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: Kindergarten Teacher

Pasadena Waldorf School is accepting applications for an experienced Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher. We are most interested to find dynamic and engaging teachers who are excited to connect with our students, have a history of work in Waldorf early childhood education, demonstrated strengths in classroom management, sensory development and the arts. We encourage teachers from racial and cultural backgrounds not usually represented in private school or Waldorf education to consider this position and join the work of our school.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in early childhood teaching (professional experience or exemplary practicum recommendations) Ability to teach out of an approach consistent with our educational philosophy. This includes Waldorf teacher training or the willingness to engage in this training after hire.
  • Dedication to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for students including the ability to effectively engage students, a commitment to the success of all students, and an ability to understand and teach to a variety of learning styles within the same class group.
  • A desire to work with students in a range of practical and artistic approaches including singing, storytelling, puppetry, painting, drawing, woodwork, practical activities and hand crafts.
  • An openness and commitment to cultivating an inclusive community. This includes demonstrated strengths in collaboration, conflict resolution, and communication skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Minimum qualification: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in education or child development from an accredited four-year college of university.

General Statement of Duties:

Serve as the primary planner, director, coordinator and communicator for the classroom program within the established curriculum of the school and guidelines of Waldorf education.  Will oversee and coordinate the work of assistant teachers and classroom volunteers.

Work with the students, creating a classroom community of beauty, truth, goodness and putting into place a schedule and habits to support physical, social and pre-academic learning.

Maintain supervision of students and staff at all times so that the classroom and surrounding spaces are a safe learning environment.

Participation and support of all school activities such as collegial study, professional development, admissions and outreach work and parent education.

  • Administrative responsibilities include school committee work, all school workshops, student reports, parent work, and duties like lunch coverage, opening/closing the school for the day, or subbing for an absent peer.
  • Meeting attendance to include weekly meeting of the full Faculty/Staff and High School faculty/staff meetings.

We offer a base salary plus increments for years of Waldorf experience, generous tuition remission, health insurance and HSA, short-term disability, and access to professional development funds.

Please send a letter of introduction, resume, brief biography and contact information for three professional references (including from a supervising teacher or administrator) to Erin Semin at esemin@pasadenawaldorf.org.


Position Title: Board of Trustees Member

OVERVIEW

Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) is an independent, not-for-profit school serving students from early childhood through high school.  PWS is fully accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is nestled in the Altadena foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains

Founded in 1979, PWS is a well-established school with curricula and programs based on Rudolf Steiner’s picture of child development and the AWSNA shared principles. Working out of the understanding that human beings are spiritual beings, the mission of PWS is to develop in each student integrity, intelligence and the impulse toward compassionate action in the world.  Waldorf education fosters connections between students, teachers, classmates and the world around us. Discovering how we are connected cultivates a deep sense of respect, social responsibility and a strong moral compass.  Our graduates emerge from school ready to engage in the global community through meaningful relationship and purposeful work.  To learn more about Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy, please visit the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) website.

PWS is actively working to foster an inclusive, welcoming and diverse community of students, families, employees and school leadership.  We encourage and welcome interest in participation at the Board level from all segments of the local community, especially from those who are not typically represented in traditional private school leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrates an authentic interest in the mission and goals of PWS and/or the Waldorf Philosophy.
  • Possesses a broad and deep network of professional, community and/or personal peers and is willing to engage that network in support of PWS.
  • Complements an equitable, inclusive and diverse Board of Trustees that PWS strives to balance with age, race, gender, ethnic, geographic, ability and socio-economic demographics, among others, supporting a diverse community overall.
  • Possesses no conflict of interest: is not a current parent, student, teacher, employee, or contractor of PWS, nor has a relative or spouse/partner who is a current parent, student teacher, employee or contractor for PWS.

GENERAL OBLIGATIONS

  • Provide overall governance as established in the policies and procedures set by the Board of Trustees.
  • With the recommendations of the Pedagogical and Business Administrators, establish and maintain a long-range plan that supports the mission and philosophy of PWS.
  • Exercise the legal and fiduciary authority required to develop and approve the budget.
  • Secure adequate funding and maintain the fiscal viability of PWS.
  • Recruit and hire the Pedagogical and Business Administrators.
  • Identify and nominate Trustees and elect Officers to the Board of Trustees.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of the Members and Officers of the Board of Trustees, as well as the Pedagogical and Business Administrators. Keep fully informed about the mission and philosophy of PWS and be an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador.

Board of Trustees Meetings

Attend all quarterly Monday Board meetings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at PWS. In addition to the business meetings, there may be at least one retreat/workshop during the year at which Trustees are expected to attend.

Financial Obligations and Fundraising/Friend-raising Expectations

PWS’ Board of Trustees seeks to set pace for philanthropic giving and resource acquisition to support the full pedagogical and operational needs of the school.  To this end, each Trustee is expected to make PWS a priority for philanthropic giving and resource acquisition by vigorously securing the support of others and/or by personally contributing an annual monetary gift that equals his/her philanthropic potential. The minimum give/get level is $5,000 per year.

This gift minimum does not include PWS gala or event tickets.  Additionally, each Trustee is expected to actively participate, with support and guidance from the PWS staff, in the fundraising and friend-raising of individuals, corporations and foundations.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about becoming a Member of the Pasadena Waldorf School Board of Trustees, please contact the Business Administrator Jena L. Hoffman at jhoffman@pasadenawaldorf.org


Position Title: High School Physics & Math Teacher

Pasadena Waldorf School is accepting applications for a ¾ time High School Physical Science and Math Teacher. We are most interested to find dynamic and engaging teachers who are excited to connect with our students, have a history of work with adolescents, demonstrated strengths in classroom management and who are open to learning about the fundamentals of teaching in a Waldorf school.  Prior experience with Waldorf education is a plus.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in High School teaching (professional experience or exemplary practicum recommendations) Ability to teach out of a phenomenological approach consistent with our educational philosophy. This includes Waldorf teacher training or the willingness to engage in this training after hire.
  • Strong background in physics with field work in practical or applied physics. Candidates with a combination of both classroom and industry or field experience as a scientist are strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach math with a focus on pre-Calculus and Calculus.
  • Dedication to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for students including the ability to effectively engage students, a commitment to the success of all students, and an ability to understand and teach to a variety of learning styles within the same class group.
  • A desire to work with students beyond academics to help them develop the capacities to know themselves and their place in the world.
  • An openness and commitment to cultivating an inclusive community. This includes demonstrated strengths in collaboration, conflict resolution, and communication skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Minimum qualification: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited four-year college of university.

General Statement of Duties:

  • Teaching assigned science and mathematics classes which will include main lessons and track classes. If qualified, may also teach other subjects.
  • Supporting extracurricular activities: Examples include: advising students, mentoring a class, chaperoning field trips, or mentoring various clubs.
  • Administrative responsibilities include school committee work, all school workshops, student reports, parent work, and duties like lunch coverage, opening/closing the school for the day, or subbing for an absent peer.
  • Meeting attendance to include weekly meeting of the full Faculty/Staff and High School faculty/staff meetings.

We offer a base salary plus increments for years of Waldorf experience, generous tuition remission, health insurance and HSA, short-term disability, and access to professional development funds.

Please send a letter of introduction, resume, brief biography and contact information for three professional references (including from a supervising teacher or administrator) to Erin Semin at esemin@pasadenawaldorf.org.


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.