Waldorf School of the Peninsula (nursery – grade twelve) is celebrating its 30th year of bringing Waldorf education to Northern California. Our school has two beautiful campuses: Nursery through grade five, located in Los Altos and a few miles away in Mountain View are grades six – twelve. The San Francisco Peninsula offers the natural pleasures of redwood forests, mountain ranges, and seashores in a year-round mild climate. The area has a strong cultural emphasis, with internationally recognized colleges and universities, numerous museums, arts organizations, theatrical companies and symphonies.
We are one of five well-established Waldorf schools in the area. This network offers many opportunities along with a rich calendar of events, workshops, and speakers. Our school offers a community education program and serves as a teacher-training site for Rudolf Steiner College.
Our school is a full member of and accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. The school is also fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
With a nursery, two kindergartens and grades one through twelve, we are a community of 70 full and part-time faculty and staff and 325 students. Our school is an increasingly international community, and our unique tuition adjustment program encourages economic diversity.
Current Job Openings
Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos and Mountain View, California seeks a new Faculty Chair.
• To work from the Waldorf pedagogical perspective to promote and implement the school’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.
• To lead, administer, manage, and facilitate work in pedagogical matters in consultation with faculty leadership and the School Administrator.
• To represent the school in its pedagogical relations with the faculty, staff, students, and parents of the school.
• To reflect the values of servant and collaborative leadership.
• To facilitate the success of the school’s pedagogical program in consultation with faculty leadership and the School Administrator.
Our new Faculty Chair is a dynamic leader who brings joy, enthusiasm, and warmth to his or her role. With a strong passion for Waldorf education as well as a commitment to working out of Anthroposophy, our new Faculty Chair demonstrates a thorough understanding of child development according to Waldorf principles.
Our new Faculty Chair possesses excellent written and oral communication skills, and a talent for servant and collaborative leadership in alignment with the school’s republican consensus model. He or she is able to identify, prioritize, and delegate so that the time and energy of the faculty and the organization are best serving the school’s strategic goals.
Our new Faculty Chair consistently inspires, encourages, and motivates those with whom he or she comes into contact, and possesses strong team-building skills. He or she is accessible and approachable, deals with people in a welcoming and engaging way, and leads by example and active involvement in the life of the school. This person is responsive and non-reactive, and leads with a balance of inspiration and discipline, vision and practicality.
The Faculty Chair is hired by, reports to, and is supervised by the School Administrator.
• Fully trained Waldorf teacher with significant classroom experience
• Experience in mentoring and evaluating teachers in a Waldorf school
• Experience in human resources management
• Bachelors Degree or foreign equivalent required
Candidates are requested to submit:
1. a letter articulating why the candidate believes he or she is best suited for the position
2. a resumé
3. Contact information for 3 professional references
to Sue Levine, School Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is February 1, 2015.
Office Manager/Receptionist (Los Altos)
We are seeking a Front Office Manager & Receptionist for our school’s busy front office. This position is a full-time, year-round position eligible for benefits.
The Front Office Manager is the direct interface between the school and parents, students, faculty and staff. Excellent, professional interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to multitask and take ownership of a wide range of front office duties. Areas of responsibility include managing student attendance; student care and communications, a variety of clerical duties including data entry and database projects, managing office space and office supplies, assisting with administrative tasks, and providing support on special projects and school events.
The ideal candidate will need excellent communication, judgment and organizational skills, be highly self-directed, able to solve problems and deftly manage multiple tasks while maintaining confidentiality of records and information. Additional requirements are computer proficiency (email, Microsoft Word, Excel, database entry and reporting.) Experience managing phone, email systems, and working with children is a plus.
This position offers a supportive workplace and interactions with our wonderful parents, students and teachers. It is a wonderful position for someone who loves working with people, yet has solid business and organization skills.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter.
Early Childhood Faculty and Staff
We are seeking dedicated, energetic, creative and prepared professionals to join our teaching team working with Nursery School through kindergarten aged children. Waldorf Education believes the key indicators to being successful in kindergarten and in life are strong social and emotional skills, a curiosity for learning, and strong supportive role models.
Roles and Responsibilities
WSP Employees working with these young children must be an appropriate role model for the children and parents. Each employee is responsible for exhibiting good communication, problem-solving and priority-setting skills, as well as maintaining an overall positive attitude. The teachers and staff are responsible for the care and the development of up to ten children at one time, ages 2 years, 9 months through 6 years of age. Specific duties are based on positions.
We are currently seeking individuals who qualify as a childcare center director. Qualifications include the general requirements above plus:
— Completed a total of 15 units of California required Early Childhood Education courses, including 3 in administration or staff relations and 4 years of teaching experience in a licensed center or comparable group child care program OR
— AA Degree with a major in child development and 2 years of experience OR
— A Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Child Development Program Director permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Preferred Experience and Education
— Experience in a Waldorf classroom or similar setting, working as a director or assistant director in a child care program and working with toddlers through pre-kindergarten aged children successfully. Intercultural proficiency is a plus.
— Waldorf Education Teaching Certificate, AA or BA degree in early childhood education or LifeWays training.
*All Faculty and staff must have current CPR and First Aid certification or ability to obtain as required by state child care licensing.
Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience.
We particularly welcome inquiries from experienced, Waldorf-trained teachers to help the school continue to develop in a responsible, forward-thinking way that meets the dynamic energy of our Silicon Valley constituency but slows its jangle and hyper-competitiveness.
Waldorf School of the Peninsula (Nursery – Grade 12) is celebrating its 31st year of bringing Waldorf education to Northern California. Our school has two beautiful campuses: nursery through grade 5 in Los Altos, and a few miles away in Mountain View are grades 6-12. Our school is a full member of and accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. The school is also fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Our Waldorf community is committed to salaries that allow enjoyment of this area’s outstanding access to museums, symphonies, and intellectually stimulating venues, as well as hundreds of square miles of open space, trails, and nature preserves accessible year round thanks to our mild climate.
Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a letter of interest, and a brief biography to email@example.com with the subject line stating the position in which you are interested.