Waldorf School of the Peninsula (nursery – grade twelve) is celebrating over 30 years 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 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 three nurseries, three 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 Administrative & Staff Openings
— To administer the day-to-day operations of the school, including exercising fiscal, budgetary, and legal authority as well as managing risk and school resources in collaboration with designated individuals and groups
— To be responsible for and conscious of the overall parent experience;
— To lead and manage the administrative staff;
— To work in close collaboration with pedagogical leadership.
— To monitor and address the well-being of the whole school community and to facilitate positive interactions and working among school constituencies.
— To lead in the implementation of the school’s vision for the future.
— To embody, advocate and implement the mission and values of the school.
— To represent Waldorf School of the Peninsula and its values to the broader community, region and the Waldorf movement.
Our new School Administrator is a dynamic individual who leads by example. He or she brings joy, enthusiasm, warmth, and authenticity to his or her role. Our School Administrator encourages and motivates others through a balance of inspiration, discipline, vision, and practicality.
The School Administrator is committed to and works effectively within the School’s consensus-based, servant leadership model based on our school’s direct communication values. A strong team-builder, he or she is able to identify, prioritize, and delegate, so the time and energy of the School Administrator and the organization are best serving the school’s strategic goals.
A confidence-inspiring leader, our School Administrator holds and steadily steers the school through routine challenges as well as extraordinary events. The School Administrator brings strong management skills to day-to-day school operations as well as the ability to communicate in a clear, succinct and persuasive manner. She or he can build meaningful relationships across a range of stakeholders (e.g. parents, faculty, staff) and deftly help reconcile any competing priorities among them.
With a strong passion for Waldorf education, as well as a commitment to working out of Anthroposophy, our new School Administrator demonstrates a thorough understanding of child development according to Waldorf principles. He or she authentically and skillfully represents the School in the public arena, e.g. among our local communities, the press, and the broader Waldorf movement.
The School Administrator has a background that demonstrates the ability to lead organizations successfully through transformative growth. She or he can help define and enable strategies that are aligned with the School’s values and mission, fosters and maintains an environment of trust and accountability among the School’s constituents, and possesses the resilience to motivate others to action and commitment.
Preferred Education & Experience
— Significant experience as a teacher, administrator, and/or school director in a pre-K through grade 12 Waldorf School
— Waldorf training
— Significant experience as a manager with demonstrated skills in organizational and community development
— Master’s degree or higher preferred, Bachelor’s degree required.
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula seeks a full time Pedagogical Administrator to attend to the pedagogical administrative needs of each of our two campuses while fostering whole-school continuity and awareness.
Excellent candidates will have strong connections to the Waldorf movement and be able to work well within school processes while always having an eye for how they can be improved better to serve our school community. A strong and demonstrated commitment to collaborative work and consensus decision making is essential as well as an empathic approach to working with colleagues, students and parents. Experience, awareness, and dedication to nonviolent communication and effective conflict management are required.
1. to oversee and facilitate processes that ensure the school’s pedagogical quality, consistency, coherence, and continuity.
2. bring a whole-school perspective, bridging administrative and pedagogical insights, to all discussions.
3. support the work of the Pedagogical Council.
4. work closely with the School Administrator and the Management Team to review and refine governance structures, policies, and procedures.
5. prepare and facilitate the agendas for the June and August meetings as well as professional development days in collaboration with the School Administrator.
In consultation and collaboration with other faculty and administrative staff, a Pedagogical Administrator oversees and has responsibility in the following areas:
1. Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
2. Faculty Professional Development & Mentoring
3. Faculty Communication & Working Together
4. Student Support
5. Admissions Support
6. Student Assessments
7. Parent Work
8. Curriculum Development & Implementation
9. Administrative Faculty Support Work
10. School Intranet Document Management
Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a letter of interest, and a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line stating “Pedagogical Administrator”.
Director of Finance and Operations
As the school’s chief business officer, the Director of Finance and Operations is responsible for judiciously managing the school’s resources in a manner consistent with the mission and values of the school. The ideal candidate will be a strategic partner with the School Administrator, Pedagogical Administrator, and Board of Trustees and participate on the highly collaborative administrative team, contributing to long-¬term planning and current operations. Reporting to the School Administrator, the Director of Finance and Operations manages the financial, accounting, human resource, risk management, facilities, and Tuition Adjustment activities of the school. The position is exempt and full time for twelve months per year.
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
— Manage all functions of the business office following priorities set by the School Administrator, board of trustees, and overall school needs.
— Collaborate with board of trustees, committee, and mandate group members including those representing finance, facilities, strategic planning, development, and other related priorities.
— Manage finance and accounting activities including interim and annual reporting, coordination of audit and 990, analysis of trends and comparative data, and oversight of business office systems.
— Manage annual budget process that includes input from the Pedagogical Council, board committees, and staff.
— Supervise the work of the HR Generalist, Database Coordinator, Accountant, and Facilities personnel.
— Oversee human resources functions including payroll and benefits administration, handbooks, and employee and independent contractor agreements.
— Administer the Tuition Adjustment Program to optimize affordability for school families.
— Oversee risk management practices including insurance, compliance, and co-¬leadership of safety and security program.
— Collaborate on major school Initiatives including facilities projects and fundraising campaigns.
— Attend meetings of the school staff, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Board of Trustees, All School Meetings and others as customary and related to school finance and business functions.
Qualifications and Competencies
— Five years professional experience in finance or accounting with verifiable experience in preparation of non-¬profit GAAP financial statements and at least three years in a supervisory role.
— Experience in school or other non-¬profit administration preferred.
— Master’s Degree with specialization in business administration, finance, or a related field, OR Bachelor’s Degree with specialization in business or accounting and designation as a Certified Public Accountant.
— Commitment and capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of the Director of Finance and Operations in furthering the School’s mission, strategic plan, and goals.
— Mature and excellent judgment and sensitivity in managing responsibilities and relationships.
— Personable, positive personality with customer service mindset.
— Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and adapt to frequent changes with a strong team orientation.
— Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
— Demonstrated ability to be a resourceful, creative solution¬ finder with an ability to develop options with a broad perspective on the potential impact of changes.
— Ability effectively to negotiate in a way that supports the interests and mission of the school.
— Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
— Team player who can discern when to lead or when to support.
— Knowledge of systems applications related to business office job functions.
— Accuracy and attention to detail.
— Sensitivity, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
— Commitment to development of relevant professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the with the subject line stating “Director of Finance and Operations.”
Extended Care Staff (Part-Time)
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula is seeking an Extended Care assistant and staff members for our Los Altos campus. Extended Care staff work closely with the program director as a team, to provide a warm, playful and safe neighborhood-style experience for our students in grades 1-5 during after school hours. This position is an hourly, part-time school year position of 15-25 hours per week, with possible summer opportunities.
Excellent, professional interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to multitask and take ownership of a wide range of children’s needs, indoor and outdoor activities, and housekeeping duties. Areas of responsibility include tracking student arrivals and departures, supervision and support of student activities and social interactions, communication with parents, and a variety of daily housekeeping duties including organization and management of materials and classroom space, food preparation, laundry and cleaning tasks.
The ideal candidate will have a loving and playful, yet authoritative presence with children. They will be fluid and flexible in an ever-changing landscape, yet able and willing to maintain the rhythms and routines that are in place to support this fluidity for the children. Experience working with elementary-age children is required, as is the ability to be in physical movement such as walking, bending, lifting approximately 25lbs, squatting, and play for the majority of the work day. Candidate will be safety conscious and able to solve problems with discernment while maintaining confidentiality of student, familial and organizational information.
These positions offer a supportive workplace, interactions with our wonderful parents, students and teachers, and an interesting variety of daily challenges. The assistant position is ideal for someone with strong leadership capacities who has an interest in teaching and Waldorf Education.
Availability within the following hours listed below is required and from 8:00 am on select days when school closed but Extended Care is open:
M,T,W,F 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm and Th 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.
CPR and First Aid/emergency training a plus. Offers of employment will require submission of TB test results and Livescan fingerprinting/background check.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and “Extended Care Staff” in the subject line.
Front Desk Substitute Receptionist
The Substitute Front Desk Receptionist provides general office support with a variety of clerical activities and related tasks. The person in this position will be responsible for answering incoming calls, directing calls to appropriate associates, mail distribution, managing supplies, and deliveries, as well as additional clerical duties.
A receptionist’s daily tasks will involve:
• Greeting parents
• Assisting visitors
• Answering calls and checking the voicemail system
• Taking morning attendance (as needed)
• First Aid assistance
• Mailing, copying, and filing
• Responding to emails
• Tracking early dismissals
• Assembling packets for the admission director
• Managing supplies and orders (as needed)
• May also include learning enough about Magnus & BigSIS databases to do simple queries and data entry
Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a letter of interest, and a brief biography to email@example.com with the subject line stating “Front Desk Substitute Receptionist.”
Current Faculty Openings
Nursery Extended Care Teachers
Waldorf School of the Peninsula located in Los Altos California, San Francisco is seeking dedicated, energetic, creative and prepared professionals to join our teaching team working with Nursery School 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 Employee’s 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 for ages 2.9 through 6 years of age. Specific duties are based on positions.
We are currently seeking individuals who meet California Community Care Licensing requirements for a Assistant Teacher. Qualifications include the general requirements above plus:
– Completed a total of 12 units of California required Early Childhood Education courses, and 6 months of work experience in a licensed center or comparable group child care program OR
Preferred Experience and Education
– Experience in a Waldorf classroom or similar setting with toddlers through 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. Please email resume and cover letter subject line stating “Nursery Extended Care Teacher” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waldorf School of the Peninsula welcomes applications for substitute teachers in all areas of the curriculum. Early Childhood candidates must have Early Childhood credits. Lesson plans are provided for all subjects. Substitutes are approved after successful demonstration lessons in areas of interest. Waldorf teacher training is preferred, but not required.
Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and resume with the subject line “Substitute Teacher” to email@example.com.
Early Childhood Substitute Teachers
We are seeking dedicated, energetic, creative and prepared professionals to join our teaching team working with Nursery School aged children. Waldorf Education believes the key indicators to being successful in life are strong social and emotional skills, a curiosity for learning, and strong supportive role models.
We are currently seeking early childhood substitutes who are interested in Waldorf Education.
Required Experience and Qualifications
Completion of at least two postsecondary semester units or equivalent quarter units in early childhood education or child development each semester or quarter following initial employment, and continuation in the educational program each semester or quarter until 12 units have been completed.
Preferred Experience and Education
– 12 ECE Units
– 6 Months of experience in licensed setting
– Experience in a Waldorf classroom or similar setting and working with toddlers through pre-kindergarten aged children successfully. Intercultural proficiency is a plus.
-Current CPR and First Aid certification
Please email resume and cover letter with the subject line stating “Early Childhood Substitute Teacher” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Athletics Openings
Head Coach, High School Boys Basketball
Winter 2018-2019 season: November 12, 2018 to February 15, 2019.
If you are passionate and devoted to inspiring children through basketball, we welcome you to apply for this position at Waldorf School of the Peninsula.
— This part-time position serves as the Head Coach for High School Boys Basketball for Grades 9 -12.
— Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7:00 pm at Whisman Sports Center, 1500 W Middlefield Road, Mountain View. On occasion, practice will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm on our school campus at 180 North Rengstorff in Mountain View.
— Games are held in various locations on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, midweek, after school.
— This position requires some transportation of players to and from games and practices in school vehicles if needed.
— Experience playing and/or teaching basketball.
— An understanding of the fundamental skills, successful tactics, strategies, and rules involved in this sport.
— Strong communications skills via email, phone, and in person
— Complete DOJ and FBI live-scan fingerprinting prior to the start of service (the school provides assistance with this).
— Complete TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire.
— Valid photo ID, proof of age, and authorization to work in the United States.
— Valid driver’s license and providing DMV evidence of a clean driving record.
— Ability to work well with others on a team
The coaching stipend for the part-time position is $2,000 – $2,500 depending on experience.
Interested candidates should email their resume to email@example.com with “High School Basketball Coach” in the subject line. Please feel free also to email Lynn Koetz, WSP Athletic Director, with questions or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Faculty Openings
Grades Teachers 2019-2020
Waldorf School of the Peninsula is seeking two experienced, enthusiastic grades teachers in the 2019-2020 school year. We are:
– welcoming an energetic class of Grade 1
– continuing excellent work with our Grade 3 students who will finish Grade 2 with a long-term substitute who has formed the class beautifully.
Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching, parent education and dialogue, self-development, and collegial cooperation. Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf training required. We are looking for dynamic individuals who are interested in joining our well established grades faculty within a growing and thriving Silicon Valley community.
– Certificate of Completion in Waldorf Teaching
– Bachelor’s degree
– Previous Waldorf class teaching experience
Applicants should demonstrate:
– Strong classroom management skills and a commitment to professionalism.
– Skill in working positively with parents.
– A strong ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a letter of interest, and a brief biography with the subject line stating “Grades Class Teacher” to email@example.com.