Reports to: Board of Trustees
The School Director should be a strategic leader of strong character who has experience leading a Waldorf school through a period of transition and growth. This leader will inspire confidence, trust, and inclusiveness with faculty, trustees, parents, major donors, alumni, and the broader school community. S/he will be an effective decision-maker, keeping the school’s strategic direction and vision at the forefront of decisions. S/he will be a confident leader, comfortable establishing and maintaining healthy professional relationships with all constituencies.
Reporting and Evaluation:
The School Director will report to the Board of Trustees and will be a member of the College of Teachers. Annually, the board, in collaboration with the Governance Council, will evaluate the School Director with positive and constructive input.
All administrative employees of the School report directly to the School Director. The School Director works in collaboration with the faculty Hiring Committee, Personnel Committee, and Governance Council on faculty-related human resource issues.
The School Director is responsible for fostering an ethic of collaboration and ensuring the highest possible levels of clarity, transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness in dealing with administrative matters. The School Director will have a “whole school” perspective when addressing administrative matters. Ideally, the School director will have a thorough understanding of the Waldorf curriculum.
1. Effective Leadership:
- Leading by inspiring and motivating, and thereby effectively implementing change
- Demonstrating an ability to unify constituencies toward a common goal
- Strong managerial skills in working effectively with faculty and staff
- Collaborating with various committees: Board of Trustees, Governance Council, College of Teachers, Administration, Parent Association and all related SMWS constituencies
- Leading in a mature and well balanced manner
- Working to creating a culture of engagement and participation among current parents, alumni and alumni parents
- Characteristics should include: authenticity, transparency, trustworthiness, competence, openness, and respectfulness
2. Waldorf Experience:
- Working knowledge and solid understanding of anthroposophy
- Inspiring faculty to become and remain outstanding educators
- Teaching experience in a Waldorf school
- Understanding the Waldorf pedagogy and how it is applied
- Understanding of and experience working within a Waldorf school community
3. Business Proficiency and Acumen:
- Demonstrated experience and comfort in working with operations, finance, working with budgets, and financial planning
- Experience transitioning a school to achieve financial sustainability, including building reserves, and a healthy endowment
- Track record managing effectively to the budget
- Proficiency conducting feasibility studies, leading and implementing a campus development process, and ultimately managing a successful capital campaign
- Ability to guide, direct, and motivate faculty and senior level staff
- Management style that allows for creativity, problem solving, encouraging one’s gifts and talents to be held in high regard
- Able to manage performance issues in a timely and effective manner while making decisions in best interest of school
4. Strategic thinker:
- Visionary, innovative leader who anticipates future needs and can create the path to achieve those goals
- Demonstrated ability to make decisions with school’s long-term strategic direction in alignment with the school’s mission and vision
- Partner with the Board of Directors to update, refresh and implement the strategic plan
5. Communication Skills:
- Able to recognize and customize each communication to the needs of different audiences and in various venues
- Expertise in strengthening morale, providing professional development opportunities, and cultivating positive relationships with donors, families, alumni and community-at-large.
- Engaging public speaker
- Ability to share vision/school direction/Waldorf pedagogy with diverse audiences
- Communicates in a way that builds trust and keeps all well informed
- Experienced and effective with conflict and crisis management, including clear and timely communications throughout the process to affected parties
We offer a competitive salary, contingent on experience and qualifications and an excellent benefit package. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you wish to apply or seek further information, please email a statement of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOWER SCHOOL RECEPTIONIST
Reports to: Lower School Coordinator
The Lower School Receptionist operates the front desk in the Lower School Office. This is a highly visible position and has extensive contact with people at Shining Mountain. The receptionist is friendly and professional, both on the phone and in person. Good listening skills and knowledge of the school’s administration enable the Lower School Receptionist to quickly and efficiently help the caller or visitor. The receptionist provides support to students and parents as well as to faculty and staff.
- Upon arrival, unlock classrooms, check drop box for keys, envelopes, etc. left overnight. Respond to voicemail and email messages; set up cash register; coordinate with Facilities regarding any maintenance situations. Refer to AdminPlus database to answer questions throughout the day. Accept and route documents such as contracts, registrations (Circus class, summer camps), and payments.
- Greet students, parents and visitors (help them sign in, give them a name tag) and efficiently facilitate their requests. Answer phones, screen calls and take messages; give directions to various campus offices, escort to kindergarten playgroups; direct service personnel.
- Distribute all incoming mail and outgoing mail. Create and maintain mailroom organization. Oversee postage meter (add postage, schedule maintenance, do rate updates). Occasionally take packages and certified letters to Post Office. Log and route deliveries.
- Write tardy slips. Pick up absence slips from classrooms, maintain student absentee list, call parents about unknown absences. Enter absences and tardies in database. Provide attendance record on request.
- Drop off clothes, lunchboxes, etc. to Lost & Found box. Publicize and display Lost & Found items throughout the school year.
- Provide photocopying for students, parents, and teachers; maintain copier, schedule maintenance and repairs. Monitor phone system, update scripted messages. Forward changes of addresses, phone numbers to database keeper.
- Inform teachers of Aftercare drop-ins, take messages to classrooms during the day, especially right before school ends.
- Create and copy for Absence Lists, Class Rosters, Notices of Concern, Faculty Development requests, Check Request forms, Timesheets, Injury/Incident Report forms, etc.
- Provides office support and communication for special events: Halloween Wonder Walk, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Winter Faire, Auction, and February Teachers’ Conference.
- Attend to children sent to the office for behavior problems, sit with younger students who come late (after their class has gone for a walk, for example). Provide first aid for bloody noses, cuts and scrapes, splinters. Call parents to pick up injured (blow to the head, bad sprain) and sick children.
- Sell Bookstore items, and grocery scrip. Deliver requests for items to be ordered. Follow up on faculty/staff unpaid “holds” from Bookstore.
- Monitor and order office supplies. Order stationery, name plates and business cards. Order first aid supplies for office and classrooms. Maintain organization and tidiness of the office. Monitor and order paper supplies for classes, office, and administrative offices. Monitor fliers on front door and display boxes. Post events weekly on signboard.
- Help Lower School Coordinator maintain student files, especially Back-to-School paperwork. Copy Emergency/Field Trip Permission forms into class folders for teachers to take on trips. Throughout the year, help monitor compliance with need for doctor’s physical forms and immunization certificatess/waivers for all students and especially new students.
- Distribute monthly Community Notes, Directory, Renewal magazine, and Picture Day order forms. Distribute picture orders when they come in.
- Close cash register at end of day. Update inclement weather/school closure procedures, traffic signal timing information to the Boulder Transportation Department; order flower arrangements.
- Maintain schedule book for class and subject teachers, and room schedules.
- Help with fire drills and lock down drill. Make 911 calls.
- Attend medications class, to support the administration and logging of student medications. Provide current paperwork for students’ inhalers, epi-pens. File paperwork in student files and gives current inhaler or epi-pen to class teacher.
- Perform other duties as requested by the Lower School Coordinator.
Additional Responsibilities include:
- Copy, bind and prepare student Mid-Year Reports (February) and End-of-Year Reports (June) for pick up or mailing.
- Organize new mailboxes for fall with new staff and faculty
- Organize student files, K—8th (pull files of students not returning, move files up a grade, send continuing new 9th graders files to HS office)
- Arrange yearly CPR/First Aid/Blood Borne Pathogens training for faculty and staff in August
- Excellent communication skills, efficient and courteous, with the ability to relate to students and adults in a friendly and diplomatic manner.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain focus on tasks and appropriately shift priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- A minimum of one year of receptionist/administrative assistant experience, preferably in an educational setting.
- Computer skill, MS Word, MS Excel and database skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with a diverse constituency.
- Knowledge of Waldorf school philosophy is preferred; willingness to acquire understanding of Waldorf school philosophy is required.
This is a full time, twelve month position. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 to 4:00.
If interested, please submit resumé and cover letter to email@example.com.