Recruiting for Place-Based Education / Grade 9 Program Coordinator

PLACE-BASED EDUCATION / GRADE 9 PROGRAM COORDINATOR

The Nelson Waldorf School is developing a Place-Based Education (PBE) program to further enhance the academic offerings of our school. In addition, we are exploring the addition of Grade 9 (currently NWS is a K-8 program). Place-based learning at the Nelson Waldorf School can be viewed as a vessel to enhance the Waldorf education and provide real connections to both nature and the surrounding communities.

Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Kindergarten to Grade 8, with an on-campus Child Care Centre. The Nelson Waldorf School is a Group One BC Independent School, and is AWSNA accredited. Nelson is a thriving city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in BC, Canada. Known for its strong artistic and cultural life, Nelson and area offers a magnificent four seasons outdoor playground.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Research and development of the PBE program as well as Grade 9 offering.
  • Deliverables for PBE will include presenting rigorous content suggestions for 1-9 in support of the NWS Scope and Sequence, a systematic approach for combining the vessel of support for the classroom execution, a list of resources and experts in core special subject matter, a list of grants and timeline of grants we can apply for, an approach for a Rights of Passage program that follows the learning pathways, and a system for ordering and managing gear.
  • The candidate in this position will serve as the project manager for the research and development of both programs.
  • The candidate will do all the necessary research on what it means to run a grade 9 from logistics, to spacial requirements, to curriculum development, Ministry requirements, financial needs, etc.
  • This person will then present the findings to the NWS Ped Committee and Head of School by December to determine if the program will move forward in 22/23 or 23/24 (Or at all).
  • Coordinate with faculty where appropriate and collaborate with the Ped committee on program development.
  • Collaborative with the communications team on a narrative of both the PBE and Grade 9 programs
  • Design and present a strategy for approaching and executing both programs.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Organized Project Management skills
  • Proficient with G-Suite, Office suite or equivalent)
  • Thorough knowledge of the BC Ministry Development Milestones
  • Understand the picture of a child from the Waldorf perspective
  • Strong communication skills
  • Deep understanding of the benefits of Place-Based Education
  • Solid understanding of the needs of a Grade 9 program

EMPLOYMENT TERMS

  • Full time, 1 year contract
  • $46,500-57,300 annual salary, depending on experience

Employment Opportunity: Education Director

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the position of Education Director. The Education Director plays a pivotal role in the administration team, and is responsible for representing the pedagogical realm when making decisions and providing input. Key qualities include strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work eectively in a collaborative environment. The Education Director oversees the Pedagogical Steering Committee, acts as liaison between the administration team and faculty, and plays a major role in student support.

As Education Director, the responsibilities will include but not be limited to the
following:
• Overseeing and facilitating processes that ensure the school’s pedagogical quality, consistency, coherence, and continuity
• Bringing a whole-school perspective, bridging administrative and pedagogical insights, to all discussions
• Teacher support including professional development and training, faculty evaluation, curriculum development, and student progress review
• Supports mediation in situations where parent / teacher communication needs pedagogical support to reach understanding and resolution as directed by Head of School
• Oversees remedial education needs, including IEPs for all special needs students
• Oversees the three streams of student support (inclusion, discipline, care)

Experience:
• BC Teacher certification
• Waldorf teacher training
• 5+ years of Waldorf leadership experience
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational skills

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Employment Opportunity: Front Office Manager

Front Office Manager

The Front Office Manager holds administrative, reception and clerical tasks which help in the day-to-day running of the school and ensures the school environment runs as smoothly as possible. The Front Office Manager provides a warm and welcoming face to members of the general public as well as providing comfort and reassurance to pupils throughout the school day. The Front Office Manager performs confidential responsibilities and requires frequent exercise of independent judgment necessary for an efficient and effective school office.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Greets and acts as liaison between the school, parents and the general public in a pleasant and efficient manner
  • Effectively manages or fields requests for information
  • Communicates effectively with faculty, staff, administration and students/parents
  • Organizes and maintains an efficient and effective office that handles a variety of tasks for the administration of the school. 
  • Performs general office duties: filing, copying, answering phones, data entry and organization, sends correspondence, schedules meetings, procurement of supplies
  • Operates and provides basic technical support for standard office equipment
  • Works with the Enrolment and Communication Manager to compose notices, letters, reports, phone lists, forms, calendars, handbooks, etc. and at times designs materials. 
  • Produces and distributes student attendance system; rosters, arrival/attendance slips 
  • Responsible for executing and maintaining comprehensive information systems, databases, office files, record keeping and data entry with a high degree of accuracy. 
  • Registers and withdraws students in provincial Student Information System and maintains up-to-date information for student records, including critical health information
  • Prepares quarterly reports including ES Audit and 1701 for Ministry reporting
  • First Aid Designate/First responder for minor first aid and emergency medical responses.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • Diploma or higher in Business Administration or similar field
  • 5+ years experience
  • School experience an asset

TERMS

  • Full time during school year, with decreased hours in summer
  • Salary based on experience; $43,000-$51,000

BENEFITS

  • Group Health Package
  • Student Tuition Reimbursement

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

 

Employment Opportunity: Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator

The Nelson Waldorf School Childcare Centre is looking for a full/part time Early Childhood Educator. Our Educators form an integral part of the Childcare team by supporting the planning and implementing of a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate Waldorf Program through indoor and outdoor play, singing games, stories, puppet shows, crafts, baking, gardening, eurythmy, painting, and beeswax modeling.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support implementation of a developmentally appropriate Waldorf curriculum and activities for children ages 2 ½ – 5
  • Participate in the development of a daily program, which includes a balance of indoor/outdoor play, active/restful time and structured activities/free play.
  • Attend to each child’s physical needs including toileting, feeding and sleeping
  • Employ appropriate and acceptable behavioural management techniques at all times
  • Administer First Aid and medication as required:  documenting incidents (re-portable and non-re-portable) and/or requesting the required medical release forms as needed
  • Participate in the assessment of each child’s development.
  • Maintain all health, safety and licensing standards and report any concerns to the Childcare Centre Manager. 
  • Maintain safe indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Act as Lead Educator as required.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings​

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current BC ECE Certificate to Practice and CRC Clearance
  • Interest in a Waldorf Childcare Program
  • Valid Childcare First Aid Certificate

WAGE

$18.50 per hour (inclusive of 4% vacation pay & ECE Wage Enhancement Program funding)


BENEFITS

Employee Student Tuition Benefit

To apply, please forward a letter of interest and resume, resume to childcare@nelsonwaldorf.org

Employment Opportunity: Block Relief Teacher

Block Relief Teacher

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the position of Main Lesson Block Relief Teacher.

The Main Lesson Block Relief Teacher  is responsible for the delivery of Waldorf education in a manner that is aligned with Waldorf pedagogical practices, grade-specific Scope and Sequence expectations, and the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education, as set forth in the BC curriculum and by the province’s five-stage approach to in-class instruction.

JOB DUTIES:

The Main Lesson Block Relief Teacher.has a passion for Waldorf education and for inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent class management and organizational skills.

Responsibilities will include preparing, teaching and assessing up to six, three week main lesson blocks in classes 5-8, as well as a number of subject lessons weekly.

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • BC Independent Certification eligibility
  • Waldorf Certification (completed or in progress)
  • Waldorf class teaching experience (preferred)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

EMPLOYMENT TERMS

  • Part-time  
  • Salary based on experience ($15,000- $19,000)

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Employment Opportunity: Movement Education Teacher

Grade School Movement Education Teacher

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the position of movement education teacher for Classes 5-8.

The teacher is responsible for the delivery of a movement education curriculum that is aligned with Waldorf pedagogical practices, grade-specific Scope and Sequence expectations, and the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education, as set  forth in the BC physical and health education curriculum and by the province’s five-stage approach to in-class instruction.

JOB DUTIES:

The Movement Education teacher will encourage good sportsmanship, foster inclusion, and bring games and skills appropriate to the age of the students. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent classroom management and organizational skills.

Responsibilities will include preparing, teaching and assessing 8 lessons of Movement Education/week,writing reports, supervising during student recess, and attending weekly faculty meetings.
 

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • BC Independent Certification eligibility
  • Waldorf Certification, preferred
  • Studied university level movement education 
  • 5 years or more of teaching experience, preferred
     

EMPLOYMENT TERMS

  • Part-time, 10:45-3:00, 2 days/ week
  • Salary based on experience ($16,000- $20,000)

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Employment Opportunity: Music Teacher

MUSIC TEACHER

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the role of Music teacher. The Music teacher is responsible for the delivery of the Waldorf Music curriculum in a manner that is aligned with both Waldorf pedagogical practices. It is expected that the Music teacher works as a part of a committed team of teachers and is an active member of our school community, and possesses a commitment to personal and professional development and an enthusiasm for collegial work.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Create, deliver and assess interactive Music lessons aligned with the students’ stages of development
  • Develop recorder playing skills, from exploring the higher ranges of the soprano instrument to introducing the alto, tenor and bass recorders beginning in grade 6 with the aim of ensemble playing.
  • Balance music theory instruction with singing and solo/ensemble playing.
  • Lead mixed grades choral singing groups.
  • Prepare musical presentations for seasonal concerts and assemblies and work with teachers supporting class plays if needed.
  • Document student progress using the provided online reporting templates and complete year-end student reports by the agreed upon date.
  • Actively participate in the life of the school and broader school community, including festivals, concerts, performances and other after-school activities, as assigned.

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • BC Teachers certificate required
  • Group music teaching experience required

EMPLOYMENT TERMS

  • Permanent, part time
  • Salary: based on experience

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Summer Groundskeeper

SUMMER GROUNDSKEEPER

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the role of Summer Groundskeeper. The person in this role will assist the maintenance worker in ensuring the safety and maintenance of our campus grounds and facilities. To implement a variety of planned maintenance tasks, address day-to-day operational needs, and undertake building projects.

JOB DUTIES:

The responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy school environment for learning and working
  • Inspect facilities; identify maintenance problems; evaluate and assist in the prioritization of maintenance items; perform needed repairs.
  • Ensure economical usage of fuel, water, and electricity
  • Work with volunteers
  • Identify and solve safety problems that are associated with the buildings and grounds

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of basic techniques of mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, and grounds maintenance are an asset.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for the successful completion of tasks
  • Own transportation
  • Satisfactory criminal record check with vulnerable sector clearance

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Employment Opportunity: Handwork Teacher

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the role of Handwork teacher. The Handwork teacher is responsible for the delivery of the Waldorf curriculum in a manner that is aligned with both Waldorf pedagogical practices. It is expected that the Handwork teacher works as a part of a committed team of teachers and is an active member of our school community, and possesses a commitment to personal and professional development and an enthusiasm for collegial work.

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the position of Class 7 and Class 8 Handwork Teacher. The Handwork Teacher is responsible for the delivery of the Waldorf curriculum in a manner that is aligned with Waldorf pedagogical practices, grade-specific Scope and Sequence expectations, and the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education, as set forth in the BC curriculum and by the province’s five-stage approach to in-class instruction.

JOB DUTIES:

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Prepare for and teach machine sewing and pattern layout, and sculpture animal design and creation. Foster patience, determination and pride and emphasize an aesthetic appreciation of form and design, as well as the importance of precision, accuracy, along with artistic expression.
  • Responsibilities will include preparing, teaching and assessing 6 lessons of handwork/week, writing student reports, supervising students during recess, and attending the weekly faculty meeting. 

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  • BC Teachers Certificate preferred
  • Waldorf teaching certificate preferred
  • Classroom teaching experience
  • Excellent classroom management skills

EMPLOYMENT TERMS:

  • Part-time, approx 6 hour/week
  • Salary based on experience ($12,000- $14,500)

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

Employment Opportunity: Middle School Teacher

The Nelson Waldorf School is recruiting for the role of middle school class teacher.

The teacher is responsible for the delivery of Waldorf education in a manner that is aligned with Waldorf pedagogical practices, grade-specific Scope and Sequence expectations, and the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education, as set forth in the BC curriculum and by the province’s five-stage approach to in-class instruction. Established in 1982, the Nelson Waldorf School offers school programs from Kindergarten to Grade 8, with an on-campus Child Care Centre. The Nelson Waldorf School is a Group One BC Independent School, and is AWSNA accredited. Nelson is a thriving city located in the Selkirk Mountains on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in BC, Canada. Known for its strong artistic and cultural life, Nelson and area offers a magnificent four seasons outdoor playground.

JOB DUTIES:

The class teacher has a passion for Waldorf education and for inspiring a love of learning in children and youth. Key qualities are strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment. With the responsibility of carrying a class of up to 24 students, the successful candidate will have excellent class management and organizational skills.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Prepare, teach and assess all grade-level main lesson blocks throughout the year and other grade-related periods as assigned, such as: painting, form drawing, math practice periods, language arts practice periods, and short instructional (SI) periods.
  • Work proactively to support students by requesting the need for additional student supports, such as developmental assessments (“Extra Lesson”), psycho-educational assessments, auditory/visual assessments, etc.
  • Prepare a yearly class play or presentation appropriate to the curriculum and students’ stage of development.
  • Plan and carry out a year-end class trip (day and overnight), appropriate to the curriculum and students’ stage of development.
  • Create and maintain a grade-appropriate, aesthetic and orderly classroom.
  • Participate in faculty meetings, sit on at least one committee, plan and conduct quarterly parent meetings with an educational component. Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.

EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • BC Independent Certification
  • Waldorf Certification (completed or in progress)
  • 5+ years Waldorf class teaching experience (preferred)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS

  • Permanent, full time
  • Salary based on experience including benefits package

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to employment@nelsonwaldorf.org.