An independent, not-for-profit school for children in early childhood through high school, fully accredited by AWSNA, Pasadena Waldorf School is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Our school is a welcoming retreat from suburban congestion, with easy access to the mountains, the seacoast, and the amenities of the Greater Los Angeles area. The Pasadena Waldorf School opened its new high school with a lead class of 17 students in August 2012. In 2016 the High School moved in to its permanent campus on Mendocino Street in Altadena which sits on 3.75 acres and features 13 classrooms including art studios, science labs, a biodynamic garden, music rooms, and recreational facilities.

Founded in 1979, Pasadena Waldorf is a well-established, stable school with curricula and programs based on Rudolf Steiner’s picture of child development and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) Shared Principles. Our active, mutually supportive faculty enjoy competitive salaries and a generous employee benefit program. The Los Angeles Branch of the Anthroposophical Society and Library is located nearby in Pasadena.

To learn more about Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy, please visit the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) website.

Available Positions

Position title:  Director of Development –  July 2017

Reporting To:  Business Administrator

Position Summary

The Director of Development is responsible for creating, supporting, and overseeing plans and activities that contribute to the growth and health of the school using current development, fundraising, and communications practices, modified as needed to reflect the values inherent to Waldorf education.

Through the cultivation and stimulation of development relationships, the Director of Development will help secure current and future sources of increasing revenue and support.   The Director of Development will facilitate programs that improve the perception, awareness, and understanding of the school, both internally and externally.

Working Relationships

The Director of Development will report to the Business Administrator who reports to the Board of Trustees.  S/he is a member of the administrative staff Community Development sub-group.  The Director of Development is expected to actively participate on the Board Development Committee and to be available for Board meetings at their request.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Development oversees all facets of the development, fundraising, and, in partnership with the Admissions office, the community outreach work of the school.

Development and Fundraising

  • -Lead the development and presentation of the school’s strategic long-range and annual development plans for Board of Trustee’s approval.
  • -Provide leadership – vision, planning, management – to the development staff in achieving the fundraising goals detailed in the development plans.
  • -The strategic long-range plan to incorporate action plans for a. reaching annual campaign goals, b. the cultivation, solicitation and securing of major gifts and/or capital gifts, c. facilitating grant applications, d. endowment and planned giving programs, and e. developing the PWS alumni and grandparent networks.
  • -Oversee the maintenance of complete and accurate donor records. Ensure that all donors receive appropriate recognition and acknowledgement, including all relevant tax deduction materials.
  • -Foster Board of Trustees annual giving.
  • -Submit monthly Development Department Board Report detailing goal progress and activities.
  • -Foster the growth of volunteer leadership within the school; inspire, engage, advise, and support volunteers in their connection to the mission of the school.
  • -In consultation with the Business Administrator, responsible for the selection, hiring, review and professional development of the development office staff.

Communications and Outreach  

  • -Help create communications strategies for both internal and external community relationship-building.
  • -Provide leadership and guidance for school communications and outreach efforts, including community messaging of important issues, events, plans, and updates; press releases, neighbor relations; strategies for outreach, collateral materials, website, social media, and marketing.


The ideal candidate for Director of Development will be a person with five years of successful fund development experience, including major donor cultivation.  Understanding of Waldorf education, and/or an educational work environment is strongly preferred.  Experience in business and cultural aspects of non-profit organizations, especially schools, is desirable.  Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with development data management, graphic design, social media, marketing software, and fundraising software is important.  Outstanding ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing. Confidentiality and personal equanimity are essential.

Compensation and Hours

The position is year-round, full time, salaried.  Benefits include full family medical and dental coverage, tuition remission for employee’s children attending Pasadena Waldorf School, a retirement plan, and life insurance.   To apply send letter of interest, resume, and three references to Douglas Garrett, Business Administrator, With any questions please contact same.



Title – Part-time High School Teacher of Physics and/or Math


  • -Masters’ degree in physics or related field require
  • -Professional experience as a scientist or engineer required
  • -Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
  • -Teaching experience with teenage students highly preferred
  • -Willingness to structure your teaching and work with students in a way that is aligned with the school’s practice.


Compensation and Hours Position Summary

This is a half-time position, teaching physics, robotics, and/or mathematical courses (such as calculus) to high school students, using a method that emphasizes drawing concepts out of first-hand experience and observation.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to collaborate in curriculum creation, conduct field trips and classroom activities, assess students and write evaluative comments, participate in teacher training, and meet weekly with other faculty members for mentoring and curriculum coordination.

Class times will vary, teachers should be available Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 am -3:30 pm; teachers will receive a schedule in advance with exact class times. Teachers will have weekly meetings and occasional day -long field excursions. Mentoring and professional development opportunities will be provided, our teachers are expected to take advantage of these professional growth tools.

How to Apply

Email your resume to Erin Semin, the Pedagogical Administrator, at



Pasadena Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation, handicapping conditions, or sex in its educational programs or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment that is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position or program to which application has been made.