EMPLOYMENT

Thank you for your interest in employment at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. 

 

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or military status in any employment decision. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors and vendors. If you would like further information about PCWS' commitment to providing equal opportunities for all job applicants, contact our Equal Opportunity Coordinator at eoc@potomacwaldorf.org 

We currently have the following positions open:

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Grades Class Teacher 2023-2024

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School seeks a Grades Class Teacher for the 2023-2024 school year to join our vibrant Waldorf school in historic Old Town Alexandria. While we have been in Northern Virginia for over 20 years, we are moving into our newly renovated long-term location and are excited to start a new chapter in our school’s history. The parks in our neighborhood have a view of Washington, D.C., across the river.

 

Our Grades program goes through the fifth grade. Our Grades class teachers are responsible for teaching their classes from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Thursdays, they teach from 8:00 a.m. until noon and participate in faculty meetings until 3:00 p.m. Duties include the following:

 

-Planning and teaching developmentally-appropriate daily main lessons, certain specialty classes and extra main lesson classes based on the indications from Rudolf Steiner and PCWS’s articulated curriculum plan; 

-Coordinating with specialty class teachers; 

-Securing all supplies and materials needed for the daily lessons; 

-Maintaining a clean, orderly, and beautiful classroom;

-Writing comprehensive, narrative year-end reports;

-Working closely with class parents through regular communication and by scheduling, organizing and hosting four parent evening meetings and two parent-teacher conferences during the year; 

-Working with the Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator and the Grades Department to admit families into the Grades program.

 

Our Grades teachers are active members of the school’s collaborative faculty, and they participate in weekly faculty meetings, Grades Department meetings, and committee work. As such, the candidate must be able to work cooperatively with colleagues and engage in school events and festival celebrations. We support faculty study, Waldorf conference and professional development opportunities as much as possible. 

 

The ideal candidate will have a confident classroom presence with strong social and communication skills and a love for children and teaching. We are seeking candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and either have completed Waldorf Grades training at an AWSNA-accredited teacher preparation program or have great potential to succeed in this position and are receptive to mentoring and a commitment to future training. This position is exempt.

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Grades Assistant Teacher 2023-2024

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is seeking a Grades Teacher Assistant for the 2023-2024 school year. The assistant will work closely with and be trained by an experienced grades teacher. With the class teacher's guidance, the assistant will lead the class for part of the day and deliver curriculum outside of the main lesson. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain classroom experience and training, particularly for someone who is enrolled in Waldorf teacher training or is familiar with Waldorf education and considering a career in Waldorf education. We have full-time and part-time options for this position.

 

We are a vibrant Waldorf school in historic Old Town Alexandria. While we have been in Northern Virginia for over 20 years, we are moving into our newly renovated long-term location and are excited to start a new chapter in our school’s history. The parks in our neighborhood have a view of Washington, D.C., across the river.

 

The full-time Grades Assistant Teacher will work from 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Thursdays, they will work from 7:45 a.m.-noon and participate in faculty meetings until 3:00 p.m. Please inquire about part-time options for this position, if interested. Duties include the following:

-Work closely with a Grades Class Teacher in their planning of developmentally-appropriate lessons based on the indications from Rudolf Steiner and PCWS’s articulated curriculum plan;

-Be receptive to training from experienced Waldorf teachers during planning sessions and in the classroom;

-Under guidance from a Grades Class Teacher, lead a grades class during parts of the day and deliver some supplemental lessons;

-Lead a class in transitions between specialty classes;

-Help the Grades Class Teacher maintain a clean, orderly, and beautiful classroom;

-Under guidance from the Grades Class Teacher, carry out behavior management pedagogy and methods for engaging students in the social and academic life of the class;

-Contribute to and participate in parent-teacher conferences, class meetings, festivals, and other class events;

-Contribute to the writing of narrative end-of-year reports for the students.

 

The Grades Assistant Teacher will be a strong part of our faculty circle and will participate in weekly full faculty meetings and grades meetings. We value pedagogical study and discussion in both groups. We support teacher mentoring and Waldorf conference and professional development opportunities as much as possible.

 

The ideal candidate will have strong social and communication skills and a love for children and teaching. We are seeking candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and who are engaged in Waldorf teacher training or are considering a career in Waldorf education. Familiarity with Waldorf education is highly valued.

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Mixed Age Kindergarten Lead Teacher 2023-2024

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School seeks a Mixed Age Kindergarten Lead Teacher to lead a class of 4-6-year-olds Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon for the 2023-2024 school year. The Lead Teacher will also work on campus from noon to 3 p.m. Duties include the following:

 

-Creating a plan for the year centering around an understanding of the year’s seasonal progression and festivals;

-Planning a curriculum that nurtures healthy child development throughout the kindergarten years and provides a strong foundation for first grade. This includes a progression of complexity and ability related to circles, self-control, coordination, and healthy movement that prepares the children for academic work in the grades;

-Working collaboratively with the other Early Childhood teachers;

-Integrating regular “forest days” into the kindergarten week;

-Planning, carrying out, and reviewing the program and activities on a day-to-day basis;

-Working closely with class parents through regular communication and by scheduling, organizing, and hosting four parent evening meetings and two parent-teacher conferences during the year;

-Keeping records of attendance and student progress;

-With the help of the assistant, maintaining the classroom in a neat and orderly fashion;

-Meeting with new students and their families before the school year, either at their home or at the school; and,

-Writing narrative reports for each child in their class at the end of the school year.

 

The Lead Teacher will meet with the assistant teacher at least weekly for planning and review to ensure a meaningful classroom role for the assistant. Collaborative work with the assistant teacher is essential for a healthy class environment. The Lead Teacher, in rotation with other Lead Teachers, may also stay with the Afternoon Program for lunch.

 

As an active member of the school’s faculty, the Lead Teacher participates in weekly faculty meetings, Early Childhood Department meetings, and committee work and must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues. The Lead Teacher will work with the Enrollment Coordinator and the Early Childhood Department to admit families into the Early Childhood program. Attendance at school events, admissions events, and festival celebrations is required. The Lead Teacher must be able and willing to maintain and enforce safety procedures and policies of the school.

 

The ideal candidate will have a confident classroom presence with strong social and communication skills, the ability to work cooperatively with other teachers, and a love for children and teaching. The candidate will enjoy being outdoors with the children in all safe weather conditions. The candidate will have completed Waldorf Early Childhood training at a WECAN-accredited teacher preparation program or be currently enrolled in a WECAN-accredited teacher preparation program and have Waldorf Early Childhood teaching experience. This position is exempt.

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Mixed Age Kindergarten Assistant for 2023-2024

The Mixed Age Kindergarten Assistant Teacher works with a Lead Teacher in a class of four- to six-year-old children. The class meets Monday through Friday during the school year from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Assistant Teacher typically needs a half hour before and after class to help with preparation and clean-up. This is a salaried position.

 

The Assistant Teacher helps the Lead Teacher carry out classroom programs and activities. The specific role in the classroom will be worked out cooperatively with the Lead Teacher, but will generally include the following:

 

●      Supporting the Lead Teacher in caring for the children and maintaining classroom order 

●      Preparing or assisting student preparation of a daily snack

●      Preparing and helping to oversee crafts, as requested by the lead teacher

●      In cooperation with the Lead Teacher, cleaning the classroom, bathroom, and other spaces used by the class

●      Meeting with the Lead Teacher at least weekly for planning and review

 

As an active member of the school faculty, the Assistant Teacher will participate in weekly faculty meetings and committee work. The Assistant Teacher will also attend class meetings, school events, admissions events, and festival celebrations. Like all of our faculty, the Assistant will help maintain and enforce safety procedures and policies of the school. 

 

The ideal candidate will have a love for children and teaching, will enjoy being outdoors with the children in all safe weather conditions, and will have an understanding of Waldorf education. This position is exempt.

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Substitute

We welcome applications for qualified substitutes for our Early Childhood and Grades programs. Applicants should enjoy working with children and express an interest in Waldorf Education. Pay for the position is commensurate with experience.