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Position Summary

Shining Mountain Waldorf School is seeking substitute teachers. We are looking for individuals who have teaching experience, love the classroom environment, and are available (sometimes on very short notice) to work during the week. Knowledge of Waldorf education is a plus.

Applying

Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, three references, and salary requirements to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org.

Please include your substitute availability, as well as if you have any interest in future teaching positions.

Job Title: Middle School Girls Basketball Head Coach

Program: Athletics

Reports to: Athletic Director

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Date: May 2022

Position Summary

Mentor middle school girls grades 6-8 in basketball with the explicit intention of striving to win while pursuing the more-important goal of teaching life lessons. 

Middle School Basketball Season Dates: A typical season is 9 weeks from mid/end October through the middle of December (specific dates TBD). 

Practices/Games: 

  • The team will average three events per week between practices and games. 
  • During the regular season, the team typically practices once per week and plays two games divided between home and away. 
  • Practices are 90 minutes in length and begin as early as 3:15pm and as late as 5pm. 
  • Middle school games are generally scheduled on the same day as the middle school boys basketball games and typically begin as early as 4pm and as late as 6pm.  
  • Shining Mountain is part of the 5280 League and competes with similar sized private middle and high schools in and around the Denver metro area and will require travel to and from those schools as the schedule dictates. 

Note: The Middle School Girls Basketball Coach will have the option to coach the Middle School Girls Basketball summer camp for additional pay outside of the in-season coaching term. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Honor the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Coaching Code of Ethics and practice the principles of a Double-Goal Coach (orientation and training provided). 
  • Teaching of the fundamental skills and tactics in ways that are developmentally appropriate and fun. 
  • Practice planning, set up and preparation and post practice clean up and close down. 
  • Game strategy and substitution planning and in-game team management.
  • Co-host pre-season parent meetings and postseason recognition banquets with the Athletic Director.
  • Support the Athletic Director with team related administrative duties when needed. 
  • Clear, effective, and timely communication with the Athletic Director regarding team related logistics, student-athlete concerns, parent relations, and all other team related matters. 
  • Ability to successfully perform the physical requirements of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


Qualifications

  • Values in alignment with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and the principles of Double-Goal Coaching,
  • Basketball specific knowledge including but not limited to the rules, tactics, foundational skills, and teaching progressions.
  • Previous experience coaching or teaching adolescents and/or pre-teens. 
  • Youth basketball coaching experience preferred. 


Desirable Traits

  • A desire to be a One in A Million coach.
  • Passionate about sharing your love of basketball with the Shining Mountain student-athletes and community. 
  • Willing and able to to work with athletes with a wide range of experience, abilities and skills.
  • Able to find creative ways to make learning and playing basketball fun. 
  • Able to quickly and easily develop rapport with student-athletes and parents and nurture positive relationships. 


Required Trainings (provided and paid for by SMWS) 

  • CPR/First Aid/AED training
  • Concussion awareness training
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach training 
  • School bus training when applicable 


Compensation:

  • $1,000 stipend for the season 
  • Opportunities to earn bonuses for consecutive years coaching, assuming additional responsibilities, and coaching the summer Basketball Camp.   
  • Professional development stipend to support your growth as a coach. 

       
Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.  We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org

Job Title: Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach

Program: Athletics

Reports to: Athletic Director

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Date: May 2022

Position Summary

Mentor middle school boys grades 6-8 in basketball with the explicit intention of striving to win while pursuing the more-important goal of teaching life lessons. 

Middle School Basketball Season Dates: A typical season is 9 weeks from mid/end October through the middle of December (specific dates TBD). 

Practices/Games: 

  • The team will average three events per week between practices and games. 
  • During the regular season, the team typically practices once per week and plays two games divided between home and away. 
  • Practices are 90 minutes in length and begin as early as 3:15pm and as late as 5pm. 
  • Middle school games are generally scheduled on the same day as the middle school girls basketball games and typically begin as early as 4pm and as late as 6pm.  
  • Shining Mountain is part of the 5280 League and competes with similar sized private middle and high schools in and around the Denver metro area and will require travel to and from those schools as the schedule dictates. 

Note: The Middle School Boys Basketball Coach will have the option to coach the Middle School Boys Basketball summer camp for additional pay outside of the in-season coaching term. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Honor the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Coaching Code of Ethics and practice the principles of a Double-Goal Coach (orientation and training provided). 
  • Teaching of the fundamental skills and tactics in ways that are developmentally appropriate and fun. 
  • Practice planning, set up and preparation and post practice clean up and close down. 
  • Game strategy and substitution planning and in-game team management.
  • Co-host pre-season parent meetings and postseason recognition banquets with the Athletic Director.
  • Support the Athletic Director with team related administrative duties when needed. 
  • Clear, effective, and timely communication with the Athletic Director regarding team related logistics, student-athlete concerns, parent relations, and all other team related matters. 
  • Ability to successfully perform the physical requirements of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


Qualifications

  • Values in alignment with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and the principles of Double-Goal Coaching,
  • Basketball specific knowledge including but not limited to the rules, tactics, foundational skills, and teaching progressions.
  • Previous experience coaching or teaching adolescents and/or pre-teens. 
  • Youth basketball coaching experience preferred. 


Desirable Traits

  • A desire to be a One in A Million coach.
  • Passionate about sharing your love of basketball with the Shining Mountain student-athletes and community. 
  • Willing and able to to work with athletes with a wide range of experience, abilities and skills.
  • Able to find creative ways to make learning and playing basketball fun. 
  • Able to quickly and easily develop rapport with student-athletes and parents and nurture positive relationships. 


Required Trainings (provided and paid for by SMWS) 

  • CPR/First Aid/AED training
  • Concussion awareness training
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach training 
  • School bus training when applicable 


Compensation:

  • $1,000 stipend for the season 
  • Opportunities to earn bonuses for consecutive years coaching, assuming additional responsibilities, and coaching the summer basketball Camp.   
  • Professional development stipend to support your growth as a coach. 

       
Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.  We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org.

Position: Rainbow Garden Assistant 

Program: Early Childhood Education

Reports to: Early Childhood Education Director 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Date: July 2022

Position Summary

The Rainbow Garden Assistant supports the Rainbow Garden Lead Teacher in providing an age appropriate Waldorf lunch and rest program that encourages the health, well-being, and safety of the children in their care. The Rainbow Garden Assistant position is part of the Early Childhood Education (“ECE”) program held after Kindergarten hours from 12:15 pm to 3:15 pm.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Rainbow Garden Lead Teacher with set up for rest, helping children lunch, and clean up
  • Assist in maintaining a warm and nurturing environment
  • Oversee play with children on the playground 
  • Help with daily preparations of classroom, restocking cleaning and bathroom supplies, materials and general order, cleanliness, and aesthetics in classroom
  • Guide and encourage children with self-care -diapering, toileting, dressing, and social behavior
  • Participate in mentoring and development provided by Rainbow Garden Lead and ECE Director
  • Provide first aid as needed
  • Complete, acquire signatures, and file Accident/Incident Report as needed
  • Manage the signing out procedures with parent pickup
  • Direct parent communications about student behavior and concerns to Rainbow Garden Lead Teacher
  • Knowledge of the SMWS Campus Emergency Plan and ability to implement
  • Maintain confidentiality in all student/parent situations
  • Organize and clean room when necessary 
  • Complete monthly online timesheet


Additional Responsibilities

  • May be asked to substitute for morning program if available
  • This position can be combined with the Early Childhood Teacher Assistant position with hours of 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Attendance encouraged at scheduled ECE meetings including In-Service (August and June)
  • Participate in annual work days to prepare classroom
  • In accordance with the SMWS philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in accordance with the duties listed above


Education and Qualifications

  • Early Childhood Education experience preferred
  • Waldorf Kindergarten experience preferred
  • Reliable, consistent, and team oriented
  • Possess a warm, friendly, and joyous demeanor


Early Childhood Licensing Requirements

Complete requirements for Colorado ECE regulations of Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. Must be an ECT (Early Childhood Teacher) as designated by the State of Colorado or working toward this qualification. Within 30 days CPR, First Aid, Standard Precautions, Physical, Background check, fingerprinting, mandatory licensing classes, registration in Colorado Shines PDIS and Early Childhood Educator qualified per the State of Colorado’s requirements.

  • Submission of a medical physical by a licensed physician or other health care professional as required per licensing regulations

Work Setting

  • Kindergarten classroom and playground
  • Hours are 12:15 pm to 3:15 pm, M,T,W, F and 12:15-2:15 Thursday
  • Work schedule follows the SMWS annual school calendar – late August through early June
  • Because of the classroom setting, there are limited breaks offered during the day

Salary and Benefits

  • Hourly rate of $20.00 per hour when teaching 
  • Hourly rate of $18.00 per hour when participating in meetings/trainings
  • Lead Substitute rate of $25.00 per hour (ECT required)
  • Three (3) paid Holidays include: Fall Break Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Memorial Day
  • Colorado Paid Sick Leave – 1 hour for each 30 hours worked – up to 48 hours per year 
  • Professional Development – will be paid time
    • Required 15 hours of online PDIS (Professional Development Information System) classes
    • Attendance is encouraged at department meetings, studies, in-service and conferences 
  • This is a part time position – no additional benefits are offered at this time

 
Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Frequent walks; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; speaking and listening  
  • Daily requirement to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child
  • Vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or nation or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.  We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org. 

Job Title: School Director  

Program: Administration

Reports to: Board of Trustees

FLSA Status: Exempt

Date: July 2022


Position Summary

The School Director is ultimately responsible for the overall operational management and vision of the school. This includes the development and delivery of the school’s program consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy and goals, overseeing the school’s business operations and financial health, and assuring adherence to policy and procedure. The School Director works in collaboration with the Governance Council and Pedagogical Director to ensure robust classrooms and Waldorf educational programs that meet the new generation of students and families.

 

The School Director is hired by the Board of Trustees in consultation with the Governance Council, and is the sole employee of the Board of Trustees. The School Director is responsible to the Board and reports to the Board at meetings on the conduct, affairs, and operations of the school. The School Director also participates with the Governance Council and Pedagogical Director in the development of school programs and pedagogical policies.

 

Please Note: The current School Director is contracted through August 15, 2023.

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Shining Mountain Waldorf School, founded in 1983, is an accredited Pre-K-12 nonprofit independent school located in Boulder, Colorado on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. We are recognized for our academic depth, experiential learning, artistic integration, wilderness experiences, and strong athletic program. Our school is about an hour’s drive to Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are close to world-class hiking, skiing, and outdoor recreation. A college town, Boulder is home to the University of Colorado and Naropa University, as well as numerous local organizations that provide a rich variety of arts, lectures, and workshops. Boulder is known for its natural beauty, environmental initiatives, sustainable agriculture, farm-to-table dining, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. 

 

Authority and Responsibilities 

  • The School Director is the official advisor, executive agent of, and sole school employee of the Board of Trustees.

  • The School Director shall exercise overall supervision over all the affairs of the School, represent  the School to the Community, and advance the School’s mission and vision. 

  • The Board delegates the responsibility for the leadership and management of the school to the School Director, who, in turn, works in collaboration with designated individuals and leadership groups to  achieve the mission of the school. 

  • The School Director position reflects the values of service and collaborative leadership.

  • The School Director is responsible for all areas of the school and has authority to decide when questions or issues need their intervention for effective and timely decision-making or implementation. This includes issues related to faculty, parents, students and our community at large. 

  • Anytime that a leadership group, committee or individual is unable to fulfill their obligations or make decisions in a timely fashion consistent with any approaching deadlines, it is the School Director’s mandate and responsibility to either ensure that deadlines are moved, or to exercise authority to make the decision as they see fit. 

  • The School Director is a voting member of the Board of Trustees. 

  • The School Director is a member of all standing committees of the Board, Faculty and Administration, yet discerns where time and energy is most needed to reach strategic goals. 

  • The School Director represents the Board in its relations with the faculty, staff, students, parents and patrons of the school.

  • The School Director may be a member of the Governance Council and is a non-voting member of the Hiring Committee and the Personnel Committee. 

  • The School Director is responsible for the review, selection, and hire of qualified persons to serve in administrative roles with input from leadership groups of the school.

  • The School Director is responsible for overseeing the school’s administrative staff performance evaluation system.

  • The School Director has authority for the administration of all faculty and staff, and, working with  delegated administrative leaders, the Pedagogical Director and the Governance Council, coordinates the activities of the entire organization.

  • The School Director supports the Pedagogical Director and High School Director in resolving parent or student issues when escalated. 


General Duties of the School Director

  • To embody, manifest and advocate the purpose and promise of the school. 

  • To articulate the school’s vision for the future. 

  • To monitor and address all matters of school climate and culture in partnership with the Pedagogical  Director and High School Director.

  • To manage the sometimes competing demands of the various constituencies. 

  • To support the work of the Board and Governance Council related to strategic planning and future growth, and to keep Trustees  informed of overall school operations. 

  • To carry out established school policies, and to review those policies and make recommendations for change in order to ensure continuous improvement. 

  • To work in consultation with the Pedagogical Director, Governance Council and Section Chairs in the administration of school programs. 

  • To exercise fiscal authority and supervise the Business Director, to ensure effective business, legal and financial management, to include preparation of the preliminary and final budgets and monitoring income, expenditures, collections, cash flow and employee pay and benefits.

  • To supervise the Advancement and Communications Director who oversees the Development Director, Admissions Director, Marketing Director, Social Media Director and Alumni Relations Coordinator, as well as the Pedagogical Director, Human Resources Director, Campus Operations Director and High School Director. The School Director has purview over all staff in determining admissions, marketing and fund development strategies, and monitoring successful branding of the school. 

  • To represent the school to all of its constituents including outside counsel, consultants, neighbors,  parents, students, alumni, local community, faculty and staff. 


Education and Qualifications

Education 

  • At least 5 years combined as a teacher, administrator, or School Director in a pre-K-12 Waldorf School.

  • A background that demonstrates leading organizations successfully through transition and improvement processes. 

  • Master’s Degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree required, additional Waldorf training preferred.

  • Experience working with Restorative Practices in schools and/or communities is preferred and  completion of RP Facilitator Training a plus.

  • Experience with accreditation.


Leadership 

  • A person who is accessible and approachable, who deals with people in a welcoming and engaging  way, and who leads by active involvement in the life of the school. 

  • An individual who has high EQ and emotional intelligence, is responsive and inspires others through their dedicated servant leadership. 

  • Cultivates collaboration and trust easily and has a proven track record in their ability to be an effective liaison between all constituents and build a team environment. 

  • Successful results in marketing, finance and fundraising in a Waldorf School.

  • Experience with Capital Campaigns and Campus Development/Expansion.  

  • Considerable knowledge of Waldorf Education, its principles, techniques and methods, and an  embodied connection to Anthroposophy. 

  • Proven ability to build strong personal relationships with major donors over time to solicit major gifts to the school.

Skills 

  • Strong public speaking and writing skills. 

  • Business and management skills necessary to develop strategic plans, improve administrative  infrastructures, and guide the preparation of school budgets.

  • Facilitative style.

  • Honest, transparent, and able to lead difficult conversations effectively. 

  • Strategic decision making and proactive problem solving.  

  • Cultivate a culture of engagement, fulfillment and appreciative inquiry. 

  • Exceptional listening and curiosity. 

  • Skilled at giving and receiving feedback and development approach to managing others.

  • Embodied leadership presence and centering practices. 

  • Stress management skills/resilience. 

  • Communicate and partner with parents in supporting the goals of Waldorf Education. 

Personal Traits 

  • Honesty, integrity and transparency. 

  • An educator and leader who loves children and teenagers and is dedicated to fulfilling the school’s mission.

  • Passionate about the Waldorf movement and strong relationship to Anthroposophy. 

  • Direct, objective, decisive and consistent. 

  • Comfortable in professional and social situations, and in interactions with constituents.

  • Energetic, warm and compassionate. 

  • Inclusive, engaging and a good listener. 


Salary, Hours, and Benefits

Annual salary range of $95,000 to $150,000 based on School Director experience. SMWS offers a generous employee benefit program, including support for professional development, tuition remission for enrolled children, family medical and dental plans, personal time off, sick leave, and retirement savings options. 

  • Full Time Salary position (exempt)

  • Year-round administrative position


Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.  

 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org.

Job Title: Aftercare Assistant – 2022/2023

Program: Early Childhood 

Reports to: Aftercare Lead Teacher

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Date: September 2022


Position Summary

The Aftercare Assistant is responsible for helping to create a pleasant after school experience for a mixed-age aftercare program – students ages 2 ½ years through 5th grade.  The Aftercare Assistant will work with the Aftercare Lead Teacher by assisting in classroom management and supervision of the class, engage appropriately with students, take direction from the Lead Teacher, and engage in day-to-day responsibilities according to the principles of Waldorf Education.  This position requires a high level of comfort and appreciation for spending time outdoors with children in all kinds of weather. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in curriculum activities and maintaining a warm and nurturing environment
  • Assist in maintaining orderly storage area in the classroom and outdoor storage sheds 
  • Oversee children on the playground and maintain a safe environment
  • Help maintain general order, cleanliness, and aesthetics in the classroom
  • Assist with snack and organizing clean up
  • Load and unload dishwasher, do classroom laundry daily
  • Guide children with self-care (diapering, toileting, dressing, and social behavior)
  • Follow signing in and out procedures with parent drop off and pickup 
  • Provide first aid as needed
  • Become knowledgeable about campus Emergency Plan and be ready to implement
  • Direct student behavior and parent communication to the Lead Teacher
  • Complete, acquire signatures, and file Accident/Incident Report as needed
  • Maintain confidentiality in all student situations


Additional Responsibilities

  • May Substitute for Lead Teacher if needed (ECT required)
  • May Substitute for other Early Childhood programs if available 
  • In accordance with the SMWS philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in accordance with the duties listed above.


Education and Qualifications

  • Early Childhood Education experience 
  • Waldorf Kindergarten experience preferred
  • Reliable, consistent, and team-oriented
  • Possess a warm, friendly, and joyous demeanor


Early Childhood Licensing Requirements

  • Complete requirements for Colorado ECE regulations of Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. 
  • Must be ECT (Early Childhood Teacher) as designated by the State of Colorado or working toward this qualification.  
  • Within 30 days CPR, First Aid, Standard Precautions, Physical, Background check, fingerprinting, mandatory licensing classes, registration in Colorado Shines PDIS and Early Childhood Educator qualified per the State of Colorado’s requirements.
  • Submission of a medical physical by a licensed physician or other health care professional as required per licensing regulations
  •  

Work Setting

  • Kindergarten classroom, playground and neighborhood walks
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, hours of 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Thursday 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm 
  • Possibility for additional hours in our ECE programs
  • Work schedule follows the SMWS annual school calendar – late August through early June
  • Because of the classroom setting, there are limited breaks offered during the day


Salary and Benefits

  • Hourly rate of $20.00 per hour
  • Lead Substitute rate of $25.00 per hour (ECT required)
  • Three (3) paid Holidays include: Fall Break Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Memorial Day
  • Colorado Paid Sick Leave – 1 hour for each 30 hours worked – up to 48 hours per year 
  • Professional Development – will be paid time
    • Required 15 hours of online PDIS (Professional Development Information System) classes
    • Attendance is encouraged at department meetings, studies, and conferences 
  • This is a part time position – no additional benefits are offered at this time


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Frequent walks; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; speaking and listening  
  • Daily requirement to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child
  • Vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  

Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or nation or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.  We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org. 

Job Title: Lower School Class Teacher Assistant 

Program: Lower School 

Reports to: Class Teacher 

FLSA: Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Date: October 2022

Position Summary

The Lower School Teacher Assistant is responsible for helping to hold and create a wonderful Waldorf experience in our lower grades classrooms. The Assistant will work with the Class Teacher assisting in classroom management and student supervision, engage appropriately with students, take direction from the Class Teacher, and engage in day to day responsibilities according to the principles of Waldorf Education. It is expected that the Assistant will have Language Arts training and experience to help with reviewing class work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Grades 1-5

  • Attendance
  • Set up for painting
  • Help with morning circle, provide assistance with disruptive children
  • If necessary, take disruptive children out of class
  • Sit near disruptive children to give more aid
  • Help children with flute/recorder who require additional assistance
  • Work with children who need additional assistance during bookwork and math classes
  • Iron silks for nature table, wash individual chalkboards, cut paper and collate papers
  • A variety of incidental tasks to support the needs of the teacher and class
  • Correct math sheets/compositions/ grammar/ Main Lesson books in any grade, as needed (teacher determined)
  • Snack/lunch: set up hand washing, monitor cubby room, cut apples etc.
  • May assist teachers in games/world language/instrument/Eurythmy/Practical Arts/handwork (to be determined by need and skill level of assistant in each grade)
  • Arrive 5 minutes early, if needed, to prepare for the start of class

 

Grades 6-8 (in addition)

  • Observe and take notes on students per class teachers guidelines
  • Individual or small group academic assistance
  • On occasion lead class lesson (at substitution rate)
  • Monitor a study hall atmosphere

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Cover no more than 4 transitions between classes in each grade
  • Cover recess duties as an extra adult not as Class Teacher-paid at Hourly Rate 
  • Confidentiality in all student situations (parent communication must come from the Class Teacher)
  • Student behavior and concerns must be brought to the Class Teacher
  • If a parent reports a concern to the Assistant, it must be brought to the Class Teacher 
  • Meetings which will be paid at the Meeting Hourly Rate (below):
    • Sectional Meetings (Lower School)
    • In-Service Week
    • CPR Training
    • February Conferences (Optional)
    • Plenum
  • If an assistant covers the class(es) for the teacher, they are paid substitution rate: $25/hour
  • Complete monthly online timesheet determined by Human Resources/Payroll
  • In accordance with the SMWS philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks as related to the duties listed above 

 

Education and Qualifications

  • Waldorf experience preferred
  • Bachelors preferred
  • Lower School classroom experience 
  • Within 30 days complete CPR and First Aid training

 

Work Setting

  • Lower School classroom, playground, field trips, and neighborhood walks
  • 5 hours daily, Monday through Friday, to be determined by the Class Teacher; not to exceed 25 hours per week
  • Because of the classroom setting, breaks are offered depending on the schedule.

 

Salary and Benefits 

  • Assistant hourly rate of $20.00 per hour 
  • Three (3) paid Holidays include: All Cultures Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Memorial Day
  • Sick Days are paid through the Colorado Paid Sick Leave program – 1 hour for each 30 hours worked – not to exceed 48 hours per year – no carryover.   
  • Because this is part time position, no additional benefits are offered
     

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Frequent walks; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; speaking and listening  
  • Daily requirement to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child
  • Vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

     

Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.  We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.  

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and intent, resume, brief biography, and three references including current employer to hrmgr@smwaldorf.org.