The Washington Waldorf School employs teachers with a love of students and teaching. We seek teachers and staff with experience and training in Waldorf education and an abiding interest in the foundational philosophy of the school. We also welcome teachers new to Waldorf education if they have a serious interest in developing themselves as Waldorf teachers. Specific qualifications for positions will be listed with individual job postings. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty, and we encourage applications from individuals from traditionally under-represented groups. We are committed to developing our curriculum through the lens of antiracist thinking. Our faculty actively engages in this work in line with our pedagogical understanding of child development.

WWS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Current Openings:


Lead Kindergarten Teacher (Posted July 2, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking a lead Kindergarten Teacher, effective August 1, 2021.

The Kindergarten Teacher will be working as a lead teacher along with a teaching assistant. Primary responsibilities of the position include:

  • Carry out the classroom program and activities for a class of up to 18 children in alignment with the WECAN principles, nurturing and educating children in a way that demonstrates sound knowledge of early childhood.
  • Provide a bridge for parents to Waldorf education and Washington Waldorf School through regular class meetings, sharing of relevant materials, and at parent teacher conferences.
  • Maintain classroom, and manage teaching supplies and budget for the Kindergarten class and department.
  • Participate in the admissions process for new families, including parent interviews and enrollment events outside of regular school hours.
  • Hold periodic parent evenings.
  • Write year-end reports on student progress.
  • Participate in all school and department wide faculty work including meetings, teacher development, and classroom and school-wide festivals.
  • Ensure that the classroom program is consistent with the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Requirements for the position include:

  • bachelor’s degree
  • certification in Waldorf early childhood education
  • ability to meet all State of Maryland Office of Child Care requirements, including passing a Maryland criminal background check.

We are seeking an individual who is enthusiastic, creative, and flexible, with a strong commitment to Waldorf early childhood education. Waldorf early childhood teaching experience is preferred. Washington Waldorf is committed to building a more diverse faculty, and we encourage all interested individuals to apply.

This is a full-time position that includes health, life, and disability insurance, a school-sponsored retirement program (after 1 year of employment), dental reimbursement program, paid sick and personal leave, opportunities for professional development, and full tuition remission for the teacher’s children who are attending the School.

To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.

 


Operations Manager (Posted June 23, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking an Operations Manager, effective immediately. As a member of the School’s senior leadership team, the Operations Manager works with the Head of School to develop and manage administrative functions, including human resource policies, facilities maintenance, compliance with state and local safety and insurance regulations, front office operations, emergency operations, transportation management, and information technology support. The Operations Manager reports to the Head of School and attends weekly administrative and full faculty meetings.

Key areas of responsibility include the following.

Human Resources

  • Supervise the administration of salary and benefits program for all employees, including annual renewal and employee questions/escalations
  • Oversee employee enrollment and administration orientation
  • Maintain Faculty Handbook and Family Handbook
  • Supervise the administration of the administrative evaluation system.

Facilities/Transportation Operations

  • Supervise all activities for this department
  • Contract for all major facilities repairs and maintenance projections in coordination with facilities manager and/or caretaker
  • Identify and manage preventative maintenance and capital project initiatives for grounds, school buildings, mechanical systems and equipment in conjunction with facilities manager/caretaker
  • Oversee purchase and maintenance of furniture, equipment, supplies, and systems to support administrative and educational needs of the school
  • Oversee the lunch program
  • Oversee drivers and maintenance of school activity buses.

Information technology

  • Supervise IT department to include support for capital projects, IT maintenance, IT processes, policies and technical support.

Risk Management

  • Head school emergency management team
  • Ensure compliance with best practices for school safety and security
  • Work with Head of school on document control management
  • Review and maintain school insurance program in partnership with the Business Manager
  • Oversee State of Maryland licensing requirements for Children’s Garden in collaboration with Office of Childhood Coordinator.

Requirement for this position include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 year’s experience in organizational operations, including supervisory experience in facilities, human resources, and benefits management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience working with diverse constituencies
  • Solid computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Must be able lift and carry up to 40 pounds and perform occasional general building and grounds maintenance.

In addition, experience in a Waldorf or other school setting is preferred. We are seeking an individual who is self-motivated, highly flexible, and able to manage multiple projects/tasks at the same time. We value diversity and are seeking to build a more diverse and inclusive staff.

This is a full-time, year-round position. Our benefits package includes health, life, and disability insurance, dental reimbursement, a school-sponsored retirement plan (after 1 year of employment), “sick & safe” leave, personal leave, and full tuition remission for the Operation’s Manager’s children attending the School. Additional supplemental dental, vision, accident and illness insurance coverage is available.   

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.


Parent-Child Teacher (Posted June 23, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking a Lead Teacher for our Parent/Child classes for infants and 2-3 year olds and their parent/caregiver, beginning in September 2021. The Lead Teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of our Parent/Child classes. The classes meet 2-3 mornings per week, with the number of class sessions to be determined. The teacher is paid on a per class basis. No other benefits are offered.

Requirements include experience working with young children, training in Waldorf Early Childhood education, and the ability to meet all Maryland Office of Child Care requirements, including a Maryland criminal background check.

Working out of the principles of Waldorf education and an understanding of the developmental needs at all stages of childhood, our faculty brings warmth, care and joy to the educational environment. We invite you to join our work and community!

To apply please email a letter of interest and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.


Children’s Garden Full-Time Assistant Teacher (Posted June 21, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking an assistant teacher to support our morning Nursery program and lead our afternoon program for young children, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. 

This is a full-time hourly position, 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year, with a paid lunch break. In addition, attendance at weekly department meetings and meeting with the Nursery lead teacher will be required. Seasonal attendance at some full faculty meetings, parent teacher conferences, and some admissions events may be required and time will be compensated. Benefits include paid “sick & safe” leave and some paid holidays as well as all needed financial aid for the teacher’s children attending the School.

Primary duties include:

  • Assisting the Nursery lead teacher in classroom set up and clean up, class activities, and caring for and supervising the children.
  • Leading the afternoon class, including supervising the children with rest and storytelling, crafts, and outdoor activities.

 Requirements for the position include:

  •  Experience working with young children
  •  Familiarity or strong interest in Waldorf education
  •  Ability to meet Maryland Office of Child Care licensing requirements, including yearly continuing education credits, and ability to pass a comprehensive Maryland criminal background check 
  • Completion of OCC 90 hour training or equivalent is required. WWS provides assistance for the 90 hour course fees for new hires.

A bachelor’s degree and training in Waldorf early childhood education are preferred. Otherwise, we seek an assistant who is enthusiastic, energetic, and patient, with a strong commitment to Waldorf education and a desire to grow as a teacher.

Washington Waldorf is committed to building a more diverse faculty, and we encourage all interested individuals to apply.

To apply please email a letter of interest and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn. Steve Smith. No phone calls, please.




Early Childhood Educational Support Teacher (Posted May 18, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking an Educational Support teacher for its Early Childhood department, beginning in August 2021. This is a 15-hour/week hourly position during school year. The position includes pro-rated “sick & safe” leave and some professional development opportunities, but no other benefits. 

Primary job responsibilities include: 

  • observing children in the classroom setting and working with parents and teachers to provide recommendations for support in the classroom, home, and from outside services 
  • working with children in small groups or individually to provide play-based developmental support 
  • participating in the First Grade Readiness committee 
  • supporting first grade readiness assessments in the fall. Writing reports for the assessments and sharing them with the parents, teachers, and First Grade Readiness committee 
  • conducting play-based developmental assessments for 4-5 year old children
  • supporting parent education by holding meetings with parents, sharing articles, etc.  
  • working with the Lower School Educational Support 
  • participating in weekly Early Childhood department meetings. 

Requirements include:

  • bachelor’s degree
  • comprehensive understanding of Waldorf early childhood pedagogy 
  • certificate in Waldorf educational support (such as Extra Lesson or Nurturing the Roots). Other therapeutic and educational support training and background are a plus.
  • ability to pass a Maryland criminal background check.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.


Eurythmy Teacher (Updated May 3, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking a trained pedagogical eurythmist to teach eurythmy to children in a variety of grades reaching from kindergarten to high school. Responsibilities will include teaching 14 to 16 classes per week. Mentoring will be provided, and a piano accompanist is made available for all classes. Frequent opportunities are available for performing, guiding more advanced groups and individuals, and giving workshops for parents and staff.

Additional expectations for full-time employees include weekly full faculty and department meetings, committee work, attendance during school functions, and possible curricular trips and activities.

Interested applicants will demonstrate a commitment to Waldorf education and be able to work in a school community with flexibility and patience. A least 1 year of teaching experience, training in therapeutic eurythmy, and an interest in working with the theater department and drama presentations are also preferred. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, creative, and loving with students in addition to having an ability to work well with colleagues, administration, and parents.

This is a full-time position with benefits, including health insurance, retirement (after 1 year of employment), disability insurance, dental reimbursement, and tuition remission.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive faculty and welcome applications from all interested individuals.

Please email a letter of intent and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith.



Woodworking Teacher (Updated March 25, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking a full-time woodworking teacher, beginning in August 2021. Key job duties include the following:

  • Develop curriculum and teach woodworking and allied skills to up to 20 class periods/week in grades 4-12.
  • Manage well-equipped school woodworking shop, including maintaining tools, supplies, and machinery, ordering materials, and keeping shop space clean and in good order.
  • Assess student work and write semester and year-end grades and reports.
  • Participate in faculty meetings and committee work as assigned.
  • Meet with parents as needed.

Requirements for the position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in woodworking and allied crafts
  • Ability to design engaging curriculum appropriate for each class
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems
  • Ability to pass Maryland criminal background check.

In addition, we are looking for a colleague who desires to be part of and contribute to the larger Washington Waldorf School community. Waldorf experience is preferred, but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. If coming without Waldorf experience, teacher may be required to participate in additional professional development.
This position includes health, life, and disability insurance, dental reimbursement, optional dental, vision, and accident/illness insurance, school funded retirement after 1 year’s employment, and tuition remission for teacher’s children attending the School.

To apply please email resume and cover letter to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.


Children’s Garden Substitute(s) (Posted March 15, 2021)

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The Washington Waldorf School is seeking substitute teachers to be on call for our Children’s Garden for the 2021-2022 school year, beginning in September 2021. We offer classes for infants through age 6, in both the morning and afternoon.

Requirements include experience and enthusiasm for working with young children and ability to pass a Maryland criminal background check. A bachelor’s degree, Waldorf training or experience, as well as availability on potentially short notice are preferred. This is an hourly position that does not offer benefits, but is a great opportunity to gain experience in a thriving Waldorf school.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.


Faculty Chair/Head of School (Updated November 24, 2020)

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WWS is seeking a new Faculty Chair/ Head of School, beginning in late spring of 2021. The School is at an exciting juncture of its mission, having just celebrated the its 50th anniversary, and is seeking to expand its role as an educational leader. We are looking for a proven leader ready to foster the continued growth of the School into the future. 

Through collaborative leadership, the Faculty Chair/Head of School is responsible for facilitating the work of governance, faculty, administration, and community to achieve our strategic goals for WWS.

Working closely with the College of Teachers, the Operations Manager, and the Trustees Council, the successful candidate would:

  • Be committed to the ideals of Waldorf education
  • Have experience working in a Waldorf school and preferably be a trained Waldorf teacher and/or administrator
  • Have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
  • Further the school’s vision and facilitate strategic planning for WWS
  • Demonstrate the desire and ability to foster an environment of social inclusion and diversity
  • Demonstrate a commitment to curriculum reflecting our anti-racist stance
  • Oversee the school’s administration, including financial, legal, pedagogical and operational matters
  • Have demonstrated administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • As Faculty Chair be able to work effectively with the College of Teachers, Trustees Council, Department Chairs, faculty and staff
  • As Head of School, represent the school to parents, the larger community, professional organizations, and support fundraising

WWS is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. As an equal opportunity employer, we enthusiastically welcome all qualified applicants for employment consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, political affiliation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran's status.

Compensation for this full time salaried position is based on experience and includes full tuition remission, medical benefits, and a retirement plan.

A complete position description is available upon request.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@washingtonwaldorf.org, attn: Steve Smith. No phone calls please.