlottesville Waldorf School

Charlottesville, VA

Part time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood


May 4

Job Title: Part-Time Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, Tier 3B Employee

Duration: School year from late August through late May; plus Faculty Work Days

Work Hours: 7:45am-2pm except on meeting days (generally Thursday from 3:30pm - 5pm + one other afternoon for meeting with Lead Teacher)

  • Assist lead teacher with program activities from 8:00 am- 1:30 pm
  • Other duties until 2pm

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Class size: approximately 10 - 16 children with one Lead Teacher and one Assistant
  • Share in care of children with Lead Teacher
  • Prepare daily snack
  • Maintain supplies of snack foods and other household supplies
  • Prepare shopping lists for shopper
  • Clean up classroom after activities
  • Participate in circle time
  • Participate in all-school Open House once per year
  • Attend first class meeting of the year and others as possible
  • Check school email daily
  • Assist Lead Teacher with set-up of classroom (during Faculty Work days in August)
  • Attend faculty work days in June and August

Required meeting attendance: Meeting times to be announced at beginning of the school year

  • Full Faculty 
  • Planning meeting with Lead Teacher
  • Early Childhood department meeting 

Conference/professional development requirement:

  • Professional Development: All assistant teachers will determine professional goals and professional development plans for the year based on gaps in their study of Waldorf pedagogy. It is recommended that all teachers in the Early Childhood department be on a gradual path toward attaining a certification in Waldorf Early Childhood education.
  • Assistant teachers shall complete annually a minimum of 16 hours of training appropriate to the age of children in care.
  • Conferences: Assistants are encouraged to attend the annual WECAN conference in February
  • Red Cross/CPR First Aid certification (classes are usually offered during Faculty Work Days)
  • Assistants should read the Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers (available online and in our files)

Periodic evaluations and observations:

  • First and second year Assistants are evaluated by evaluators brought in from outside the school community.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to spend a day in another class doing a peer observation.  

Guidelines for faculty conduct and responsibility:

--are described in the CWS Faculty Handbook. These should be reviewed by applicants before employment is accepted.

Background required:

  • Education:  
  • high school diploma; related college-level course work preferred
  • Waldorf early childhood training certificate, or willingness to develop a plan for study of Waldorf early childhood pedagogy
  • Experience:  
  • Related work with children, preferably in a classroom setting
  • Study of Waldorf pedagogy and study of anthroposophy
  • Work with group process
  • Skills, etc.:
  • Works well with children
  • Good communication skills
  • Well-organized, efficient
  • Works cooperatively in groups
  • Proficiency in handwork (knitting, sewing, etc.) preferred
  • Musical ability, especially singing
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Willingness to work out of Anthroposophy


Wage/Salary: Part-time Assistants receive $21,700 base salary plus applicable increments based on certification, degrees and experience. Benefits:

  • Leave/sick days: 6 days
  • Tuition reduction: Part time Assistants receive 90% remission for 1st child

Charlottesville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in its hiring practices.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to hiring@cwaldorf.org.

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