Grade School Teacher Opening(s) for the 2016-17 School Year
Now Seeking Class Teacher(s) for September 2016: For our Grade One Class and for our Grade Three Class
The Calgary Waldorf School invites applications from those interested in a Class Teacher position with our school, especially for the Grade One Class Teacher position and the Grade Three Class Teacher position.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Canadian Citizenship, whether or not you currently reside in Canada.
- Completed his/her Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent.
- Completed his/her Waldorf Teacher Training.
- Waldorf teaching experience.
- A commitment to working out of Rudolf Steiner's picture of child development.
All teachers at our school must obtain an Alberta Teaching Certificate from our Provincial government’s Ministry of Education (“Alberta Education”).
Your application should include details of your experience with, connection to and interest in Waldorf education.
Please submit your Resumé, a Letter of Intention, and three professional References, via email to email@example.com, or by fax to 403-287-3414, or by post to:
Faculty Hiring Committee
c/o Cathie Foote, School Administrator
Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW
Canada T3H 5G9
We are an Accredited, Full Member School of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and a Full Member School of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Our school serves 275 students from Early Childhood through Grade Nine. To learn more about the Calgary Waldorf School, please explore 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. We also have a tuition remission program for teachers who have their children enrolled in our school. We are 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 $58,000 and $102,000 based on education and teaching experience. Our school is committed to supporting its faculty with mentoring and ongoing professional development opportunities.
We look forward to receiving your application to become a Class Teacher at our Calgary Waldorf School. Please note that we will only be in touch with those applicants whom we are asking to take part in an interview with our Faculty Hiring Committee. Thanks very much for noting this.
PEDAGOGICAL ADMINISTRATOR for September 2016
The Calgary Waldorf School is seeking an experienced Waldorf teacher with enthusiasm to take up a senior leadership and administrative role. The mandate of this role (which began in our school about 20 years ago) is to provide broad vision and practical leadership – for every aspect of teacher development in our school, and for the next developmental steps of our school as a whole.
The Pedagogical Administrator serves the school and all the members of its community by working collaboratively, and by taking initiative and leadership, in the following components within the life of the school:
- Individual teacher support and development.
- Faculty support and development through study, workshops, and training.
- Recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of teachers and teaching assistants.
- Participation and leadership in Faculty meetings.
- Curriculum development and implementation.
- Parent education.
- Communication and presence within the school and the broader community. Mediation and problem-solving.
- Development and implementation of policies and procedures.
- Long-term and short-term planning in conjunction with other governing bodies in the school.
- Possibly serving as one of our AWSNA Delegates, and other networking on behalf of the school.
We are searching for someone who has the following background and qualities:
- Significant number of years of successful Waldorf teaching experience, preferably within a wide range of students’ ages and Grade levels.
- Deep understanding of and connection to Waldorf Education and to Anthroposophy.
- Strong interpersonal skills and a love of working with children, parents, teachers, and administrative staff.
- Strong conflict resolution skills.
- Knowledge of and connections with the wider Waldorf Education and Anthroposophical organizations, institutions, and governing bodies.
- Openness to working with the unique character, expectations, and structure of our school.
- Commitment to striving for the well-being of our school.
- Commitment to helping create a vision for the future of our school.
- Exemplary use of the oral and written word.
- Exemplary organizational skills.
- Please note that eligibility for, or already possessing, Alberta Teacher Certification (based on having a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent) is highly preferred by the school, but not required, for the Pedagogical Administrator position as it is currently defined in our school.
- Please also note that, given national hiring restrictions currently in place within Canada from our Federal government, any applicant must already be a Canadian citizen, whether or not he/she presently resides in Canada.
We offer a full compensation package including medical and dental benefits, life and disability insurance, pension, partial tuition remission, and salary (based on education and years of teaching experience) up to $102,000.
We will only process applications from those who have a history of successful Waldorf teaching experience, and we will only contact applicants whom we would like to interview. Thank you for your understanding.
To apply for this position, please send a letter of intent, a resumé, a one-page autobiography, and three letters of reference to:
Fax: 403 – 287 – 3414
Post: Cathie Foote, School Administrator
Calgary Waldorf School
515 Cougar Ridge Drive S.W.
Canada T3H 5G9
SUBSTITUTE TEACHING AT THE CALGARY WALDORF SCHOOL
The Calgary Waldorf School offers a program of studies for 275 students from Early Childhood through Grade Nine, with a 40-member Faculty and Staff. We process Substitute Teacher applications throughout the school year.
If you are interested in Substitute Teaching for us, please submit your resumé electronically, along with a note indicating your knowledge of, experience with, and interest in Waldorf education, to the email address below. Please also tell us which of our monthly tours you plan to attend. We will reply and arrange an interview with you, to take place after the tour you attend. The list of the dates and times for our Early Childhood Monthly Tours and for our Grade School Monthly Tours are posted on our CWS website.
Waldorf teachers complete Waldorf Teacher Training as well as their Bachelor of Education degrees (or equivalent). Please see www.waldorfeducation.org to learn more about Waldorf Teacher Training. While it is unusual for us to find Substitute Teachers who have already completed their Waldorf Teacher Training, nevertheless our 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 Teachers, Grade School Class Teachers, Grade School Subject Specialist Teachers, and Learning Support Teachers. Our Subject Specialist Teachers lead the programs of studies in Grades One to Nine in French, German, Music, Art, Handwork, Woodwork, and Eurythmy. Each of these teaches a range of Grade levels. Waldorf Class Teachers teach core academics, moving with their Class of students up a Grade each year, staying together for a number of years – sometimes for the entire Grade One to Grade Nine journey. Substitute Teachers tend to be called most often by our Grade School Class Teachers. There isn't a great deal of work for Substitute Teachers in our school, but we certainly need and value the services which our Substitute Teachers provide.
If you are interested in Substitute Teaching at the Calgary Waldorf School, and you already have an Alberta Teaching Certificate and a current police check, please do the following:
- Submit your resumé electronically via email to Cathie Foote, our School Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In your email, also indicate your knowledge of, experience with, and interest in Waldorf education.
- And indicate in your email as well the school tour(s) you will attend so that we can arrange to meet with you after a tour. Dates and times of the monthly school tours are posted on our website.
Please familiarize yourself with our school by reading through our website. For more information about Waldorf education, Waldorf schools, and Waldorf teacher training, please visit the website of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America at www.waldorfeducation.org.
Background Information about the Calgary Waldorf School
The Calgary Waldorf School incorporated in 1985 and now enrolls 275 students in our programs, from Preschool and Kindergarten to Grades One through Nine. Another 40 children attend our Parent and Tot classes. Our 40-member Faculty and Staff include Early Childhood Teachers, Grade School Class Teachers, Grade School Subject Specialist Teachers (for French, German, Music, Art, Handwork, Woodwork, Arts and Crafts, Physical Education, Eurythmy, Learning Support, and Computers and Information Technology), and teaching/classroom Assistants. Our Administrative Team is composed of a Pedagogical Administrator, a School Administrator, a Financial Manager, an Admissions Manager, a Facility Manager, a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, and a Special Events Administrative Support position.
We relocated in 2002 from a downtown site to the neighbourhood of Cougar Ridge on the central-south-western edge of the city, when we moved into our beautiful, new purpose-built school. As well as the facility itself, the school grounds, the natural parks, and the access to the Rocky Mountains and to housing are all advantages in our Cougar Ridge location. Our school families offer a warm, supportive community and many of our families live near the school, within walking or biking distance.
The Calgary Waldorf School is an Accredited, Full Member School of AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and a Full Member School of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America). We are also a member of 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 all private schools in Alberta receive some public funding from the Ministry of Education (“Alberta Education”). Our committed teaching Faculty obtain Alberta Teaching Certification, as is required of all teachers in Alberta, and our Faculty complete Waldorf teacher education as well. The school provides our teachers with generous professional development financial support towards their Waldorf Teacher Training certification 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 strong economy. The traditional farming and ranching base remains intact alongside the newer oil and gas economy. Calgary lives along two rivers, within the geographical transition between the prairies on its eastern side and the 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, energy, “can-do-it”-iveness, fresh and dry air, clean water, and high number of days of sunshine. Summers are pleasant and warm; winters (though very sunny) can be cold and snowy, but we are regularly warmed by our famous Chinook Winds.
Please join us for a school tour, a Speaker Series event, our Gateways Conference, a social or festival special community event, or a student performance. We look forward to welcoming you to our Calgary Waldorf School.