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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


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 a resume and two professional references, via email to arlenecornier@detroitwaldorf.org.   We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school.


Front Desk Administrative Assistant

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks a full-time Front Desk Administrative Assistant. This is a year round hourly position. This position reports to the Administrative Coordinator.

The Front Desk Administrative Assistant is the welcoming face of the Detroit Waldorf School and serves as an ambassador for the school by providing a warm, pleasant, and engaging experience for all who enter the office and/or inquire about the school. Responsibilities include staffing the front desk, data entry, record keeping, and helping students, parents, or others who enter the office.

Qualifications include an Associate's degree or higher and experience with administrative office practices and procedures and standard office software applications. RenWeb or similar school database knowledge is helpful. Previous experience working with children and the ability to provide first-aid is required. Knowledge and or interest in Waldorf education is desired. The candidate must have the ability to multitask in a busy office environment, handle sensitive and confidential information, and be reliable and punctual.

This position is 40 hours per week. It is hourly and does not include benefits. Normal work hours are 7:45-3:45 Monday-Friday.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and contact information for two professional references via email to personnelchair@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214, Attn: Personnel Chair. We encourage you to browse 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.


Extended Care Assistant

Immediate opening! The Detroit Waldorf School seeks a part-time assistant for extended care Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:30.

The ideal candidate has familiarity with and interest in Waldorf education, and brings experience, warmth, joy and enthusiasm to working with young children, as well as love of the outdoors, motivation, and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Position to begin immediately. This is an hourly position. Extended Care fees are waived for enrolled children of staff members while they are working.

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.


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.


Development Director

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks a full-time Development Director. This is a year round salaried position and includes health, dental, and retirement benefits as well as tuition remission. Reporting to the Administrative Council and in partnership with the Board of Trustees, the Director of Development will spearhead development efforts as Detroit Waldorf School initiates growth in its outreach and sustainability efforts. A new position in the organization, the Director of Development will have the opportunity to build the development function in collaboration with two direct reports: a Development Coordinator and a Development Assistant.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to creating and executing a strategy for a sustained base of annual donors, with consideration of adopting the Benevon model and working towards the school’s first endowment campaign, developing an annual fundraising plan and preparing monthly status reports on progress for Board and Development Committee meetings, managing the implementation of a new donor database and overseeing staff responsible for data entry and gift processing, securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations, developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with major donors, overseeing the organization of special events and other volunteer fundraising efforts, developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising, developing and distributing fundraising materials in support of annual fundraising plan, e.g. Annual Report, Spring Newsletter, etc.

Minimum Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree (required), Master’s (a plus), three-plus years experience in a fundraising role, preferably at a school, demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills, working knowledge of donor databases (e.g. Raisers Edge, DonorPerfect, DonorSnap etc.), strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to establish priorities, demonstrate initiative, and achieve stated goals, excellent organizational skills, with an attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects and work comfortably in a collaborative environment with diverse constituents, including teachers, volunteers, parents, board members, alumni and community partners, and an ability to articulate Waldorf education and the school’s mission.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and two professional references via email to personnelchair@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214, Attn: Personnel Chair. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, a campus tour and hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee and Board of Trustees. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. We encourage you to browse the site to learn more about our school.


First Grade Class Teacher 2019-2020

The Detroit Waldorf School is seeking a First Grade Class Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are seeking applicants committed to teaching with enthusiasm and warmth; demonstrating effective classroom management, communication, and interpersonal skills. This candidate should also have an interest and desire to work in collaboration with colleagues and with the Anthroposophical principles of Waldorf Education.  This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and Waldorf Teaching Certificate. Candidates in the process of completing Waldorf Certification will be considered.

The Detroit Waldorf School offers a competitive base salary of $40,000.  Additional compensation, commensurate with experience and credentials, is added to the base salary.  A full-time salaried faculty member is entitled to benefits: health and dental insurance, retirement, professional development, and tuition remission. The position begins July 2019.

The hiring process includes, but is not limited to: a 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.

How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and two professional references, via email to arlenecornier@detroitwaldorf.org.   We encourage you to browse the site to learn more about our school.


Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator

The Detroit Waldorf School seeks a full-time Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator. This is a year round salaried position and includes health, dental, and retirement benefits as well as tuition remission. This position reports to the Administrative Coordinator.

The Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator manages enrollment and outreach efforts at the Detroit Waldorf School. Normal work hours are 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday with additional evening and weekend work also required. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the creation and implementation of an enrollment and outreach plan, overseeing the admissions process for our Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Grades 1-8, working with prospective families from first inquiry to matriculation, tracking and evaluating student retention, managing the Parent and Child Program, planning and conducting open houses, tours, parent education events, and other outreach and enrollment events, helping to frame the overall message of the school, and overseeing marketing and public relations.

Minimum Qualifications include an ability to articulate Waldorf education and the school’s mission, knowledge of trends within the Waldorf movement, an interest in and ongoing study of Waldorf pedagogy, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, three years of experience in an administrative setting, ability to manage multiple projects, strong strategic, analytical, and organizational skills, strong oral and written communication skills, outgoing, enthusiastic, and warm presence, commitment to working well with others as a team player, and experience working with volunteers. Desired qualifications include previous experience working at a Waldorf/Steiner school, Waldorf teacher training certification, RenWeb or similar student information database experience, experience managing volunteers, and experience with marketing and development.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and two professional references via email to personnelchair@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214, Attn: Personnel Chair. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, a campus tour and hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee and Board of Trustees. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. We encourage you to browse the site to learn more about our school.


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 a 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.