Head of School/Principal

The Nelson Waldorf School is an AWSNA membership school with a rich history and connection to the beautiful and eclectic town of Nelson BC, nestled in the heart of the Kootenay region of Southern British Columbia. Our K-8 school and childcare center of 180+ students, dedicated and experienced faculty, and a committed parent body seeks a motivated and experienced leader to support our work and collaborate with faculty, board, and parents in moving toward an evolving vision of the future of our school. The successful candidate will play a vital role in strategic planning, school administration, B.C. Ministry of Education compliance, and faculty support and development.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and ability to attain a BC Independent School Teaching Certification (ISTC) or equivalent
  • Leadership experience in a Waldorf school (as a teacher or administrator)
  • Advanced training or degrees in the realms of Waldorf education, administration, or educational leadership are preferred



  • Liaise with the BC Ministry of Education
  • Ensure all ministry requirements are met (implementation of the new BC curriculum, report cards, FSAs, 1701s)
  • Liaise with AWSNA and implement recommended strategic and operational initiatives


  • Oversee policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Oversee and support the overall administration of the school including working closely with the Business Director, Community Development Director, and Childcare Manager to support their roles
  • Engage in strategic planning in conjunction with all governance bodies in the school and oversee implementation of initiatives
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, faculty and parents to ensure clear and timely flow of information

Parent Work  

  • Support Kindergarten and Class teachers with parent work, and facilitate meetings as necessary

Human Resources 

  • Oversee the hiring, support, and evaluation of faculty
  • Develop and review policies and procedures
  • Support the Business Director with the hiring, support, and evaluation of non-teaching staff

Pedagogical Administration

  • Pedagogical Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • Work closely with faculty to develop and support curriculum

Characteristics & Skills:

  • Servant leadership approach
  • Strong Administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Consultative approach to decision making
  • Can build and develop teams
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Facilitator
  • Effective and efficient time manager
  • Can manage multiple concurrent projects
  • Change management skills and ability to work with and facilitate ever-evolving structures

Terms & Compensation:

  • Full-time (1.0FTE) 12 month contract
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include full tuition benefit, MSP premium coverage, and insurance coverage through Great West Life (life and accidental death and dismemberment)

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to ac@nelsonwaldorf.org.

For further information about the Nelson Waldorf School, please visit our website at www.nelsonwaldorf.org.


The NWS campus is situated on 35 acres of mountain splendor minutes from downtown Nelson. Nelson is a small city, located on the shores of Kootenay Lake and is a mecca for music and the arts. For more information about Nelson visit: https://www.discovernelson.com/


For more information about the town of Nelson, British Columbia visit: https://www.discovernelson.com/