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!
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.
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
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
Early Childhood Assistant
Full-time, Salaried, Non-Exempt
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
Experience with children
Openness to Waldorf philosophy
1 – 2 years previous classroom experience
Experience in a Waldorf setting
The job of the early childhood assistant is to support the lead teacher in meeting the needs of the children, the program, and the well-being of the classroom. The assistant teacher understands the essential needs of the young child and supports both children and parents by helping create joy-filled and life-nourishing environments that enhance growth and development during the critical first seven years of life. Understanding that a healthy early childhood provides a strong foundation for the future development of individuals and humanity as a whole, the assistant teacher will help bring healthy movement opportunities, purposeful activities, nourishing images, and clear speech into his/her daily work with the children. The assistant teacher will guide the children toward self-control, cooperation, social awareness, and a feeling of belonging in the group.
Classroom Responsibilities and Duties:
- Help prepare the classroom for student arrival at 8:30 a.m.
- Help to maintain the classroom and EC common areas with duties such as sweeping, dusting, washing dishes, tidying up the bathroom (paper towels, trash, water spills), weeding, watering, etc., throughout the school day.
- Preparation of the snacks, crafts, painting and other activities, as determined in consultation with lead teacher.
- Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a safe, harmonious social environment for the students. Continual communication with lead teacher and fellow faculty are vital for the success in this area.
- Assist the lead teacher in maintaining a clean, orderly classroom environment.
- Support circle activities and puppet shows as needed.
- Be prepared to carry the role of lead teacher if the lead teacher is absent.
- If a full time position, lead the Nap Group. If a part time position, assist with Nap Group, days and hours to be determined.
- Participate in weekly early childhood meetings.
- Participate in Child Studies.
- Participate in Festival planning, preparation, and celebration, as outlined in employment agreement and requested by the Lead Teacher.
- Participate in Open Houses, Parent Nights, and EC community events, as outlined in employment agreement and as requested by the Lead Teacher.
- Be available and willing to participate in Parent-Teacher conferences, as requested by the Lead Teacher.
All teachers share responsibility for the well-being of the school. Aspects of this responsibility are:
- Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the Anthroposophical underpinnings of Waldorf Education and child development.
- Attendance at the All School Meetings called by the Board of Trustees.
- Be available and willing to participate in enrollment process of new students, as determined by Lead Teacher.
- Attendance and participation in monthly faculty meetings, as well as certain work days throughout the academic year as scheduled.
- Clear all planned absences two weeks in advance with Lead Teacher and Pedagogical Administrator and arrange in finding a substitute.
- Participate in a professional development and accountability plan.
Interested candidates are asked to please submit their letter of interest, resume, and 3 letters of reference to:
Waldorf School of New Orleans
517 Soraparu Street, #101
New Orleans, LA 70130