June 24, 2016

Education Director

Overview: The Education Director is responsible for providing pedagogical leadership in all realms of the school and fulfils the role of principal as required by the B.C. Ministry of Education, Independent Schools Branch

Pedagogical Leadership Responsibilities

  • Ensure the development and delivery of Waldorf curriculum
  • Ensure adherence to the Ministry of Education Learning Outcome requirements
  • Oversee Student care and safety
  • Provide educational materials related to Waldorf education and anthroposophy
  • Oversee the hiring, orientation, mentoring, supervision and evaluation of Teachers and their Assistants
  • Admissions – parent interviews related to Waldorf Education and expectations/philosophy
  • Create program timetables
  • Identify pedagogical policy needs
  • Develop Teacher-on-Call protocols that include orientation, placement and class processes
  • Represent the school at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
  • Be a spokesperson for the Nelson Waldorf School
  • Work with Community Development Director to provide and deliver Parent Education
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of Principal as outlined in the Ministry of Education Independent Schools Board Principal Requirements (below)


The Education Director is Member of Administrative Council, participates in collaborative decision-making and is responsible for the implementation of decisions.

The Education Director is responsible to the Faculty, is a member of the Steering Committee, leads Faculty meetings, provides information to the Faculty and represents the Faculty in the Administrative Council.

The Education Director is responsible to the Board in the role of Principal and attends Board meetings.

Principal Role

Overview: The Principal is accountable to the Nelson Waldorf School (NWS) Board of Directors to uphold the legal and legislative requirements for operating an Independent School in British Columbia


  • Administer and Supervise NWS to include student discipline, school accountability, student safety, the education program of the school and supervision of teachers.
  • Supervision of the school administration to include assurance of compliance with the school and authority for other matters identified in the Independent School Act.
  • Student safety – to include the development of administrative policies for abuse protocols, discipline, bullying, transportation of students, etc.
  • Acts in place of, or on behalf of the ‘authority’ Board of Directors and will have communication directly with the Board.
  • Aware of legal requirements for operating an independent school in BC and ensuring compliance with all regulations
  • Responsible for confidentiality of student information.
  • Review and sign student progress reports prior to distribution to parents
  • Ensure that Permanent Student Record forms are completed for each student at year end
  • Ensure the completion of annual and daily lesson plans and prescribed learning outcomes as required for the Ministry of Education
  • Liaise with Min of Education on all issues and reporting including FSA, SOPEC, student registration, attendance audits, teacher certification, transcripts and monitoring and evaluation visits.
  • Issue student files as requested for distribution to other educational institutions
  • Respond to request by parents for review of student files and facilitate this Process
  • Attend ISB regional information meetings

The person we are seeking

– has a deep understanding of anthroposophical principles and Waldorf education
– contributes to a healthy work environment
– is an ambassador for NWS and Waldorf education
– is a collaborative team member, familiar with servant leadership and consensus decision-making
– can see the big picture and is attentive to the details
– is professional and confidential
-is a leader in the practices of Social Inclusion


– Prioritization and organizational skills
– Teaching methodology and techniques
– Excellent listening written, verbal skills
– Excellent interpersonal skills
– Facilitation skills

Personal qualities:

– self-directed and accountable
– confident, patient and respectful
– flexible and positive
– collaborative and objective


  • BC teacher certification
  • Experience with government legislative requirements and regulations
  • Waldorf teacher training credential or knowledge of Waldorf school philosophy
  • Minimum ten years teaching experience in a Waldorf School
  • Minimum three years responsible experience in a leadership role in a Waldorf school
  • Experience in human resources including hiring/firing, evaluation, progressive discipline techniques and personnel administration
  • Knowledge of Waldorf education principles
  • Knowledge of BC Min of Education learning outcome
  • Experience with teacher mentorship

Position: 1.0    Job Term: 12 month yearly contract      Base Salary: $42 500**

**  Plus years of service increment based on experience working in Waldorf Schools

To apply, please send a letter of intent, along with a resume, a one-page autobiography and three references addressed to Administrative Council –