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 Admissions

General Description of Position

The mission of the Director of Admissions is to lead, develop, and drive the school’s admissions strategy to reach and maintain full enrollment of qualified students.

About Pasadena Waldorf School

Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) is an independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit school for children in early childhood through high school, fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), and a member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). The school is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Altadena on 2 beautiful wooded campuses. Our school is a welcoming retreat from suburban congestion, with easy access to the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and everything the Greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Founded in 1979, PWS is a well-established, stable school with curricula and programs based on Rudolf Steiner’s picture of child development.

Working out of the understanding that human beings are spiritual beings, the mission of the PWS is to develop in each student integrity, intelligence, and the impulse toward compassionate action in the world.

The Director of Admissions serves the school through the following duties and responsibilities:

General Duties

  • Develop an Admission Strategy to increase enrollment
  • Recommend and implement an admissions process that best serve the needs of the school and drive an increase in enrollment
  • Form, develop, and coordinate teams drawn from the faculty and community to inform and implement the Admissions strategy
  • Speak on behalf of the school on matters relating to admissions
  • Identify, recommend solutions and inform the Business Administrator and the Pedagogical Administrator of areas that interfere with the admissions work and/or may negatively impact retention and recruitment
Admissions strategy

Develop and implement a long-range admissions strategy to reach and maintain full enrollment with qualified students by evaluating trends; using data to establish critical measurements; reviewing and designing new systems and processes; outreach to prospective families; accumulating resources; resolving problems; implementing change

  • Analyze trends in enrollment, marketing, and outreach activities
  • Ensure the outreach strategy and action plans are fully integrated and implemented
  • Work closely with the Business and Pedagogical Administrators to ensure the Waldorf pedagogy and philosophy is reflected throughout the admissions funnel
Lead Ambassador
  • As the initial and main point of contact, build and maintain a strong relationship between the school and prospective families
  • Provide a welcoming, informed gateway to PWS and Waldorf Education in general
  • Form and lead teams of College of Teachers, faculty, volunteers, parents, Board of Trustees and community members to support all admissions efforts
  • Develop a base of feeder schools through cultivated relationships
Admissions events
  • Lead outreach and admissions activities to provide prospective families with accurate information about PWS and to encourage them to take the next step of applying for admission. Review and modify admissions activities to achieve this goal
  • Work closely with the Early Childhood Department provide a ‘pipeline’ to long-term enrollment
  • Work closely with the High School staff and faculty to bolster relationships with feeder schools, create special recruitment events and to build bridge between PWS Middle School and High School
Admissions Process
  • Develop and maintain a professional, efficient, and easy to use communication protocol to contact and shepherd prospective families through the admissions process
  • Manage, improve, implement, and monitor the admissions process for existing and new families, including:
    • Responding to all inquiries in a timely, friendly, and informative manner
    • Using tuition assistance, scholarship information, and other financial policies as appropriate to support students’ enrollment with an understanding of the financial realities of the school
    • Coordinating visits for parents and students
    • Managing the school’s intake assessment processes, readiness guidelines and related  documentation
    • Working with the Admissions Committee to ensure admissions decisions are fully informed, conditions of acceptance are clear, and communicated.
    • Tracking families in the inquiry/application/enrollment process
  • Review and improve admissions procedures annually
Other Areas of Work
  • Ensure all records, databases, and files are held confidentially, are current, and are professionally organized for ease of access, accuracy, and business continuity
  • Coordinate orientation procedures for new families
  • Work with the Tuition Assistance Committee
  • Represent the School on area professional organizations in support of independent school admissions
  • Perform other duties as needed and/or assigned by the Business and Pedagogical Administrators
  • Work through the administrative framework to keep other school constituencies informed of and involved in the progress and needs of the admissions department including reports to faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, College of teachers and other groups as needed

Accountability

This position is supported by and reports to the Business Administrator

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least 5+ years of experience as a Director of Admissions or Assistant Director of Admissions. Experience in Waldorf Education is a plus; willingness to learn is a necessity
  • Have a warm, outgoing, friendly, and professional personality and demeanor
  • Have the ability to enthusiastically sell PWS to prospective new families
  • Be a collaborative leader with other areas of leadership and the wider community
  • Be able to lead, supervise, coach, and manage the work of the faculty and volunteers in terms of the admissions work
  • Be able to cultivate internal and external relationships leading to increased awareness of and interest in PWS
  • Be proficient in using database systems to input and use data gathered and generating user friendly reports. Experience with VERACROSS is a plus
  • Be proficient in using computer software packages
  • Be a strategic thinking and project manager
  • Possess a detailed understanding of the admissions process, cycle, and constituent parts
  • Possess a good understanding of contemporary educational issues and different educational models to help advise and guide parents seeking a school
  • Possess a good understanding of learning differences as they affect school choice
  • Have a working knowledge of marketing and PR practices relevant to admissions outreach
  • Show a mastery or oral and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Graduate degree preferred

Compensation and Benefits

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

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the following items to the Pasadena Waldorf School Board of Trustees at PWSjobs@pasadenawaldorf.org:

  1. Letter of intent describing your management philosophy and why PWS is a good fit for you
  2. Your resume
  3. A brief biography
  4. Three letters of reference, each of which addresses an admissions, if applicable, or professional challenge and a success the referrer observed you experience

Please no faxes or letters directly to the school or submissions of candidates who do not meet the foregoing criteria. Applicants whom we wish to interview will be contacted via email or phone.

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.


Position Title: Part-Time High School Guitar Teacher

Pasadena Waldorf School seeks a versatile, eclectic, guitarist/educator to join a collaborative team of teachers in our full-participation instrumental music program (50 students, grades 9-12). This position is for the 2018-19 school year. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 11th.

About the Program:

All students take musicianship classes, chorus, an instrumental ensemble, and music history. There is a Music Composition & Songwriting elective offered in 11th and 12th grade. Curricular emphasis in instrumental ensembles is on technique, ensemble playing, applied musicianship, improvisation, sound exploration, and creative work. Repertoire is varied – including standard repertoire, custom arrangements, adaptations, improvisations, and original pieces.

About the Guitar Component:

Guitar Ensemble meets as its own ensemble, and sometimes in combination with Chamber Orchestra and/or Percussion Ensemble. Student skill level ranges from beginner to intermediate. Emphasis is on guitar technique, ensemble, and creative work. The school provides students with nylon string guitars. Additional kinds of guitars may be included at the instructor’s discretion.

The ideal candidate is:

  • an excellent guitarist with strong musicianship skills, and a passion for teaching high-school aged students.
  • skilled in teaching a wide range of students, from beginning to intermediate, simultaneously.
  • fluent in a wide range of guitar styles and techniques.
  • capable of arranging music for the ensemble.
  • able to teach the basics of music theory and standard notation in a guitar context.
  • enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the high school music director and other faculty.
  • experienced in facilitating (or willing to learn how to facilitate) improvisation and creative exploration at all levels of musical ability in an ensemble 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: experience teaching in high school, experience working in independent schools.

Time Commitment/Schedule: Classes meet twice a week for 55 minutes during the academic year (Sep -June), with 2-4 performances per year. Meeting times: currently Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:25-1:20pm (will likely remain the same). There is a weekly 30-minute music faculty meeting. 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 guitar 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

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.


Position title:  Director of Development

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.

Qualifications

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 PWSjobs@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.