Employment Opportunities

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. The high school is located in 5,000 sq. ft. of classroom and office space on the William Carey International University, a 17-acre property 2.5 miles from the lower school campus.

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


Pasadena Waldorf School Pedagogical Leader

Position Summary

The Pedagogical Leader works out of the Anthroposophical impulse of Waldorf Education and the inner life of the teacher to represent, manifest and advocate the mission of the School. Working collegially and collaboratively, the Pedagogical Leader guides all aspects of the educational programs of Pasadena Waldorf School, and ensures their sustainability and effective implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Faculty and the Administrative Leader, fulfill and implement the policies, procedures, and pedagogical standards created by the College of Teachers.

Propose new or revised policies to the College of Teachers, and provide various scenarios and possibilities for College consideration as it focuses on improving the programmatic future of the school.

Monitor and supervise all teaching faculty.

Following due process set by the College of Teachers, implement duly-reached COT decisions to hire and terminate all teaching faculty, adjunct faculty, and assistants.

Collaborate actively with the Administrative Leader to ensure reciprocal communication among the College of Teachers, Board of Trustees, teaching faculty, and administrative staff, as well as the Parent Council and the entire parent body.

Serve as a member of the College of Teachers, the chair of the Professional Development Mandate Group (PDMG), and co-chair (with the Administrative Leader) of the Chair Group.

Be an active presence in the classroom, including teaching a block or short track, no more than one per term.

Work collaboratively with the faculty and the Administrative Leader to carry out responsibilities in the areas of student affairs, scheduling, personnel, and communication.

Required/Preferred Qualifications

10 years of successful teaching experience in Waldorf schools with Colleges of Teachers.

Bachelor Degree or higher.

Experience with both esoteric and practical tasks of a College of Teachers.

Proven administrative capabilities.

Demonstrated active association with anthroposophy.

Excellent relational/communication skills, both written and spoken, with courage for the truth, diplomacy, and healthy boundaries, as well as warmth.

Demonstrated successful mentoring relationships.

Willingness and ability to work collaboratively in a non-hierarchical structure.

Demonstrated interest in the Waldorf movement beyond his/her particular school.

Has participated in the life of a growing school.

Experience working in an Early Childhood-Grade 12 school

Enjoys urban living in a multi-cultural region with access to mountains, seacoast, and desert.

Hours and Benefits…How to Apply

The position is year round, full time, salary commensurate with experience. A generous employee benefit program includes full family medical and dental coverage, a retirement plan and life insurance, support for professional development, and full tuition remission for enrolled children.

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a brief biography, to Samuel Glaze, College Co-Chair, sglaze@pasadenawaldorf.org.  626.794.9564.

Full-Time Preschool Teacher

Pasadena Waldorf School is expanding its Preschool.  The Preschool has been enrolled to capacity for a number of year and we are creating another Preschool class.  We are seeking a candidate to lead the second Preschool class, with duties beginning December 1, 2015.

The ideal candidate will have

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited university or college, in early childhood (or related field) is preferred, or a
  • Child Development Program Director permit or equivalent training with Adult Supervision and Administration units.
  • One year teaching experience in a Waldorf Parent-Child, Preschool or Kindergarten program, administration experience with Title 22 regulations, and proven ability to manage a class of 18 children ranging in age from 3 years to 4 years, 9 months. The duties include planning and implementing appropriate Waldorf curriculum, and participating in Early Childhood and School activities throughout the year.

Our School offers a competitive salary package with additional compensation for years of experience and advanced degrees.  We have a generous benefits package including school-paid, whole-family health insurance, tuition remission for children of full-time employees, and a retirement plan.  Other benefits include mentorship, review and dedicated funds for professional development.

If you are interested applying for this position, please send a letter of interest, resume, three references, a brief biography, and un-official transcripts showing ECE coursework to: the College of Teachers Staffing Committee, attention Douglas Garrett, Administrator,dgarrett@pasadenawaldorf.org.  626.794.9564.


Part-Time High School Woodwinds/Brass Teacher

Pasadena Waldorf School seeks a skilled instrumentalist with a music education background (specializing in woodwinds and brass) to join a collaborative team of teachers in our full-participation instrumental music program (55 students, grades 9-12). This position is for the 2015-16 school year. Classes begin the week of August 31st.

 About the Program:

All students take musicianship classes, chorus, instrumental ensemble, and music history. Curricular emphasis in instrumental ensembles is on technique, ensemble playing (in full group and subsets), musicianship, improvisation, sound exploration, and creative work. Repertoire is flexible – including stock and custom arrangements, adaptations, improvisations, and original pieces.

About the Woodwind/Brass component:

Teacher will work with students in various configurations, including Mixed Ensemble (strings, winds, chordal instruments) as well as subsets (in sections or mixed instrumentation by skill level, activity, repertoire, etc.). There are currently about 8 woodwind players (flute, clarinet, and saxophone) and 2 brass players (trumpet, trombone). Student skill level ranges from beginner to advanced.

The ideal candidate is:

  • An excellent instrumentalist with a music education background (specializing in woodwinds and brass), strong musicianship skills, and a passion for teaching high-school aged students.
  • skilled in teaching a wide range of students, from beginning to advanced, simultaneously.
  • enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the high school music director and other faculty.
  • experienced in leading instrumental sectionals and rehearsals, and excited about the opportunity to work creatively with non-standard instrumentation.
  • experienced in facilitating (or willing to learn how to facilitate) improvisation at all levels of musical ability in an ensemble, non-jazz context.
  • interested in actively and creatively supporting the continued development of a growing, thriving, innovative music program.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in music or commensurate professional experience. Preferred: music education degree, experience teaching in high school instrumental ensembles, experience working in independent schools.

Time Commitment/Schedule: Classes meet twice a week for 60 minutes during the academic year (Aug 31-June 10), with 2-4 performances per year. Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40-1:40pm; there is a small chance this will change to similar times on Wednesday and Friday (to be determined by mid-July). There is a weekly 60-minute music faculty meeting each week. Competitive hourly rates.

To Apply: Email resume, brief statement of interest, and contact information for 3 references to Ted Masur (High School Music Director): tmasur@pasadenawaldorf.org. In addition to your woodwind/brass background, please list any related skills and experience, including the ability to coach various instrument groups on fundamentals and technique.

Questions? Please email tmasur@pasadenawaldorf.org

School Administration

Director of Finance

The Director of Finance is accountable for the financial management of the school. Responsibilities include the supervision of all business-related activities of the school, including budgetary compliance, legal liability, and regulatory compliance. The Director of Finance supervises the business office staff, is a member of the Finance Committee, and prepares financial reports.

Required/Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and practice.
  • Knowledge of industry systems, software and services for financial operations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a broad array of constituencies.
  • Experience supervising an accounting department.
  • General knowledge of California employment law.
  • Familiarity with Waldorf education.
  • Familiarity with state regulations as they pertain to California independent schools.
  • Ability to deal sensitively with confidential material and exercise discretion.
  • Able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Hours and Benefits…How to Apply

The position is year round, full time, salary commensurate with experience. A generous employee benefit program includes full family medical and dental coverage, a retirement plan and life insurance, support for professional development, and full tuition remission for enrolled children,

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a brief biography, to Douglas Garrett, Administrator, dgarrett@pasadenawaldorf.org.  626.794.9564.

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.