“Coming to our little school feels like coming home to your second family. People are warm and inclusive, someone is sweeping, someone is in the parent lounge knitting and chatting, someone is setting up the paints or a craft activity, someone is baking muffins, and someone is getting water for some spring flowers. There is no school bell telling us to start lessons, the rhythm of the day is not determined by our clocks, but by sensible transitions. Teachers share their expertise and experiences with each other, and the overall feel of the school atmosphere is peaceful and gentle.”
– Gudrun von Selzam, early-childhood teacher, WISE
- High degree of autonomy, support and appreciation.
- Casual, warm, loving atmosphere.
- Natural, high quality supplies, including plant-based water-colour paints, beeswax crayons, beeswax sculpting materials, wooden flutes, wool yarn/roving, strong & thick painting paper.
- A lovely, aesthetically beautiful working environment; the classrooms and the entire facility are carefully designed with calmness and beauty in mind.
- A connection with nature, personal expression and seasonal celebration
- Challenging, fulfilling work, where teachers are able to develop long-lasting relationships with students.
- Conscientious, inspiring co-workers, who are committed to making the world a better place through education.
- Competitive salary and benefits.
- Waldorf schools are faculty-run, and all our teachers have the opportunity to help grow and shape the role of teachers in our school.
- A child’s best interests are at the heart of our school, and we will support our teachers in making the right decisions for all of their students, regardless of red tape or financial considerations.
The WISE Currently employs:
- Class Teachers ~ Ideal Candidates to be Waldorf Class Teachers at our school will be willing to commit to taking a class from Grades 1-9 (or stay with the class as many years as possible) and will either have or be in the process of acquiring Waldorf training/accreditation. Class Teachers are given a high degree of autonomy and responsibility, and their work is both challenging and fulfilling!
- Nursery school
- Home-schooling Facilitator
- Specialty teachers
We employ a range of assistants for all of our classes, including Parent-tot, Nursery, and Kindergarten, as well as for the morning portion of grade school classes.
We have a limited but growing admin staff. Our admin staff are a key part of the school and community, needing to integrate with all aspects of the school: WESE board, teachers and parents. The ideal admin employee has a basic knowledge and interest in Waldorf pedagogy, a warm and welcoming (but firm!) presence. It is essential for our admin staff to be part of our community.
A Special note for all our positions: If you are interested in a position at our school, please contact us, regardless of whether that position is open at the moment. We would like to get to know you and have you get to know us, and you never know, we might be on the verge of expanding that position in the coming weeks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and cover letter
Current Job Postings
~ Sincere, ongoing and proactive steps towards Waldorf certification: Our ideal teaching candidates have Waldorf training or certification. However, we would like to hear from you if you are interested in waldorf, if you have researched getting waldorf training, or even better, enrolled at a waldorf training institute. If you need help or advice doing so, we would be happy to provide it.
~ Commitment: This is a really wonderful place to work! We are looking for people passionate about Waldorf education, who enjoy being part of a community, and who believe they can make the world better through their work. Starting from Grade One, Class Teachers move up with their classes, so our ideal candidate is someone who will make a commitment to stay with their class as long as possible, up to 8 years. While Kindergarten Teachers do not typically move up with the grades, it is important to have committed early childhood specialists who are continually upgrading their training and who will stay with our school for a number of years.
~ Active self-development: Waldorf educators must always be striving to be worthy of emulation. This is not easy, and perhaps the most challenging part of this calling. When hiring, we are not looking for perfection, but rather, those who are actively striving for personal development in all aspects of their lives.
~ Community-oriented, Interpersonal Skills: In such a grassroots community setting, it is essential that applicants possess strong communication and listening abilities. Our teachers work in collaboration with colleagues, class assistants, admin staff, the WESE Board of Directors, and our WISE families. Balancing all these roles and relationships is essential to building a harmonious work environment. Problems and difficulties arise in life and work, and we place a high value on those who can maintain a sense of calm, grace and empathy, especially in stressful situations.
~ All teachers in Alberta must have a Bachelor of Education and Alberta Certification: If you have a BEd from somewhere else, we might be able to help you transfer it, if there is enough time.
Elementary Teacher/ Full-time or Part Time for 2020-21 school year
Founded in 2010, the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton (WISE) is a solidly established and growing school that fosters an environment where the whole child (head, heart and hands) is nourished. The WISE is supported by a caring group of parents and teachers, serving children from kindergarten to grade 9. Candidates must be passionate about, and or interested in learning and implementing Waldorf pedagogy. Funds and bursaries are available to facilitate Waldorf training. Enjoy working within a warm, thoughtful and community-minded faculty. We invite you to bring your talent, ideas, energy and enthusiasm to help us prepare children for the opportunities and challenges of their future.
- Bachelor of Education Degree
- Must have a current Alberta Teaching Certificate
- Genuine warmth, joy and enthusiasm for teaching and working with children
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task with confidence
- Excellent classroom management skills
- Creativity and independence in lesson planning skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Willingness and proven ability to work within a community environment
- Nurturing personality
- Artistically and musically inclined an asset
- Waldorf knowledge or experience is preferred
- Committed to on-going personal and professional development
Salary and Benefits:
- The starting salary $60,000+ per year, commensurate with experience and additional training.
- Employees working 0.6 FTE or greater are eligible for the WESE Employee Health Benefits Program.
Hours and Length of Year:
- Classroom contact hours are from 8:00 AM- 4:00 AM, 5 days a week.
- Classes run September to June.
- Providing reports for parents during parent-teacher interviews
- Attend faculty/committee meetings, school events, seasonal fairs, inservice and professional development training as required
- Ensure that all Equivalent Learning Outcome documentation is up to date as required by
Please apply with resume including cover letter to email@example.com. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. All new employees are subject to a 3 month probationary period.
Handwork/Woodwork/Painting Specialist. Grades 1-9
The Handwork/Painting/Woodwork Specialist is an active member of the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, and works closely with the Class Teacher to integrate Waldorf methods with other current best practices to align curriculum as prescribed by the Province of Alberta. Examples of handworks typically covered may include: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, felting, sewing, art as well as woodworking for the older grades.
- A valid Alberta Teachers Certificate and University Bachelor of Education Degree.
- Genuine warmth, joy and enthusiasm in working with children
- A desire and willingness to pursue professional development and or applicable Waldorf training.
- Excellent class management skills.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills; approachable for students, parents and colleagues.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task with confidence, with superb time-management.
- Excellent resolution skills.
- Willingness and proven ability to work within a community environment..
- Good computer skills.
- Knowledge of appropriate handwork, painting and woodwork skills.
- Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn Waldorf pedagogy is preferred.
- Working in collaboration with the Class Teacher, evaluate each child’s academic, emotional and social progress and report to parents regularly through parent teacher interviews, mid-term reports, end of year reports and meeting with parents as required.
- For FTE 0.5 or more, attend all department and full faculty meetings and assist with open houses and other school events
- Ensure that all Equivalent Learning Outcome documentation is up to date as required by Alberta Education.
- Providing reports for parents during parent teacher interviews, end of year reports.
- Supervision duties as required.
- Faculty Committee work as required
- Attend weekly faculty meetings, school events, seasonal fairs, in-service/PD days, conferences and
- summer training.
- Ensure that all Equivalent Learning Outcome documentation is up to date as required by Alberta Education.
Key areas of accountability:
- Ensure that all curriculum content is in accordance with Waldorf Education and its principles.
- Collaborate with Class Teacher to ensure that all requirements for the classroom curriculum are met for each grade. Responsible for finding new and appropriate ways of meeting the curriculum requirements for each specific class.
- Participate in curriculum and pedagogical review of the program.
- Responsible for planning and monitoring outings and class trips that support the curriculum, according to WISE School policy.
- Responsible for celebrating appropriate festivals and co-coordinating student activities that supports the curriculum, when required.
- Outdoor supervision, recess supervision, and on-call assignments as required.
- Assist with open houses and other school events.
3. Student Assessment:
- Collaborate with the Class Teacher to evaluate each student’s academic, emotional and social progress on an ongoing basis.
- In conjunction with the Class Teacher, report to parents regularly through parent teacher interviews, end of year reports and meeting with parents as required.
- Where necessary, liaise with colleagues and other professionals to address individual children’s particular needs.
4. Relationship with parents:
- Participate in parent evenings to report on the class and to inform and correspond with parents
- Respond to parent questions/concerns in a timely and professional manner.
- Available for parent interviews as required.
5. Relationship with WESE:
- Compile and provide information and documentation to WESE to ensure that the WISE school meets Alberta Education compliance under the Education Act.
- Participate in visioning and planning for the development and growth of the WISE.
- Provide input and feedback on day-to-day operations, identifying improvements and efficiencies in the running of the WISE school.
- Work with WESE to create a nurturing and community-focused environment for the WISE.
6. Relationship with Faculty
- Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings with Class and supply teachers.
- Attend WISE Board/Faculty meeting annually.
- Attend summer training and meetings as agreed upon with WESE.
Teachers are guided by the philosophy and procedures outlined in WISE Agreement Between Faculty Members, the WISE Policy Handbook and by the Codes of Conduct and Discipline Policy and the principles of Waldorf education, goals for the teacher, and administrative responsibilities of the teacher in working with youngchildren. Teachersfocusonthestudentsandfamiliestheyserveandarecommittedtoworkingwith colleagues through dialogue and support. The Specialist Teacher works in collaboration with the Class Teacher, and is accountable to The Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton.
Please apply with resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. All new employees are subject to a 3 month probationary period.