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Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3H 5G9     
Phone: 403-287-1868  |  Fax: 403-287-3414     

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Job Description
The Financial Manager will be responsible for all financial procedures and management of a provincially-accredited and Waldorf-accredited private school. The Calgary Waldorf School offers programs to 280 students (about 200 families) in Early Childhood and Grades One through Nine, with a teaching staff of 40. Through an enhanced curriculum which integrates academic, artistic, physical and practical pursuits, Waldorf education fosters the creative imagination, sense of social responsibility, and flexibility of mind that are essential in today's world. The School has been in operation for 30 years, owns its own architecturally beautiful building in Cougar Ridge on the west edge of Calgary, and has a history of sound financial health. We are an Accredited Full Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, which represents 170 independent Waldorf Schools across the continent.

The Calgary Waldorf School is committed to the principles of Waldorf education, which inform our School's teaching pedagogy, our administrative structure, and our school environment. This makes for a warm and rich collegial working environment where each staff member (whether teaching or administrative) strives to help the school thrive and to serve the children and families to the best of their ability.

The Financial Manager reports to the Treasurer and the Executive Committee of the Board, and works collaboratively within the School's five-person administration team. Each admin team member carries designated responsibilities, but also everyone works together to support the School's administrative needs as a whole team.

The Financial Manager's work hours will fluctuate during the year in order to fulfill the duties of the role, requiring more intense periods of work at certain times (such as the beginning and end of the school year and during the fall audit period) and then less hours during school holidays.

Duties will include:
  • Tuition fee invoicing/payment scheduling, Accounts Receivable tracking, cash and credit card deposits, EFT payments.
  • Supervision of Accounts Payable staff member; ensure proper GL coding of all transactions.
  • Cash flow management; preparation of monthly financial/budget reports to Board.
  • Support for teachers, staff, and committees regarding financial information and budget management.
  • Monthly payroll and timesheets; Pension and RRSP contributions.
  • Group Health Insurance management.
  • Commercial property and liability insurance management.
  • GST Returns, WCB Returns, Charitable Tax Returns.
  • Charitable Donation tracking and receipts; Endowment Fund Report to Donor.
  • Childcare Claims Subsidy management.
  • Grocery Gift Card Fundraising program management.
  • Provide support for financial aspects of Fundraising events in the school.
  • Alberta Education Financial Reporting and Education Grant administration.
  • Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Financial Reporting.
  • Preparation of year-end working papers and annual Financial Statements using Fund Accounting; management of year-end independent external audit.
  • Preparation of annual Budget and Salary and Wages Grid.
  • Working sensitively with parents regarding A/R collections and Tuition Assistance program.
  • Making recommendations and providing the financial perspective in the school's decision-making.
  • Administrative duties as required.

Desired skills and experience:
  • 5 or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Capacity to work in a school, non-profit or similar environment where decisions are value-based (e.g., in congruence with Waldorf education principles).
  • Capacity to work with sensitivity and confidentiality regarding our staff, students and parents.
  • Proven ability to self-motivate, take initiative, work independently, and manage time effectively.
  • A spirit of warmth and collegiality; strong work ethic and attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovate new systems.
  • Familiarity with Waldorf education is an asset.
  • Must be familiar with all aspects of the accounting cycle.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Experience with Simply Accounting is an asset.

  • The successful candidate will work alongside the current Financial Manager until July 2015, then further training and support will be provided by this retiring Financial Manager as needed.

  • March 1 to July 31, 2015: Hourly rate; 50% to 100% FTE to be determined based on skills and experience.
  • Commencing August 1, 2015: 80% FTE; Salary to be determined based on skills and experience.

Application deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015
Please note: We will only contact those applicants whom we have selected for an interview.

Please send your cover letter and resumé to:
Dinah Clark, Financial Manager
Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW,
Calgary, Alberta
T3H 5G9

Telephone: 403-287-1868
Fax: 403-287-3414

We are currently looking for an Assistant to help us in our Grade School Handwork lessons, led by our Handwork Teacher.

Days and hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings for one 40-minute period per day (from 11:25 am to 12:05 pm).

If you are interested, please contact:
Anna Driehuyzen
Pedagogical Administrator
Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3H 5G9
Telephone: 403-287-1868 ext. 150
Fax: 403-287-3414

Seeking Class Teacher for September 2015

The Calgary Waldorf School invites applications from those interested in a Class Teacher position with our school.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • completed his/her Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent;
  • completed his/her Waldorf Teacher Training;
  • Waldorf teaching experience;
  • and a commitment to working out of Rudolf Steiner's picture of child development.
All teachers at our school must obtain their Alberta Teaching Certificate.

Your application should include details of your experience with and interest in Waldorf education.

Please submit your resumé, a Letter of Intention, and three professional references, via email to, or by fax to 403–287–3414, or by post to:

Faculty Hiring Committee
c/o Anna Driehuyzen, Pedagogical Administrator
Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T3H 5G9

This year is the 30th Birthday for our school. We are an Accredited, Full Member School of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Our school serves 280 students from Early Childhood through Grade Nine. To learn more about the Calgary Waldorf School, please have a look around our website.

Calgary is a city of 1.2 million in southwestern Alberta straddling the prairies and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This vibrant and growing city offers a rich cultural life as well as world-class outdoor recreation possibilities.

The Calgary Waldorf School's comprehensive benefits package includes short and long-term disability, Alberta Health Care, extended health care, prescription drugs, dental coverage and life insurance, and tuition assistance for teachers with their children enrolled in our school. It is a member of the Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund which provides exceptional pension provisions. The Calgary Waldorf School Salary Scale for Teachers is similar to that of the Calgary Board of Education (for public school teachers) with a salary range between $57,000 and $100,000 based on education and teaching experience. Our school is committed to supporting its faculty with mentoring and ongoing professional development opportunities.

The Calgary Waldorf School offers a program of studies for 280 students from Early Childhood to Grade Nine with a Faculty and Staff of forty. We process substitute teacher applications throughout the school year.

If you are interested in substitute teaching for us, please electronically submit your resume with a note indicating your knowledge of, experience with, and interest in Waldorf education to the address below. Please indicate which of the monthly tours you plan to attend. We will reply and arrange an interview with you after the tour. The dates and times for school tours are listed on our website under Events.

Waldorf teachers complete Waldorf Teacher Training as well as their Bachelor of Education degrees. Please see to learn more about Waldorf Teacher Training. While it is unusual for us to find substitute teachers who have completed Waldorf Teacher Training, substitute teachers work with us because they have an explicit interest in Waldorf education.

There are four types of Waldorf Teaching roles in our school. These are: Early Childhood Specialists, Class Teachers, Learning Support Teachers and Subject Specialists. Our Subject Specialist teachers lead the programs of studies in French, German, Music, Art, Handwork, Woodwork, and Eurythmy in Grades 1 – 9 teaching all age groups. Waldorf Class Teachers teach core academics moving with their class of students each year beginning in Grade One and ending in Grade 9 when possible. Substitute teachers tend to be called most often by Class Teachers. There isn't a great deal of work for substitute teachers in our school, but we certainly need and value the services our substitute teachers provide.

If you are interested in substitute teaching at the Calgary Waldorf School please do the following:
  1. Submit your resume electronically to You must have an Alberta Teaching Certificate and a current police check.
  2. Email indicating the school tour you will attend so we can arrange to meet with you after the tour.
  3. Dates of the monthly school tours are posted on our website under Events.
Please familiarize yourself with our school by reading through our website. For more information about Waldorf education, Waldorf schools and Waldorf Teacher education, please visit the website of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)

Background information about the Calgary Waldorf School:
The Calgary Waldorf School incorporated in 1985 and enrolls 280 students each year in our programs from pre-school and Kindergarten to Grade Nine. Another 40 children attend our Parent and Tot classes. Our forty member faculty and staff include Early Childhood teachers, Class Teachers for each grade and Subject Specialist teachers for French, German, Music, Handwork, Eurythmy, Physical Education, Woodwork, Arts and Crafts, Eurythmy, Computer Technology and Learning Support. Our Administrative Team is composed of a School Administrator, a Financial Administrator, a Pedagogical Administrator, an Admission and Facilities Administrator and an Assistant Administrator.

We relocated in 2002 from a downtown site to Cougar Ridge on the central-south western edge of the city when we moved into our beautiful purpose-built school. As well as the facility, the grounds, parks, access to the mountains and to housing are all advantages in this location. Our school families offer a warm, supportive community and many school families live near the school.

The Calgary Waldorf School is a Full Member, Accredited School of AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America). We have an educational membership with AISCA, the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta.

We are a unique independent school which receives one-third of our revenue from the provincial government, as do all private schools in Alberta. Our committed teaching Faculty obtain Alberta Teaching Certification, as is required in Alberta, and they complete Waldorf teacher education as well. The school provides our teachers with generous professional development financial support towards Waldorf training and continuing education in Waldorf studies.

Calgary is a young, growing, and vibrant city of 1.2 million people, with a rich cultural heritage and a thriving economy. The traditional farming and ranching base remains intact alongside the growing oil and gas economy. Calgary exists within the geographical transition between prairies on its eastern side and foothills on its western side. Our school is less than an hour from the Rocky Mountains, where recreational outdoor pursuits abound. Alberta is known for its beauty, friendliness, fresh air, clean water, and high number of days of sunshine. Summers are pleasant and sunny, winters can be cold and snowy, and we are regularly warmed by our famous Chinook Winds.

Please join us for a school tour, for a Speaker's Series event or for a social or festival event. We look forward to hearing from you.