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The Detroit Waldorf School is a multi-racial and multicultural school, celebrating more than 50 years in the heart of the Detroit renaissance. We have the honor of being one of the ten oldest Waldorf schools in the United States. We offer a full curriculum and we are accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

The Detroit Waldorf School, founded in 1965, is located just three miles east of downtown in the city’s historic Indian Village neighborhood. Our school resides in a beautiful 1920s historical building designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and situated on a beautifully landscaped 4-acre campus with an organic garden. This central location, combined with the school’s curriculum, provides the diverse student body with a respect for people of different religious, ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds while fostering a sense of world citizenship.

Our school has a strong early childhood program, including parent-child classes, pre-school, and Kindergarten. Our grade 1-8 elementary program includes German and Spanish, Eurythmy, handwork, art, educational support program, music including orchestra and band, and physical education. We also offer after-school sports and an extended care and camp program.

 

Employment Opportunities


Early Childhood Lead Teacher

The Detroit Waldorf School has an opening for an early childhood lead teacher starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

The Detroit Waldorf School is seeking an experienced early childhood class teacher who brings enthusiasm and warmth for working with young children, ages 4-6.  We are looking for a teacher who enjoys working collaboratively with colleagues, and in sharing in the responsibilities of pedagogical, practical, artistic, festival and family engagement work. The school is committed to building a healthy, diverse, inclusive, multi-cultural community and we welcome new faculty to contribute to our dynamic community.  Candidates should also have strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and understand and work with the Anthroposophical foundations of the curriculum.

Strong candidates will possess a Certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood, a Bachelors of Arts degree or higher, teaching experience, ideally in a Waldorf setting and a minimum of 6 - 12 semester hours in early childhood or child development depending upon teaching experience.

Compensation includes a base salary with additional increments for Waldorf  Certification and advanced degree(s) and Waldorf lead teaching experience. Other benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance coverage, tuition remission and support for professional development. The position begins July 1, 2019.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to helenamitchell@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org .

Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a visit. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, one or more teaching demonstrations presented by the candidate, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee and College of Teachers. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.


Handwork Teacher

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks an experienced, and enthusiastic Handwork teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree, Waldorf training and teaching experience, with strong classroom management skills, effective communication, and a desire to work with children having different learning styles and needs.  In addition, this is a part-time position, candidates should be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues, engage in ongoing professional development, and to serve in capacities beyond the classroom.

How to apply:  Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, resume and two professional references, via email to arlenecornier@detroitwaldorf.org  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school.


Extended Care, Camps and After School Programs Coordinator

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks an Extended Care, Camps and After School Programs Coordinator.  This is a year round hourly position that includes paid professional development and sick time. The position begins May 31, 2019.  Availability Monday through Friday until 6:15 pm is required along with some later evenings throughout the year.

If you love working with children of all ages, especially outdoors, then we would love to hear from you! Responsibilities include program planning and coordination, training and scheduling staff, snack preparation, care of classroom and outdoor spaces and equipment, and weekly online billing.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Strong organization and computer skills

  • Ability to manage all aspects of extended care, camp, and after school programs

Education/Experience:

  • Minimum 12 semester hours in early childhood or child development is required

  • Certification in infant, child, and adult first and and CPR is required

  • Experience working with children in a childcare, school or similar setting

  • Previous experience managing programs and staff

  • Interest, experience or training in Waldorf education

The application process includes but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, cover letter, resume and two professional references, via email to helenamitchell@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org.


Front Desk Administrative Assistant

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks a full-time Front Desk Administrative Assistant. This is a year round hourly position. Normal work hours are 7:45-3:45 Monday through Friday. This position reports to the Administrative Coordinator.

If you want to become part of a creative community dedicated to holistic wellness, play a key role in nurturing children, and give back to the diverse community of Detroit --we are looking for you! The Front Desk Administrative Assistant is the first line of contact for parents, staff, students, and visitors to Detroit Waldorf School; serving as an ambassador by providing a pleasant and engaging experience for all who enter or call the office. Responsibilities also include data entry, first-aid assistance, and responding to parent inquiries.

Qualifications:

  • Friendly, warm, outgoing and enjoys building relationships

  • Takes initiative and works well as a member of a team

  • Responsible, well-organized, and attentive to detail

  • Knowledge or interest in Waldorf education is desired

Education/Experience

  • Associate’s degree or higher

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel) and Google Suite

  • Experience working with children and providing first-aid

  • Experience working with student information systems (RenWeb/FACTS) preferred

The primary duties and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Welcomes and provides information to parents, students, staff and visitors to the school

  • Maintains confidentiality when addressing sensitive matters; and assists with problem-solving

  • Helps maintain records and documents, both physically and digitally

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, resume and contact information for two professional references via email to personnelchair@detroitwaldorf.org. We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about our school.


Spanish Teacher

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks an experienced, and enthusiastic Spanish speaker for the 2019-2020 school year to teach Spanish to children in first through eighth grade, and to cultivate an interest and love of Hispanic culture.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree, Waldorf training and teaching experience, with strong classroom management skills, effective communication, and a desire to work with children having different learning styles and needs.  Candidates should provide engaging learning experiences including stories, songs, movement, games, literature, and cultural history. In addition, candidates should also be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues, engage in ongoing professional development, and to serve in capacities beyond the classroom is also desired.

How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, resume and two professional references, via email to arlenecornier@detroitwaldorf.org.   We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school.


Summer Camp Staff

The Detroit Waldorf School has openings for summer camp staff members. Camp runs 8 am to 3:30 pm from June 17th through August 2nd. There is no camp the week of July 4th.

From early childhood through the grades, campers will spend their days playing games, singing songs, cooking and baking, exploring the arts, gardening, playing music and experiencing all the wonderful moments that make camp fun! Campers will experience new challenging and exciting opportunities with bi-weekly themes that focus on special activities from arts to games and exploration of the natural world while tapping into their creative spirit.

The ideal candidate brings warmth and enthusiasm for working with diverse groups of children, a love of the outdoors and some experience working with children in a camp or childcare setting.

This is an hourly position from June 17-August 2. Applicants are welcome to combine an application for camp staff with an application for an Early Childhood Assistant position during the school year if employment beyond the summer is desired. Please see our Early Childhood Assistant position listing for additional details.

The hiring process involves a visit, interview, background check/fingerprinting and training. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to helenamitchell@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org .


Early Childhood Assistant

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks an early childhood classroom assistant for the 2019-2020 school year.

The assistant supports the Early Childhood teacher in their work and helps to maintain a warm supportive class environment while caring for the children and the physical space that is consistent with best practices in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. The ideal candidate has familiarity with or interest in Waldorf education, and brings experience, warmth, joy and enthusiasm to working with young children, as well as motivation, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and families, and is prepared to engage in a physically active day inside and out doors in all weather throughout the school year, break and summer camps.

A background that includes experience working with children in a childcare or similar setting, interest or training in Waldorf early childhood education is preferred.  A minimum of 12 semester hours in early childhood or child development is required.

This is an hourly position that includes paid professional development and sick time.  The position begins mid-August 2019. Applicants are welcome to combine an application for camp staff with an application for an early childhood assistant position if summer employment is desired. Please see our Summer Camp Staff position listing for additional details.

The application process includes, but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to helenamitchell@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214.  We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at www.detroitwaldorf.org.


Substitutes Needed

We are currently accepting applications for substitutes in our Early Childhood and Grades programs. Experience in childcare or working with children ages 3 - 6 years is preferred for Early Childhood applicants, but not required to apply. Similarly, experience with children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old is preferred for the Grades program. Applicants must be available from 8:00 am-3:30 pm.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application resume, and two professional references, via email to arlenecornier@detroitwaldorf.org and to attend a Taste of Waldorf Tour

We encourage you to browse the site to learn more about our school.


Equal Opportunity

The Detroit Waldorf School does not discriminate in admissions, hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or other statuses protected by law. Furthermore, parents, students, faculty, staff members and board members are all expected to conduct themselves and discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the school's non-discrimination policy.