Located blocks from the Mississippi River, the Waldorf School of New Orleans is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality or ethnic origin in its admissions, educational, and hiring policies.

As the only Waldorf School in the state of Louisiana, our faculty and staff enjoy the fantastic opportunities that come with living in one of the most unique cities in America. From exploring the French Quarter and spending all weekend at Jazz Fest, to partaking of fabulous restaurants and getting a break off at Mardi Gras, we celebrate life.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, and will grant moving stipends to qualified applicants from outside the New Orleans area, so come on down!

Admin positions

Administrative Director

Primary Function

The Administrative Director is responsible for directing and managing all non-teaching functions of the Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO). Hired by, and reporting to, the Board of Directors, the Administrative Director implements the day-to-day operations of the school and its policies and procedures. Through collaboration with the board, faculty, staff, parents, and community stakeholders, this position helps to ensure the smooth execution of all nonteaching functions.

Core Competencies

A natural community builder who leads by example and encourages collective involvement within the school community, a successful candidate has the ability to create shared, collaborative partnerships with teachers, staff, parents, students, board members and community stakeholders.

Essential to the position is the ability to help create a collegial environment where schoolwide goals are collectively set and monitored. As part of this collaborative work, the Administrative Director must possess strong written and verbal communication skills; an ability to build and manage relationships with board members, faculty, staff, current and prospective parents and the public; and, when necessary, to manage challenging situations within or across this group of stakeholders.

Administrative Director must believe in and be a compelling advocate for the philosophy, values, benefits, and outcomes of a Waldorf education. Waldorf Certification is strongly preferred. By honoring diversity in all respects, and exhibiting an understanding of how that diversity contributes to a community of learners, the successful Administrative Director will be able to:

  • Supervise others in a professional manner
  • Delegate responsibility appropriately and organize and manage work streams
  • Identify areas where policy or program development is needed and work collaboratively with appropriate individuals to bring plans to fruition
  • Analyze and present data effectively
  • Maintain strict confidentiality
  • Articulate publicly the mission and vision of the Waldorf School of New Orleans
  • Ensure school operations are effective and exhibit flexibility to changing circumstances
  • Demonstrate an empathetic and collaborative leadership mindset
  • Possess the ability to make and communicate tough decisions when necessary
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an interest in ongoing anthroposophical study

Position qualifications

  • Master’s degree is required. Preference for degrees in Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, or related field
  • A minimum of five years professional, supervisory experience in a school setting
  • Proficiency with standard software systems typically used in schools
  • Knowledge of business administration and financial, personnel, and business management practices for schools and nonprofits
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory issues governing educational institutions
  • Experience in fundraising and understanding of the cultivation and development of a culture of giving
  • Experience with engaging the internal community of a school as well as the community at large
  • Experience in working with a Board of Directors
  • Have a track record of guiding, empowering, and supporting a capable faculty and staff

Personal Qualities

A dynamic leader who brings dedication and enthusiasm to his or her role and is committed to personal development. Accessible and approachable, the Administrative Director interacts with people in an authentic and engaging way.

Ongoing responsibilities include

  • Maintaining an open flow of communication with all constituencies in the school
  • Effectively managing both teacher needs and parent concerns and ensuring resolution is achieved
  • Representing the school at school functions, community events, and fundraising initiatives
  • Participating as necessary in various committees, including Finance, Strategic Planning, and Faculty Leadership
  • Providing monthly reports as an Ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors
  • Coordinating with Office Managers to ensure that internal and external communications are updated regularly
  • Coordinating with the Business Manager regarding financial and HR policy including budget, tuition payments, hiring, payroll, and accreditation
  • Overseeing enrollment process in collaboration with Office Managers and Faculty
  • Collaborating with Faculty Leadership Council to develop and maintain curriculum standards and set performance goals and objectives for all teaching staff
  • Overseeing physical plants to assure a safe school environment and adherence to all local, state, and federal guidelines as well as accreditation mandates
  • Internalizing the school’s strategic plan and annual goals
  • Overseeing responses and communications to accrediting, governing and licensing bodies such as AWSNA, WECAN, and the State of Louisiana
  • Network nationally with other Waldorf Schools by representing WSNO at AWSNA & WECAN conferences

Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume, three professional references to:

Lisa Lynde
Business Manager
Waldorf School of New Orleans 517 Soraparu St #101
New Orleans, LA 70130

Email: apply@waldorfnola.org 


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