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Sacramento Waldorf School is an established early childhood through 12th grade independent private school located in Fair Oaks, just east of Sacramento, in Northern California. The school offers a full Waldorf program to more than 400 students. The beautiful twenty-two-acre site overlooks the American River and affords many opportunities for outdoor and environmental education.

Established in 1959, SWS is the oldest Waldorf School in Northern California. We are an accredited full member of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and have also been accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) since 1983. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a competitive salary contingent on experience and qualifications and an excellent benefit package. Employment is contingent on a post-offer, pre-employment, fingerprint-based background check.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to jobs@sacwaldorf.org.

Current Job Openings

Kindergarten Extended Care Teacher

The Sacramento Waldorf School is seeking a Kindergarten Extended Care teacher. The position requires the teacher to have variable and flexible hours Monday-Friday between 12-5PM. An ideal candidate is dedicated, positive, energetic, and able to connect meaningfully with the young child; they love crafts and outdoor activities, and they work well with a team of other teachers who are committed to creating a strong curriculum of age-appropriate activities for students after school. We prefer that there be a basic knowledge of Waldorf Education or previous work experience in a Waldorf School or similar setting.

Our 22-acre school is located on our unique and historic land on the banks of the American River in Fair Oaks, CA. It encompasses a 2.5-acre farm, lower school facilities, high school classrooms, several community spaces, athletic fields, and sprawling grounds. Outdoor structures and robust distance learning technology have been installed to enable learning during COVID, and to provide this means of education for years to come.

The mission of Sacramento Waldorf School is to provide education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, builds confidence, connection and purpose, and prepares students to realize their full potential as free human beings.

Sacramento Waldorf School 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 diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply a resume and letter of interest to jobs@sacwaldorf.org.

Grades Teacher

In its 61st year, Sacramento Waldorf School seeks a Waldorf-trained, experienced class teacher to join our dedicated faculty in the fall of 2021 as a grades teacher. The ideal candidate will wholeheartedly take up the work of a class teacher, work collaboratively with colleagues, participate in the rich experiences on our campus and readily engage with our parent community as we step into the next 100 years of Waldorf education.

Our school mission is authentically carried out through shared working and planning together for the future. “We provide an education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, builds confidence, connection and purpose, and prepares students to realize their full potential as free human beings.” We are committed to a diverse body of teachers, staff, and students.

Sacramento Waldorf School is an active collaboration of faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and our school community, ensuring our campus environment is welcoming, inclusive, and increasingly diverse. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in diverse, multi-cultural, and inclusive settings, as we responsibly innovate our learning environment to prepare our students to be global citizens. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, and we commit to interviewing candidates representing communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in private and public education.

Our class teachers are supported in their work by a full range of specialty classes and a robust school parent community that is dedicated to the longevity, health, and innovation of our school. Our faculty is talented, experienced, and inspiring. We provide to our faculty the guidance of an established College of Teachers, a full-time Lower School Administrator, a robust mentoring program, a lively collegial work environment, and an active professional development program. A window into the potential of Waldorf education is found throughout the span of our full faculty circle.

Sacramento Waldorf School is an established early childhood through 12th grade independent private school located in Fair Oaks (just east of Sacramento), in Northern California. The school offers a full Waldorf program to more than 400 students. The beautiful 22-acre site includes a 3.5 acre working farm that overlooks the American River. Our campus has ample opportunities for outdoor and environmental education. The surrounding anthroposophical community is rich and well established, offering frequent opportunities for participation.

Established in 1959, SWS is the oldest Waldorf School in Northern California. We are fully accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering a competitive salary contingent on experience and qualifications, and an excellent benefit package.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate of Completion in Waldorf Teaching
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous Waldorf class teaching experience

To learn more about our school, please explore our website.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to jobs@sacwaldorf.org.

Lower School Administrator

Sacramento Waldorf School is seeking an experienced and highly capable individual to serve as the Lower School Administrator for our 61-year-old school located on a unique and historic 22-acre campus alongside the American River. The Lower School Administrator leads and coordinates the Early Childhood and Lower School (Grades 1-8), and will direct these programs in accordance with the school’s mission of holistic education. Dynamic and ongoing collaboration with the High School Administrator and the Whole School Administrator is essential to the fulfilment of whole school initiatives.

The mission of Sacramento Waldorf School is to provide education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, builds confidence, connection, and purpose, and prepares students to realize their full potential as free human beings. We are committed to maintaining our tenets of Waldorf education while taking intentional steps and making contributions to the betterment of a global society.

Sacramento Waldorf School is in active collaboration with faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and our school community to ensure our campus environment is welcoming, inclusive, and increasingly diverse. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in diverse, multi-cultural, and inclusive settings, as we responsibly innovate our learning environment for our students and staff. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, and we commit to interviewing candidates representing communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in private and public education administration.

Position Summary:
The primary responsibility of the Lower School Administrator is the successful planning, organization, and supervision of the Early Childhood and Lower School to ensure a quality Waldorf education for all K-8 students in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of Sacramento Waldorf School as found at sacwaldorf.org.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Lower School Administrator is responsible for the following, which may be managed through delegated assignments to individuals or personally completed by the Lower School Administrator.

  • Cultivates positive parent relations; responds to parents’ concerns in a timely and compassionate manner; coordinates annual parent conferences in conjunction with the Lower School (LS) Coordinating Committee.
  • Oversees collaborative teacher recruitment, hiring, and new teacher orientation processes.
  • Effectively facilitates the timely resolution of teacher/student/parent challenges to support a positive environment for each class.
  • Ensures communication between and among committees, faculty, and school community, including the LS Coordinating Committee, LS Educational Support committee, and Professional Development committee. Consults with the Steering Committee and College of Teachers as needed.
  • Directly supervises 3-5 administrative staff.
  • Supervises faculty with support from the Steering Committee.
  • Coordinates the performance evaluation processes and professional development plans, as well as execution of such plans, for faculty as directed by the Steering Committee and Professional Development Committee.
  • Oversees the creation of the Early Childhood and Lower School calendar, class schedule, and appropriate school events, and works with the HS Administrator to integrate schedules.
  • Fulfills the role as the public face of the Lower School at open houses, assemblies, and other public events, or ensures that there is someone available to fulfill this role.
  • Supports school life by attending events and school meetings; actively contributes as a member of the Steering Committee and the Management Committee; chairs the LS Coordinating Committee.
  • Collaborates with Admissions to meet enrollment goals through support of the admissions process, including student visits, interviews, and open houses.
  • Works with the Development Department to support Development activities, and with Parent Guild to support parent and community engagement efforts.
  • Participates in preparation of accreditation processes including site visit, and serves on Accreditation Committee.
  • Oversees faculty meetings, collaboratively sets agendas with the Coordinating Committee, schedules meetings, and ensures follow-ups to action items.
  • Provides cost projections, with supporting documentation for annual budget, and consistently keeps costs at or below budget.
  • Oversees tracking of faculty and staff attendance, and manages all leaves in accordance with school policies, including the proper use of forms for authorization of any paid time off benefits (sick leave, PTO, vacation, etc.), hours worked, and meal/rest periods. Sets an example with regular and consistent punctuality and attendance.
  • Ensures that substitute teachers appropriately meet SWS standards.
  • Oversees school health records and licensing requirements for Early Childhood.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem Solving:
    • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner
    • Gathers and analyzes information skillfully
    • Develops alternative solutions
    • Works well in group problem solving situations
    • Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
    • Demonstrates understanding of principles of racism/anti-racism, multiculturalism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
    • Actively champions a diverse and inclusive faculty/staff and student body, encouraging an equity lens and anti-racist practices
    • Understands implicit and explicit bias; employs tools to mitigate bias in self and others
    • Appreciates the unique qualities and biographies of others (adults and children); meets individuals “where they are at” while working to minimize assumptions
  • Communication:
    • Speaks clearly in positive or emotionally charged situations
    • Listens to others without interrupting and seeks clarification
    • Responds thoughtfully and completely to questions
    • Demonstrates group presentation skills
    • Participates actively and with respect in meetings
    • Writes clearly and informatively
    • Edits work for spelling and grammar
  • Managerial Skills:
    • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
    • Keeps the school’s Mission, Vision, and Values in mind when making decisions
    • Supports and explains reasoning for decisions:
      • Includes appropriate people in decision-making process
      • Makes timely decisions
      • Includes staff in planning and decision-making
      • Facilitates process improvement
    • Takes responsibility for the results of staff’s performance
    • Is available to staff
    • Provides regular performance feedback and timely evaluations
    • Develops staff’s skills and encourages growth
    • Improves processes and services
    • Continually works to improve managerial skills
  • Leadership:
    • Ability to garner support for SWS mission and goals
    • Promotes harmony and teamwork
    • Assists in building a team spirit
    • Shows appreciation for contributions and achievements
    • Ability to solve conflict without directing blame
    • Innovation:
      • Meets challenges with resourcefulness and creativity
      • Generates suggestions for improving work
      • Develops innovative approaches and ideas
    • Motivation:
      • Sets and achieves challenging goals
      • Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles
      • Measures self against standard of excellence
  • Safety and Security:
    • Daily actions demonstrate our standard for a safe and secure workplace
  • Planning and Organization:
    • Prioritizes workload, completes assignments on time, and follows through on commitments
    • Attains needed resources and execute a plan that optimizes results
  • Professionalism:
    • Approaches others in a tactful manner
    • Reacts well under pressure
    • Maintains confidentiality
    • Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position
    • Accepts responsibility for own actions

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Sacramento Waldorf School Handbook, Safety and Operation policies as well as applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Directly supervises 3-5 staff members, and co-supervises Lower School faculty.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required; fifth year preferred. Minimum of two years’ experience in leadership roles within schools is required. Knowledge and experience of Waldorf curriculum are essential, though teaching experience within an independent Waldorf school is not required.

Language Skills
English language verbal and written fluency. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs, which includes, but is not limited to, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Zoom. Training will be provided for Veracross (SWS SIS) and ParentSquare.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time non-exempt position. Sacramento Waldorf School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a competitive salary contingent on experience and qualifications and an excellent benefit package.
Sacramento Waldorf School 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 diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to jobs@sacwaldorf.org.