Employment

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!

Faculty positions

Grades Faculty Job Description

The Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO) is an independent school that believes education should nurture children to become individuals who are whole in body, intellect, and spirit. At WSNO we strive to develop balanced individuals who are able to create a life full of meaning and purpose. To assist us in that goal we are seeking a Lead Grades Teacher.

Responsibilities

1. Meeting the Needs of the Children

The Grades Teacher is responsible for bringing a grade specific curriculum in accordance with the principles and methods of Waldorf education, specifically:

  • Preparing a school-year schedule of subject blocks (block rotation)
  • Researching source materials for subjects
  • Developing educational objectives for each block
  • Preparing daily lesson plans
  • Evaluating student work and providing block assessments
  • Provide on-going guidance and support and assessing the evolving needs of the children in the class
  • Maintaining a healthy and orderly classroom environment

The Grades Teacher is responsible for forming and maintaining a healthy social life in their class, specifically:

  • Interviewing prospective students and their families to assess the appropriateness of Waldorf
  • Education for the student, and to convey an understanding of the principles and methods of Waldorf education to parents
  • Addressing student social skills both in and out of the classroom

2. Meeting the Needs of the Families

The Teacher is responsible for incorporating the student families into the school life, specifically:

  • Planning and conducting at least three parent meetings per school year
  • Helping parents learn more about the principles of Waldorf education and the needs of children
  • Providing student progress reports in the fall and parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring
  • Writing year-end class summaries and student assessments by June 10th

3. Meeting the Needs of the Community

The Grades Teacher participates in the activities of the school community specifically:

  • Participating in and coordinating school festivals
  • Participating in school outreach events

4. Meeting the Needs of the Faculty

The Grades Teacher participates in the management of the affairs of the school, specifically:

  • Attending faculty meetings
  • Serving in faculty management positions
  • Serving on school committees
  • Contributing to administration and management tasks
  • Abiding by decisions of the faculty and the Board of Trustees
  • Attending the annual faculty/board visioning meeting
  • Being available the first two weeks in August and attending the work week

5. Meeting the Needs of the Teacher

The Grades Teacher makes a commitment to self-improvement, specifically:

  • Working with a mentor
  • Participating in annual self-evaluation/peer-evaluation process
  • Conducting annual class evaluations by parents
  • Developing professionally through reading, conferences, and workshops
  • Developing personally through an on-going study of Anthroposophy

Qualifications

The work of the Grades Teacher requires minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Waldorf Teacher Training certificate or near to completion in Waldorf Teacher Training
  • Experience working with children between the ages of seven and fourteen

The Waldorf School of New Orleans offers a competitive salary, health benefits, mentorship, professional development, and full tuition remission for children of full time employees. Please see our website at www.waldorfnola.org.

Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, biography, and 3 letters of reference to:
Teacher Search Committee
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans, LA 70130

 

English Skills Teacher

The Waldorf School of New Orleans is seeking a part-time middle school English Skills Teacher, for grades 5-8 to join our experienced faculty and dynamic school community beginning with the 2016-17 school year. 
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Provide middle school English curriculum for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students that prepares students for both private and public high schools.
  • Teach mixed-level fifth / sixth, seventh / eighth grade English classes, including preparing lessons and correcting written assignments
  • Coordinate with main lesson teachers and the Pedagogical Administrator to support students with a variety of skill levels within the classes.
  • Write twice-yearly narrative assessments for an average total of 30 students.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, including twice-yearly parent conferences.
  • Advise seventh and eighth grade parents and students through transition to high school, including writing recommendations for students applying to private high schools, upon request.

Qualifications

  • Waldorf training and experience, preferred but not required
  • Louisiana Certification in Middle School English Language Arts preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, or elementary education
  • 3-5 years of English Skills teaching experience
  • Dedication to excellence in teaching
  • Confident classroom presence with strong social and communication skills
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for Waldorf Education 

WSNO Pedagogy and Program 

WSNO is a vibrant, faculty led independent school for children in preschool through grade 8. Our pedagogy and curriculum, based on Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of human development, includes a full complement of offerings: parent-infant classes; an early childhood program including afternoon care; gardening, handwork, games and movement, chorus, strings, Spanish, English and math skills specialists. Our enrollment is 90 students, class sizes of 10-15 students, with a faculty and staff of about 20. 

Diversity

We seek to attract a diverse faculty and student body, striving to reflect the socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the greater New Orleans area. 

Salary & Benefits

This is a part-time salaried position teaching four fifty minute class periods per week.  We offer a competitive salary, based on experience. Please see our website at www.waldorfnola.org. Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:
 
Faculty Search Committee
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans, LA 70130
 

 

Movement/Games Teacher

The Waldorf School of New Orleans is seeking a part-time games/movement teacher to join our experienced faculty and dynamic school community beginning with the 2016-17 school year. 

Primary Purpose:

To foster healthy living and support academic success through meaningful and developmentally appropriate movement activities and games based on the Waldorf pedagogy.

Qualifications:

  •  Minimum of one year experience teaching games or movement in an education environment preferred
  •  Knowledge of Waldorf teaching methods and experience in Waldorf education preferred.
  •  Bachelor’s Degree
  •  Experience with children, particularly in the 7 -14 year old age range

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of a variety of games and movement activities designed to develop motor skills, body geography, spatial awareness, and balance.
  • Skill in developing the group process and effective communication skills in team sports.
  • Knowledge of Games/Movement exercises that are designed to strengthen, refine movement, and build flexibility in the growing adolescent.
  • Knowledge of best instructional practices and strategies in games and movement.
  • Effective classroom management skills in less structured environments.
  • Ability to build positive relationships between classes and individual students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with class teachers and other faculty members.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Determine and present Games/Movement intervention strategies that reflect understanding of the diverse needs of students.
  • Care, organization, ordering of games equipment and supplies
  • Recess or Reading and Rest duties as needed.
  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with faculty and students. 
  • Write twice-yearly narrative assessments for an average total of 60 students.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, including twice-yearly parent conferences.

Professional Growth and Development

Participate in professional development activities to improve job-related skills.

WSNO Pedagogy and Program 

WSNO is a vibrant, faculty led independent school for children in preschool through grade 8. Our pedagogy and curriculum, based on Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of human development, includes a full complement of offerings: parent infant classes; an early childhood program including afternoon care; gardening, handwork, games and movement, chorus, strings, Spanish, English and math skills specialists. Our enrollment is 90 students, class sizes of 10 - 15 students, with a faculty and staff of about 20. 

Diversity

We seek to attract a diverse faculty and student body, striving to reflect the socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the greater New Orleans area. 

Salary & Benefits

This is a part-time salaried position teaching the equivalent of ten class periods per week. We offer a competitive salary, based on experience. Please see our website at www.waldorfnola.org. Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:
 
Faculty Search Committee
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans, LA 70130
 
 

Admin positions

Enrollment and Outreach Director

The Enrollment and Outreach Director is responsible for many aspects of the School’s outreach and enrollment process, including engaging in effective community outreach to expand WSNO’s reputation and admissions penetration in its served market; developing and implementing a recruitment strategy; guiding students and families through the admission process; tracking and reviewing candidate applications; recruiting newly admitted students to enroll; and working with colleagues to assure the retention of currently enrolled students. The Enrollment and Outreach Director is a part of the Administration Team and reports to the Board of Trustees and the Business Administrator.

This is a full time, year-round, salaried, benefitted position.

Goal

Maintain healthy enrollment at WSNO by educating the public about Waldorf education, and developing and implementing recruitment strategies toward the goal of full enrollment.

Overarching responsibilities include

  • Developing, evaluating continually and redesigning where appropriate all aspects of the enrollment and marketing program with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students and a wait-list of qualified applicants which consist of 10% of the maximum class size for each grade.
  • Working with the Business Administrator and the Pedagogical Administrator to facilitate the retention of students who are currently enrolled at the School.

Responsibilities

Introduction of Prospective Parents
  • Remain contact person for parents throughout inquiry and admissions procedures.
  • Give initial introduction to Waldorf education to prospective parents through open houses, individual tours, and special events.
Admissions Work with New Families
  • Keep abreast of admissions procedures and timetables in Greater New Orleans private schools.
  • Notify parent of receipt of application
  • Review applications, gathering needed information from parent, counselors, and specialists
  • Review applications with Early Childhood and Grades Faculty for selection decision
  • Set up interview with faculty member(s), greet family at interview, and notify subject teachers and administrative staff of student visits
  • Stay aware of process throughout by updating entries in software and files
  • Review outcomes with faculty
  • Send notification of acceptance status, coordinate contract with Business Administrator
  • Set up waiting list interviews and maintain contact with families on the list
  • Develop new procedures as needed in conjunction with the Business Administrator and Pedagogical Administrator
Re-enrollment and Sibling Enrollment
  • Notify current families of deadlines and follow through with the process
  • With Pedagogical Administrator and Business Administrator determine space availability for each class
  • Coordinator internal first grade admissions process
  • Coordinate with Finance Committee and faculty regarding deadlines
Outreach and Marketing
  • Work in conjunction with the Outreach Committee to research venues, design and maintain ads, and publicize student activities and special events
  • Oversee creation and content of Waldorf Weekly e-Newsletter
  • Identify enrollment needs, target specific group areas in which to solicit interest in the school
  • Arrange for teachers to participate in external enrollment events
  • Participate in greeting visitors to the school
Exit Interviews
  • Oversee communication with former families including maintaining a social connection
  • Analyze exit interviews to identify attrition patterns and communicate findings to administration, board and faculty
Meetings & Committee Work
  • Attend weekly Administrative Staff meetings
  • Develop an Enrollment committee to conduct exit interviews and assist with enrollment tasks, events, etc.
  • Organize tours and develop docent training program
  • Attend other meetings that may be pertinent to enrollment
Additional Responsibilities
  • Maintain supplies of enrollment materials
  • Maintain information on prospective families
  • Maintain contact with class teachers for information on families, status for reenrollment
  • Maintain enrollment budget in conjunction with Business Administrator
  • Provide administrative support and presence at Early Childhood Center as needed
  • Support the collegial workings of the administrative section and the school as a whole
  • Stay current on issues in Waldorf education
Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate would have a working knowledge of Waldorf education and Anthroposophy and be well-versed in current educational practices and methods. Experience working in a Waldorf School and with collaborative decision making processes is preferred.

  • Ability to speak fluently about Waldorf education in various contexts
  • Excellent communication skills: clear, articulate, professional in speaking and writing
  • Comfort in speaking to small and large groups
  • Excellent organizational skills: able to set priorities and achieve them, able to keep cognizant of many processes going on simultaneously
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent computer skills including database and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work well with others and with volunteers
  • Ability to delegate and supervise tasks
  • Friendly, warm, courteous, good listening skills
  • Enjoys meeting people, personable yet professional in demeanor, especially on the phone and in personal meetings.
  • Ability to establish immediate rapport
  • Marketing and advertising skills
  • Ability to meet enrollment goals

The Waldorf School of New Orleans offers a competitive salary, health benefits, mentorship, professional development, and full tuition remission for children of full time employees. Please see our website at www.waldorfnola.org.

Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, biography, and 3 letters of reference to:

Business Administrator
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans, LA 70130
e-mail: apply@waldorfnola.org

 

Faculty positions

See above.