Administration and Staff Employment Opportunities

Current Administrative & Staff Openings

School Administrator

ABOUT WALDORF SCHOOL OF THE PENINSULA (WSP)
Part of the broader Waldorf School community that spans the globe, WSP was established in 1984 to provide children in the fast-paced, technology-oriented culture of Silicon Valley with a holistic education that addresses the heart and will as well as the mind. This whole-child approach, which allows young people to blossom as their physical, cognitive, emotional and moral capacities unfold, is the cornerstone of both the curriculum and environment. The school is an increasingly international community, and WSP’s unique tuition adjustment program encourages economic diversity.

With three nurseries, three kindergartens and grades one through twelve, WSP is a community of 70 faculty and staff and 292 students. The school is located on two campuses: nursery through 5th grade in Los Altos, and 6th grade through high school in Mountain View. Waldorf high school graduates have an established reputation for critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and are highly sought after by leading colleges and universities throughout the country. WSP’s students’ college and university acceptances have been outstanding with 95% of WSP graduates going to 4-year institutions.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR (SA) OPPORTUNITY
This is an extraordinary opportunity to take the helm of a highly respected institution at an exciting inflection point in its 38-year history. Enrollment continues to rise, wages have increased across the board, and the school’s finances are healthy. Beyond this, it is also a moment of transformative growth as the physical footprint of the school will change in coming years. The new SA, in partnership with a highly supportive Board of Trustees, will have the chance to leave a lasting mark on the school as they set the strategic framework and begin translating this into action. This leader will have the opportunity to exemplify leadership through service and by example, and bring joy, enthusiasm, warmth, and authenticity to the role.

The School Administrator reports to the Board of Trustees, and directly supervises the Director of Finance and Operations, the Advancement Director, the Admissions Directors, and the two Campus Managers. The School Administrator delegates authority in pedagogical administrative matters to the Pedagogical Administrator. In practice this relationship is highly collaborative, with mutual respect and a strong working relationship to maintain clear boundaries between the two often overlapping realms.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Vision, Strategy and Growth

  • Articulate, advocate and manifest the school’s vision for the future
  • Support and facilitate the work of the Board of Trustees relating to strategic planning and intentions for future growth
  • Represent the school’s vision, mission and values to the broader community, region, and the Waldorf movement

School Operations

  • Supervise daily operations and committee work, review and implement school policies, and recommend changes for continuous improvement
  • Lead the school’s accreditation efforts, including overseeing timelines, requirements, and documentation
  • Oversee all branding and promotion, and understand the needs of prospective students and families
  • Oversee the Admissions Directors in all processes related to outreach, new enrollment, and student retention
  • In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Operations, ensure effective business management, including budget preparation and careful monitoring of all school finances
  • Oversee and work in partnership with the pedagogical administrators to develop a strong faculty body

Community Engagement

  • Represent the school to all of its constituents, including neighbors, parents, students, alumni, the local community, faculty, and staff
  • Cultivate, maintain, and articulate for the school community an awareness of the larger Waldorf movement and the larger community outside the school that affect and influence the school’s work
  • In collaboration with the Advancement Director and Board of Trustees, oversee fundraising, and cultivate and maintain positive donor relations
  • Work to help envision, plan for, and execute future capital campaigns

Staff Management / Leadership

  • Embody, advocate and implement the mission and values of the school
  • Build and retain a strong collaborative team, hold the team accountable, and encourage others through a balance of inspiration, discipline, vision, and practicality
  • Manage the administrative staff through goal-setting, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development
  • Monitor and address the well-being of the whole school community, and facilitate positive interactions and reconciliation among constituencies
  • Represent the decisions of the Board of Trustees in its relations with faculty, staff, students, and patrons; keep the Board informed of matters relating to school operations, climate and culture


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong connection to the mission of WSP, and deep appreciation and alignment with the Waldorf method of education
  • Experience working and leading in a nonhierarchical and collaborative environment, emphasizing creativity with rigor
  • Experience designing ambitious strategic plans in partnership with a Board
  • Experience leading organizations through periods of growth and managing associated change
  • Experience building and retaining a high performing team
  • Significant experience in or understanding of nonprofit management (school management preferred)
  • Experience overseeing budget development and management of organizational finances and operations
  • Experience serving as a public face of an organization, interacting with the broader community and deepening relationships and connectivity
  • Experience supporting fundraising in an executive capacity; experience with capital campaigns a plus
  • Consideration will be given to candidates with transferable skills and demonstrating comparable qualifications


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
In alignment with the school’s educational and social mission, WSP has committed to a renewed focus on the critical work of strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-bias
education and social justice. WSP honors and welcomes students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, countries of origin, cultural, religious and political affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and the many other articulations of human identity.

WSP is currently undertaking a thorough process of deep reflection and organizational self-study including a critical review and refinement of curricular, pedagogical and administrative policies and practices.

As a member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), WSP takes up this work together with colleagues and Waldorf communities throughout the continent and worldwide. The AWSNA Statement of Equity and Racial Justice, which is an evolving document, can be read here.

WSP leadership knows that change requires humility, courage, and sustained effort from each of us. WSP continues to strive toward that change, and commits to honoring and celebrating the diversity of our evolving community.

BENEFITS & CONDITIONS
The salary range for this position is $210,000 – $235,000. WSP offers employees a generous benefits package including health, dental and vision coverage for the employee and any dependents, long term disability, voluntary life insurance, and pre-tax payroll employee contribution to a 403(b) plan. WSP can support reasonable relocation expenses.

TO APPLY
WSP has retained OE Consulting to support this search.
In order to apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest and addresses your relevant qualifications. Applicants may expect an email from OE Consulting confirming receipt.
Please refrain from contacting WSP about this opportunity. Direct any inquiries to OE Consulting at (Waldorf@oeconsulting.com) or online here. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Part-Time Office Substitute

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula is seeking a Front Office Substitute to be available for our Los Altos and Mountain View campus. This position is a non-exempt, per diem position.

The Main Office is the gateway to the school and works closely with all members of the community including, but not limited to parents, students, faculty and staff. It is important for this person to have a welcoming demeanor and the ability to multitask. The front office substitute, when needed, will assist with attendance, answer phones, greet the public, and care for students’ needs as they come to the Main Office.

This position offers an opportunity to work in a supportive workplace, and interact with our wonderful parents, students and teachers. It is a wonderful position for someone who enjoys working with children and is seeking periodic administrative experience. Pay Range: $26 – $28 per hour.

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to hr@waldorfpeninsula.org.

 

Piano Accompanist

We are seeking a dedicated part-time piano accompanist with a strong command of classical repertoire for our Eurythmy movement classes. Experience with working with middle and high school students is helpful. The 6th through 12th grade classes are located on our Mountain View Campus.

Please send a cover letter and resume to hr@waldorfpeninsula.org with the subject line “Piano Accompanist.” The wage range for this position is $38-40/hour.

 

Extended Care Staff (Part-Time)

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 hr@waldorfpeninsula.org with their name and “Extended Care Staff” in the subject line. The wage range for this position is $23-26/hour.

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We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.